Developer Guide for Foxit PDF Conversion SDK (Python)
Introduction to Foxit PDF Conversion SDK
Foxit PDF Conversion SDK is a flexible high-performance library to actually convert PDF files to MS office suite formats, and keep the layout and format of your original documents. It offers advanced conversion quality and the same quality and user experience as all Foxit products. The engine for creating MS office files is developed independently by Foxit, no 3rd party office engine is required to be pre-installed on your machine, and no intellectual infringement. It can be used as a stand-alone or as an add-on to the general Foxit PDF SDK.
Why Foxit PDF Conversion SDK is your choice
Foxit is a leading software provider of solutions for reading, editing, creating, organizing, and securing PDF documents. Foxit PDF SDK libraries have been used in many of today’s leading apps, and they are proven, robust, and battle-tested to provide the quality, performance, and features that the industry’s largest apps demand. Foxit PDF Conversion SDK is a new SDK product independently developed by Foxit. Customers choose Foxit PDF Conversion SDK for the following reasons:
Easy to integrate
Developers can seamlessly integrate Foxit PDF Conversion SDK into their own applications.
Do not exhaust system resource and deploys quickly.
The core technology of the Conversion SDK is developed independently by Foxit.
Premium World-side Support
Foxit offers premium support for its developer products because when you are developing mission critical products you need the best support. Foxit has one of the PDF industry’s largest team of support engineers. Updates are released on a regular basis to improve user experience by adding new features and enhancements.
Foxit PDF Conversion SDK for Python API
In this guide, we focus on the introduction of Foxit PDF Conversion SDK for Python API on Windows platform. Foxit PDF Conversion SDK for Python API ships with simple-to-use APIs that can help Python developers convert PDFs to office files (includes word/Excel/PowerPoint).
Foxit PDF Conversion SDK allows users to download trial version to evaluate SDK. The trial version has no difference from a standard version except for the 14-day limitation trial period. After the evaluation period expires, customers should contact Foxit sales team and purchase licenses to continue using Foxit PDF Conversion SDK.
Developers should purchase licenses to use Foxit PDF Conversion SDK in their solutions. Licenses grant users permissions to release their applications based on PDF SDK libraries. However, users are prohibited to distribute any documents, sample codes, or source codes in the SDK released package to any third party without the permission from Foxit Software Incorporated.
About this guide
This guide is intended for the developers who need to integrate Foxit PDF Conversion SDK for Python API into their own applications. It aims at introducing the installation package, and the usage of SDK.
It’s very easy to setup Foxit PDF Conversion SDK and see it in action! This guide will provide you with a brief introduction about our SDK package. The following sections introduce the contents of system requirements, the installation package as well as how to run a demo, and how to initialize Foxit PDF Conversion SDK.
|Windows||Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012 (32-bit and 64-bit)||It only supports for Windows 8/10 classic style, but not for Store App or Universal App.|
What is in the package
In this guide, one thing to note is that the highlighted rectangle in the figure is the version of the SDK. Here the SDK version is 1.0, so it shows 1_0.
Download Foxit PDF Conversion SDK zip for python API package and extract it to a new directory “foxitpdfconversionsdk_1_0_win_python”, which is shown in Figure 2-1. The release package contains the following folders:
doc: developer guide
examples: sample demo
FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython2: libraries of the python2.7
res: font-related configuration files
Note: In “res\metrics_data” folder, it contains the metrics data files which are used to simulate the office format document typesetting process during conversion.
How to run a demo
Currently, we only release the windows version based on python 2.7 and python 3.6-3.10. Please contact us if other versions are required.
Python 2.7 or 3.6-3.10, a single version of Python installed on the system is allowed.
Make sure your default command is python.exe, and it is added in your system path environment variables.
Python 3.6-3.10 use pip to install FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython3 module from pypi.
> pip install FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython3
About package directory structure
The folder FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython2 is used for python2.7. If you use python2.7 32-bit, you need to manually copy from FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython2/x86_vc15/_fpdfconversionsdk.pyd to FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython2/. If you use python2.7 64-bit, you need to manually copy from FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython2/x64_vc15/_fpdfconversionsdk.pyd to FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython2/. You can also run examples/simple_demo/rundemo_python.py for automatic copying.
How to run the demo
Use rundemo_python.py to run the demo on Python
> cd examples/simple_demo/
> python rundemo_python.py pdf2office
Run the demo script directly with python
For Python2.7, if _fpdfconversionsdk.pyd in the corresponding directory matches the current system python version, you can use python to run the demo directly. For the correspondence between _fpdfconversionsdk.pyd and python version, please see About package directory structure. For Python3, if you have installed FoxitPDFConversionSDKPython3 module, you can use python to run the demo directly.
> cd examples/simple_demo/pdf2office/
> python -u pdf2office.py
How to initialize Foxit PDF Conversion SDK
It is necessary for apps to initialize Foxit PDF Conversion SDK using a license before calling any APIs. The trial license files can be found in the “lib” folder.
sn = “ “
key = “ “
if __name__ == ‘__main__‘:
code = Library.Initialize(sn, key)
if code == e_ErrSuccess:
Note The value of “sn” can be got from “conversionsdk_sn.txt” (the string after “SN=”) and the value of “key” can be got from “conversionsdk_key.txt” (the string after “Sign=”).
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Updated on January 24, 2023