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Convert multiple files (word docs) to multiple pdf

Oct 24, 2008 1:22 AM

Hi,

Is there a script I can use in batch processing to convert about 1500 word documents into pdf? I know it's possible to convert multiple files into one pdf, but this is no good to me. Doing these conversions one by one is going to take forever!

I've tried selecting a few documents at a time and then selecting "convert to pdf" from the right-click menu, but each one requires that you tell it where to save, and then opens the file when it is done.

I need to convert Word files on a regular basis for work, and could really use a batch process for this with so many to do!

I have Acrobat 7 Pro (version 7.1.0) on XP Pro SP 2 at work, and Acrobat 8 Pro (Version 8.1.2) on XP Pro SP 3 at home.

If there is anyway it's possible to do this via a batch process I would really appreciate knowing how!!

Apologies if this has been covered in another thread, I searched but couldn't find anything.

Thanks in advance :)
 
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    Oct 24, 2008 1:42 AM   in reply to (Fran_Warder)
    In Adobe Acrobat Professional you can use a batch sequence.
     
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    Oct 24, 2008 2:18 AM   in reply to (Fran_Warder)
    Hi Fran, I think this might be possible using a JavaScript and a Batch sequence. For more details contact me by email.
     
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    Oct 24, 2008 2:26 AM   in reply to (Fran_Warder)
    Create a new batch sequence. Select 'Run commands on Selected Folder'. In the source file options enable 'Microsoft Office Word'. Then let run the sequence.
     
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    Oct 24, 2008 2:30 AM   in reply to (Fran_Warder)
    try67,

    why didn't you post your solution in this forum?
     
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    Oct 24, 2008 2:54 AM   in reply to (Fran_Warder)
    Did you try the batch sequence?
     
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    Oct 24, 2008 3:42 AM   in reply to (Fran_Warder)
    > Using a new sequence in the batch processing, it is possible to convert documents, but for every document you do, you have to keep clicking on "OK" when it tells you that "whatever" can't be saved because it is open elsewhere (Acrobat is opening the thing in the first place) and I would end up with about 1500 open Word documents (which would crash my computer).

    Looks like a problem with your installation. I don't have any problem using such a batch sequence.
     
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    Nov 11, 2008 10:23 AM   in reply to (Fran_Warder)
    I tried the instructions Bernd Alheit posted and i was successful. I'm using Acrobat 8 Pro and i converted 300 files. Thamks Bernd
     
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    Jan 25, 2009 1:24 PM   in reply to (Fran_Warder)
    Bernd,

    Does the batch use the user-set preferences in Word for converting the .docx or is this a "generic" conversion?

    Secondly, I almost missed your solution because it was so simple :-) I was looking for a JavaScript.

    Thanks,

    Tom
     
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    Apr 6, 2009 10:31 AM   in reply to Bernd Alheit

    Hello,

     

    I am trying the same function in Acrobat Pro 9, but there is no function listed in my option to enable wrod docs...

    What can I do?

     
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:18 AM   in reply to Bernd Alheit

    I followed your advice but I don't have "Microsoft Office Word" as an option in my source file options. Do you know what would be missing - I have Office 2004 for Mac.

     
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    Sep 23, 2009 11:55 AM   in reply to Bernd Alheit

    Bernd, we are searching for a way to convert multiple Word files as well, but can you clarify with more steps how we 'create a new batch sequence'?   Was not able to figure out how you do this.  We have Adobe Acrobat Standard 9.   Really appreciated if possible!

     
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    Sep 23, 2009 1:22 PM   in reply to Coreopsis2

    Batch sequences are not available in the Standard edition.

     
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    Aug 2, 2011 5:18 PM   in reply to Bernd Alheit

    Thanks Bernd, your instructions worked for me. I was a little confused at first as I was trying to work out what command to use - but there is no command! You ignore point 1. and just do 2. and 3.

     

    For those who find this forum through Google if you want to merge a number of Word Documents into a single PDF go to file - create PDF - from multiple files. This will convert seperate Word docs into one PDF.

     
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    Apr 29, 2013 6:57 AM   in reply to Bernd Alheit

    Hello, could you tell me how to batch convert multiple word documents to pdfs in acrobat pro 9.5.3? It doesn't seem to recognize word as a supported source file. Thank you for any help you can give! Jamie

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 4:08 PM   in reply to JBOctorara

    I am having the same problem- I have Acrobat XI pro- and i haven't been able to figure out how to batch convert word files to PDF. I actually need to convert them to PDF/A, but I would be happy to at least get the first step of converting them to PDF, because I think I could figure out from there how to use the preflight option to convert the PDFs to PDF/A

     
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    Jul 12, 2013 1:21 AM   in reply to williamrocket

    Create an Action without any commands and run it on the folder with the Word files. They'll be automatically converted to PDF files.

     
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    Jul 12, 2013 10:06 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    Good idea. I tried to create the action, thought, and if I don't add any tools to it it won't let me save the action-?

     
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    Jul 12, 2013 10:52 AM   in reply to williamrocket

    Yeah, I see... They changed how it works. Just add a Save command, then.

     
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    Jul 12, 2013 10:53 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    Just me nattering here; but --

    Something is different with Acrobat XI Pro and Office 2013.
    Open Acrobat XI Pro's Preferences. Select the Category "Convert to PDF". Note that you may not have any MS Office applications listed.
    Without that you cannot create an Action to operate on a "supported" file (format) as Word, Excel, etc won't be present.
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    As a data point:
    --| Windows 8 (64-bit)
    --| Acrobat XI Pro (via a TCS v4 subscription)
    --| Office 2013 applications (via an Office 365 Home Premium subscription)

    Acrobat's PDFMaker is present and functional for:
    --| the Excel install
    --| the Word install
    --| the Outlook install
    --| the PowerPoint install

    For MS Access, reports can go to PDF or XPS via the MS publish to PDF routine (or exported to a Word rich text file or printed via the Acrobat installed Adobe PDF virtual printer).

    For One Note Print to PDF using the Adobe PDF virtual printer. 


    Be well...

     
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    Dec 24, 2013 3:06 AM   in reply to CtDave

    Hi everyone!

     

    I have a semi-solution for the problem, i hope you will like it!

    If you use Adobe Acrobat Pro, then you have a printer named Adobe PDF.

    Go to the Devices and Printers menu in the Start menu, then right click on the Adobe PDF printer.

    Then click on the "print setup" or "print settings"*.

    On the Adobe PDF Settings tab set the output folder and click out the "View Adobe PDF result" and OK.

     

    Then go to that folder, where the doc files placed, Ctrl+A and right-click->Print.

    I takes pretty long time, but after that the single PDFs created.

     

    Enjoy!

     

    Andras

     

     

    *Sorry for that guys, just I use a hungarian version of win7 so I dont know the exact english form.

     
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    Dec 24, 2013 7:40 AM   in reply to trinkalinka

    The conversion of MS Office documents to PDF goes through a number of steps and helper programs. You may need to check the PDF converter within Word for the option to prompt or not prompt for file name, Distiller for the same option,and the Adobe PDF printer for the same option. Also make sure the option to display the resulting PDF is turned off.

     
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