With the cloud-based version of Acrobat DC Pro, can we still setup a way to take pdfs in one folder, compress them and dump into another folder?
If not, is there still a way to obtain the on-prem client version?
I believe there was a way to do that with creating an Action that compresses files in Adobe, and then creating a batch file using that action.
We need to compress thousands of pdfs that come out of dynamics 365. They are bloated and Adobe's compression reduces their size by almost 10 times.
You can use the Action Wizard in Acrobat Pro.
You can do batch conversion using Actions.
Why I use the Action Wizard to batch compress PDF files, the program freeze... What happened? I tried many times.
Of course, none of this is Cloud based. The Cloud service doesn't have actions or automations.
Thank you, I didn't know this existed and this instruction was perfect. For others following the same steps, I recommend adding "save" to the actions after this and using optimized PDF to compress it further and cut down on save time.
It doesnt work for large amount of files. The software just freezes. The only solution I found is to use another paid options, which is not a solution for us. It is a pity.
To compress multiple files:
This actions looks good but it requires more details than what is listed here. I'll work on this over the weekend.
1. Comptability Questions. How far back do you go? I think 10 is good but why would I need Acrobat 4.0?
2. Then it asks me to resave. Will it do this for every file?
I'll post the whole process with screenshots for this over the weekend.
"Comptability Questions. How far back do you go? I think 10 is good but why would I need Acrobat 4.0"
Compatibility is mainly a concern for people with specific workflows and specific rules. For example, PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 are very widely used in professional printing. These must be PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4.0). Similarly PDF/A-1a and PDF/A-1b. If these mean nothing to you, I wouldn't worry about it.
Your comments are MEANINGFUL. I was only considering in-house production but I didn't know print houses needed 4.0. Thanks you for your comments. I need to talk to FEDEX Office and Staples about this when I go by their this week.
Yes, it's important not to guess because using PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4.0) may degrade quality or hugely increase file sizes in some cases. In much of Europe printers have moved on to PDF/X-4, but take-up in the USA is more patchy. Small print shops may have no clue, especially if they just print to high volume laser printers.
Thank you, this just saved me a load of time!
Unfortunately this doesn't work for us. I would like to process an entire network drive including subfolders with hundreds of thousands of pdfs. The problem is that there are not only pdfs on that drive so if I choose folder in the Action Wizard, Acrobat tries to optimize every file type it therefore fails as soon as it tries to open anything other than a PDF.
I need a solution that will give me lossless quality. Is there any other way to proceed ? Maybe a command line option where I could run a loop in a batch file ? A good third party would also be an option if it is lossless.
Acrobat is absolutely the wrong solution once you pass "hundreds". It is an interactive tool with very light duty automation. It is inconceivable you could process hundreds of thousands of files, unless you do it a hundred or less at a time, manually triggering each batch after checking the last.
Any suggestions on a right tool? 🙂
You could search for all files ending in .pdf, grab a hundred or so, drag n drop to the Optimize window. Or else, you could applescript it to parse the drive for all .pdf files, open in Acrobat, save as optimized with custom settings. I bet someone has already written one. Maybe in Java script.