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Sample Python code to use PDFTron SDK for direct, high-quality conversion between PDF, XPS, EMF, SVG, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, and other image formats ('pdftron.PDF.Convert' namespace). The sample also shows how to convert any printable document (ex. TXT, RTF, Word, MS Office, DXF, DWG, etc) to PDF or XPS using a universal document converter. Learn more about our Python PDF Library and PDF Conversion Library.

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

import site
import sys
from PDFNetPython import *
import platform

from LicenseKey import *

# The following sample illustrates how to use the PDF.Convert utility class to convert 
# documents and files to PDF, XPS, SVG, or EMF.
# Certain file formats such as XPS, EMF, PDF, and raster image formats can be directly 
# converted to PDF or XPS. Other formats are converted using a virtual driver. To check 
# if ToPDF (or ToXPS) require that PDFNet printer is installed use Convert.RequiresPrinter(filename). 
# The installing application must be run as administrator. The manifest for this sample 
# specifies appropriate the UAC elevation.
# Note: the PDFNet printer is a virtual XPS printer supported on Vista SP1 and Windows 7.
# For Windows XP SP2 or higher, or Vista SP0 you need to install the XPS Essentials Pack (or 
# equivalent redistributables). You can download the XPS Essentials Pack from:
# Windows XP Sp2 will also need the Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0:
# Note: Convert.fromEmf and Convert.toEmf will only work on Windows and require GDI+.
# Please contact us if you have any questions.    

# Relative path to the folder containing the test files.
inputPath = "../../TestFiles/"
outputPath = "../../TestFiles/Output/"

# convert from a file to PDF automatically
def ConvertToPdfFromFile():
    testfiles = [
    [ "simple-word_2007.docx","docx2pdf.pdf", False],
    [ "simple-powerpoint_2007.pptx","pptx2pdf.pdf", False],
    [ "simple-excel_2007.xlsx","xlsx2pdf.pdf", False],
    [ "","pub2pdf.pdf", True],
    # [ "simple-visio.vsd","vsd2pdf.pdf"],# requires Microsoft Office Visio
    [ "simple-text.txt","txt2pdf.pdf", False],
    [ "simple-rtf.rtf","rtf2pdf.pdf", True],
    [ "butterfly.png","png2pdf.pdf", False],
    [ "simple-emf.emf","emf2pdf.pdf", True],
    [ "simple-xps.xps","xps2pdf.pdf", False],
    # [ "simple-webpage.mht","mht2pdf.pdf", True],
    [ "simple-webpage.html","html2pdf.pdf", True]
    ret = 0

    if platform.system() == 'Windows':
            if ConvertPrinter.IsInstalled("PDFTron PDFNet"):
                ConvertPrinter.SetPrinterName("PDFTron PDFNet")
            elif not ConvertPrinter.isInstalled():
                    print("Installing printer (requires Windows platform and administrator)")
                    print("Installed printer " + ConvertPrinter.getPrinterName())
                    # the function ConvertToXpsFromFile may require the printer so leave it installed
                    # uninstallPrinterWhenDone = true;
                    print("ERROR: Unable to install printer.")
            print("ERROR: Unable to install printer.")

    for testfile in testfiles:
        if platform.system() != 'Windows':
            if testfile[2]:
            pdfdoc = PDFDoc()
            inputFile = testfile[0]
            outputFile = testfile[1]
            if Convert.RequiresPrinter(inputPath + inputFile):
                print("Using PDFNet printer to convert file " + inputFile)
            Convert.ToPdf(pdfdoc, inputPath + inputFile)
            pdfdoc.Save(outputPath + outputFile, SDFDoc.e_compatibility)
            print("Converted file: " + inputFile + "\nto: " + outputFile)
            ret = 1
    return ret

