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I am working with PDFs and need to do a save as text. Some machines have Adobe Acrobat, while others have only Adobe Reader. After a save to text, and completeing the requisite save-as information, Adobe Acrobat 7 displays a progress bar in the status bar. I wait for that control to disappear and then continue. This part works fine.

Adobe Reader 8.1.0 displays a similar progress bar in a small pop-up but I can't see to identify that popup as a control. Active Window Info seems to report only on the window underneath the progress bar.

Ideally I would like to wait for the progress control to go away. I guess I could do something like try to rename, or move it - failing until the Adobe save as is complete.

Any ideas on the control, or alternative ways to solve this would be appreciated.


BTW- after 3 years of working with AutoIt this is my first post here. ;)

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Solved the immediate problem with a combination of

winclose("Adobe Reader")

Winwaitclose("Adobe Reader","",30)

Now I just hope that I don't get something bigger than 30 seconds to save as...

Still looking for a way to get the information about the control that Reader pops up during the save.

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You mind find this post of interest. ;)


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ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
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Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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Maybe the smal freeware commandline tool PdfToText is a little bit easyer to use.


HTH, Reinhard

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