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Creating a button on the Acrobat Application that will process menu item

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using vb.net and SDK how can I create a button that will process a menu item? I know you can do it using JSObject but I don't know how.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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You would do something like this:

        Dim App As Acrobat.CAcroApp
        Dim PDDoc As Acrobat.CAcroPDDoc
        Dim AVDoc As Acrobat.CAcroAVDoc
        Dim jso As Object

        Dim coord(3) As Integer
        Dim button

        App = CreateObject("AcroExch.App")
        AVDoc = CreateObject("AcroExch.AVDoc")

        AVDoc = App.GetActiveDoc
        PDDoc = AVDoc.GetPDDoc

        jso = PDDoc.GetJSObject

        coord(0) = 100
        coord(1) = 100
        coord(2) = 172
        coord(3) = 136

        button = jso.AddField("NewField", "button", 0, coord)
        button.setAction("MouseUp", "app.execMenuItem('SaveAs')")


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what do you dim Button as also I want to run the Batch Process which is under Advanced > Batch Processing and once the Batch Processing menu comes up, I want to execute the Run Sequence button. I tried doing this with SendKeys in Vb .net but I can't get the focus on Run Sequence button.
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I tried your code however I am getting nullReference error
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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Sorry, this was a cut&paste error. It's supposed to be
Dim button As Object

This JavaScript command will open the "Batch" dialog:

app.execMenuItem("BatchEdit");

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all right i can get to that, but how can programmatically click on the "Run Sequence" button?
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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This is not possible with JavaScript. Adobe did not expose the batch sequences to JavaScript (probably to prevent you from automating Acrobat and use it in a way not licensed by the EULA).
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so what is my option to be able to click on the "Run Sequence" button?
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 500 total points
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If you cannot do it with the "SendKeys" command, there are no options.

I know of two applications that give you some automation of batch sequences, but unfortunately none of them is cheap:

http://www.pdfstore.com/details.asp?ProdID=654
http://www.caslonsoft.com/composite-56.htm

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all right, I am just running out of options on this.. thanx for your help Khkremer.
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