3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 4, 2016 1:01 PM by try67

    One Change, Multiple Files

    naplesryan

      If I have a library of PDF files and want to change the logo and personal contact information that is in the same location on every file, is it possible to have a master file (template) that is linked to other PDF files so that if the master file is changed in a designated area this change will occur on every other file the master is linked to?  I want to create a library of files and then package and sell this library to others in my industry.  However, I don't want to have to change 3,000 files one-by-one every time someone wants to purchase this library. 

        • 1. Re: One Change, Multiple Files
          try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          No, that's not possible to do with PDF files. You can use some kind of batch process to change all the files, but they will all have to be edited each time you want to implement this change.

          • 2. Re: One Change, Multiple Files
            naplesryan Level 1

            Thanks for the reply - I am a little confused as you said a batch process could change all the files but then went on to say they will all have to be edited each time. 

             

            Do you mind elaborating?  If there is a batch process to change all the files, is this third party software or something Adobe provides?

             

            To make it more black and white, is there any way possible, with Adobe or any other program, to achieve the goal of creating one master file that, when changed, will change across multiple PDF files it has been assigned to be associated with?

            • 3. Re: One Change, Multiple Files
              try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              A batch sequence (or Action as it is called in later versions of Acrobat) is a feature of Acrobat Pro that can be used to process multiple files in the same way. However, this is not a fully automatic and silent process. It needs to be triggered manually and it works by opening each file, executing the defined steps on it, and then closing it and moving on to the next one.

              So this process can do what you described (ie, change all of your files in a specific way), but not in the way you described it (ie, you change one file and all the others are automatically changed accordingly).