If you thought that the only way to create a striking presentation was by using MS PowerPoint, we wouldn’t hold it against you. Few people know that you can create presentations in Acrobat and among those who have tried it, many will tell you that it is possible, but there are serious limitations to what you can achieve with these presentations.

That may be true for them, but it does not have to be true for you, because today, as part of our ongoing Acrobat Awareness campaign, we are going to introduce you to Javascript for Acrobat.

“Wait – What!? Javascript? That’s for developers and programmers, isn’t it?” If these are your thoughts, don’t shut down quite yet, because in this video, you are going to discover how to quickly and easily implement it without needing to learn any code or understand anything about programming whatsoever. But you will earn the bragging rights of having ‘coded’ your presentation. 😊

In fact, you will be shown where to get the resources to the prewritten code towards the end of the video. In all honesty, trying to find those resources proved far more time-consuming than we would have liked when we followed his instructions, so we decided to include a direct link here for your convenience:

Javascript for Acrobat Resource Guide: https://www.adobe.com/content/dam/acom/en/devnet/acrobat/pdfs/js_api_reference.pdf

This video was made using Acrobat X, but for the most part everything remains the same. One difference that we will show you below is in how he accesses Javascript for Acrobat (from around 3 minutes into the video to 3 minutes 30 seconds).

Follow the screenshots below to access it in Acrobat DC.

Acrobat DC Javascript Activate

Click on Tools in the top menu and scroll down to the bottom. Click on the JavaScript image to select it.

Acrobat DC Javascript Open

Click on the Document Javascripts link in the menu bar above the document.

Now you can simply follow along and create professional presentations that can be viewed virtually anywhere, even if the recipient does not own MS PowerPoint. Enjoy!

If you missed the previous 2 Acrobat Tips we posted, you can find them here and here.