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Error running Javascript to convert from PDF to XLSX

Community Beginner ,
Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

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While running the code: saveAs("C:\temp\temp.xlsx", "com.adobe.acrobat.xlsx") it will start converting before the error: "The specified file could not be written to. It may be in use" pops up and the conversion fails. So I decided to test that theory using the Windows utility File Locksmith, the only program accessing the PDF is Acrobat DC.

I also tested just converting through Export menu and it works just fine, this error only occurs when using JavaScript. How can I bypass this issue as I am looking to automate this process using VBA after confirming the javascript is working.

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Community Beginner , Jan 15, 2024 Jan 15, 2024

Found the solution.
Under Preferences -> Security (Enhanced) -> Disable Protected Mode at startup

After changing that setting and restarting the code was executing flawlessly.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

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The correct file-path syntax you need to use is this:

"/C/temp/temp.xlsx"

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks for the fast response,

On a Windows system you would use a more Unix like path?
Testing with the path set as "/C/temp/temp.xlsx" still produces the same error unfortunately.

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It's the same path syntax for all platforms.

The code works fine for me. Do you actually have a folder called "temp" under the C drive? Because the script can't create it for you.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 12, 2024 Jan 12, 2024

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I do, I have also tested other paths to see if it was a permissions issue.
I tried on my secondary drive with the path "/E/temp.xlsx" and "/E/project/temp.xslx" Still the same error message. I have now also tested on other work machines and the same issue persists so it's not an installation issue.

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Found the solution.
Under Preferences -> Security (Enhanced) -> Disable Protected Mode at startup

After changing that setting and restarting the code was executing flawlessly.

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