Acrobat SDK 2021

Welcome to the 2021 release of the Acrobat SDK. The downloads are new and the documentation is rapidly evolving.

The Acrobat SDK provides tools that help you develop software that interacts with Acrobat technology. The SDK contains header files, type libraries, simple utilities, sample code, and documentation. These tools provide several methods for developing software that integrates with Acrobat products, including JavaScript, plugins, and interapplication communication.

This SDK release introduces support for Windows 64-bit. Details include:

  • You must upgrade 32-bit plugins to 64-bit for them to work with the 64-bit app.

  • The SDK provides 64-bit public headers to 3rd party plug-in developers so that they can successfully create or upgrade their plugins to 64-bit.

Documentation

Document

Description

SDK Overview

Overview, choosing a development methodology, differences between Acrobat and Reader, example features, FAQ

Acrobat SDK Samples Guide

A guide to the sample code included with the Acrobat SDK.

Developing plugins and Applications

Developing plugins for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, as well as for PDF Library applications.

Snippet Runner Cookbook

Prototyping code without the overhead of writing and verifying a complete plugin or application.

Extending the Acrobat SaveAsXML Plugin

Enabling Acrobat to save documents in a customized text-based format.

Interapplication Communication Developer Guide

Using DDE, OLE, Apple events, and AppleScript to control the app and to render Adobe PDF documents, including detailed descriptions of DDE, OLE, Apple event, and AppleScript APIs.

Acrobat JavaScript Developer Guide

Using JavaScript to develop and enhance standard workflows in Acrobat and Acrobat Reader.

Acrobat JavaScript API Reference

Detailed descriptions of JavaScript APIs for developing and enhancing workflows in Acrobat and Acrobat Reader.

Acrobat 3D Annotations JavaScript API Reference

Detailed descriptions of JavaScript APIs for adding interactivity to 3D annotations within PDF documents.

Acrobat Tracker

Using RSS to track remote resources in an occasionally-connected environment.

Acrobat Distiller API Reference

Detailed descriptions of APIs for controlling Acrobat Distiller for PDF file creation.

Adobe PDF Creation Settings

Specifying settings for the creation of PDF files.

PDFmark Reference

A detailed description of an extension to the PostScript language which allows the description of PDF features not found in standard PostScript.

PDF Accessibility API Reference

Detailed descriptions of the APIs for using assistive technology with PDF documents.

Batch Sequences

Using JavaScript to perform repetitive operations on a collection of files.

Acrobat API Reference

A description of the APIs which help you develop Adobe Acrobat plug-ins and PDF Library applications.

PDFL API Reference

A description of the APIs which help you develop Adobe Acrobat plug-ins and PDF Library applications.

PDF Reference

2015 HTML docs (12.x)

While legacy docs are deprecated, much of the information is identical and remains online. If you use it, keep it mind it does not contain the latest information, and references to Unix, LiveCycle, and other deprecated features have not been removed.

11.x and earlier documentation

Deprecated documentation (11.x and earlier) is not available online. For access to other versions of the developer documentation, contact acrobat-sdk-users@adobe.com.