> If a computer only has Adobe Reader installed, can an application running on that computer interact with a pdf document via OLE?
> In particular, can an application on that computer use AcroExch.App and AcroExch.AVDoc objects?
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No, it cannot. Reader doesn't support COM/OLE automation.
Thank you for the very fast response. One follow-up question:
Assume I buy Adobe Acrobat to develop this application and use OLE to interact with pdf documents in the application.
Will my clients need to also buy Adobe Acrobat for the application to work on their computers? Or can I package it with my application behind the scenes?
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Yes, your clients would need to purchase Acrobat for your application to work. It needs to be installed on every computer on which your software would operate.
And remember that Acrobat can NOT be automated to do work for someone not licensed to use it....
Related to this post, lets say I get the approval from Adobe (RIKLA stuff), will these classes work for Reader plugin?
i.e AcroAppClass and CAcroPDDoc
If not, what are the Reader plugin APIs available in SDK that does text extraction and highlight functionality in Reader (which is my only 2 requirement now).
No, because they simply do not exist in Reader. They only exist in Acrobat.
But if you are writing a plugin, why do you need them? There are much better APIs (PDWordFinder, etc.) available to you via plugins...
What I was trying is to get hold of ActiveDoc once I pass on the control from Plugin code to my C# code, so that I can extract text and do the highlight stuff with the help of AcroAppClass and CAcroPDDoc.
Ok. PDWordFinder will solve one of my problem as it will work for Reader. Now I can extract text from a Reader document and send it to my C# Form from plugin.
Yeah, that won't work with Reader - sorry! You will need to do the extraction in the plugin and then send that extracted text to the C# code.
You will need to send info back to the plugin to tell it what you want hilited and then it can do it...
Thats great,atleast I have a way to talk back to Reader document from C#.
Can you please point me some SDK sample code which does this handshake? Meaning, invoking the plugin method from outside plugin code (in my case from C# Winform to plugin code to highlite a word).
Sorry, no samples of this type of thing - but that's because it's not Acrobat/Reader centric. Do whatever you want to communicate...
But if there is a sample which atleast invokes a plugin method from outside, that will really help me to proceed further.
Or any direction of this sort will also helpful.
Can any one answer my previous question?
I am searching SDK documentation and I found something called HFT. Is that the solution for my requirement, i.e invoking a plugin method from outside?
Please let me know.
Replying to my own questions above....found a DDE (very old IAC technique and not usually recommended tough ) way to talk to Acrobat/Reader instance (called as DDE Server). There is a sample project which demonstrates DDE and it is in C++.
As I need to talk from my Winform, I am gonna use Ndde (open source) to talk back to Acrobat/Reader instance.
It would be more helpful if some sample code/project is available in SDK to demonstrate IAC via COM/OLE as DDE is a very old technique.
Adobe Reader doesn't support COM/OLE - only DDE.
Irosenth, this is kinda contradicting. I remember you were saying "If Adobe approves your Reader plugin, then it can do what ever". Meaning COM/OLE/Named pipes. I thought COM/OLE is available for Reader, but your above reply says it strictly supports only DDE (which is gud for me as I hav explained above, am using DDE to send messages back to Reader instance to invoke the Highlite plugin function ).
Please can you clarify why COM/OLE is not available for Reader and why only old technique, DDE is available for Reader?
Sorry - OK for you to do from your plugin. (I was referring to built-in support)
Thats convincing to me and good to know that Reader will support IAC via COM apart from DDE. I will try to create a COM component and expose the Highlite API, add reference to my C# Winform and invoke it from there.
from above posts, it appear you have worked good deal to edit pdf docs without using SDK ( with the help of plugins/DDE).
can you please help me what was the result . as i have the similar issue (ActiveX is not able to create objects for data points i have in the code @ http://forums.adobe.com/message/4109842 ).
apprciate any guidance.
Sid - What I had achieved using Ndde (opensource) is to make a connection from .Net code (Winform) to C++ code (Adobe Plugin). All my code does is to invoke C++ code from .Net to retrieve (read only) the contents/text of a PDF document and I did not do any EDITING.
