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Scripting guide - copy blocked

Community Beginner ,
Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021

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Adobe Scripting documentation is amazing. It's like the '90 all over again.

 

Specifically, I'm wondering how [abuse removed] adobe employee must be to:

- provide documentation in PDF format (ever heard of the web? name one other documentation that comes as a PDF)

- lock that PDF from COPYING!?! Seriously?

 

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Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021

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I download PDF manuals from many manufacturer  for Products I buy so I can search through them with my computer. I'm not always online and online documentation is only better if it is kept up to date.  Photoshop is changing all the time documentation is never up to date and Photoshop scripting rarely gets a change so '90 documentation should be good. It can be copied however,.  you can not edit it or even copy paste from it which is a pain. Many time I wanted to copy information in the documents.

 

You may to find old version of Adobe scripting  documents on the web that are not locked with a password the you can copy and paste from. The information is most likely correct.

 

I know I copied script code out of old CS6 Photoshop Javascript reference.

JJMack

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021

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Strange. Shouldn't be locked. I'll get the web team to fix that. I've attached a copy you can copy from. Thanks for the report.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021

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Jeffrey that PDF is 300KB smaller then the locked version online????

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Community Expert ,
Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021

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Thank you Jeff,

 

The JavaScript and AppleScript reference PDF files are also secured, has been this way for many releases. I understand why Adobe may wish to lock editing, but at least being able to copy should be permitted IMHO.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 13, 2021 Jun 13, 2021

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Each of the four pdf on ADOBE PHOTOSHOP SCRIPTING

include code samples that are educational and form a solid jumpstart for beginners.

Not being able to copy these samples is suboptimal. 

If will be better when they are fixed.

 

thanks RrR

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Community Expert ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Another user lamenting the fact that the PDF files are secured from copy here:

 

Scripting guide - copy blocked

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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The photoshop-vbs-ref-2020.pdf document seems perfect with the sample scripts provided.
However, the pdf document has been saved as a SECURE pdf so the examples can't be copied and pasted to another document to allow these examples to be run. SO are these examples available somewhere else as surely in this day and age we are not expected to type them out?

Clive

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Community Expert ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Sadly this has been the case for many years:

 

Scripting guide - copy blocked

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Thank you Stephen for your prompt reply.

I noticed from the link that you supplied that @J453 (Adode) was able to supply a 'normal' pdf copy of the 'photoshop scripting guide' the same day as the question was raised from the 'Adobe web team'.

 

Is this therefore possible for 'photoshop-vbs-ref-2020.pdf' to be supplied as I really can't see what the issue is........

Thanks Clive

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Sorry I missed out the name of the file that @J453 (Adode) supplied. It was "photoshop-scripting-guide-2020_unlocked.pdf" and this can still be downloaded and examples copied from it.

So the question is can an unlocked version be provided for 'photoshop-vbs-ref-2020.pdf' as it seems so easy item to be resolved.

Thanks, Clive

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Here's an unlocked version of the VBS doc. I've asked the team that handles these to update them on Adobe.com. Looks like they're working on organizing everything with the other APIs on Adobe.io

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New Here ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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Hey Jeffrey can you put up the js reference as well?

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LEGEND ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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New Here ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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Sorry I meant the unlocked 'copyable' version of photoshop-javascript-ref-2020.pdf

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LEGEND ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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I thought the reason they were moved to new location was to share unlocked versions 😕

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New Here ,
Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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Is there any update on providing these documents unlocked? The ones in github are still locked:

 

https://github.com/Adobe-CEP/CEP-Resources/tree/master/Documentation/Product%20specific%20Documentat...

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New Here ,
Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

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Hi. Can you send a link to javascript-ref-2020.pdf (unlocked for copying content)?

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New Here ,
Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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Here are the unlocked versions of the Photoshop Scripting Guide, and Photoshop JavaScript and AppleScript scripting references (sorry for the large file size, it's due to the tool used).

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New Here ,
Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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Maybe even better, using online2pdf.com, better readability and smaller file size:

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Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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Can you also ask them to rewrite the entire scripting guides they're awful.  I don't think I have ever seen more poorly written API documentation.  It is pretty useless stuff and their is no community to speak of to get examples, samples, etc. to aid ones cause.  You're stuck with the endless loop of referrals (with not links) to other pages, documents all leading to a dead end or additional referrals to yet more dead ends.   

 

No information is conveyed in any seection or part of the document fully.  Terms, topics and names are used prior to introducing them to the reader.  Vauge descriptions, definitions and ambiguous use of the same word to define the word or topic being read.  Frustrating.   I have wasted several hours trying to perform the most basic script with limited success.  I receive nothing resembling an error message that offers guide to the root cause,but instead meaningless vague dribble.   Unbelievable.   You have to do better, you must do better.

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AGREED! 100% Why do you all feel the need to intrusively take over my phone's photo management feature after taking a screenshot that has ZERO to do with a pdf file. Absolutely not. Your manager also crawls compared to Samsung. Get your app out of my photos until I tell you to. I downloaded it to access pdf files. Trust me, NO ONE is talking about Adobe photo file manager (because it isn't any good).

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