Solved

Schedule Acrobat Batch Processes?

Posted on 2004-08-09
10
797 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hi there.  I've created an Acrobat batch process, and I was wondering if there was a way to schedule it.

For instance, I'd love to have this batch process run every night at Midnight, without any human intervention.

Impossible?

Thanks in advance for your help.
0
Comment
Question by:HeitmanProgrammers
  • 4
  • 3
10 Comments
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:dis1931
ID: 11752541
You can run almost anything from Scheduled Tasks built right into windows.  How to get to it in WinXP is Start-->Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Scheduled Tasks.  You can run anything from here and schedule it as you see fit.

Dis
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:HeitmanProgrammers
ID: 11752561
Right, I understand the scheduler.  But a batch process in Acrobat is more complex.  What would I have the scheduler do, open Acrobat?  Then what?

0
 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 11752563
You cannot do this with just Acrobat. There is no interface to schedule a batch sequence. You also cannot create hot folders that automatically process incomming files with a batch sequence.

A batch process needs to be initiated by a user sitting in front of the PC. This is Adobe's way of making it impossible to use Acrobat on a server (which it's not licensed for).
0
DevOps Toolchain Recommendations

Read this Gartner Research Note and discover how your IT organization can automate and optimize DevOps processes using a toolchain architecture.

 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:HeitmanProgrammers
ID: 11752588
Thanks, Khkremer.

That's discouraging news, I suppose.

So what would the solution be?  Purchase Adobe Acrobat Server?
0
 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 11752596
With 3rd party tools, it's possible to run batch sequences in e.g. a hotfolder setup. The Callas AutoPilot for example (http://www.pdfstore.com/details.asp?ProdID=654) does allow this. With such a tool you could setup a hot folder, start Acrobat, and then submit one or more files (e.g. at the times you want to run your batch sequence) into the hot folder.
0
 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 11752706
There is no Acrobat that's licensesed for server use. You have to go to 3rd party solutions.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:HeitmanProgrammers
ID: 11752719
I just tried the AutoPilot example, and it looks decent... but it doesn't seem to associate batch processes that I've created with a hot folder...
0
 
LVL 44

Accepted Solution

by:
Karl Heinz Kremer earned 500 total points
ID: 11752799
Another option is CaslonBatch (http://www.caslonsoft.com/composite-56.htm). I have not used either of the two products, you may have to talk to their customer support to find out if your requirements are actually covered by AutoPilot or CaslonBatch.
0

Featured Post

Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

One of the questions I get asked again and again is how to validate a field value in an AcroForm with a custom validation script. Adobe provided a lot of infrastructure to do that with just a simple script. Let’s take a look at how to do that wit…
This article is in response to a question here (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Other/URLs/Q_28283850.html) at Experts Exchange. The Original Poster has a scanned signature and wants to make the background transparent so that the signature may be pl…
In this fifth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFdetach utility, which is able to list and, more importantly, extract attachments that are embedded in PDF files. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable …
Sometimes we receive PDF files that are in the wrong orientation. They may be sideways or even upside down. This most commonly happens with scanned or faxed documents. It is possible to rotate the view of these PDFs with the free Adobe Reader produc…

809 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question