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7. Scripting and Programming Acrobat > 97. Tool Up for Acrobat Plug-In Developm...

Tool Up for Acrobat Plug-In Development

Compile Acrobat plug-ins on Windows using GCC.

The Acrobat API gives you the most powerful tools for accessing and modifying PDF data. The typical way to access the API is with an Acrobat plug-in.

A plug-in is a DLL (on Windows), and it is created from C or C++ source code using a compiler such as Microsoft’s Visual C++ or the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). In this hack, we’ll explain how to install the free (and fabulous) GCC compiler on Windows. Then, we’ll install the Acrobat SDK. Finally, we’ll build a sample plug-in using GCC.

Tip

You can also compile Acrobat plug-ins for Macintosh and Unix. Adobe provides separate SDKs for each platform. Typically, you compile Macintosh Acrobat plug-ins using Metrowerks CodeWarrior.


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