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Seminko

Hey fellas,

I sure am pretty over my head but here goes nothing.

What I need is a script that would go to a specifc web page, log in, downloaded a PDF and then extracted specific data from it.

Have NO FREAKING idea where to start :-D

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computergroove

PDF's can be displayed on the screen in some cases. Scripts rely on real data. Can you define what website link the PDF file will be? Is the download link for the PDF File in the same location every time? The extracted data: is the data in the same place every time? Is the info you want prefixed with the same phrase or header every time? Is it the same length? Can you share the webpage and data you want to get?


Get Scite to add a popup when you use a 3rd party UDF -> http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/scite/docs/SciTE4AutoIt3/user-calltip-manager.html

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Seminko

The text from the PDF can be selected, copied etc.

The dowload link is always the same

The data are usually in the same place

Yes the info is prefixed with the same phrase every time

It should be the same lenght

I can't share the website. It's a company website, where you need to log in etc.

 

EDIT: alright, and if I had the PDF downloaded?

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computergroove

Getting logged into the site and downloading the pdf file isnt that hard to automate. But if you don't need to do that then you will need to start by opening the pdf file in the script:

$File = FileOpen(Location and name of pdf file)

I have never done this with a pdf file so it may not work. You can add this to your script and try msgbox(0,"","$File) to see if it read the data.

Then look for something that will identify the data you are looking for. Look at -> https://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/docs/functions/StringRight.htm and take a look at all the other related functions near the bottom.

Edited by computergroove

Get Scite to add a popup when you use a 3rd party UDF -> http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/scite/docs/SciTE4AutoIt3/user-calltip-manager.html

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mLipok

You can use Debenu Quick PDF Library - UDF

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Seminko

Another thing. I cannot instal anything on a company PC.

So far I went for opening the PDF, copying all the data, making an array out of them but now I need a way to search for a string in such an array to navigate me to the correct index.

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Another thing. I cannot instal anything on a company PC.

 

It is not problem with my Debenu Quick PDF Library - UDF you need only dll file.


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Seminko

I actually found my own way to extract the data from the PDF using various stringsplit, stringbetween and arraysearch functions.

But now I'm left with a long list of code which I KNOW can be very much shortened by For $i = 0 etc. etc.

I have this:

$SecondEmployeeArrayRaw = _StringBetween($Clip, $FirstEmployee, $SecondEmployee)
$SecondEmployeeArray = StringSplit($SecondEmployeeArrayRaw[0], " ", 1)
$SecondEmployeeyRef = _ArraySearch($SecondEmployeeArray, "náhrady")
$SecondEmployeeWage = $SecondEmployeeArray[$SecondEmployeeyRef + 1]
MsgBox(1, "", $SecondEmployeeyWage)

What do you think guys? If I had an array of employee names coud this block of code be done for every employee? Most importantly HOW?

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Seminko

I already extracted the text!

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Seminko

Alright, I have this:

Local $Zamestnanec[29] = ["Balco", "Bartusek", "Bublíková", "Celerová", "Drábková", "Drobiszová", "Halfar", "Hemzalová", "Hruzíková", "Humlová", "Kouřilová", "Kozlová", "Kvardová", "Lebeda", "Magnusková", "Mecová", "Motalová", "Neusserová", "Otáhalíková", "Pazourek", "Polnická", "Soukupová", "Staňková", "Svozil", "Tvarůžková", "Vašut", "Vobrová", "Vrábelová", "Zeman"] 

$Clip = ClipGet()

$BalcoArrayRaw = _StringBetween($Clip, "Průměr", "Balco")
$BalcoArray = StringSplit($BalcoArrayRaw[0], " ", 1)
$BalcoNahrada = $BalcoArray[4]
MsgBox(1, "", $BalcoNahrada)

For $i = 1 to 29 - 1
   $ArrayRaw = _StringBetween($Clip, $Zamestnanec[$i-1], $Zamestnanec[$i])
   $Array = StringSplit($ArrayRaw[0], " ", 1)
   $ArrayRef = _ArraySearch($Array, "náhrady")
   $Nahrada = $Array[$ArrayRef + 1]
   MsgBox(1, "", $Zamestnanec[$i] & " " & $Nahrada)
Next

Now, unfortunately the $Nahrada variable is only expressed from the For loop.

What I need is for the script to give me an array (I guess) with each employee name ($Zamestnanec[$i]) and their respective $Nahrada. But right now $Nahrada is only being generated once for every $Zamestnanec[$i].

I would like those values in an txt file.

Anyone?

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mikell

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#Include <Array.au3>
Local $Zamestnanec[29] = ["Balco", "Bartusek", "Bublíková", "Celerová", "Drábková", "Drobiszová", "Halfar", "Hemzalová", "Hruzíková", "Humlová", "Kourilová", "Kozlová", "Kvardová", "Lebeda", "Magnusková", "Mecová", "Motalová", "Neusserová", "Otáhalíková", "Pazourek", "Polnická", "Soukupová", "Stanková", "Svozil", "Tvaružková", "Vašut", "Vobrová", "Vrábelová", "Zeman"]
Local $array[29][2]

$Clip = ClipGet()

$BalcoArrayRaw = _StringBetween($Clip, "Prumer", "Balco")
$BalcoArray = StringSplit($BalcoArrayRaw[0], " ", 1)
$BalcoNahrada = $BalcoArray[4]
;MsgBox(1, "", $BalcoNahrada)
$array[0][0] = "Balco"
$array[0][1] = $BalcoNahrada

For $i = 1 to 29 - 1
   $ArrayRaw = _StringBetween($Clip, $Zamestnanec[$i-1], $Zamestnanec[$i])
   $Array = StringSplit($ArrayRaw[0], " ", 1)
   $ArrayRef = _ArraySearch($Array, "náhrady")
   $Nahrada = $Array[$ArrayRef + 1]
 ;  MsgBox(1, "", $Zamestnanec[$i] & " " & $Nahrada)
   $array[$i][0] = $Zamestnanec[$i]
   $array[$i][1] = $Nahrada
Next
 _ArrayDisplay($array)

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Seminko

Actually I already have a an $array so I had to change Local $array[29][2] to a different name but it works :).

Thank you mikell! :)

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shepPettibone

Well, I have no suggestion about how to implement such a script from scratch yet I know some kind of clue for you on how to force a script extract data from the pdf file. Take a look at this one https://www.altoextractpdf.com seems like just a simple tool to extract data from pdf's, this is as it is. It's quite easily crafted thing so I think it will come in use to you for such a purpose

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Posted (edited)

why necro posting in an old solved thread?

On 2.9.2014 at 6:55 AM, Seminko said:

Actually I already have a an $array so I had to change Local $array[29][2] to a different name but it works :).

 

Edited by AutoBert

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