9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 7, 2013 12:54 PM by Nestor76 RSS

    Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs

    JWH-NIRC Community Member

      I cannot see any way in the "Create an Action" feature to convert a whole subdirectory of TIFFs, each to its own PDF file of the same name. Hopefully I don't have to do it one-by-one, as I have hundreds of them to convert.

        • 1. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
          Bernd Alheit CommunityMVP

          As input for a action you can choose TIFF. As action use Javascript which does nothing.

          • 2. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
            JWH-NIRC Community Member

            Sorry, but I have NO idea what this means. Perhaps I could not parse the English correctly. Anyway, there is no TIFF input option in the "actions" panel. And what does it mean to use a script that "does nothing"??

            • 3. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
              Bernd Alheit CommunityMVP

              As tool for your action use 'Execute Javascript'. When you execute the action choose the folder with your TIFF files.

              • 4. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
                Bill@VT CommunityMVP

                You should also be able to drop them on the printer icon or drag and drop them into an Acrobat window. With the latter you will be asked if you want them as one file or separate files. Unfortunately, you still have to save them all. Bernd's approach is probably a bit more automated.

                • 5. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
                  CtDave CommunityMVP

                  Have the TIFF files in one folder.

                  Open Acrobat X Pro. Select: Edit > Preferences > Convert To PDF > TIFF — now, click on the "Edit Settings" button. Configure as desired.

                   

                  Next, select Tools > Action Wizard > Create New Action.

                  In the "Create New Action" dialog —

                  --| For "Start with" select "A Folder on My Computer".

                  --| Browse to and select the folder containing the TIFF files.

                  --| Skip "Steps".

                  --| For "Save To" select "A Folder on My Computer".

                  --| Browse to and select the desired folder.

                  --| Save the Action.

                   

                  Run the Action. PDFs will be in the "Save To" folder you designated.

                   

                  If you desire a particular "Initial View" for the PDFs or have common metadata (Title | Author | Subject | Keywords) you can accomplish this.

                  Edit the Action. Use "Steps".

                  For Initial View: Document Processing > Set Open Options then open the Options menu to configure.

                  For common metadata: Content > Add Document Description the open the Options menu to configure.

                   

                   

                  Are the TIFF files of textual content that wants OCR?

                  Add OCR to "Steps". Recognize Text > Open Options menu > select desired output style.

                   

                  Just the tip of the iceberg. There's much more that may be accomplished.

                   

                   

                  Be well...

                  • 6. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
                    JWH-NIRC Community Member

                    This was perfect. A simple and elegant solution. The trick was to skip the second step!

                    • 7. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
                      JWH-NIRC Community Member

                      Since you were kind enough to make the process of exporting to TIFF so easy, I wonder if there is a shortcut to do the same thing from batch-exporting files to Word (doc) files? Once again, I couldn't find it in the list of available options.

                      • 8. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
                        CtDave CommunityMVP

                        Have the PDF files in one folder.

                        Open Acrobat X Pro. Select: Edit > Preferences > Convert From PDF > Word 97 - 2003 Document — now, click on the "Edit Settings" button. Configure as desired.

                        AND

                        Select: Edit > Preferences > Convert From PDF > Word Document — now, click on the "Edit Settings" button. Configure as desired.

                        AND

                        Select: Edit > Preferences > Convert From PDF > Rich Text Format— now, click on the "Edit Settings" button. Configure as desired.

                         

                        That gets all three in one go, eh.

                         

                        Next, select Tools > Action Wizard > Create New Action.

                        In the "Create New Action" dialog —

                        --| For "Start with" select "A Folder on My Computer".

                        --| Browse to and select the folder containing the PDF files.

                        --| Skip "Steps". (If, later, you need something here you can edit to add.)

                        --| For "Save to" select "A Folder on My Computer".

                        --| Browse to and select the desired folder.

                        --| Click the icon that lies at the right of "Save to".

                        --| The "Output Options" dialog presents itself.

                        --| Tick "Export File(s) to Alternate Format".

                        --| From the "Export to" drop-down menu select the desired format.

                        --| Save the Action.

                         

                         

                        Run the Action. Word files will be in the "Save To" folder you designated.

                         

                        Disclaimer:

                        Acrobat's export of PDF content to a Word file supports high fidelity migration of format/layout when the source PDF(s) are well-formed Tagged PDF.

                        Poorly tagged PDF content will be reflected in the exported content present in the Word file.

                        Not tagged PDF content will be processed programmatically by Acrobat to "tag" the content. This has improved very much as new Acrobat versions have been released.

                        However, a programmatic "best-estimate" is often not so good for content having more complex layout and format.

                        (Not just "marketing hype" — I've done trials with these use-cases.)

                         

                        Note: Actions may be Exported and Imported via the "Edit Actions" dialog. This lets you share useful Actions with others.

                         

                        Be well...

                        • 9. Re: Batch convert TIFFs to PDFs
                          Nestor76 Community Member

                          Hi CtDave,

                          will it be possible to'merge' the two parts of the workflow to automatize it more? I mean: let's say I have 10 pdfs and I want each one to be exported as monochrome tiff images in a temp folder and then converted to an OCR pdf? Thanks