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Convert Office documents (Excel word PowerPoint) to PDF using PHP

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Sample PHP code for using PDFTron SDK to convert Office documents to PDF (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher) without needing any external dependencies or MS Office licenses. Office to PDF conversion can be performed on a Linux or Windows server to automate Office-centric workflows, or entirely in the user's client (web browser, mobile device). The conversion functionality can be combined with our Viewer to display or annotate Office files (docx, xlsx, pptx) on all major platforms, including Web, Android, iOS, Xamarin, UWP, and Windows. Learn more about our PHP PDF Library and Office Document Conversion Library.

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// Copyright (c) 2001-2023 by Apryse Software Inc. All Rights Reserved.
// Consult legal.txt regarding legal and license information.

// Relative path to the folder containing the test files.
$input_path = getcwd()."/../../TestFiles/";
$output_path = $input_path."Output/";

// The following sample illustrates how to use the PDF::Convert utility class 
// to convert MS Office files to PDF
// This conversion is performed entirely within the PDFNet and has *no* 
// external or system dependencies dependencies -- Conversion results will be
// the same whether on Windows, Linux or Android.
// Please contact us if you have any questions.

function SimpleDocxConvert($input_filename, $output_filename)
	global $input_path, $output_path;

	// Start with a PDFDoc (the conversion destination)
	$pdfdoc = new PDFDoc();

	// perform the conversion with no optional parameters
	Convert::OfficeToPDF($pdfdoc, $input_path.$input_filename, NULL);

	// save the result
	$pdfdoc->Save($output_path.$output_filename, SDFDoc::e_linearized);
	// And we're done!
	echo nl2br("Saved ".$output_filename . "\n");

function FlexibleDocxConvert($input_filename, $output_filename)
	global $input_path, $output_path;

	// Start with a PDFDoc (the conversion destination)
	$pdfdoc = new PDFDoc();

	$options = new OfficeToPDFOptions(); //ConversionOptions();

	// set up smart font substitutions to improve conversion results
	// in situations where the original fonts are not available

	// create a conversion object -- this sets things up but does not yet
	// perform any conversion logic.
	// in a multithreaded environment, this object can be used to monitor
	// the conversion progress and potentially cancel it as well
	$conversion = Convert::StreamingPDFConversion($pdfdoc, $input_path.$input_filename, $options);

	// Print the progress of the conversion.
	echo "Status: "$conversion->GetProgress()*100 . "%, ".

	// actually perform the conversion
	// this particular method will not throw on conversion failure, but will
	// return an error status instead
	while ($conversion->GetConversionStatus() == DocumentConversion::eIncomplete)
		// print out the progress status as we go
		echo (nl2br("Status: " . $conversion->GetProgress()*100 . "%, ".
			 $conversion->GetProgressLabel() ));

 	if($conversion->GetConversionStatus() == DocumentConversion::eSuccess)
		$num_warnings = $conversion->GetNumWarnings();
		// print information about the conversion 
		for ($i = 0; $i < $num_warnings; ++$i)
			echo(nl2br("Conversion Warning: ".$conversion->GetWarningString($i) ));

		// save the result
		$pdfdoc->Save($output_path . $output_filename, SDFDoc::e_linearized);
		// done
		echo(nl2br("Saved " . $output_filename ."\n"));
		echo(nl2br("Encountered an error during conversion: " . $conversion->GetErrorString() ));


function main()
	// The first step in every application using PDFNet is to initialize the 
	// library. The library is usually initialized only once, but calling 
	// Initialize() multiple times is also fine.

	global $LicenseKey;

	// first the one-line conversion function
	SimpleDocxConvert("simple-word_2007.docx", "simple-word_2007.pdf");

	// then the more flexible line-by-line conversion API
	FlexibleDocxConvert("the_rime_of_the_ancient_mariner.docx", "the_rime_of_the_ancient_mariner.pdf");