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  • Problem with sys_shell()

    Using sys_shell() to open able2convert.
    This is an application that converts PDF files to word,excel or powerpoint.
    Works very well manually.

    using the code below:-will not get the path (vpath)
    and will not open specified document-It opens able2convert but makes the user to manually select the file

    '-------- results from trace window -----------
    Path =
    Path2 = y:\alpha5v8\pritchard_purchase\pdf\
    REQ Number = U12C-00016
    vapplication = C:\Program Files\Investintech.com Inc\Able2Extract 5.0\Able2Extract.exe
    vfile2open = U12C-00016-071108.pdf
    vcombined = C:\Program Files\Investintech.com Inc\Able2Extract 5.0\Able2Extract.exe y:\alpha5v8\pritchard_purchase\pdf\U12C-00016-071108.pdf
    '-------- results from trace window -----------

    Any ideas on my code?

    trace.clear()
    dim global vreqnumber as C
    dim global vfilename as C
    dim global vpath as C
    dim global vpath2 as C
    dim global vfile2open as C
    dim global vapplication as C
    dim global vcombined as C
    var->vapplication = ""
    t5 = ""
    var->vfile2open=""
    var->vcombined=""
    t5 = A5.GET_PATH()+ "\\"
    t6 = "y:\alpha5v8\pritchard_purchase\pdf"+chr(92)
    var_vpath = t5
    var->vpath2 = t6
    var->vapplication = "C:\Program Files\Investintech.com Inc\Able2Extract 5.0\Able2Extract.exe"
    var->vreqnumber = aepmatreq_header->REQ_NUMBER
    var->vfilename=trim(aepmatreq_header->REQ_NUMBER)+"-"+substr(DTOC(aepmatreq_header->Date),1,2)+substr(DTOC(aepmatreq_header->Date),4,2)+substr(DTOC(aepmatreq_header->Date),9,2)+".pdf"
    var->vfile2open=trim(var->vfilename)
    var->vcombined = var->vapplication +" "+ var->vpath2 + var->vfile2open

    trace.WriteLn("Path = " + var->vpath)
    trace.WriteLn("Path2 = " + var->vpath2)
    trace.WriteLn("REQ Number = " + var->vreqnumber)
    trace.WriteLn("vapplication = " + var->vapplication)
    trace.WriteLn("vfile2open = " + var->vfile2open)
    trace.WriteLn("vcombined = " + var->vcombined)

    if var->vusername = "Charlie Crimmel" then
    'able2extract
    sys_shell(var->vcombined,1)
    end if

    if var->vusername <> "Charlie Crimmel" then
    'able2extract
    script_play("Under_development")
    end if

  • #2
    Re: Problem with sys_shell()

    Your code looks fine to me. Do you have any documentation for the program that indicates you can open a file as you are attempting to do it (parameters/syntax involved)? Can you do this with a windows shortcut? If so what does the shortcut say?

    I tried googling the application name but just got a lot of pirate site hits.
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: Problem with sys_shell()

      Does the path for the first file contain spaces? You might need to put \" around the paths in the command string.

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      • #4
        Re: Problem with sys_shell()

        Thanks:
        This is a link to their site:
        http://www.investintech.com/prod_options.htm
        There is a free trial available. It works real nice manually.

        Per their tech support, the desktop version will not allow passing file names. but their command line may allow this

        Still Checking.

        Thanks
        Charlie Crimmel

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        • #5
          Re: Problem with sys_shell()

          Originally posted by crimmelcp View Post
          Per their tech support, the desktop version will not allow passing file names. but their command line may allow this
          Their own tech support only thinks it MAY allow it?! Hmm...

          testing it now... v. pretty box, I love different shades of blue mixed like that :)

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          • #6
            Re: Problem with sys_shell()

            Ah yes checked it now, what you bought is a desktop version, which has no startup parameters so won't work with sys_shell.

            What do you actually need or want to do? There are free tools available & A5 has some built-in functions for RTF, plain text and HTML export from PDFs too...

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            • #7
              Re: Problem with sys_shell()

              Not that I would recommend it or attempt it myself, just to think about the power offered to us by Alpha.

              You could....

              read the registry value for the program used to open pdf files - REGISTRY.SYS_GET( Entry as C )

              Code:
              ? registry.sys_get("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document\Shell\Open\Command")
              = "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"
              change it to Able2Extract.exe - REGISTRY.SYS_SET( Entry as C, Data as C )


              sys_open() your desired file

              set it back to the original when done
              REGISTRY.SYS_SET( Entry as C, Data as C )
              Last edited by Stan Mathews; 07-25-2008, 04:04 PM.
              There can be only one.

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              • #8
                Re: Problem with sys_shell()

                Might need a bit more manipulation to find the registered program for an extension.

                Code:
                typ =  registry.sys_get("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf")
                ? typ
                = "AcroExch.Document"
                keyis = "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\"+typ+"\Shell\Open\Command"
                ? keyis
                = "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document\Shell\Open\Command"
                ? registry.sys_get(keyis)
                = "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"
                There can be only one.

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                • #9
                  Re: Problem with sys_shell()

                  Right now A button on the form creates and saves a PDF from the Report.
                  Opens Email and fills in the To and From, attaches the PDF
                  and the user just has to send the email.

                  The Customer asked if It could also create the same report format in Excel (instead of the PDF) so that they could copy and paste the info that they needed.

                  Thanks
                  Charlie Crimmel

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                  • #10
                    Re: Problem with sys_shell()

                    Originally posted by crimmelcp View Post
                    Right now A button on the form creates and saves a PDF from the Report.
                    Opens Email and fills in the To and From, attaches the PDF
                    and the user just has to send the email.

                    The Customer asked if It could also create the same report format in Excel (instead of the PDF) so that they could copy and paste the info that they needed.

                    Thanks
                    Charlie Crimmel
                    Direct export of reports to Excel is built into V9 anyway... http://support.alphasoftware.com/Wha...youts.htm#Save Reports as Excel Files

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