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Both are excellent options here. And BTW, you may want to consider Zevrix Output factory too.
Once that said, and hence my post, one may need to understand why some products are paid for and some free, and what some may offer compared to others.
Peter's script is undoubtedly a tremendous product which is free mainly because Peter is a great guy. I think that he could make its script paid for without issues but it's another debate.
So Peter's script sticks (unless I am wrong) to the "export" routine so one can basically export with parameters one can find in most export dialogs. There is no extra option such as specific renaming or layers management.
If you are just into exporting, BatchConvert will be totally fine.
OutputFactory adds layer management and preflight on the fly while sending the file onto a FTP folder or Amazon S3 server. Those extra features explain the jump in prize.
Last but not least MadeToPrint is a rolls of batch exporting the file as it was mostly designed for large file workflows in the press industry. You will find most of the outputFactory options plus ability to communicate with K4 publishing system and also preflight/edit the file so it's nicely set for production.
That was to explain the differencies in terms of prices and features. Now it's up to you to see what is a concern to you and which product will fit your requirements.
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Regarding the actual question of how to make the script and the droplet.
The droplet can easily be made with applescript or vbs depending on Mac / Windows os.
I've made droplets for both and it's no big brain teaser.
The principle is you do something like in applescript
on open the_files
repeat with a_file in the_files
set myFilePath to (POSIX path of a_file)
set myScript to myJSXScript(myFilePath)
tell application id "com.adobe.indesign"
--Write you jsx script here start with return
-- other the " stait after the return and at the end of the script escape " marks like this \"
return " // opening quote
// Between opening and closing quotes \" is js -- see we escaped this one
// to include the applescript string we use quotes and the applescript &
var myDropletFile = '" & myFile & "'; // between these 2 quotes are applescript
" -- closing quote
Open the applescript editor if your on Mac
You paste the above in a new document and save as and application.
Then give it a test.
There are umpteen examples on the forum of how to export. Try staring with Peter's
If your on Windows then you do the same Idea just in a Windows language. VBS is a simple options you can google vbs droplet, if you have problems then drop a post.
Be aware though that using a droplet is not legal concerns free. EULAs stand that the licence owner only can use teh software for automation purpose. Under no circumstances that droplet should be used to have colleagues or external users to have you indesign desktop licence to run the export if they own a licence themselves.
just a footnote on this.
There is also an obscure feature—at least it's obscure to me—to convert an InDesign document to PDF using Acrobat DC.
Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Adobe Illustrator (AI), and Adobe InDesign (INDD) files
File > Create > PDF from File or Tools > Create PDF (single file) Within Acrobat, by choosing PDF from File.
Drag and drop From the desktop or a folder on to the Acrobat DC window or icon.
You have to pick "Adobe Formats", that's not mentioned in the article, to have access to InDesign documents in the file system.
Then you have the choice to get to the "Settings" option. Another option, "Use Adobe Create PDF cloud service" is grayed out. Maybe because I never subscribed to Document Cloud?
Unfortunately my Acrobat DC is always crahing when I try to access the "Settings" option :-(
And if I do not go to Settings nothing will happen after chosing an InDesign document and press Open.
Very obscure, as I already said.
To my surprise what worked was using Acrobat's File > Open… dialog chosing an InDesign document.
As soon as that, a progress bar is showing that the document is uploaded to Document Cloud.
Hm. Why is that? I did not subscribe to Document Cloud. Just to Creative Cloud. Another obscurity…
But to my surprise the InDesign document is opened as PDF after conversion through a remote server process with Document Cloud in my Acrobat DC. At that time the PDF is saved to a temp folder deep in my user folder on the Mac.
Using Acrobat's Preflight function would successfully convert that temp PDF file to a formal PDF/X-4 entity.
However, I did not find out how to configure that process beforehand. So this workflow is worthless. The result PDF will not honor overprinting objects for example. Just tested this.
Thanks anyway for letting us know. Who knows if Adobe can make a decent tool out of it in the future