Creating a custom dynamic stamp

Creating a Custom Dynamic Stamp
1 Description
Dynamic stamp
Steps to creating your own stamp
You may have noticed the ability to use a dynamic stamp in Adobe® Acrobat® 6.0
software and wondered how to create your own. This tip reviews how to do that.
Dynamic stamp
Create your own dynamic stamp in Acrobat.
Figure 1. Using a dynamic stamp.
A dynamic stamp consists of the image of the stamp (in the example REVISED) and a
text form field with JavaScript that creates the dynamic information (figure2).
Figure 2. A dynamic stamp consists of the PDF image and a text form field with JavaScript.
Your dynamic stamp can be stored in one of two locations:
[install directory]\plug_ins\Annotations\Stamps\[language]
[user directory]\Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat\6.0\Stamps
Steps to creating your own stamp
Step 1. Choose Tools > Commenting > Stamp Tool > Create Custom Stamp.
Step 2. Select the file you want to be your custom stamp. This can be a PDF document, a graphic
(*.tif, *.bmp, *.gif, *.jpg, *.png, *.pcx), a native Microsoft Office document (*.doc, *.xls, *.ppt),
an AutoCAD® drawing, or even an HTML page. Select a category and a name for your stamp.
When you select OK, your stamp is automatically created in the Application Data directory
(c:\Documents and Settings\myname\Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat\6.0\Stamps). The actual
name of the PDF stamp created will be a hash of the category and name.
To determine the stamp you just created, sort by
Date Modified. The newest one is your stamp.
Step 3. Open the PDF file and add a text form field. Add JavaScript to the form field to display the
dynamic information. In this sample, there is a custom calculation script.
You can go to [install directory]
and copy one of the form fields from there as a
starting point.
If you’d like to provide feedback on this tip or if you
have questions, send e-mail to Lori DeFurio,
Developer Evangelist.
Adobe Systems Incorporated • 345 Park Avenue, San Jose,
CA 95110-2704 USA •
Step 4. Save the PDF file. You now have a dynamic custom stamp.
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Creating a Custom Dynamic Stamp