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Access to workstation name

Apr 20, 2012 1:02 AM

Tags: #data #javascript #system #scripting #acrobat_x_pro #acrobat_10_pro


Is there a way to access any "system" variables with Acrobat JavaScript?  I haven't been able to find anything (other than Date()) in the references.  This is outside the scope of core JavaScript, as far as I know.


In particular, I want to be able to pluck the workstation name string and insert it in a footer.


Thank you in advance.


-- Roy Zider

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    Apr 20, 2012 1:20 AM   in reply to FUBARinSFO

    There isn't a direct way to do that, but I think it might be possible by

    smartly manipulating the various results provided by app.getPath().

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    Apr 20, 2012 2:41 PM   in reply to FUBARinSFO

    I'm not talking about path, which returns the full path of a file

    (including the drive letter, by the way), but about app.getPath() which can

    return various system- and user-level folders used by Acrobat. Many times

    these contain the name of the currently logged-in user, as well as some

    other information.

    Maybe you can be a bit more specific about what exactly you want to get?

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    Apr 20, 2012 2:47 PM   in reply to FUBARinSFO

    With Acrobat JS not the workstation ID. File paths and URL for a  PDF stored on a network drive is possible:


    console.println("\nthis.URL:\n" + this.URL);
    console.println("\nthis.path:\n" + this.path)






    You could use additional Acrobat  JS to extract the path or remove the file name and extension.

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    Apr 21, 2012 6:44 AM   in reply to FUBARinSFO

    this.path.substring(1,2) will return the drive letter where the current

    file is located.

    I don't think you can get the local name of the workstation using

    app.getPath(), though. You can get the name of the current user...

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