Batch processing with PDF Transformer?
Thread poster: Gregory Flanders

Gregory Flanders  Identity Verified
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Mar 28, 2008

Hello,

I have a large number (+100) small PDF files that I need to convert to Word -- doe anyone know if it is possible to batch "transform" using ABBY's PDF Transformer 2.0?

Currently I have to open each PDF document, click on Transform, then close the Word document that is opened, then choose the next file, and repeat..

I'm sure there must be an easier way.

Best,

gregory


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Merge them in Acrobat! Mar 28, 2008

gflan wrote:

Hello,

I have a large number (+100) small PDF files that I need to convert to Word -- doe anyone know if it is possible to batch "transform" using ABBY's PDF Transformer 2.0?

Currently I have to open each PDF document, click on Transform, then close the Word document that is opened, then choose the next file, and repeat..

I'm sure there must be an easier way.

Best,

gregory


Hi Greg,

This is an intentional "misfeature" in PDF Transformer, intended to drive customers to buy the more expensive FineReader instead!

My usual workaround is to merge all PDFs in Acrobat Pro first. Smack, all files are suddenly just one large PDF that you can OCR on the spot!

If you don't own Acrobat, I believe that the 30-day trial is fully functional...

If I just have a handful of PDFs, and I'm too lazy to merge them, you know that you can run several instances of PDF Transformer simultaneously, so that the software chugs away on several files in parallell.

Otherwise, upgrading to Finereader is a very smart investment. With a bit of sniping, you can pick it up on Ebay for 25 EUR or so...

/J



[Edited at 2008-03-28 10:36]


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Gregory Flanders  Identity Verified
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Unmerging? Mar 28, 2008

Hello Jan,

Thanks for the tip, I think merging the files beforehand is a very good idea -- the only problem I can see is then "unmerging" the single file back into the same number of original files, with the correct filenames.

(Shoot, I deliberately didn't buy FineReader because I didn't think it had any extra functionality I would need.. )

greg


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Well, if you have hair on your teeth... Mar 28, 2008

gflan wrote:
Currently I have to open each PDF document, click on Transform, then close the Word document that is opened, then choose the next file, and repeat.


I've done it myself, but this method might not work for you. I used an AutoIt script. Here it is (there's an EXE included with default options):

http://leuce.com/tempfile/omtautoit/ABBZZ.zip


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xxxBrandis
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try arts&split merge tool... Mar 29, 2008

this has been specially designed for .pdf files and does a grand job. The integrated split and merge in acrobat professional does not work always, but this does it. I could split in equal number of pages . Brandis

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