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burque505
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

12 Jun 2018, 17:08

Hi MannyKSoSo, I've been messing with this for a little while, and haven't got the COM part of it working yet.
This code, while not COM, does work.
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I'm not sure if the JS object for Acrobat takes the same arguments as the AHK Com object, but the code you provided:

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oAcrobat.saveAs(A_ScriptDir "FileToRead.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00")

appears to be for JavaScript, which Acrobat of course can use extensively.

If I get any closer, I'll post my results.
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

12 Jun 2018, 17:45

MannyKSoSo wrote:Specifically it has to do with the saveAs part of the code

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oAcrobat.saveAs(A_ScriptDir "FileToRead.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00")

At a quick glance without looking at any of your other code, you have to have a "\" between your path and filename.
oAcrobat.saveAs(A_ScriptDir "\FileToRead.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00")
But there appears to be more going wrong than that. You have to have two full valid paths.

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Maybe something like this:

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App := ComObjCreate("AcroExch.App")
App.DocSaveAs("C:\Test.pdf", "C:\Text.xml")
I don't know if that will work but it is looking like something closer to what would work based on just looking at the API Reference.

FG
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

12 Jun 2018, 18:21

burque505 wrote:I'm not sure if the JS object for Acrobat takes the same arguments as the AHK Com object, but the code you provided:

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oAcrobat.saveAs(A_ScriptDir "FileToRead.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00")

appears to be for JavaScript, which Acrobat of course can use extensively.
Oh, I see now. I was a little confused. There is a DDE command SaveAs which was what I, at a glance, though you were trying to do.

Here is a tested JavaScript solution that works for me.

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App := ComObjCreate("AcroExch.App")
AVDoc := App.GetActiveDoc()
PDDoc := AVDoc.GetPDDoc()
JSO := PDDoc.GetJSObject
JSO.SaveAs(A_Desktop "\Test\TestXML.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00")
This uses AHK to create a COM object for Acrobat. Then uses Acrobat to create a JavaScript object that can execute the Javascript version of SaveAs to save the active document as XML.

You can look up alot of other file formats and SaveAs lots of different formats.

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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

12 Jun 2018, 20:18

:bravo:
Thanks, FG, fine advice as always.
regards,
burque505

EDIT: I had worked out this solution that requires two scripts. It works, but there must be a better way using COM. The problem I'm trying to overcome is the line

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oAcrobat.MenuItemExecute("SaveAs")	

which is modal, I guess, and stops the script dead in its tracks. The other problem, of course, is that it's visible.

Script 1: acro.ahk
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Script 1 runs Script 2, acrohelper.ahk:
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EDIT: I changed both scripts just a little. This DOES work, but both scripts have to be in the same directory, and you have to run acro.ahk first, as it starts the second script. (I've tried using SetTimer to combine this into one script, but I haven't been able to kill Acrobat after the XML file is saved, although it does successfully save the XML file.)
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

13 Jun 2018, 07:01

Thanks FG, I indeed tested the code this morning and it works as I intended it too. I had also tested with just the PDDoc := AVDoc.GetPDDoc() part to see if it would work (but seems I was more off than I thought LOL).
burque505, I indeed tried to do something similar to what you had, but when you run the MenuItemExecute part of the code, it stops because it waits for you to input a name and type of document (which is why I changed my approach to the one FG provided).
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

13 Jun 2018, 12:05

Kudos again to FG, as usual :) Manny, did your final code look anything like this?

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App := ComObjCreate("AcroExch.App")
oAcrobatdoc := ComObjCreate("acroExch.avdoc") ; create an document object
;oAcrobat.maximize(1) ; maximize the application window (-1 = true)
oAcrobatdoc.Open(A_ScriptDir "\FileToRead.pdf", "")
sleep, 1500
AVDoc := App.GetActiveDoc()
PDDoc := AVDoc.GetPDDoc()
JSO := PDDoc.GetJSObject
JSO.SaveAs(A_ScriptDir "\FileToReadAsXML.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00")

I can see where this would be really useful. One thing that comes to mind is extracting data from the PDF, and then using DocumentAssembler from OpenXmlPowerTools to populate a word document with that XML data.
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

13 Jun 2018, 13:20

burque505 wrote:Kudos again to FG, as usual :) Manny, did your final code look anything like this?

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App := ComObjCreate("AcroExch.App")
oAcrobatdoc := ComObjCreate("acroExch.avdoc") ; create an document object
;oAcrobat.maximize(1) ; maximize the application window (-1 = true)
oAcrobatdoc.Open(A_ScriptDir "\FileToRead.pdf", "")
sleep, 1500
AVDoc := App.GetActiveDoc()
PDDoc := AVDoc.GetPDDoc()
JSO := PDDoc.GetJSObject
JSO.SaveAs(A_ScriptDir "\FileToReadAsXML.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00")

I can see where this would be really useful. One thing that comes to mind is extracting data from the PDF, and then using DocumentAssembler from OpenXmlPowerTools to populate a word document with that XML data.
Regards,
burque505

Here is a little more streamlined version (with some comments):

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AVDoc := ComObjCreate("acroExch.AVDoc")      ; create an AV document object
AVDoc.Open(A_Desktop "\Test\Test.pdf", "") ; open a pdf into the AVDoc (this is a view but it is hidden by default)
PDDoc := AVDoc.GetPDDoc() ; get the underlining PDDoc of the AVDoc (this is kind of like the HTML of a webpage before it is processed and rendered)
JSO := PDDoc.GetJSObject ; this JavaScript object is mainly used by Acrobat to run its scripts engine
JSO.SaveAs(A_Desktop "\Test\TestXML.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00") ; convert and save as xml
AVDoc.Close(1) ; otherwise there will be a hidden document still running in processes
Acrobat has various different and separate COM objects with separate methods. Everything is not organized under one application object like with Excel or other Microsoft products.

The main ones are App (application), AVDoc (Acrobat View), and PDDoc (Portable Document). There are others. Each can be created directly with ComObjCreate or spawned from each other. You don't always need all of them.

FG
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

13 Jun 2018, 13:43

An even more streamline version.

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PDDoc := ComObjCreate("acroExch.PDDoc")      ; create an PD document object
PDDoc.Open(A_Desktop "\Test\Test.pdf") ; open a pdf into the PDDoc
JSO := PDDoc.GetJSObject ; this JavaScript object is mainly used by Acrobat to run its scripts engine
JSO.SaveAs(A_Desktop "\Test\TestXML.xml", "com.adobe.acrobat.xml-1-00") ; convert and save as xml
If you never intend to actually view the PDF then there is no need to create a AVDoc.

Also because there is not really any such thing as a hidden and visible PDDoc (they are never visible by nature), the PDDoc object is automatically destroyed when the AHK script ends and the AHK object is destroyed. If you were using this in some script that is not ending like this example, you can implicatively close the PDDoc with PDDoc.Close().

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burque505
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Re: Adobe Acrobat Pro via COM

13 Jun 2018, 18:08

Thanks, FG, once again, for this super-helpful stuff.
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