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Get Acrobat version from VB

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Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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I am trying to find a property of this object to return the Acrobat version, e.g. "Adobe Acrobat Pro".

oPDDoc = ole.Create("AcroExch.PDDoc")

But no luck so far.  This is what I need.

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Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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JavaScript can provide the answer.

app.viewerType will return "Reader" (for Reader), "Exchange" for Acrobat Standard (or very early versions of Acrobat) and "Exchange-Pro" for Acrobat Pro.

app.viewerVersion will return the exact version number.

I don't believe there's a way to identify if it's 64- or 32-bit, though.

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Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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Here's some reference docs that show how to use the JS object in VBA. 

It's about halfway down the page, search for "JSObject" 

https://opensource.adobe.com/dc-acrobat-sdk-docs/library/interapp/IAC_DevApp_OLE_Support.html

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Feb 28, 2023 Feb 28, 2023

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Yes, I have used that guide and also https://opensource.adobe.com/dc-acrobat-sdk-docs/library/jsapiref/JS_API_AcroJS.html but without success.  It seems that even viewerType is not exposed to the OLE object.  So at this point I am making the user pick which version of Acrobat they are using from a dialog.  All of this is a workaround.  I can create form fields through OLE.  I can also create a user Submit button through OLE.  But what I would like is to use the Distribute functionality.  I have not been able to do that through OLE.  Instead I send keystrokes to the UI. (That is the reason I need to know the version - to give focus to the right window.)  That is an incredible kludge, but at this point we are just trying to get something working.  Thanks.

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You know that by sending keystrokes to Acrobat you are getting around the office automation interface and breaking your license agreement. 

 

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Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Had no idea.  But I don't understand.  If I am compliant when I work through the UI, and if I am compliant if I use automation, why can't I combine both?  I would certainly prefer to do it all through automation if I could figure out the distribution part.

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