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extract texts from a 3rd party software window

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

Hi all,

I'm new to this forum and newbie to Autoit :sorcerer: (I'm learning autoit these days ).

is it possible to use autoit to extract texts from a 3rd party software window? i tried with "Autoit window info" tool and it doesn't identify the texts inside the window. I'm not sure it's possible to use "WinGetText" to identify them .

here i have attached both software window which i want to extract texts and "Autoit window info" for relevant window

 

software window

here i want to extract list of texts which are in white space. there are more texts when scrolling down and i want to get all of them

http://imgur.com/XpZmtNk

 

this is the "Autoit window info" for the above window

http://imgur.com/KjGvl6D

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Was the info tool output while focused on the text you want to grab?

I'm not seeing any control data, which is what you would need to key off of to grab your data.

If you were focused properly, then you will probably need to UIAutomation (go to the example scripts forum, it's the first link).

It looks like a listview, so also look into the _GuiCtrlListView* funcs.


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thanks very much jdelaney

it does not given me control data.i think that's because of i login to that software through a VPN.

i'll log with Direct connection and try to get Control data.

let you know the progress.

thanks again

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

You need to use the IE.au3 tools. Look in the help file for IE.au3.

You are asking to capture data on a web page so you have to use the IE tools.

If you use Firefox you will need to look in the forum for FF.au3.

Edited by DarthCookieMonster

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

Ah, yes, your script will need to run directly on the station, if you want it to be reliable.  Lots of ways to do so...initiate the script via PAEXEC|PSEXEC|scheduled tasks, etc.

Else, you would have to do all coordinate based actions (VERY inaccurate/ not reliable), and OCR to attempt to grab the text.  The best OCR I've seen is about 85% accurate, so not the best route to go.

Interacting directly with the controls will be 100% accurate, if scripted properly.

Edited by jdelaney

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Ah, yes, your script will need to run directly on the station, if you want it to be reliable.  Lots of ways to do so...initiate the script via PAEXEC|PSEXEC|scheduled tasks, etc.

Else, you would have to do all coordinate based actions (VERY inaccurate/ not reliable), and OCR to attempt to grab the text.  The best OCR I've seen is about 85% accurate, so not the best route to go.

Interacting directly with the controls will be 100% accurate, if scripted properly.

thanks again for your reply.

I'm bit struggling with the codes. here i have attached all the details relevant to the window. i want to get test in that window to text or excel file. i tried with following code but it doesn't give any outcome

 

#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

Example()

Func Example()
    ; Retrieve the window text of the active window.
      controlfocus("[CLASS:TListBox]","","[ID:1771038]")
      Local $sText = ControlGetText("[Class:TListBox]","","[ID:1771038]")
    ; Display the window text.
    MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", $sText)
EndFunc   ;==>Example

here i tried to get them in to msgbox. but actually i want them to get to text or excel file.

could you please suggest me the code which will extract the texts

thanks

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#7 ·  Posted (edited)

You can see in your thumbnail that their is no read text from the window. Check the hidden text and see if that is where the text you want is. Then, You'll need to use

Opt("WinDetectHiddenText", 1)
 
Local $text, $open, $write
 
$text = ControlGetText("[ACTIVE]", "", "[CLASS:TListBox; Instance: 1]")
$open = FileOpen(@WorkingDir & "\exampleFileName", 2) ; open the file in write mode this will create the file if it does not exist
$write = FileWrite($open, $text) ; write the text contents from the window to the file
FileClose($open) ; close the file

Hopefully that gives a little understanding ;)

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thanks very much.

here i have attached bottom part of the "autoit window info". but it has not recognized the texts(those are in white color space) which i want to extract either in visible or hidden text. but i selected the correct area when freezing the "autoit window info". is autoit cannot extract those texts which not identify as visible or hidden text ?

thanks

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Instead of screenshotting the Info tool, go to the summary tab and copy the text from it and paste it here. It will give us all of the information on the tab instead of half of it at a time.


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#10 ·  Posted (edited)

Use the ListBox functions to select, and get, text:

_GUICtrlListBox_SelectString

example:

#include <GuiListBox.au3>
$hControl = ControlGetHandle("[CLASS:TFormProductRoutingCheck]", "", "[CLASS:TListBox; Instance:1]")
$iCount = _GUICtrlListBox_GetCount($hControl)
ConsoleWrite("$iCount=" & $iCount & @CRLF)

For $i = 0 To $iCount-1
    $text = _GUICtrlListBox_GetText($hWnd, $i)
    ConsoleWrite("text[" & $i & "]=" & $text & @CRLF)
Next
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thanks very much jdelaney and all others who replied to this thread.

i could solve the problem with guideline of jdelaney

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