how to read an specific page into pdf document?
Francis Nugent Dixon
effendi at wanadoo.fr
Tue Oct 18 14:47:41 CDT 2011
Hi from beautiful Brittany,
Graham wrote :
> Where does the PDF page appear? I mean is it in a stack window,
> and could it be manipulated by a LiveCode program ?
The answer is YES !
I may be a little late on this thread, 'cos I've been trying
to solve the problem myself. I appear to have made progress
- to whit : pick up a page of a pdf file and get it as text
into a stack. Save it on an external file, then read it back
into the stack - Long-winded but effective.
Don't ask me what happens to non-text data in the page - I
haven't got that far, YET !
After playing about with Skim, and scanning all examples
available on the net, I think you can do just about anything
with Skim and AppleScript.
Of course, my example was developed on a MAC.
File "SkimTest1.pdf" contains text ONLY.
"MyPagesC" is a field containing the required page number.
"MySkim" is the reception field in my stack
TestStack available on request (save you coding it all up)
Be careful of line wraps.
put "tell application " & quote & "Skim" & quote into line 1 of
put "set " & LVDeskTop & " to path to desktop as string" into line
2 of GVMasterScript
put "open (" & LVDeskTop & " & " & quote & "SkimTest1.pdf" & quote
& ")" into line 3 of GVMasterScript
put "tell document 1" into line 4 of GVMasterScript
put char 1 to 3 of field "MyPagesC" into GVPage
put "go to page " & GVPage into line 5 of GVMasterScript
put "set " & GVTextData & " to (get text for page " & GVPage & ")"
into line 6 of GVMasterScript
put "tell application " & quote & "TextEdit" & quote into line 7
put "activate" into line 8 of GVMasterScript
put "make new document" into line 9 of GVMasterScript
put "set text of document 1 to GVTextData as text" into line 10 of
put "save document 1 in (LVDeskTop " & " & " & quote &
"SkimOut.txt" & quote & ")" into line 11 of GVMasterScript
put "end tell" into line 12 of GVMasterScript
put "end tell" into line 13 of GVMasterScript
put "activate" into line 14 of GVMasterScript
put "end tell" into line 15 of GVMasterScript
-- AppleScript is now complete. So execute it !
do GVMasterScript as AppleScript
put GVDeskTop & "/" & "SkimOut.txt" into LVSkimName
if there is a file LVSkimName then
open file LVSkimName
put 0 into LVSkimLines
read from file LVSkimName until return
put it into LVInputArea
if LVInputArea is empty then exit repeat
add 1 to LVSkimLines
put LVInputArea into line LVSkimLines of field MySkim
close file LVSkimName
show field "MySkim"
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