How to build a third party "side panel" style integration with Adobe Acrobat?

New Here ,
Apr 19, 2022 Apr 19, 2022

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Hello I am a software developer and we are investigating our options with integrating with Adobe Acrobat.

 

Microsoft Office allows developers to create add-ins which appear as side panels in their applications, today these are mostly HTML based.


Does Adobe provide a similar integration pattern? If not, what mechanisms are provided to developers to integrate within the client components?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 20, 2022 Apr 20, 2022

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In Acrobat you can use JavaScript to create new menu or toolbar items. The latter can then be combined into custom toolbars, which can be distributed to other users (along with the .js files that contain the actual code for them).

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Apr 20, 2022 Apr 20, 2022

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Could you please link me to any documentation on how to do this? Thanks

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Apr 21, 2022 Apr 21, 2022

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Apr 21, 2022 Apr 21, 2022

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This is not the full thing, though. You can also create similar toolbars in the righ-hand side menu, under Tools, and save them as .aaui files, which are actually XML-based.

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Apr 20, 2022 Apr 20, 2022

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There is no general way to create a side panel (neither left nor right). It's a sad limitation. 

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