def ConvertSpecificFormats():
    ret = 0
        # Start with a PDFDoc to collect the converted documents
        pdfdoc = PDFDoc()
        s1 = inputPath + "simple-xps.xps"
        # Convert the XPS document to PDF
        print("Converting from XPS")
        Convert.FromXps(pdfdoc, s1)
        outputFile = "xps2pdf v2.pdf"
        pdfdoc.Save(outputPath + outputFile, SDFDoc.e_remove_unused)
        print("Saved " + outputFile)
        # Convert the EMF document to PDF
        if platform.system() == 'Windows':
            s1 = inputPath + "simple-emf.emf"
            print("Converting from EMF")
            Convert.FromEmf(pdfdoc, s1)
            outputFile = "emf2pdf v2.pdf"
            pdfdoc.Save(outputPath + outputFile, SDFDoc.e_remove_unused)
            print("Saved " + outputFile)

        # Convert the TXT document to PDF
        set =  ObjSet()
        options = set.CreateDict()
        # Put options
        options.PutNumber("FontSize", 15)
        options.PutBool("UseSourceCodeFormatting", True)
        options.PutNumber("PageWidth", 12)
        options.PutNumber("PageHeight", 6)
        s1 = inputPath + "simple-text.txt"
        print("Converting from txt")
        Convert.FromText(pdfdoc, s1)
        outputFile = "simple-text.pdf"
        pdfdoc.Save(outputPath + outputFile, SDFDoc.e_remove_unused)
        print("Saved " + outputFile)
        # Convert the two page PDF document to SVG
        outputFile = "pdf2svg v2.svg"
        pdfdoc = PDFDoc(inputPath + "newsletter.pdf")
        print("Converting pdfdoc to SVG")
        Convert.ToSvg(pdfdoc, outputPath + outputFile)
        print("Saved " + outputFile)
        # Convert the PNG image to XPS
        print("Converting PNG to XPS")
        outputFile = "butterfly.xps"
        Convert.ToXps(inputPath + "butterfly.png", outputPath +outputFile)
        print("Saved " + outputFile)
        # Convert PDF document to XPS
        print("Converting PDF to XPS")
        outputFile = "newsletter.xps"
        Convert.ToXps(inputPath + "newsletter.pdf", outputPath + outputFile)
        print("Saved " + outputFile)
        # Convert PDF document to HTML
        print("Converting PDF to HTML")
        outputFile = "newsletter"
        Convert.ToHtml(inputPath + "newsletter.pdf", outputPath + outputFile)
        print("Saved newsletter as HTML")

        # Convert PDF document to EPUB
        print("Converting PDF to EPUB")
        outputFile = "newsletter.epub"
        Convert.ToEpub(inputPath + "newsletter.pdf", outputPath + outputFile)
        print("Saved " + outputFile)

        print("Converting PDF to multipage TIFF")
        tiff_options = TiffOutputOptions()
        Convert.ToTiff(inputPath + "newsletter.pdf", outputPath + "newsletter.tiff", tiff_options)
        print("Saved newsletter.tiff")

        # Convert SVG file to PDF
        print("Converting SVG to PDF")
        pdfdoc = PDFDoc()
        Convert.FromSVG(pdfdoc, inputPath + "tiger.svg")
        pdfdoc.Save(outputPath + "svg2pdf.pdf", SDFDoc.e_remove_unused)
        print("Saved svg2pdf.pdf")

        ret = 1
    return ret
def 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.
    # Demonstrate Convert.ToPdf and Convert.Printer
    err = ConvertToPdfFromFile()
    if err:
        print("ConvertFile failed")
        print("ConvertFile succeeded")

    # Demonstrate Convert.[FromEmf, FromXps, ToEmf, ToSVG, ToXPS]
    err = ConvertSpecificFormats()
    if err:
        print("ConvertSpecificFormats failed")
        print("ConvertSpecificFormats succeeded")

    if platform.system() == 'Windows':
            print("Uninstalling printer (requires Windows platform and administrator)")
            print("Uninstalled printer " + ConvertPrinter.getPrinterName())
            print("Unable to uninstall printer")

if __name__ == '__main__':