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What is the best external editor for editing JavaScript in Acrobat DC forms?

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What is the best external editor for editing JavaScript in Acrobat DC forms?

Free is good for me who is poor man.

 

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Community Expert , Apr 14, 2020 Apr 14, 2020

I like Notepad++. Not only does it have great general purpose code editing features, it has special features, such as code coloring, for JavaScript and other languages. 

 

There are some free ones out there, but none are even close to Notepad++. 

 

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Community Expert , Apr 14, 2020 Apr 14, 2020

On a Windows system use Notepad++

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Community Expert , Apr 14, 2020 Apr 14, 2020

Just to clarify, by "app" I meant the text editor, not Acrobat.

However, if you're editing a folder-level script then you do need to restart Acrobat for the changes to take effect, yes.

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I like Notepad++. Not only does it have great general purpose code editing features, it has special features, such as code coloring, for JavaScript and other languages. 

 

There are some free ones out there, but none are even close to Notepad++. 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Thank you for your advice!

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I installed it.

 

Thank you again for your advice.

I have one more question because you may be mastered this app.

 

I want to add Adobe JavaScript settings to this app as a new language addition.

The reason is that, for example, "this.getField", "readonly", "util.scan" etc. are not displayed in autocomplete.

 

Is this a pretty difficult task?

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On a Windows system use Notepad++

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Thank you for your advice!

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I don't like to use external editors at all because you have to close the application entirely after updating the code, which is annoying. So I use the internal editor when possible and plain-old Notepad when the code is too long for the internal one.

However, I use Notepad++ to actually write the code, and I just copy and paste it into the internal editor when needed.

That way I can keep Notepad++ open at all times and can update the code without having to restart it constantly.

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Do I have to restart the app every each time I enter code in the each field when using an external editor?

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Depends on the application, but generally speaking, yes.

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Just to clarify, by "app" I meant the text editor, not Acrobat.

However, if you're editing a folder-level script then you do need to restart Acrobat for the changes to take effect, yes.

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