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post Aug 13 2017, 08:49 PM

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i'm trying to search for text & page number in a PDF with VBA in Access 2010. I am opening the PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. i found the following code but i get error 429 "ActiveX component can't create object" on both Set objApp = CreateObject("AcroExch.App") & Set objPDDoc = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc"). Can anyone help me figure this out?

***** Added details: I'm looking for code that will find a particular string in a PDF & return the page number(s) where the string is found *****

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[/code]Sub test_with_PDF()
'   Original code found at:
'   http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/2c2bb856-d8d9-4624-80a1-2425a5660e8c/how-to-use-VBA-to-view-pdf-file-and-use-an-ocr-object
'   The original subroutine concatenated all of the found text and displayed it.
'   This modification searches each word in a PDF for a specific string, and lets
'   you know each time the word is encountered.
    Dim objApp As Object
    Dim objPDDoc As Object
    Dim objjso As Object
    Dim wordsCount As Long
    Dim page As Long
    Dim i As Long
    Dim strData As String
    Dim strFileName As String
    strFileName = "H:\Corporate Phone Book.pdf"
    Set objApp = CreateObject("AcroExch.App")
    Set objPDDoc = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")
    'AD.1 open file, if =false file is damage
    If objPDDoc.Open(strFileName) Then
        Set objjso = objPDDoc.GetJSObject
        For page = 0 To objPDDoc.GetNumPages - 1
            wordsCount = objjso.GetPageNumWords(page)
            For i = 0 To wordsCount
                'AD.2 Set text to variable strData
                If objjso.getPageNthWord(page, i) = "DENNIS" Then
                    MsgBox "I found a Dennis on page " & page
                End If
            Next i
        MsgBox "Done"
        MsgBox "error!"
    End If
End Sub[code]
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post Aug 13 2017, 10:16 PM

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You may need the full version of Adobe Acrobat. Perhaps Acrobat Reader cannot create an Acrobat object.

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post Aug 14 2017, 12:20 AM

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From: Western Ma.,L.I.,N.Y.,Jupiter,Fl.

theres an old post from Doctor9 which can be found here...read a pdf
I was able to adapt it read thru the pdf and import it line by line into a table where it could be further processed.
in essence it reads a pdf character by character and determines the end of a line by a carriage return.

the caveat however is you need a FULL version of Adobe Acrobat

Some of the other options I experimented with was converting the pdf to excel and linking to that excel file and converting to a word document and reading that into a table.
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