Acrobat X Custom Action to Save PDF as JPG (not export all images)
Can I use Acrobat X Pro to batch process hundreds of multipage PDFs to JPGs?
This question is very similar to what I am after but I am wondering if there is a way to do it in Acrobat X Pro. I have asked on superuser.com and the adobe forums and have received no conclusive answers. The previously linked question brought me here.
I have several hundred pdfs. Some were originally composed from Tiffs and others JPGs. I'd like to convert them all to JPGs. Ideally I would do it on the command line.
convert document.pdf document.jpg
works really well, when the source material was originally a JPG, but if it was originally a TIFF not so well. I have found a "ghostscript" that can handle the conversion from tiff, but not reliably. Plus, I have no real way to determine what the PDF was composed of originally.
I am turning to MS Windows and Acrobat X Pro to handle my troubles. I have been a linux user for the past five or so years, so my familiarity with adobe products is rusty. Acrobat X can easily save a multi-page PDF to a JPG, and they look great regardless of if the origin files.
However, I see no clear way to do this as a batch (aka: "Action"). I see an action to export all the images in a document, and for some reason it gives me three images from a page. with only one of the three being useable. But is there a way to specify a custom Action that simply saves the PDF as JPGs?
Why not as of much importance, is there also a way to specify proper padding? For example, when you manually save a 9 page document to JPGs it appends
A 900 page document will list page 1 as "_Page_001.jpg".
Perferablly it would be nice to always have "%04d", or "_Page_0001.jpg".
Note: I've include other Adobe Tags as I am have many products in the CS 5.5 suite to work with â€” yes I know its older, and no I don't know all of the ones I have.
For the sake of documenting this, here's how I would go about it.
To create the files:
From within Acrobat X or XI, open the Actions Wizard and choose "Create New Action"
Files to be Processedpanel, either choose "Add Files..." under
Default option:or choose them explicitly by clicking the document or folder (processes all documents in the specified folder) icon
Choose tools to add:open
Save & Export, choose "Export All Images As JPEG" and add it to the action.
Under "Specify Settings," either leave
Prompt Userselected or explicitly set up the export options.
Save and name the Action
Run the Action
An alternative page-at-a-time approach is to use
Save rather than
Export All Images... and choose an image format in the Save settings.
To handle the file naming problem:
Open the folder with the saved images in Bridge
Ctl-A/Cmd-A to select all
Tools < Batch Rename...
Set up the renaming criteria as required and click
As an additional note, I would be more likely to save as PNG or TIFF, then use Bridge's Image Processor (under
Tools > Photoshop) to handle the jpeg conversion, for a better result than working from Acrobat directly.