In general, "plug-ins" are add-ons to an application which extends or enhances an applications capabilities. This holds true for Adobe Acrobat.
Yes. They can be found at Adobe's site at:
http://www.adobe.com/acrobat/plugins.html - Adobe's Plug-ins
http://www.adobe.com/acrobat/thirdpartyplugins.html - Third-party plug-ins.
Plug-ins are developed by programmers all over the world, and this list will never be complete because (a) new plug-ins are always being introduced, and (b) some plug-ins are introduced for private purposes for use inside large (or small) companies.
You can usually get more information from the third-party vendors:
http://www.vertec.com - VerTec Solutions, Inc. (TranZform)
http://www.vertec.com/misc/enter.htm - Links to various sites
http://www.buckaroo.com - Software Partners, Inc. (Re:mark, Compose)
http://www.emrg.com - Resellers and PDF Service Bureau
Reader plug-ins need to be enabled by Adobe. However, in order to get aplug-in enabled a plug-in has to meet certain criteria from Adobe. Currently the only plug-ins which work with Reader are Adobe's Weblink,Movie, EmbedSrv, Search and VerTec's WebFill, and CyberTax. Of course,others may be available.
The Adobe Sampler CD comes with Adobe Acrobat Reader only. The demo plug-ins included on the CD are Exchange-only plug-ins.
You need to purchase a C compiler, and an Adobe Acrobat Developer kit from the Adobe Developer's Association.Please note the free SDK is not the plug-in SDK, although the free SDKdoes have a few samples of the plug-in SDK. In fact the free SDK only includes documentation on IAC for Acrobat, Acrobat Search, andPDFWriter.
The ADA is a group at Adobe which provides technical support and help to Adobe Developers. The ADA h as two levels for Acrobat developers. Thefirst level covers IAC support, documentation, updates, etc. The secondlevel is the plug-in level. The plug-in level is under a non-disclosure agreement. This agreement, of course, limits the amount of help a developer can get from a public forum. However, Adobe does offer somesupport for plug-in developers on its BBS. More information on this can be provided via the ADA (See section 11).
The answer to this question is dependant upon several factors. The main factor is what you are trying to accomplish. A plug-in which adds a menuitem and a dialog could take a few weeks, while a plug-in that adds a new action or modifies the PDF in some way could take several months to a year to complete and test.
See section 4.4. Also, you may want to look at sections 4.1 and 4.2 above. No use in reinventing the wheel.
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