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Topic: Acrobat as ActiveX server
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 51271
From: RCesar
Date: 5/29/2002 04:44 PM

Others have asked questions similar to one I have, but on the outside chance someone has something new/different to add, I'd like to ask it again.

From within VB, I'm trying to get access to PDFs' text. Accordingly, I'm looking for two things:

(1) an Acrobat ActiveX server -- component or control -- that I can use from VB to access a PDF file's text. I've seen many references to the SDK, and from my reading of Adobe's materials about the SDK it appears Acrobat's API's do expose a PDF's text. But I don't know C, so can't I create my own. I checked at the PDFStore -- nothing.

(2) documentation for the Acrobat ActiveX control and related type library does exist (pdf.ocx and pdf.tlb, respectively). Based on my briefly browsing its methods in the VB Object Browser, I would venture this control doesn't provide programmatic access to a PDF's text. On the other hand, I haven't found documentation for this control, so I could be wrong.

Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you.

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