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  • File xls2png.ps1 — part of check-in [b4c65a3cab] at 2018-06-10 13:51:37 on branch trunk — Bulk converts XLS ranges to PNG by using the clipboard. Reads config from XML. Now with working code… :P (user: Egil Aspevik size: 5118)

# encoding: ascii
# api: powershell
# title: xls2png
# description: Bulk converts XLS ranges to PNG by using the clipboard. Reads config from XML. Now with working code… :P
# version: 3.0
# type: script
# author: Egil Aspevik 
# license: CC0
# x-poshcode-id: 5184
# x-archived: 2014-05-26T16:40:46
# x-published: 2014-05-23T14:28:00
Bulk export Excel worksheet ranges to images (PNG)

This script exports a range (ex. A5:L20) in a worksheet (ex. Sheet1) in a workbook (ex. c:\temp\myfile.xlsx) to a PNG file 

by using the clipboard.
Do NOT use the clipboard during the execution of this script.
It relies on the Excel COM objects which again requires that Excel is installed.
The script read its config from an XML file formatted like this:

     <xlfile value="c:\xlsexport\file1.xls">
         <sheet value="Sheet1">
             <range value="B7:L55" />
             <range value="P1:Q20" />
         <sheet value="Name-of-my-sheet2">
             <range value="A3:S24" />
     <xlfile value="c:\xlsexport\file2.xlsx">
         <sheet value="A very large sheet">
             <range value="B7:B6300" />

The PNG files are saved like this: workbookfilename-sheetname-range.png

This script will probably need some tuning on other languages and/or powershell versions. Tested with PS 3.0 and Excel 

2010 on Win 7 64bit EN-US.

If Excel is in another culture than powershell, you will most likely run into problems. A typical error is the "Old format 

or invalid type library" - see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320369

Author: Egil Aspevik (egilaspevikATgmail)

.PARAMETER savetodir
The directory to save the PNG files to

.PARAMETER configfile
The XML config file as explained in the description

.PARAMETER forceexcelclose
By default, the script do not force-close Excel before starting to parse. This parameter does just that to ensure that the 

COM object gets a clean start.


Param([string]$savetodir="c:\xlsexport",[string]$configfile="c:\xlsexport\config.xml", [switch]$forceexcelclose=$false)


if ($forceexcelclose) { Get-Process EXCEL -erroraction silentlycontinue | Stop-Process -Force }

if (-not (test-path $configfile)) {
  write-error "Configfile not found. Use -configfile"
  exit 1


if (-not (Test-Path $savetodir)) {
  write-error "Path not found. Create one and use -savetodir"
  exit 1
try {
  $cfg=[xml] (cat $configfile)
catch {
  write-error "Couldn't parse $configfile. Exception message: $_"
  exit 1


$cfg.XLSPIC.xlfile.value | % { if (-not (test-path $_)) { write-error "Couldn't access file: $_. Check your XML"; exit 1 } 


try {
add-type -an system.windows.forms 
} catch {
  write-error "Couldn't add system.windows.forms. You shouldn't see this. Ever. Exception msg: $_"
  exit 1

try {
$xl=New-Object -ComObject Excel.Application
} catch {
  write-error "Couldn't open Excel. Excel MUST be installed on the executing computer. Exception message: $_"
  exit 1

try {
# Enumererer xlfiles

$cfg.XLSPIC.xlfile | % {

    $_.sheet | % {
        $_.range | % {
             # Constants and API doc from MS is wrong! Therefore we use hardcoded constants... and hope for the best.
             # Ref http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.office.interop.excel.range.copypicture


            if (-not ([System.Windows.Forms.Clipboard]::ContainsImage())) {
              write-error "Couldn't copy $excelfile - $sheet - $range as a picture." -ErrorAction Continue
            else {
                $basename=$excelfile -replace '.+\\(.+)','$1'
                $rangename=$range -replace ':','TO'
                $sheetname=$sheet -replace ':','_'
                rm $savename -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
                "Processed $excelfile - $sheet - $range. Saved as $savename"

if (([System.Runtime.Interopservices.Marshal]::ReleaseComObject($xl))) {  Write-Error "Couldn't release COM object. Please 

kill excel process manually" }
} catch {

 write-error "Stopped processing during or after: $excelfile, $sheet, $range. Check XML and so on. Exception message: $_"
 exit 1

exit 0