Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
thpanos

Open a file in Adobe Reader - select all text - copy in clipboard - paste in Notepad

4 posts in this topic

Dear sirs,

I am a very novice to autoit3 (downloaded 24 hours).

I would appreciate for any help, I would like to do the following:

1. I have opened "Adobe Reader" and "Notepad" on my desktop (before autoit macro)

2. Set focus to "Adobe Reader" window - I think _WinWaitActivate("Adobe Reader","")

3. Open "document.pdf" on "Adobe Reader" - I do not know how

4. Press "Ctrl+A" to select all text of "document.pdf" - I think Send("{CTRLDOWN}a{CTRLUP}")

5. Press "Ctrl+C" to copy all text to clipboard - I think Send("{CTRLDOWN}c{CTRLUP}")

6. Close "document.pdf" from "Adobe Reader" - I think press "Alt+f+c" Send("{ALTDOWN}f{ALTUP}c")

7. Set focus to "Notepad" window - I think _WinWaitActivate("Untitled - Notepad","")

8. Press "Ctrl+v" to paste all text from clipboard - I think Send("{CTRLDOWN}v{CTRLUP}")

9. Save text to "document.txt" - I do not know how

The final (incomplete) script follows:

_WinWaitActivate("Adobe Reader","")

....

Send("{CTRLDOWN}a{CTRLUP}")

Send("{CTRLDOWN}c{CTRLUP}")

Send("{ALTDOWN}f{ALTUP}c")

_WinWaitActivate("Untitled - Notepad","")

Send("{CTRLDOWN}v{CTRLUP}")

....

Please, help me to finalize the script!

Thank you in advance for your time reading my message.

Best Regards,

Theodore

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites



You're over complicating this process I think. First, you can open a PDF with ShellExecute, if Adobe Reader is the program that will normally open a PDF if you double click on it, then ShellExecute will run Reader for you. Second, every version of Adobe Reader for the past several years allows you to save a PDF as a text document, look in the File menu. It will default to a text file with the same name as the PDF file just a different extension.


If I posted any code, assume that code was written using the latest release version unless stated otherwise. Also, if it doesn't work on XP I can't help with that because I don't have access to XP, and I'm not going to.
Give a programmer the correct code and he can do his work for a day. Teach a programmer to debug and he can do his work for a lifetime - by Chirag Gude
How to ask questions the smart way!

I hereby grant any person the right to use any code I post, that I am the original author of, on the autoitscript.com forums, unless I've specifically stated otherwise in the code or the thread post. If you do use my code all I ask, as a courtesy, is to make note of where you got it from.

Back up and restore Windows user files _Array.au3 - Modified array functions that include support for 2D arrays.  -  ColorChooser - An add-on for SciTE that pops up a color dialog so you can select and paste a color code into a script.  -  Customizable Splashscreen GUI w/Progress Bar - Create a custom "splash screen" GUI with a progress bar and custom label.  -  _FileGetProperty - Retrieve the properties of a file  -  SciTE Toolbar - A toolbar demo for use with the SciTE editor  -  GUIRegisterMsg demo - Demo script to show how to use the Windows messages to interact with controls and your GUI.  -   Latin Square password generator

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You're over complicating this process I think. First, you can open a PDF with ShellExecute, if Adobe Reader is the program that will normally open a PDF if you double click on it, then ShellExecute will run Reader for you. Second, every version of Adobe Reader for the past several years allows you to save a PDF as a text document, look in the File menu. It will default to a text file with the same name as the PDF file just a different extension.

Due to problems with "save as text" in reader (saving greek utf-8 text) I am trying to simulate what I am actually doing every day.

Select all text in a (greek) pdf document - copy it to the clipboard - and finally activate Notepad, pasting it there and saving it (in Notepad) as a txt (ANSI) file.

Regards,

Theodore

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is no _WinWaitActivate command, I'm pretty sure. There is however a WinWaitActive command, but I think this is the command you're thinking of here, WinActivate. The caret '^' will replace {CTRLDOWN}{CTRLUP}, and the exclamation mark '!' will replace {ALTDOWN}{ALTUP}. ClipPut and ClipGet are the equivalent of the clipboard copy and paste commands.

Welcome to the Forum. Good luck!


- Bruce /*somdcomputerguy */  If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0