• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Low
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 61
  • Last Modified:

PDF Automation

We have thousands of PDFs on our server that take up a lot of space. We know Adobe has the option to save the PDF as a reduce size. Is it possible to automate this? Using .NET or another application?
  • 2
1 Solution
Bill BachPresidentCommented:
If you have Adobe Acrobat, then you may have the option to run Macros, also called Actions in the newer versions.  (However, it may only be accessible in Pro versions.)

You can create an Action that iterates over all of the folders in a directory, then runs specific tools on each, such as Reduce File Size, Remove Background, Optimize Scanned PDF, and more.  For each of these tools, you can specify the settings as well.  Once you create the action, you can launch it, and just sit back and watch it work.  

Many years ago, we mistakenly scanned a bunch of our paper files into PDF files at too high of a resolution, and this was a great way to shrink them all to a lower resolution for permanent storage.
Flabio GatesCommented:
As discussed here, it would depend on what's taking up a lot of space in the PDF files. (I know the link is from ask ubuntu but they discuss using ghostscript and convert (ImageMagick) which are both available for Windows for free.) Once you find a set of options that work for your PDF files, some scripting (even a simple batch file) will get those thousands of files reduced in size.
Flabio GatesCommented:
Question inactive
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Cloud Class® Course: Microsoft Windows 7 Basic

This introductory course to Windows 7 environment will teach you about working with the Windows operating system. You will learn about basic functions including start menu; the desktop; managing files, folders, and libraries.

  • 2
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now