How to Fill an Acrobat PDF on Your WordPress Website

This article will teach you how to create an Acrobat PDF document filled with images and text, using only free tools which you can integrate into your WordPress site. It will use the open source software, Adobe Acrobat Express, to create the PDF file, and the powerful but free PDF.js library to populate it with content.

Get Adobe Acrobat Express

Adobe Acrobat Express (ACE) is a free, open-source PDF creation tool from Adobe that is compatible with all major web browsers and mobile devices. It can create both editable and non-editable PDFs. The latter kind of PDFs are known as filled PDFs, and they can store any kind of content you want, including images, video, and text. A filled PDF, much like a regular PDF, can be opened by simply downloading it and executing it in Adobe Acrobat Reader (or other PDF readers).

Set Up A Simple And Secure WordPress Blog

WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform, and it is completely free to use. If you are new to WordPress, you can download it directly from the WordPress website and install it in a few minutes. Once you have installed WordPress, you can use its built-in generators to create a completely unique and beautiful blog in no time at all. You can use these generators to create either an HTML or a Markdown based blog. You can learn more about WordPress and its various features on the WordPress website.

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will use the Markdown based blog generator.

Install And Configure WordPress To Use Adobe Acrobat Express

The first step in creating a filled PDF using Adobe Acrobat Express is to install WordPress on your computer. Once WordPress is installed, launch its built-in dashboard by visiting in your web browser. You will see the WordPress welcome page with the dashboard icon on it.

To create a filled PDF, you will need to configure your WordPress site to use Adobe Acrobat Express. To do this, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the WordPress dashboard, select Settings, and then scroll down to the Reading section. Switch to the Plugins tab, and you will see a list of all the installed plugins on your WordPress site.

Find the adbe rts file plugin and click Activate to install it. This plugin will allow you to embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo on your site. When a user clicks on an embedded video, they will be taken to the YouTube/Vimeo website to watch or listen to the content. You can also configure this plugin to display a PayPal donate button on your site. When a user clicks on this button, they will be directed to the relevant website to make a purchase. The PayPal website then handles the payment and delivery of the product to the user, which is often a simple task. You can learn more about the adbe rts file plugin at the WordPress website.

Next, turn your attention to the General section of the WordPress settings, and scroll down to the Reading tab. Here you can configure the maximum size that your PDF documents can reach (in pixels). The default for this setting is 728 x 90 pixels, which is the size of a standard A4 sheet of paper. You should set this value to a higher number if you want your PDF documents to fit well on all screens. Alternatively, you can set a lower value if you want your PDFs to be small and crisp.

Create Your First Filled PDF Document

To create your first filled PDF, navigate to Dashboard -> Create a PDF from the WordPress dashboard. When you click this link, you will be taken to a page with a form where you can enter the details of your PDF. You can use this form to generate PDFs with whatever template you want. If you are new to PDFs, the best thing to do is to use the WordPress default PDF template. It is highly customizable, and you will find that most of the fields are optional. Just leave them blank if you do not want to enter content into the generated PDF.

Once you have created the PDF, you can download it directly from the WordPress dashboard. You can also update the content within the PDF at any time using the More button in the lower-right corner of the page (next to the Download button).

Explore The JavaScript API

If you are familiar with HTML and CSS, you will find that working with PDFs is a whole different ballgame. PDFs are, in fact, just containers for content that can be exported to other file formats including HTML and CSS. JavaScript helps to control the content that you can include in a PDF. In this tutorial, you will learn about some of the most useful JavaScript functions that you can integrate into your WordPress site to create a fully fledged PDF document from scratch.

Use The JavaScript Annotation API

The PDF annotations API is a standardized JavaScript library from Adobe that allows users to track annotations, such as highlights, comments, and questions, within a PDF. You can use this API to highlight text and draw images on a PDF. These can then be retrieved and displayed in a reader alongside the original content. The API supports both JavaScript embedded in a PDF as well as JavaScript external to the PDF. External JavaScript can access, modify, and control the annotations in a PDF.

To add annotations to a PDF, you will need to install the PDF Annotations API library from the JavaScript website. Once installed, you can add keywords, create bookmarks, and draw pictures in your PDFs using the API. To make things more interactive, you can embed YouTube videos alongside your PDFs, and allow viewers to highlight and comment on specific parts of the video.