Combine Action

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Mar 13, 2021 Mar 13, 2021

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I just got the latest Acrobat Pro to utilize the action function specifically to combine files. 

Essentially, I have a term of use pdf that needs to be added to every individual file I create. The problem with combining the files individually is that

  1. it changes the name to binder 1, 2 etc.
  2. it a colossal time waster.

 

I was able to get this done ONCE,

I selected add a folder and 

my actions were

  1. Combine
  2. Encrypt
  3. Save as to Local Computer as PDF with the original name. 

 

However, I can't figure out how to correctly combine a file in action. When I click on the action name, select the file or folder, it prompts me automatically to add a file in the combine window. However, when I add the Terms of Use file, it operates as an independent operation that is not connecting with the action. Bottomline, only the encrypt and save happens but the combine does although the report says it was successful. 

 

If  anyone can help me, it would be greatly appreciated. If I need to be clearer, please let me know. 

 

Thanks

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 13, 2021 Mar 13, 2021
Don't use combine. Add the file with a Javascript action or Insert Pages action.

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Don't use combine. Add the file with a Javascript action or Insert Pages action.

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Thank You for the suggestion. 

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I found a workaround. 

I created an action for "Insert a page" instead of combine.

 

Steps
1. Action Wizard

2. New Action 

3. Choose Tools to add --> Pages--> Insert Pages

4. Move it over Action Steps Shown

5. Specify Settings, select the pages you want to insert and then specify if you want it before or after. 

6. Deselect prompt user if you don't want to be prompted. 

7. Choose Tools to add --> Save & Export--> Save (I selected Save to Local Folder and specified where I wanted it to save with the original name). 

8. Select in the default options where the pdf are eithe a file or you want to make changes to an entire folder. Since my individual pdf files were in a folder, I selected folder. 

 

Note: Do not add any more actions, I tried that, and it skipped the insert pages action. 

Once the pages have been inserted, then you can add another action to compress, encrypt etc all at once. It was a quick process. Well quicker than combining files individually. 

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