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PDF-XChange Viewer Command Line for File -> Export -> Export as Image

Posted on 2016-07-25
Last Modified: 2016-07-28
Is there a command line for PDF-XChange viewer to automate the process for saving a PDF as a image file through:
File -> Export -> Export as Image
Question by:maverick0728
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 250 total points
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A couple of comments. First, PDF-XChange Viewer has been discontinued, as stated at Tracker Software's website:

My recommendation is to upgrade to PDF-XChange Editor:

It also has a free version that you may select during installation:

PDF-XChange Editor - Free or Pro
The manual for it is here:

Its command line feature has the ability to run JavaScript (the /runjs command, documented on page 31 of the manual). It should be possible to write a JavaScript that does the export, although I haven't done it.

My second comment is a question: Does it have to be done via PDF-XChange? If you're willing to consider other (free!) products, many have a command line option to convert from PDF to image files, including GraphicsMagick, ImageMagick, and IrfanView. This EE article explains how to do it with GraphicsMagick:
Create an image (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF, etc.) from a multi-page PDF

Before reading that, read this other EE article that shows where to get the free GM download and explains the options with respect to its various editions. Regards, Joe
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oBdA earned 250 total points
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Looking at https:28959327, it seems you want to convert single-page pdf documents to pictures?
Here's a bit of Powershell that converts using GhostScript: http://www.ghostscript.com/
You can experiment with the different devices; note that the tiffg... devices are fax format and support multiple pages. The other formats only support one page as it is.
Here's the help for the devices: http://www.ghostscript.com/doc/current/Devices.htm
By default, the script will put the new image in the same folder as the pdf, with the respective extension. You can use the Destination argument to save them in a different folder (this expects a folder name, not a file name).
Existing pictures with the same name will be overwritten without warning.
Save as ConvertTo-Image.ps1 or Whatever.ps1.
You can pipe it a batch of documents to convert; example:
Get-ChildItem C:\Temp\*.pdf | .\ConvertTo-Image.ps1 -tiffg4 -Resolution 600

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Or save in a different folder:
Get-ChildItem C:\Temp\*.pdf | .\ConvertTo-Image.ps1 -tiffg4 -Resolution 600 -Destination C:\Temp\tiff

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	[Parameter(Mandatory=$True, ValueFromPipeline=$True, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$True, Position=0)]
	[String]$Destination,	## Folder
	[String]$GhostScript = 'C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.19\bin\gswin64c.exe',
		'bmp16', 'bmp16m', 'bmp256', 'bmp32b', 'bmpgray', 'bmpmono',
		'jpeg', 'jpeggray',
		'png16', 'png16m', 'png256', 'pngalpha', 'pnggray', 'pngmono', 'pngmonod',
		'tiff12nc', 'tiff24nc', 'tiff32nc', 'tiff48nc', 'tiff64nc', 
		'tiffcrle', 'tiffg3', 'tiffg32d', 'tiffg4', 'tiffgray', 'tifflzw', 'tiffpack'
	[string]$Device = 'tiffg4',
	[uint16]$Resolution = 300,
Begin {
	Switch ($Device) {
		{$_.StartsWith('bmp')}	{$NewExtension = '.bmp'}
		{$_.StartsWith('jpeg')}	{$NewExtension = '.jpg'}
		{$_.StartsWith('png')}	{$NewExtension = '.png'}
		{$_.StartsWith('tiff')}	{$NewExtension = '.tiff'}
Process {
	$Path |	ForEach-Object {
		If ($FileItem = Get-Item -Path $_) {
			If ($Destination) {
				$OutputFile = Join-Path -Path $Destination -ChildPath ($FileItem.BaseName + $NewExtension)
			} Else {
				$OutputFile = $FileItem.FullName -replace "$([regex]::Escape($FileItem.Extension))\Z", $NewExtension
			& $GhostScript -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE="$($Device)" -r"$($Resolution)" -sOutputFile="$($OutputFile)" $FileItem.FullName -q 2>&1 | Write-Host -ForegroundColor Gray
			If ($PassThru -and ($LASTEXITCODE -eq 0)) {
				Get-Item -Path $OutputFile
End {

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