Yes, it changed a lot, and not for the better...
To get rid of that idiotic prompt you need to un-tick the "Prompt User"
the files you now need to add an explicit Save command at the end of your
Selecting the input files is more or less the same (although now you can't
tell it not to process non-PDF files)...
yes, i unchecked that box, but still.. when i run the action, it opens 1 or 2 of the files i select( i cant imagine why it would open 1 and not all, seems totally unlogical) and i dont want that to happen cos then i have to close them myself. i added a save instruction from the save&export panel of the wizard on the left of the screen, but to the same result. perhaps a close instruction should be added right after the save, but i dont know exactly how..
That's odd... So you have multiple files selected and it stops after only a
couple were processed? Are there any error messages?
And no, you should not include a command to close the file (with JS, for
example). That will get the Action stuck, for sure.
so here's how it is. each file is first opened to apply the change and if it has an even page count it is closed automatically because nothing was modified, but if it has an odd page count i am being prompted to save it before closing, for every file in this situation. in my case, with the test files i created, the last one has odd page count and for this last one i dont get that prompt, it just remains opened in acrobat and only when i close it myself i asks for save. all this is very annoying, in acro 7 no files were opened, like i said, it ran smoothly and by itsself. can i get it to not open any of the files and still apply the changes i need?
edit: all the files are processed, only in this manner that i really dont like.
I see what you mean. First of all, as I said, you should not include a command to close the file if has an even page number. That happens by itself at the end of all the commands in an Action. So if you have a call to closeDoc() or something like that, remove it.
The other two issues are not solvable, I'm afraid. Earlier versions of Acrobat would indeed process the files in a batch sequence without opening them visually, but would load them in the background, process them and then close them. This is unfortunately not the case with XI (I think it was the same in X as well), which is very annoying because displaying a file takes a lot of memory and time, and is totally unnecessary for what should be an automated process. No wonder Acrobat XI tends to choke and get stuck in the middle of an Action if you try to process too many files, or using a complex script...
In addition, there's a bug in Acrobat XI's Action Wizard which leaves the last file open when the Action is done.
I've reported these issues (as well as other problems with the Action Wizard) when Acrobat XI first came out, but they haven't been solved since.
thanks a lot for your time, its very good to at least know for sure there are things i cant help.
Yes, the Save step is necessary now (it used to be a part of the built-in
Action options) if you want to save your file, unless you do that in your
one more question i would like to ask. what does "this action appears to have been created with acrobat X or earlier. you will be able to run the action, but it will not take full advantage of the new action wizard features in acrobat XI" really mean?
Exactly what it says... Adobe changed the internal structure of the action
files dramatically between X and XI. Actions created in X or earlier can be
imported into XI, but they can't be edited in any way, only used as they
i mean.. will an imported action be slower or less effective in any way than an action(doing the same thing) created fresh with acro XI?
No, that shouldn't be the case.
great! my quest is done and the answer was right under my nose:)