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PDFTron DocPub is a command-line application designed to convert documents to PDF, XPS, XOD, HTML, or EPUB format files, while presenting several options to control the conversion process. This section covers the basic usage of DocPub explaining all of the available options.
The basic command-line syntax is:
DocPub [options] file1 file2 folder1 file3 ...
See more options in Command-Line Summary for DocPub
DocPub -f xod my.doc
DocPub -f pdf --verb 2 -o my_output_folder my.xod
DocPub -f xod --subfolders dir1 dir2
DocPub supports processing of multiple input documents in the same run. For example, it is possible to specify multiple PDF folders and DocPub will automatically process all documents matching a given file extension. For example, the following command-line will process all PDF documents in folders 'test1' and 'test2'
c:\> DocPub ---extension pdf -o c:/output_folder c:/test1 c:/test2
Wildcard characters can also be used to process multiple input files.
For example, if a directory contains the following PDF documents:
C:\test1 >dir Directory of C:\test1 01/04/2007 03:35 PM <DIR> . 01/04/2007 03:35 PM <DIR> .. 05/21/2004 02:27 PM A1.pdf 05/03/2005 09:38 AM A2.pdf 05/20/2003 08:46 AM B1.pdf 05/15/2003 12:50 PM B2.pdf
To process all PDF documents in this folder and convert them to XOD format, you could specify:
c:\>DocPub -f xod -o c:/output_folder c:/test1/*.pdf
To process all PDF documents starting with 'A', you could specify:
DocPub -f xod -o c:/output_folder c:/test1/A*.pdf
Or to process all PDF documents ending with '1' and convert them to XOD documents, you could specify:
DocPub -f xod -o c:/output_folder c:/test1/*1.pdf
You can use either of the two standard wildcards --- the question mark (?) and the asterisk (*) --- to specify filename and path arguments on the command line.
The wildcards are expanded in the same manner as operating system commands. (Please refer to your operating system user's guide if you are unfamiliar with wildcards.) Enclosing an argument in double quotation marks (" ") suppresses the wildcard expansion. Within quoted arguments, you can represent quotation marks literally by preceding the double-quotation-mark character with a backslash (\). If no matches are found for the wildcard argument, the argument is passed literally.
To provide additional feedback, DocPub returns exit codes after completing processing. The exit codes can be used to provide user feedback, for logging, etc. This is particularly important for applications running in an unattended environment.
The following table lists possible exit codes and their description:
Exit Code Description --------------- -------------------------------------------------------- 0 All files converted successfully 1 Unspecified error 2 Bad license key 3 Failed to create or write the output file or directory 4 Failed to connect to server
All codes other than '0' indicate that there was an error during the conversion process.
To get detailed information on an error, set the --verb parameter to 2.
The following illustrates a sample Windows batch script that processes exit codes:
@echo off rem convert all files in 'data' folder DocPub ./data if errorlevel 1 goto other_error if errorlevel 3 goto failed_create_err if errorlevel 0 goto exit :failed_create_err echo Failed to create a directory. :othererror echo An error encountered during processing. goto exit :exit
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