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R-tool for importing PDF files

oracleoftemple
9 - Comet

I've been using a R tool to import PDFs for quite a while.  All of a sudden (after I updated to 2019.3 (possibly a coincidence)), it doesn't work.  See attached screen capture.  Can anyone help me with this?

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Dynamomo
11 - Bolide

@oracleoftemple 

Looks like your upgraded version of Alteryx is missing the pdftools package.  I think you just need to install that R package again.

oracleoftemple
9 - Comet

I don't suppose you could walk me through that.  That was so long ago.

oracleoftemple
9 - Comet

If you mean the R-Analytical Tools package from the Alteryx Downloads page (the same place I found Designer 2019.3), I already tried that and it's still not working.

Dynamomo
11 - Bolide

@oracleoftemple 

Here is a nice analytic app that makes it easy for you!

Download the app and run it.  Simply enter the name of the r package and it will install it for you

https://gallery.alteryx.com/#!app/Install-R-Packages/5d9264328a933711e447387c

 

let me know if it works

 

oracleoftemple
9 - Comet

I already have the R packages, so I don't think that's it.

summarizer
9 - Comet

Did this get resolved?  And if so, how?   I have a team where half of us had no problem, but the other half are getting this error and I can't determine why.  We have downloaded the 'PDF input' tool... and then the 'pdftools' using the 'Install R Packages' workflow.

 

This tool used to work for all of us back in 2018.3 and the pdftools package was in a win-library 3.4 folder.  Now it's in 3.5.

 

no package.png

summarizer
9 - Comet

Replying to my own post 🙂  I had seen this suggestion to just use R and install manually.  We didn't have "admin" privileges, but we were able to do this anyway.  Worked like a charm.

 

https://www.theinformationlab.co.uk/2019/01/17/installing-r-packages-both-on-alteryx-designer-and-on...

oracleoftemple
9 - Comet

yep - that was it.  Just needed to install the pdftools package.  I have one admin Alteryx version and one non-admin version (long story).  I installed the package with the admin version and now I can import pdfs with either the admin or non-admin versions.

PhilipMannering
15 - Aurora
15 - Aurora

@oracleoftemple Do you need to run Alteryx as Admin (as in right click and Run As Admin) to install the R packages, or can you install when running Alteryx normally?

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