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  • 1.  Utility PDF VBO

    Posted 06-01-2020 02:21
    Hi,

    Can any one please help me to find Utility PDF VBO in DX assets.
    I am unable o find it.

    TIA.

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    Arghya
    RPA Developer
    Infosys Ltd
    Asia/Kolkata
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  • 2.  RE: Utility PDF VBO

    Posted 06-02-2020 02:11
    @Arghya Bhattacharyya​ - Even I saw some post that blue prism has released a VBO for PDF with iTEXTSHARP which can read PDF and handle other operations, however I was not able to find the same.

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    Mayank Goyal
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  • 3.  RE: Utility PDF VBO
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    Posted 06-02-2020 22:10
    1. The LinkedIn post was misleading because it isn't Blue Prism that made the asset. I'm sure it'll still work, but it's a third party asset that will, I assume, eventually be available on the Digital Exchange.

    2. There is at least 1 asset already available on the DX. I haven't tried it myself because I made my own object that uses PDFSharp and other libraries. But anyway, here's the one you could try: https://digitalexchange.blueprism.com/dx/entry/9648/solution/pdf-management

    3. Invoke had an asset available that used iTextSharp, but the link to Invoke's source page seems to be broken. But that asset on the DX is here: https://digitalexchange.blueprism.com/dx/entry/4185/solution/invoke---itextsharp

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    Dave Morris
    Cano Ai
    Atlanta, GA
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  • 4.  RE: Utility PDF VBO

    Posted 06-03-2020 13:06
    @Dave Morris ​- Thanks a lot for your response, yes I believe the one mentioned on post is not BP owned and I am not even sure where is it located.

    For DX one, its just for splitting and merging the PDF and yes Invoke link is broken. Looks like we will need custom solutions till there is a reusable object from BP to handle commonly performed PDF operations

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    Mayank Goyal
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  • 5.  RE: Utility PDF VBO

    Posted 12 days ago
    @Dave Morris - or one of my problem statements I have to read full text from PDF and also convert all pages of PDF to image, still there something standard available now from BP for PDF or is this still custom?

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    Mayank Goyal
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  • 6.  RE: Utility PDF VBO

    Posted 6 days ago
    Still a custom thing as far as I know. I do the same thing as far as converting all pages from PDF to image since OCR platforms seem to handle images better. Seems weird that the file type would matter, but w/e. What I do is call the various executables in the XPDFReader toolset. As far as I've read, this is the easiest legal solution to use for production.

    Here's the main page of the website: https://www.xpdfreader.com/

    The documentation pages are hard to find for some reason. Here's the direct link to the PDF to PNG converter: https://www.xpdfreader.com/pdftopng-man.html

    I've been using this for a while and it's really good. It will require a little bit of coding. If you end up going that route, I can probably share some code to help a bit. The main thing is waiting for the executable to finish running the conversion for all the files before allowing the process flow to continue.



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    Dave Morris
    Cano Ai
    Atlanta, GA
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  • 7.  RE: Utility PDF VBO

    Posted 6 days ago
    @Dave Morris - Thanks a lot for your response. Will I need to place some dll in BP automate folder with this library because this can be a challenge.
    This is one reason why I have suggested an idea to BP to come up with standard VBO using Acrobat DC. It is a licensed software and can be easily installed on machine.
    https://community.blueprism.com/get-involved/ideas/viewidea?IdeationKey=1b5088a9-991d-441d-955d-6b153fdce95d

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    Mayank Goyal
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  • 8.  RE: Utility PDF VBO

    Posted 6 days ago
    It can be placed anywhere. We didn't put it in the BP Automate folder. We used an entirely separate directory in C:. Also They're just exe files so there's no need to install anything. You just need permissions to be able to create files in whatever directory you choose.

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    Dave Morris
    Cano Ai
    Atlanta, GA
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  • 9.  RE: Utility PDF VBO

    Posted 6 days ago
    Just to add to the conversation , There was a fantastic VBO available on Dx earlier which was really helpful and utlized iTextsharp. But as per the comments on other post it was removed because of some licensing issue or something.. and as it was removed from DX i can't share with you here because of the legal aspects

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    Harshit Rawat
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