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Automatically edit files

Nov 11, 2013 12:29 PM

Tags: #automatically #files #edit

I download crossword puzzles on a daily basis for my grandfather.  I then take these files and make the same changes to each file, that being deleting certain fields and then enlargin the content left to fill the page.  Is there, and how, a way to autimatically make these changes on each file instead of having to open each file, delete and enlarge each item every single time.  The content is the same each and every time and there is no differences between the files.  It is on a Windows XP Pro x64 system and it is under the Acrobat Pro XI program.  Thank you for any help.

 
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    Nov 11, 2013 12:33 PM   in reply to #David

    Deleting fields can be easily done with a script. How are you enlarging the

    file's contents, exactly?

     
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    Nov 11, 2013 12:48 PM   in reply to #David

    Shift? Maybe Ctrl? That's used to change the zoom setting...

     
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    Nov 11, 2013 12:54 PM   in reply to #David

    So you can do the following to automate this process. Create a new Action (Tools - Action Wizard) with the following steps:

     

    - Execute JavaScript, with following code:

    this.removeField("Name Of Field1");

    this.removeField("Name Of Field2");

    this.removeField("Name Of Field3");

     

    - Set Open Options

    Set Magnification level to what you usually use.

     

    - Save.

     

    Run this Action on your files, and that's it...

     
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    Nov 12, 2013 1:47 AM   in reply to #David

    Go to Tools - Forms - Edit, then right-click the fields in question and select Properties.

    The field name will appear in the first tab.

     
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    Nov 12, 2013 7:16 AM   in reply to #David

    Sounds like what you called "fields" are not actually form fields... You'll need to describe EXACTLY how you're removing these elements from the file.

     
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    Nov 12, 2013 8:08 AM   in reply to #David

    Sorry, I don't really follow... Could you share one of these files (before and maybe after editing it)?

     
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    Nov 12, 2013 8:21 AM   in reply to #David

    So it looks like these are just graphic elements on the page that you're removing using the Edit Text & Images tool.

    That can't be easily removed using an Action. What you can try is to remove it using Redaction markups, but you'll need to write a script that adds those markups in the right places, which is a bit complex. Is this really such a big deal, though? If you zoom in you don't see it anyway...

     
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    Nov 12, 2013 8:37 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    I suggest an alternative. I assume you are making things bigger so they print bigger and are easier to fill in. But there is a hugely simpler way. Just crop the page. By default Acrobat will enlarge that small page to fill the paper. Job done.

     
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