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Command Line tool to call TIFF/PDF page counter?

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Hello experts,

I have a desire to count the pages of a PDF file from the command line.  Is anyone aware of a program that could do this?  Or a command that could potentially do this?

Thanks in advance?
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by:HainKurt
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do you want to get how many pages (a numeric value) are there in a pdf file, or create an image? can you please elaborate more...
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by:Bill Prew
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If you wait another month you can get a free tool that does this from:

http://counter.tiff-tools.com/

~bp
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by:Bill Prew
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Here's a way to do it in VB Script if that is useful to you?

~bp

iPages = PageCount("C:\_temp\ctt2.pdf")
Wscript.Echo iPages
Wscript.Quit

Function PageCount(sFile)
    Set oPDF = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")
    If oPDF.Open(sFile) Then
        PageCount = oPDF.GetNumPages()
        Set oPDF = Nothing
    Else
        PageCount = -1
    End If
End Function

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by:Bill Prew
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You can also grab a copy of pdfinfo.exe at the following link, and parse the output from it in a FOR statement (let me know if you want help with that) to get the page count in a batch script.

ftp://ftp.foolabs.com/pub/xpdf/xpdf-3.02pl5-win32.zip

~bp
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by:robthomas09
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Thank you everyone for your replies.  We are actually running a program called Mirth, an hl7 interface engine, where we can use Javascript to execute a command line statement.  We are looking to count the pages of a particular PDF, and return a numeric value that represents how many pages it has.
Thanks!
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Bill Prew earned 500 total points
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Okay, here's a simple approach.  First, save this code as a small VBS file, lets call it PDFPAGES.VBS.

Set oPDF = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")
If oPDF.Open(WScript.Arguments.Item(0)) Then
   Wscript.Echo oPDF.GetNumPages()
Else
   Wscript.Echo -1
End If

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Then from your Javascript mode, run the following command line:

CSCRIPT //NOLOGO PDFPAGES.VBS "c:\temp\filename.pdf"

where the PDF file that you want to get the page count is last on the command line.  The VB script will run, and display to the console the number of pages.  You will need to trap that in the javascript and grab it (I'm not a javascript jock).

~bp
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by:robthomas09
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Thanks for your hard work bp - golden.
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Great, glad that was useful, thanks.

~bp
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