Batch remove "create acrobat layers from top level layers"

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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We have hundreds of files that I just discovered have the "create acrobat layers from top level layers" option on, causing hidden layers to show up when clients open the files. Resaving each file is extremely tedious, however when I try to use Actions it saves every file as the file used to make the action's name.

 

Is there a way to batch remove this option from multiple files?

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Which version of Illustrator are you using?

 

Which applications are your clients using to examine the files?

 

Which version of Acrobat are you using?

 

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The layers show up in a few document readers, mostly print previews
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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Have you tried  using "Save a copy" from the file menu when recording the action ?

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Jun 02, 2021 Jun 02, 2021

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Yes, but it still saves each file as the same name 

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May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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If you have Acrobat Pro you may consider to set up a simple correction routine (preflight) that will delete all hidden layers and flatten the remaining visible layers.

 

This preflight can also be executed as a Batch process.

 

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Jun 02, 2021 Jun 02, 2021

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We like to keep the layers for editing purposes, but if I can't figure out another solution I might just use this and make separate versions of the files for the clients.  

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