How to get the file path of a pdf file to show up in the footer?

Posted on 2015-01-13
Last Modified: 2015-01-19
Using Acrobat 9 Pro, I need a step by step guide on how to put current file path in the footer section of a pdf file. Also including the current date. Or If you know of a software that's capable of doing this, please let me know. Thank you.
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by:Phillip Burton
ID: 40546689
Very PDF Stamp will do that - see

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Thank you for posting. That app would be great, but I am really looking for a javascript code that I can integrate to adobe acrobat to automatically update and show the time, date, and file path of the pdf in the footer.
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by:Phillip Burton
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You did say "Or If you know of a software that's capable of doing this".
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ID: 40546825
Yes that's true. I was going to add that if this app could do automatic updates, then it would prove useful for what I'm trying to do.

Author Comment

ID: 40546846
I need a function/app that works the same as Microsoft Word 2010 quick parts, where you can add a field to show the file name and path and automatically updates when you open the document.

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ram earned 0 total points
ID: 40548886
I received an answer from an Acrobat Expert, and a way to do it is by creating a text field. Align the text field in the footer section, select certain properties, then insert javascript to automatically update the date, time, and file path. If anyone is interested, I can post the complete guide here.
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by:Phillip Burton
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Why not? :-)

Author Comment

ID: 40548908
The method & javascript below were provided by Karl Heinz Kremer from the Adobe Acrobat User Community.

In general, the process is like this:

1. Add a text field using the form tools where you want your footer to be shown on the page (Tools>Forms>Edit...)
2. Make the form field read-only on the field's properties dialog
3. Add a custom calculation script to the field on the field's properties dialog:
              var thePath = this.path;
              var theDate = util.printd("mm/dd/yyyy hh:MM tt", new Date());
              event.value = thePath + " " + theDate;

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ID: 40557311
The solution worked well for what I was trying to achieve. Also, it was provided to me by an Certified Adobe Acrobat Expert.

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