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Can JavaScript be used in a PDF?

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I same advanced functionality I need, like a pop-up image on a hover...

Does PDF support this?

Embedded JavaScript?

Thanks
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PDF supports the embedding of any data - it is how it is interpreted that is important - and that comes down to the reader.

Adobe Acrobat does support JavaScript in documents you can read more about it here
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/javascript.html
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Oh, so I become dependent on the reader, which makes perfect sense.

Your point makes me now consider doing this as a website since I want consistency.

For example...
http://static.flipbuilder.com/demo/flippage-wedding-brochure/flippage-wedding-magazine.html#p=4

UNLESS there is a way to have this work for all PDF's, since I prefer the portable document model.
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You can't really dictate what reader's a user is going to use or if they are going to disable script or not.

Other readers also support JS (https://www.foxitsoftware.com/blog/how-to-add-javascript-functionality-to-pdf-forms-without-coding/) for example.

If you are wanting to use the JavaScript to achieve the flip effect you might find that the functionality is not quite there to do that. I have dabbled a bit in the JS for PDF and came up against restrictions in what I could do and could not. Whether or not it can be used to achieve the effect your are referring to - I don't know - but I doubt it - if you could then we would have seen this instead of solutions that involve Flash (as in flipbuilder).
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You convinced me to do it as a web page. Thanks.
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You are welcome.
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