In this tutorial, we will show you how to use the Bubble API Connector to parse data from a PDF Invoice.

  1. Open My Templates
  2. Create New Template
  3. Open New Template
  4. Start with a Blank Page
  5. Add Elements
  6. Add Plugin
  7. Install API Connector
  8. Add API
  9. Set up API Connector
  10. Add Parameters
  11. Initialize Call Result
  12. Add Event
  13. Add Action
  14. Map Dynamic Values
  15. Set Destination
  16. Preview
  17. Fill Form
  18. Parsed PDF Output

Step 1 – Open My Templates

To get started, go to the My templates tab and click on the New Template button.

Open My Templates

Step 2 – Create New Template

Fill out the template creation form and click on Create template.

Create New Template

Step 3 – Open New Template

Now, click on the Edit icon to open the template.

Open New Template

Step 4 – Start with a Blank Page

Click on the Start with a blank page button and close the assistant.

Start with a Blank Page

Step 5 – Add Elements

Let’s add two input elements for the Source File and the Template Id and a button to submit the request.

Add Elements

Step 6 – Add Plugin

Let’s go to the Plugins tab and add a plugin.

Add Plugin

Step 7 – Install API Connector

Look up the API Connector and click on the Install button.

Install API Connector

Step 8 – Add API

Once the API Connector is installed, click on the Add another API button.

Add API

Step 9 – Set up API Connector

Let’s configure the API Connector.

  • In the API Name field, type in PDF.co Document Parser or your preferred API Name.
  • In the Name field, enter Document Parser or your preferred Name.
  • In the Use as dropdown box, select the Action option.
  • In the Data type dropdown box, leave it to the default JSON or choose your preferred Data type.
  • Select POST and enter the PDF.co Document Parser Web API endpoint https://api.pdf.co/v1/pdf/documentparser. You can find more information about the API here.
  • Under Headers, add x-api-key as the Key with your PDF.co API Key as the Value. You can get your API Key here.
  • Also under Headers, add accept as the Key and application/json as the Value.

Set up API Connector

Step 10 – Add Parameters

Let’s add the PDF.co Document Parser parameters.

  • In the first Key field, enter the URL parameter, the value https://bytescout-com.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/document-parser/sample-invoice.pdf  and tick off the Queryst check box.
  • In the second Key field, type in the templateId parameter, the value 1, and tiff off the Queryst check box. You can check out this guide to create your own template.
  • Add a checkmark to the Capture response headers check box and click on the Initialize call button.

Add Parameters

Step 11 – Initialize Call Result

When the API Connector is set up correctly, PDF.co Document Parser will return the sample values below.

Initialize Call Result

Step 12 – Add Event

Now, go to the Workflow tab and click on the box to add an event. Select the Elements, and An element is clicked options.

Add Event

Step 13 – Add Action

Click on the add an action button and choose the PDF.co Document Parser – Document Parser plugin.

Add Action

Step 14 – Map Dynamic Values

Let’s map the Input elements’ dynamic values with the Document Parser parameters.

  • In the url field, select the Input Source File’s value.
  • In the templateId field, select the Input Template Id’s value.

Map Dynamic Values

Step 15 – Set Destination

Now, select the Open an external website in the next step and choose the Document Parser’s body url result in the Destination field.

Set Destination

Step 16 – Preview

Click on the Preview button.

Preview Website

Step 17 – Fill Form

Enter the sample PDF Invoice link and template id. Then, click on the Parse button.

Fill Form

Step 18 – Parsed PDF Output

Here’s the parsed data output from our sample PDF Invoice.

Parsed PDF Output

In this tutorial, you learned how to parse a PDF Invoice. You learned how to set up the API Connector to use the PDF.co Document Parser Web API in Bubble. You also learned how to configure the Workflow to get dynamic values for data parsing.

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