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Today's Date Default Field in Acrobat X

Posted on 2011-03-03
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Hi there.
Several years ago, I created a PDF document that had a date field that defaulted to today's date when it was opened. It used some JavaScript to make that happen. I've since upgraded to Adobe Acrobat X and need to do this for another form, but can't remember how I did it. I've tried several online resources and have come up empty. It seems everything I've found is for a different version of Acrobat and doesn't apply. Here's what I've tried so far:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2316630_insert-date-field-adobe-acrobat.html
The problem I'm running into is that the Trigger event listed in this article isn't consistent with what's available in this version of Acrobat. I was looking for a "Page Open" event to tie the JavaScript code to, but I only have these options:

Mouse Up, Mouse Down, Mouse Enter, Mouse Exit, On Focus, On Blur

Right now, the Java script code is applied in the Actions tab of the Text Field Properties, but I can't get this to work. Any suggestions? Am I missing something? Here's the code used to generate today's date:

var f = this.getField("wells_datefield");
if (!f.value) f.value = util.printd ("m/d/yyyy", new Date());

Thanks for your help.

J
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You can use a calulated value for that field. Bring up the field properties and select the "Calculate" tab, then select to use a custom calculation script and use the following line:

event.value = util.printd("m/d/yyyy", new Date());

That should do the trick.
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Awesome. Thanks for your help.
J
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