What are you trying to achieve?
athirukk- i need to write reference text on pdf docs..with acrobat this is possible as confirmed by Irosenth....however was thinking if it is possible without spending any money...
i will look at ndde....however any direction u want me to point ..
Without spending money you can't create plug-ins for Adobe Reader.
As Bernd mentioned, you have to get RIKLA from Adobe to make your plugin work for Reader.
So can I use Reader DDE automation to access PDF comments/annotations using VBA?
Did you read the documentation?
Do you mean those 500+ pages of confused and useless official documentation or the 40+ sites/blogs/forums I visited before asking?
Couldn't adobe just clearly state in the two sdks download pages who can use them and how to use them? I think I downloaded 100 MB of useless stuff, maybe I just need to know how to access acrord32.dll functions from VBA... if just this was explained somewhere...
The documentation is part of the Acrobat SDK.
The documentation is an overwhelming mess, anyway at the end I figured out what I need to know.
This is an example annotation saved into an FDF file:
<</C[1.0 1.0 1.0]/CL[91.8331 536.61 162.546 562.254 174.546 562.254]/Contents(COMMENT CONTENT)/CreationDate(D:20150521145021+02'00')/DA(1 0 0 rg /Helv 12 Tf)/DS(font: Helvetica,sans-serif 12.0pt; text-align:left; color:#FF0000 )/F 4/IT/FreeTextCallout/LE/OpenArrow/M(D:20150521151125+02'00')/NM(4dd302eb-83fd-4cf2-b4a6-f 84c096ad11a)/Page 0/RC(<?xml version="1.0"?><body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:xfa="http://www.xfa.org/schema/xfa-data/1.0/" xfa:APIVersion="Acrobat:11.0.6" xfa:spec="2.0.2" style="font-size:12.0pt;text-align:left;color:#FF0000;font-weight:normal;font-style:norma \
l;font-family:Helvetica,sans-serif;font-stretch:normal"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family:Helvetica">commento</span></p></body>)/RD[82.7728 20.7243 0.5 0.5]/Rect[91.7732 534.719 283.046 571.953]/Subj(Callout)/Subtype/FreeText/T(ANNOTATION AUTHOR)/Type/Annot>>
More readable fashion:
/C[1.0 1.0 1.0]
/CL[91.8331 536.61 162.546 562.254 174.546 562.254]
/DA(1 0 0 rg /Helv 12 Tf)
/DS(font: Helvetica,sans-serif 12.0pt; text-align:left; color:#FF0000 )
/RC(<?xml version="1.0"?><body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:xfa="http://www.xfa.org/schema/xfa-data/1.0/" xfa:APIVersion="Acrobat:11.0.6" xfa:spec="2.0.2" style="font-size:12.0pt;text-align:left;color:#FF0000;font-weight:normal;font-style:norma \
l;font-family:Helvetica,sans-serif;font-stretch:normal"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family:Helvetica">COMMENT CONTENT</span></p></body>)
/RD[82.7728 20.7243 0.5 0.5]
/Rect[91.7732 534.719 283.046 571.953]
"<<" and ">>" mark start/end of annotation
/C ? (who cares? :-) )
/CL = "CaLlout annotation", i.e. "a box with an arrow"; 6 numbers after /CL are coordinates of, in order:
- arrow end
- arrow start
Coordinates are relative to lower-left angle of the page.
/DA Default Appearance
/DS Default Style
/F Flags (4 = nozoom)
/IT type of annotation: FreeText, FreeTextCallout,FreeTextTypewriter
/LE Style of the arrow
/NM is the unique id of the annotation (I don't need it for exporting).
/RC containts a RiCh text version of the comment (i.e. supporting formatting)
/RD Textbox margins
/Rect Textbox containing the comment
/T Author of the annotation
So actually all I need to extract the list of comments and where the arrows point to is:
- Find "<<"
- Find "/CL" and get first two numbers inside [ ]
- Find "/Contents" and read string inside ( )
- Find "/page" and read number after space
Data taken from table 170 and 174 in _0_PDF32000_2008.
I assumed you looks for the documentation of the DDE commands of Acrobat Reader.
Yes... if it allows exporting comments.