How I thought it could maybe work...
1) Might need to be done in two parts, organizing files for order and then the automation of combining and saving?
2) I have 10 pdfs that need to be in a specific order, unfortunately the naming varies so to create an automated order I was thinking I would place 1 (sometimes 2) pdfs in 10 different folders that have a consistent name that would relate to the order.
5) PDFs are combined using the "smaller file" optimization
6) File is saved out with either a naming convention or user prompt to save name
Here's what I've found
1) I found a script from PDF world that looks like it prompts for direction on the file selection / combining order. Could it be modified to do what I'd like?
2) Found a program called ARTS PDF Split and Merge Lite, but it only works on Acrobat 8 in windows, and Acrobat 7 on the mac (I need it in Acro8 on the Mac)
3) I'm messing around with the batch processing in Acrobat, but haven't even gotten the script from (1) to work yet. (Am a geeky graphic designer, that is scripting challenged but determined)
Does anyone know of something out there that already does this or am I a goof and missing it in Acrobat? Does this seem like a task for scripting or another process? If you have a book or resource that might address this subject I'm very open to ideas.
Rosie, for the Mac with Pro have you looked at Acrobat"s Menubar/File/Create PDF/From Multiple Files This will allow you to make a selection of input files to import. Once happy that you have the correct files (you can check visually with the preview) you can reorder in the list stacking to your requirements. Save with renaming. Optimize and resave with replacing.
Hey Mark, thanks for responding. Yes, this is how we are doing it now manually. What I'm trying to achieve is a more automated sequence of events, because we're having to do this so many times a day everyday.
This is why I thought maybe a script(s) would be a good solution. Or thought I would see if anyone had experience with a product that helped in these regards.