"Potentially useful" Abbyy Fine Reader script. (does not replace input file)

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  1. tiriya, Aug 9, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2012

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    Feb 22, 2011

    I "prepared" an initial script for Abbyy Fine Reader for Mac by basically copy/pasting pieces of scripts available on the net (I am a novice).

    Currently, the script adds the suffix "OCR" to pdf outputs. The line: 'keystroke baseName & " OCR"'

    This may be useful, I hope, for e.g. converting multiple images to separate OCR'd files.

    A limitation: Abbyy has to be visible for this work (probably, not much can be done regarding that)

    Another limitation: In the absence of that line, I could not find the way to make the script continue with "replacing" pdf input files when the question "are you sure..." appears after clicking the button "Save" in the window "Save Converted File As." Not very important, but it would be nice to learn that...


    tell application "Finder"
    	set sel to selection
    	if sel is not {} then
    		repeat with i from 1 to number of items in sel
    			set filepath to item i of sel as text 
    			set posixFilePath to POSIX path of filepath
    			set fileName to name of item i of sel as text
    			set nameExtension to name extension of item i of sel as text
    			set baseName to text 1 thru ((get offset of "." & nameExtension in fileName) - 1) of fileName
    			tell application "ABBYY FineReader Express"
    			end tell
    			delay 2
    			tell application "System Events"
    				tell process "ABBYY FineReader Express"
    					click menu item "New Task..." of menu "File" of menu bar 1
    					delay 0.1
    					click button "Convert to Searchable PDF" of window "Quick Tasks"
    					keystroke "g" using {command down, shift down}
    					delay 0.3
    					keystroke posixFilePath
    					delay 0.3
    					keystroke return
    					delay 0.3
    					keystroke return
    					repeat until window "Save Converted File As" exists
    					end repeat
    					keystroke baseName & " OCR"
    					click button "Save" of window "Save Converted File As"
    					repeat until window "Abbyy FineReader Express" exists
    					end repeat
    				end tell
    			end tell
    			delay 3
    		end repeat
    	end if
    end tell
    tell application "ABBYY FineReader Express" to quit

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