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I have a PDF with 20-30 pages. I want to print them but with different numbers of copies for each page. Right now I'm using Acrobat Reader. I know I can do this manually by selecting the page in the thumbnail list and chose number of copies.

But I want to do it automatically, something like this:

1*12, 2*7, 3*15

Maybe it's possible to script printing?

My first plan was to make 12 pages of page 1 and 7 pages of page 2 etc and then print all, but that didn't work well when printing since each page is heavy with vector graphics and it had to send each page to the printer = slooow.

Oh and I'm using Windows 7 when printing.

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Is it always the same number of the same page, or is that variable from printout to printout? – Max Wyss Jul 21 '14 at 13:20
It varies from printout to printout. – Oskar Karlin Jul 23 '14 at 7:49

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Try doing something like:

1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1, 2,2,2,2,2,2,2, 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3

if you want something like:

1*12, 2*7, 3*15

I think that's the best way without any software to do this.

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I will try this. I'm just worried that the software will send page one 12 times to the printer instead of telling the printer to print page one 12 times. – Oskar Karlin Jan 22 '14 at 22:42
Let me know how it works out. I'm quite interested and I'm not sure how to check on that. – Matthew Abrman Jan 23 '14 at 20:26
Nope, it didn't work. Acrobat was sending the page 1 over and over. I need to figure out something else. – Oskar Karlin Apr 11 '14 at 16:08
You could print it once and then copy it using a copy machine. Or you just wait til it sends all documents. Maybe it's faster than waiting here for a good answer – Jonas Dralle Sep 14 at 14:01

Unfortunately Acrobat doesn't let you set the settings for a print job when creating a new Action. One way You could print the least number of pages. You would need to create one print job for each number of copies you need.

Example: To print

1*12, 2*7, 3*15, 4*15
  1. In the thumbnail view, select all pages, and then right-click and select Print Pages (Note: You can just do Ctrl+P instead and manually enter the page range--faster than using the thumbnails if you're quick with the keyboard).
  2. Make the number of copies 7
  3. Repeat, but only with pages 1, 3, and 4 selected
  4. Print 5 copies
  5. Repeat, but only with pages 3 and 4
  6. Print 3 copies

This may (or may not) be more ideal than just printing the required number of copies of each back from the outset....

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