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Javascript to Open Outlook


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Please help me.

I have a Javascript code saved as a .js which runs fine in Windows but when add this script to a button in Livecycle and publish the form it does not run. Basically the javascript opens an Outlook meeting request. What am I doing wrong? My code is below:

function objappt(Subject, Start, Location, End, RequiredAttendees, Body) {


var objOL //As Outlook.Application;

var objAppt //As Outlook.AppointmentItem;

var olAppointmentItem = 1;

var olMeeting = 1;

objOL = new ActiveXObject("Outlook.Application");

objappt = objOL.CreateItem(olAppointmentItem);

// With objappt;

objappt.Subject = "My Test Appointment";

objappt.Start = "11/23/2008 9:00 AM";

objappt.End = "11/23/2008 9:45 AM";

// make it a meeting request;

objappt.MeetingStatus = olMeeting;

objappt.Location = "NSW";

objappt.Body = "Testing";

objappt.RequiredAttendees = "someone@somewhere.dom";


// End With;

objAppt = null;

objOL = null
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Acrobat/Reader security will not allow javascript to create a new ActiveXObject. Acrobat runs in a sandbox and those objects exist outside of the sand box


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Thanks Paul, that makes sense.

Can I then have a button on the form which when clicked runs an external .js script which will execute the ActiveXObject command?


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You cannot get to the outside world period. You are running in a sandbox and access to the outside world is restricted.


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Ok, thanks Paul. Is there a way perhaps then to extract data in the PDF form via a 3rd party app or alternatively create a web page from the pdf with the info?



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if you want any exiciting things to happen with the PDF document.. then reader extend to enable the functionality.

use a reader extended pdf to make a webservice call or something like that.

Or you can use a submit button to send the data as XML / URL post!