About Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere is a technology company headquartered in San Jose, California, USA. It is a provider of an end-to-end Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform for automating any business process. They offer Discovery Bot for fast-track automation, IQ Bot for transforming unstructured and hidden data with AI that can learn on its own, Bot Insight for real-time analytics, and a Bot Store to get pre-built automation solutions.

We prepared this step by step tutorial with screenshots on how to make a Bot using PDF.co to merge PDFs.

In this tutorial, we assume that you have already had a Community or Enterprise version of Automation anywhere with chrome extension as well as client agent already installed. We also assume that you have basic knowledge of how to create a simple bot and have it executed on your machine.

Useful resources:

Automation Anywhere https://automationanywhere.com
PDF.co https://pdf.co
PDF.co API Documentations https://apidocs.pdf.co
PDF.co Postman Collection https://apidocs.pdf.co/PDF.co%20API%20v.1.00.postman_collection.json
PDF Multitool https://bytescout.com/products/pdfmultitool/index.html

Step by step guide:

  1. PDF.co API Endpoint
  2. Bot Creation
  3. URI Configuration
  4. Headers Configuration
  5. Request Input Configuration
  6. Configure Rest API Output
  7. Configure Message Box
  8. Execute Bot and Review Output

PDF.co API Endpoint

PDF.co API Endpoint for merging PDF files. We’ll have PDF.co method documentation handy either by Postman or online documentation at https://apidocs.pdf.co, so that we can configure API as per our need.

 

Bot Creation

In Automation Anywhere cloud Control Room, make a new boat for merging PDF files. We’ll be using the “REST Web Service: Post Method” action to consume PDF.co “/pdf/merge” API endpoint. We’ll also get the “Message Box” action attached to the API call output. The final bot structure will look like this.

 

URI Configuration

Configure URI to “https://api.pdf.co/v1/pdf/merge” in “Rest Web Service: Post Method” action.

 

Headers Configuration

Prepare the Header key with the name “x-api-key” with the PDF.co API key. This API key is necessary for consuming PDF.co APIs. API keys can be found at https://pdf.co.

 

Request Input Configuration

Configure input data to the REST web API call. Here, we’ve created very basic service request data in JSON format that looks like this. Here, we have multiple PDF URLs to be merged in a comma-separated format.

{"url": "https://bytescout-com.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/pdf-merge/sample1.pdf,https://bytescout-com.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/pdf-merge/sample2.pdf", "name": "name"}

 

Configure Rest API Output

Generate an output variable of type dictionary which will hold the API call response.

 

Configure Message Box

Drag and Drop the “Message box” action and attach it after the “REST Web Service: Post Method” action. Here, we’ll configure “message to display” with the “Body” property of the output variable.

 

Execute Bot and Review Output

With these configurations completed, we’re now ready to execute the bot and get the output message box below.

If we open the resulting URL, we’ll see it’s containing a PDF with two pages.

 

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