6 Replies Latest reply on Jun 1, 2018 2:15 PM by sever.s.

    Export fdf using a button javascript

    adamsski168 Level 1


      I have no javascripting knowledge, is it possible to add an export .fdf javascript to a button in a pdf form?


      seems simple but i can't seem to find an example?




        • 1. Re: Export fdf using a button javascript
          George_Johnson MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          There are some built-in possibilities (e.g., doc.exportAsFDF), but they don't work with Reader. With Reader you can use JavaScript to build a string that's a complete FDF, but the user would have to somehow copy and paste it into a file.

          • 2. Re: Export fdf using a button javascript
            adamsski168 Level 1

            Hi George,

            thanks for the response. I am using Acrobat Pro and creating my own forms. I just wanted to add an export data button for the users so we can start to build on the data entered.




            • 3. Re: Export fdf using a button javascript
              Thom Parker Adobe Community Professional

              .You can use this script in a Button MouseUp Action:




              This displays a file Save As dialog for saving the FDF file. There is an input parameter for setting the file path. This won't work from a button script because specifying a path is a privileged operation. But it would work from an Acrobat DC Command. Look on the Actions panel. There is a feature for creating a new command. You can use this script with an input for saving the file to a specific name and location. Makes it a bit easier on the user, and make the functionality available to any open form.

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              • 4. Re: Export fdf using a button javascript
                George_Johnson MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                I may not have been clear, but the doc.exportAsFDF method will only work with Acrobat, so if any of the form users will be using Reader, then this approach won't work.

                • 5. Re: Export fdf using a button javascript
                  adamsski168 Level 1

                  Hi Thom,


                  Thats really helpful thank you.


                  I just need to find the next part lol

                  • 6. Re: Export fdf using a button javascript
                    sever.s. Level 1

                    Hey George,


                    I tried your suggestion with the string that contains FDF ...

                    I used this code and it worked ... not saying that it's optimized but the idea was great.

                    To mention that the script is sending this to a web-service I created that wraps just final terminators...

                    For more details I can be contacted ...




                    var all = "";

                    var fld = "";

                    var d = this.dataObjects;

                    var dn = this.numFields;


                    for (var i = 0; i < dn; i++) {

                        if (this.getNthFieldName(i) != null) {

                            fld = this.getNthFieldName(i);

                            val = this.getField(fld).value;

                            all = all + "<</T(";

                            all = all + fld;

                            all = all + ")";

                            if (val != null) {

                                all = all + "/V(";

                                all = all + val;

                                all = all + ")";


                            all = all + ">>";




                    var contstr = "<</FDF<</F(" + this.path + ")/Fields["

                    contstr = contstr + all;

                    // this I got them from a file ... not sure how to create them

                    var footer = "]/ID[<960596C7FECA907F3E2BB93B81F03C30><08B586C4C0EF3DF1D2490646D78F587B>]/UF(" + this.path + ")>>/Type/Catalog>>"

                    // the string is now ready ... although there are some more lines to wrap in the web-service

                    // fix-header and footer also added in web-service, but all fields were added in the content

                    // according to FDF synthax


                    // prepare call for web-service

                    var err;

                    var err2;

                    var wsaddr = "http://localhost:59843/Service1.asmx?WSDL";

                    var wsaddrfld = "WSAddr";

                    var wsaddrfromfld = "";


                    // filter the characters for SOAP call

                    contstr = contstr + footer;

                    contstr = contstr.replace(/</g, "&lt;");

                    contstr = contstr.replace(/>/g, "&gt;");


                    // call the web-service

                    try {

                        var myURL = wsaddr;

                        try {

                            wsaddrfromfld = this.getField(wsaddrfld).value;

                            myURL = wsaddrfromfld;


                        catch (err2) {

                            app.alert("JSErr.ToGetWebService:" + err2.message + " - at URL:" + myURL);


                        SOAP.wireDump = true;

                        var myProxy = SOAP.connect(myURL);

                        var testString = "<docbinary>This is test</docbinary>";

                        var myStringObject = {

                            soapType: "xsd:string",

                            soapValue: "<docbinary>" + contstr + "</docbinary>"


                        var result = myProxy.SaveDocument(myStringObject);


                    catch (err) {

                        app.alert("JSErr.:" + err.message);


                    // finally - done ...

                    app.alert("File was SENT - JS");

                    // **** EOJ ****



                    Happy coding,