The project I'm working on is a photo report. The technician filling it out looks at a photo log and adds 6 or more photos and captions to the PDF before printing it. I have each photo button set up like so:
I know that this method has security restrictions (a red 'S' in its quick bar in the Acrobat API Reference), although I don't completely understand that. When am I not able/unable to call such methods? I ran into this first when trying to spawn a blank page from a button (I ended up discovering and using templates this way).
However, I digress. My real question is can I set up a document that can import multiple icons in one shot? The file will be stored on a remote server (as well as the photo files its importing), and there is noticable lag while importing. I would like to be able to handle it one of the following ways:
I am okay with this requiring Folder level script, if that's the only option. I just want to reduce the number of times the user waits for files to be imported to one.
Yes, if you run the script from a privileged context (eg. a trusted function in a folder-level script) you can specify the file path of the icon to import (it needs to have the correct syntax, though), and then use a loop to read the paths from a text file, for example, and apply them to multiple buttons in a single process.
Read these articles to understand how script security and folder level scripts:
Because of trust issues, Acrobat doesn't have a general file selection mechanism that provides direct access to the user's file system. Generally, for button icons the field.buttonGetIcon() function would be called without a path. The user selects teh file, Acrobat places the icon, but the script never knows the real path.
That said there are a couple of ways to do this .
1. Use the app.browseForDoc() method. Can only be used from a privileged context. Automatically filters for "*.pdf" files. but the user can override it by typeing thier own filter into the file field. Only selects one file at a time.
2. use a text field with the "field.browseForFileToSubmit()" function. The text field property "fileSelect" must be set. Can only be used for single file selection, but will work without privilege.