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Extract PDF fields or Excel Cells to VB varibles

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I need the ability to, using some sort of ActiveX contol, extract the values from PDF fields or Excel Cells (preferably PDF) from a protected spreadsheet to VB varibles for further processing...

I prefer to do this in a PDF file unless someone has superior knowledge that suggests this to be simpler in a different format.  Basically, the orginating document needs to be able to perform calculations (inside the document), hence the PDF or XLS and then processed by a VB program that will extract certain fields.

Thanks for the quick help!

Tks,
J
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by:Anthony Perkins
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I suspect you have overlooked this old open question from nearly a year and a half ago:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Broadband/VPN/Q_20395600.html

Let me know if you need help closing it.
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The full version of Acrobat provides an API for reading and manipulating PDFs programmatically.  Unfortunately, this is still no trivial matter.  However structured they may appear, PDFs are graphical position-based documents, i.e. the data is not necessarily ordered in the same way its presented.  I know of only one good PDF parser, and its very expensive; intended for large OLTP systems.
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