PS Automate> Batch>  (Run action)

Posted on 2009-12-19
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
This is a top-level Batch question.

I have an action that essentially saves-for-web (the action command label is "export") the open file as a JPG, then Close.
I have 700 files to process. (convert from PDF to jpg)

When I Automate> Batch,  it wants to open them all at once.
What setting(s) do i use to do them one at a time?  (or do i need to use a droplet?)
The only settings i currently have are
Suppress File Open Options Dialogs
and Destination> Save and Close> Override Action SAVE AS Commands  (which i thought would do the CLOSE part since i have no .psd file save in my action)

p.s. when i had tried a droplet, it too would open them all.
So now i'm wondering if my Action (consists of only two commands:  export, close) is correct.
(I usually don't have problems at all with actions).
I have to click on the PLAY triangle button and then it executes each opened file (from the droplet, for instance)


Question by:willsherwood
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David Brugge earned 2000 total points
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One mistake that I often make when recording an action to use in a batch is to record the save and THEN the close window at the end of the action.

When I don't do that, my action opens one file on top of another without ever closing any of them. On a large selection, I will eventually run out of memory and the whole project crashes.

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it includes CLOSE (but i know what you mean).

I tried pre-converting from PDF into JPG (a laborious and often unsuccessful process due to Acrobat's limitations), and then downsizing via a droplet in Photoshop.  The same Action works in that context.

oh well


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by:David Brugge
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Thanks for the points even though they were not quite earned. Rereading your post, you do say that you included the close command in your action.

Yes, working with pdf's in an action is a pain. I keep forgetting that Acrobat is an Adobe product. To me it has the feel of something built by Microsoft.

Is it feasible with your files, for you to open the pdf's with Photoshop?

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I'm trying to open in photoshop, but the action/droplet   will open them (ALL AT ONCE) and then i have to click on the PLAY triangle to execute the action.   i.e., the action does not automatically trigger execution (and thus save-for-web and  close)    (before opening the next file dropped onto the droplet)

it works fine when i hand it jpg files  (dropped on the droplet )
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by:David Brugge
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Ahh. I've been confused and still am.

So let me simplify for my own understanding.

Are you working with one action script or two? You start off saying that you have a script that you named "Export" and later you say that your script has only two actions, export and close.

That question aside, the steps that you should have (and I'm guessing that you know this, but I'm just making sure we are on the same page)

Open the pdf (this assumes that all of the pdf's are single page and don't require any input from your)
Save your pdf as a jpeg. (name of the saved file does not matter)
Close your pdf.

BTW you can do this in Adobe Bridge without writing any action. Select the folder that contains your pdf's. Select Tools>Photoshop>Image Processor and fill in the info.

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ah - i'll try bridge!


(to answer your other questions,  just one very simple action - when converted to a droplet, AND when PDFs are dropped onto it, the PDFs all open in PS, but the Action is not executed (until i manually click on each PLAY >       which isn't that bad, since the CLOSE does work from within the action definition)
(yet if i drop JPGs(large pixel sizes, generated from Acrobat), the Action is executed - same droplet, same action)  (i assume it's a PS bug in CS3)
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by:David Brugge
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> i assume it's a PS bug in CS3
Very curious indeed.

One thing that is very handy to remember. You get two free calls to Adobe Tech support with a product. This is refreshed with each upgrade, so if you used your free support before and have upgraded, you get two more when you upgrade.
Most people don't know about this because it is buried very deep in the fine print. The one catch is when you do use your free support, you have to make the second request within 30 days or loose it.
On the other hand, I have always found Adobe to be very generous with their support and out of perhaps fourteen or so calls to them over the years, I have only been charged twice. The trick, I believe, is to exhaust every avenue to find the answer before you call them, so that the call is one that they have to research. It is those type of calls that I have never been charged for.

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Unfortunately i used up my 2 calls long ago with (real) bugs and even tho they were identified by them as new bugs, the phone call budget was still blown.

thanks tho.  (i'll have 2 more when i get CS5, i boycotted CS4 for all the common reasons...

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