How To Use Antenna House Office Servers Word API

February 11, 2021

Antenna House Office Servers Word API is a new Windows server product that makes it easy to merge data into form templates created with Microsoft Word. The tool makes it possible to automate the data merge process without installing Microsoft Office. It is still in the early production stages and has not been released, but there is a 30 day alpha test for those that want to try it out. Any feedback, feature suggestions, or questions after the evaluation is welcomed. 

Command-line Tutorial

You can use Command-line, .NET, Java, or C++ to complete the data merge process. Command-line interface is used in this tutorial.

First, design a template document created with Microsoft Word (.docx) that contains merge fields if you don't already have one. Here is the sample template (download) that is used for this tutorial.

 

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Screenshot of sample Word template with merge fields

 

Also needed is a data set exported as a CSV or JSON file. Below is the sample data set (download).

 

Data set

Screenshot of sample data set

 

Store both files in the same folder and run a command-line program. Enter with the following command:

> cd [Install directory] > AHMailMergeCmd -i samples/score.docx -d samples/test_data.csv -f CSV -t Simple -o /tmp/ -n score_exe.docx

 

If the data merge for the Word document is successful, the following message will be displayed: 

MailMergeCmd: Mail Merge finished normally, as shown above.

 

command-line screenshot

Screenshot of command-line window

 

A new Word document (.docx) will be created in the directory that was specified. Here is the new Word output (download) using the samples in this tutorial. There is a new page for each line of data from the data set.

 

merged data screenshot

merged data file multiple pages

Screenshot of new .docx file with merged data

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