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 split PDF.

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 splitting PDF into multiple pages. We’ll have the PDF.co method covered either by Postman or online documents at https://apidocs.pdf.co, so that we can configure API as per our need.


Bot Creation

In Automation Anywhere cloud Control Room, create a new boat to split PDF. We’ll be using the “REST Web Service: Post Method” action to consume PDF.co “/pdf/split” API endpoint. We’ll also have the “Message Box” action attached to the output of the API call. The final bot structure will be as follows.


URI Configuration

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


Header Configuration

Create the Header key with the name “x-api-key” with the API key for PDF.co. This API key is important 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 have the input request JSON data as follows.

{"url": "https://bytescout-com.s3.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/pdf-split/sample.pdf", "pages": "1-2,3-"}


Configure Rest API Output

Generate the output variable of the type dictionary representing the response of API call.


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

Now, as the configuration is completed, we may proceed to execute the bot and see the output message box. Check out how the final message output looks like.