I think it can be done using scripts, actually, but it would have to be a multi-step process that uses Actions to scan the folders and a script to perform the actual merge.
@Test Screen Name & try67
The scanning of the folders to compare the number of PDF files is really not that crucial. It was just an idea of mine. They will always have the same number of files, so that is a given.
Do you think there is a way to take the the files and merge them as I indicated in my op? How would I go about doing that without having to manually go one by one? Any ideas?
Thanks for your help!
So the file names are the same in the sense that folder "A" will always have the file name starting with same prefix. Same for the files in folder "B". The names do change though depending on how many PDFs are in the folder.
A_001, A_002, A_003, .......... A_099, etc etc.
B_001, B_002, B_003, .......... B_099, etc etc.
So the file names do change depending on the number of files there are, but they always start with the same prefix.
So I guess that yes, they will have to be scanned to determine the number of files to know the ending point, correct?
Does Adobe Pro 8 have Actions? I thought that was only in Adobe X & Adobe XI?
What are the first steps to getting this setup?
Thanks for your time and assistance.
Not just the number of files, but also their names. But if the names are identical in both folders then a single scan action is sufficient.
Acrobat 8 Pro has this feature, yes, it's called Batch Processing.
As I mentioned, this is a complex, custom-made task. I can guide you in general how to do it, but if you want me to create it for you then you can contact me privately and we could discuss the details, including the price.
Oh, ok, Batch Processing. I actually use it for a number of things, including some scripts to extract individual documents from merged PDFs. But I don't think I have done anything as advanced and/or in depth as what I am trying to do.
Question for you, what kind of a process would this be known as? Would it or something similar to this be called by a specific name? Not just insert or merge, but something specific to what I am trying to do?
I ask so that I can have something to go off of for researching. If I can find something similar to this then perhaps I can learn from it and adapt it to what I need. It is worth a shot, right.
I will have to think contacting you for the details and see if I have any other options. Thanks Try67!
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If they are, without exception, numbered, you could in theory do this in one piece of code. You would keep trying to open NAMEnumber until it failed, trapping the failure with a try...except. Then you are done.
In current Acrobat this will probably fail around 100 files because of "security enhancements" but it might just work in Acrobat 8 for up to a few hundred.
I notice in your original message that you've been scouring the forums/internet. One thing Acrobat programmers find is that they usually need to do something new and won't find anything to copy. So the critical resource for all programmers with Acrobat is the Acrobat SDK. Which is to say, the documentation.
Hey, thank you very much for the pointers and info regarding the Acrobat SDK. I will have to take a look at it and will probably need to start learning more of the ins and outs.
Here's me, keeping my fingers crossed to hopefully find something and/or learn how to do it via the Acrobat SDK.