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Javascript instead of Autoit for excel automation?


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Hi,

I'm new to programming and as such I have more and more questions as I discover all the new possibilities. I have managed to create some primitive scripts that import data from multiple excel files into a single master file and then, using pixel cords or control cords, insert the data into pdf forms fields. Unfortunately, the pdf forms I use change over time and the pixel or control cords get outdated pretty easily. Therefore I now seek a more reliable way to insert the data into the pdf form fields, that will relate to the IDs of the pdf form fields.

Since I'm also learning the basics of Javascript (it is required for calculating values in the pdf forms), I think about switching to it completely. However, I do not know if the following is possible in JS, similar to Autoit:

1.) Can I automate excel files as easily as with Autoit (insert formulas into cells, insert/copy ranges, edit cell formating etc.)

2.) Instead of using pixel cords, will I be able to input the data from excel files into the pdf forms fields with form field IDs?

3.) What is the best code editing tool for Javascript?

Thanks in advance!

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26 minutes ago, VeryGut said:

1.) Can I automate excel files as easily as with Autoit (insert formulas into cells, insert/copy ranges, edit cell formating etc.)

2.) Instead of using pixel cords, will I be able to input the data from excel files into the pdf forms fields with form field IDs?

3.) What is the best code editing tool for Javascript?

Thanks in advance!

1. No

2. Yes, once you learn the language.

3. Subjective question. Google and try them out until you find one that you're comfortable with.

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