UPDATE: I had originally posted this question on Stack Overflow and only came here when I was not getting any resolutions after a week.[xpost]
Well, someone finally responded over there and apparently the code I've written works perfectly for writing XPS files to PDF, but nothing else because of the "Microsoft Print to PDF" driver I'm using. I manually converted my PDF file to an XPS and then fed it to my code...and it worked perfectly.
So, this puts me back at square one: how do I programmatically read an interactive PDF without utilizing any third-party applications or online converters?
There HAS to be a way to do this with VBA!
If the file were flattened then I could simply use Word to read it; however, the interactive controls make that method impossible.
I am in no way married to the "print to PDF" method; it's just the method I had gotten the farthest with...I am completely open to any other methods anyone else may have.
I detailed all the steps I have taken and everything I tried in both my original post here and on Stack Overflow.
Can anyone come up with anything on this?