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, 23 Feb 2010
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Simple and free Adobe Acrobat PDF to image conversion.



This article is about extracting image files from a PDF file. I was looking for a free solution for converting .pdf files to image files, but I didn't find a simple and free solution. I therefore tried until I found a free solution by using the "Adobe Acrobat COM component" and using the CAcroPDDoc class.


You must have "Adobe Acrobat Reader" installed on your system. My system had Adobe Acrobat 9.0 installed.

Using the code and description

First, I added a reference to the Adobe Acrobat COM component.


I then wrote the PDFConvertor class that has a method named Convert(....) which would do the conversion. Here is the code in my class used for accessing a PDF document:

Acrobat.CAcroPDPage pdfPage = null;//the pdf page
Acrobat.CAcroRect pdfRect = new Acrobat.AcroRect();//the pdf region
Acrobat.AcroPoint pdfPoint =new Acrobat.AcroPoint();//the pdf point
  • CAcroPDDoc class is for working with the PDF file
  • CAcroPDPage class is for working with the pages in the PDF file
  • CAcroRect and AcroPoint classes are for defining the dimensions of a page

Here is how I open a PDF document:

if (pdfDoc.Open(sourceFileName))//check file is opened?

For opening a specified PDF file, I use the open() method of the pdfDoc object; it returns false in the case of an error.

pageCount = pdfDoc.GetNumPages();//get the count of pdf pages

After reading the page count with pdfDoc.GetNumPages(), I then read a page.

pdfPage = (Acrobat.CAcroPDPage)pdfDoc.AcquirePage(i); //reading current page

Then, I extract a pages in the PDF file using pdfDoc.AcquirePage(i) and assign it to the pdfPage object; the variable i indicates the number of the current page.

pdfPoint = (Acrobat.AcroPoint)pdfPage.GetSize();//geting page size
pdfRect.Left = 0;
pdfRect.right = pdfPoint.x;
pdfRect.Top = 0;
pdfRect.bottom = pdfPoint.y;

I then get the page size with pdfPage.GetSize() and put it into a pdfPoint object. This is required for specifying the region of the PDF page for copying the page into the Clipboard.

pdfPage.CopyToClipboard(pdfRect, 0, 0, 100);//coping region to clipboard

Make sure that pdfPage doesn't have any method for saving as the referenced page. pdfPage.CopyToClipboard(pdfRect, 0, 0, 100) can help us there. It has four arguments: first is the rect of the page that was previously discussed, second and third are x, y offsets of the page that usually are 0, and fourth is the zoom percent.

Clipboard.GetImage().Save(outimg, outPutImageFormat);// saving clipboard image

Finally, with Clipboard.GetImage().Save(...), we can save the output image.

Here is the code for the Convert method of my class:

#region Convert
/// Converting PDF Files TO Specified Image Format
/// sourceFileName : Source PDF File Path
/// DestinationPath : Destination PDF File Path
/// outPutImageFormat: Type Of Exported Image
/// Returns Count Of Exported Images
public int Convert(string sourceFileName, 
       string DestinationPath, ImageFormat outPutImageFormat)
    if (pdfDoc.Open(sourceFileName))
        // pdfapp.Hide();
        pageCount = pdfDoc.GetNumPages();

        for (int i = 0; i < pageCount; i++)
            pdfPage = (Acrobat.CAcroPDPage)pdfDoc.AcquirePage(i);

            pdfPoint = (Acrobat.AcroPoint)pdfPage.GetSize();
            pdfRect.Left = 0;
            pdfRect.right = pdfPoint.x;
            pdfRect.Top = 0;
            pdfRect.bottom = pdfPoint.y;

            pdfPage.CopyToClipboard(pdfRect, 500, 110, 100);

            string outimg = "";
            string filename=sourceFileName.Substring(

            if (pageCount == 1)
                outimg = DestinationPath + "\\" + filename + 
                  "." + outPutImageFormat.ToString();
                outimg = DestinationPath + "\\" + filename + 
                  "_" + i.ToString() + "." + outPutImageFormat.ToString();
            Clipboard.GetImage().Save(outimg, outPutImageFormat);

            ////////////Firing Progress Event 

        throw new System.IO.FileNotFoundException(sourceFileName + 
                  " Not Found!");
    return pageCount;

I have also implemented a class for indicating the progress with the event handler ProgressChangingEventHandler that exists in the source of my project.



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Comments and Discussions

SuggestionIt doesn't work on 64-bit system Pinmemberopenxxs10-Sep-13 18:10 
SuggestionYou are misleading readers. PinmemberMember 87055856-Aug-13 1:00 
GeneralRe: You are misleading readers. [modified] Pingroupzendehdel23-Jul-14 22:22 
Questioni downloaded your project and it is nice but the below error coming how can i solve this problem Pinmembersivajuluri9-May-13 0:19 
AnswerRe: i downloaded your project and it is nice but the below error coming how can i solve this problem Pinmemberzbw91110-Aug-13 0:12 
GeneralMy vote of 3 PinmemberDanWiify12-Apr-13 6:29 
GeneralNice Post PinmemberMember 967854127-Jan-13 6:59 
GeneralRe: Nice Post Pingroupzendehdel20-Jul-14 23:34 
QuestionThis is nice and simple code that works! Pinmemberyugangliang22-Jan-13 6:36 
Unlike many users who ranked this code only 1 star, I give it a 5 star. I have a need to convert nearly 1 million PDF docs to images and I did not find reliable and simple ways to fulfill this need. This code is the first simple enough code for me for my need, and the Acrobat component is free (it is free because you can download an Acrobat reader for free). This code also works with my free MS Visual Webdevelper 2010. And it is simple for me to run and copy to my own code.
Thank you for sharing this code.
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberyugangliang22-Jan-13 6:30 
Questionlarge traffic PinmemberKalpana Volety11-Jan-13 8:10 
GeneralAdobe Acrobat Reader does not support it PinmemberRubyPdf29-Sep-10 16:43 
GeneralRe: Adobe Acrobat Reader does not support it Pingroupzendehdel22-Sep-12 2:19 
Generalproblems with windows 7 PinmemberScratchFish31-Mar-10 4:36 
GeneralRe: problems with windows 7 Pinmemberzendehdel10-Apr-10 19:30 
GeneralRe: problems with windows 7 PinmemberScratchFish12-Apr-10 3:50 
GeneralI am using Visual Studio 2008, and Adobe Acrobat reader 8.2.0 I have no Acrobat COM PinmemberMicroImaging11-Mar-10 10:43 
GeneralRe: I am using Visual Studio 2008, and Adobe Acrobat reader 8.2.0 I have no Acrobat COM Pinmemberzendehdel10-Apr-10 19:24 
Generalok Pinmemberzendehdel16-Feb-10 21:23 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberProgramm3r7-Feb-10 19:31 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmvpDave Kreskowiak7-Feb-10 8:28 
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