Automated export using Powershell

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Automated export using Powershell

Unread postby David_KM » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:21 am

Hi guys,

maybe this Powershell script will be helpful, it saves me a lot of time. I personally use it for automated export of multiple projects included in specific directory into one specific output format.

PS

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$helpman = 'enter path to Help+Manual .exe file'
$runPath = 'enter complete path for directory where all respective files are stored'
$template = "enter path for template file"

$filthmxz = Get-ChildItem -Path $runPath -Include *.hmxz -Recurse -Force | Where-Object {$_.Directory.Name -ne 'enter the name of directory not included in search, e.g. if there is some folder with previous versions' }

$filthmxz | %{

$originfile = "$($_.FullName)"
$outputfile = "$($_.Directory.FullName)\$($_.Name)"
$log = "$($_.Directory.FullName)\$($_.BaseName).txt"

$arg = @("`"$($originfile)`"" #cmd switches listed in H+M helper, written in form understandable for PS
"/PDF=`"$($outputfile)`"" #select output format
'/I=PDF' #select publishing settings
"/Template=`"$($template)`""
"/L=`"$($log)`"" #optional, creates .txt file in same folder as .hmxz file with basic console output only
'/debug' #optional, if used, manual confirmation for each file is necessary
)

Write-Host "Starting helpman for: $($_.FullName)" #optional
Write-Host $arg #optional

Start-Process $helpman -ArgumentList $arg -PassThru -NoNewWindow

}

#create list of exported items with export date

$index = "enter path to index file"

$filtpdf = Get-ChildItem -Path $runPath -Include *.pdf -Recurse -Force | Where-Object {$_.Directory.Name -ne 'enter the name of directory not included in search, e.g. if there is some folder with previous versions' }

Add-Content $index -Value (Get-Date) -PassThru

$filtpdf | Select-Object -Property BaseName, LastWriteTime | Sort-Object -Property BaseName, LastWriteTime | Out-String -Width 8 | Out-File $index -Append

#hope this helps :)
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Re: Automated export using Powershell

Unread postby Tim Green » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:46 am

Hi David,

Thanks for posting this. Are you aware of the Publishing Task Manager with which you can set up jobs like this from within Help+Manual?

https://helpandmanual.com/help/hm_worki ... tasks.html
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Re: Automated export using Powershell

Unread postby David_KM » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:39 pm

Hi Tim,

yes, I am quite familiar with it, PS is just my personal preference.

This script solves compatibility problem occured during processing CMD switches in PS (unavailability to read variables after making PS dumber with --% ) at first.

Maybe somebody will find this useful.
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