14 Replies Latest reply on Nov 29, 2017 12:27 PM by Thom Parker

    How to create sequential number field?

    jennifer1200 Level 1

      I have created a pdf file and I'd like to have a field with sequential numbers.

      For instance, if I open my pdf now and it has number 1 in the field, 'd like to have number 2 in the field the next time that I open the file, and so on...

        • 1. Re: How to create sequential number field?
          try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          Go to Tools - JavaScript - Document JavaScripts and create a new script with the following code (remove any default code that's inside the window when you first open it):

           

          var f = this.getField("Serial Number");

          f.value = Number(f.value)+1;

          f.defaultValue = f.value;

           

          Of course, you'll might need to adjust the field name in the first line of code.

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          • 2. Re: How to create sequential number field?
            jennifer1200 Level 1

            Thank you so much. It worked.

            • 3. Re: How to create sequential number field?
              drk13 Level 1

              This solution works great if you save the form each time after the new number count is generated.

              Is there a way to have a form do a +1 each time it is opened without having to save the form?

               

              I want to be able to give a customer a bill of lading and each time they open the blank form it generates a new auto BOL number that is +1 from the last time they opened it.

              • 4. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                gkaiseril MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                How do you want the serial number field to act if the form has been assigned a serial number?

                 

                There are a lot of issues that need to be worked out for this to work well.

                 

                If the customer has it on his/her own machine how do you control the numbers across all your customers?

                 

                Will the form always be open on a machine that is always connected to the internet?

                • 5. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                  drk13 Level 1

                  It will be a unique identifier number for that document whether printed, saved or emailed.

                  It is a pdf form with submit buttons, so the form information can be submitted via email as well as saved to the users computer if they wish.

                   

                  If the number happens to reset with a new user on a different computer that is fine. I have decided that each user will have another field to enter their initials or a number unique only to them that will prevent confusion on duplicate numbers. For example: AB4583 (hard coded #)-______ (unique number propagates here) - _____ (User enters their initials or # here)

                   

                  The primary goals is for each individual user to be able to reopen the same blank form and not see the same number twice.

                   

                  I read about global objects but the document was a little more advanced than my skill level and I was not sure how to proceed with that set up. It was also a fairly old article.

                  Thank you

                  • 6. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                    PhantomGrey Level 1

                    The script works great when opening the file. I am looking for a way to do a +1 every time the document is printed. Is there a way to do that?

                    • 7. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                      try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                      Move the code to the document's Will Print event, which you can find under Tools - JavaScript - Set Document Actions.

                       

                      Edit: If you want the number to change after the file is printed use the Did Print event in the same location...

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                      • 8. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                        doctorcaballero Level 1

                        Hello,

                        I'm trying to collect data about surgery results at 1 week, 1 month, 6 months.... is it possible to recover an autunumbered form so I can continue filling more fields?

                        for example. patient 1 - form assign 1 in id field, then I collect data of first week, but the form is already prepared for 1 month, 6 months, etc... Can I recover later the form number 1 so I con continue filling the rest of the form?

                        Thanks in advance

                        • 9. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                          That choice is entirely with the form designer, you need to discuss your needs with them.

                          • 10. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                            gkaiseril MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                            I would add some code to test if the "defaultValue" is empty and then add the serial number and if it is not empty then do not update the number. Your source document will have to be saved with the "defaultValue" of the field cleared.

                            • 11. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                              Krizzzle Level 1

                              I am trying to do something similar, but more difficult. I need to print a 4 page PDF, it has a number field with a 3 digit number in the corner of the first page. I need the number to increase every time it prints, however, I print many copies at once, sometimes 50 to 100. Is there a way to set it to print that many copies and increase that number after each copy? Ive been trying to figure this out for about a year now, if anyone could help, please let me know.

                              • 12. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                                Thom Parker Adobe Community Professional

                                If you tell the printer to print X copies, then it handles the printing, outside of Acrobat. The only way to modify a value on the PDF is to control the printing yourself. A script would do this easily from a Folder level script, Command Script, or the Console window.

                                 

                                Contact me if you'd like such a script written.

                                • 13. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                                  Krizzzle Level 1

                                  Well that would solve all my problems if I knew how to print outside of acrobat. Im using a Mac and Ive never printed a document outside of its program. My only other issue is being able to set print settings. Its not just a plain paper document, its an exam. Its printed on 11 x 17 cardstock then folded by the printer, so I would need to incorporate those print settings as well. Not sure if its doable, but I will keep trying to find a solution to this problem. I appreciate the response.

                                  • 14. Re: How to create sequential number field?
                                    Thom Parker Adobe Community Professional

                                    I think you misunderstood me.  After you press the print button, Acrobat sends the print job off to the printer. This is what I meant by outside Acrobat.  You always print outside Acrobat, because Acrobat is not a print driver.

                                     

                                    Now what you want to do is write an Automation script in Acrobat that prints one copy at a time, changing the increment number each time.

                                     

                                    Contact me if you want consulting/development on this issue, or post this question to a new thread if you want more free help.