Can I use Acrobat X Pro to batch process hundreds of multipage PDFs to JPGs?

This question is very similar to what I am after but I am wondering if there is a way to do it in Acrobat X Pro. I have asked on superuser.com and the adobe forums and have received no conclusive answers. The previously linked question brought me here.

I have several hundred pdfs. Some were originally composed from Tiffs and others JPGs. I'd like to convert them all to JPGs. Ideally I would do it on the command line.

The following:

convert document.pdf document.jpg

works really well, when the source material was originally a JPG, but if it was originally a TIFF not so well. I have found a "ghostscript" that can handle the conversion from tiff, but not reliably. Plus, I have no real way to determine what the PDF was composed of originally.

I am turning to MS Windows and Acrobat X Pro to handle my troubles. I have been a linux user for the past five or so years, so my familiarity with adobe products is rusty. Acrobat X can easily save a multi-page PDF to a JPG, and they look great regardless of if the origin files.

However, I see no clear way to do this as a batch (aka: "Action"). I see an action to export all the images in a document, and for some reason it gives me three images from a page. with only one of the three being useable. But is there a way to specify a custom Action that simply saves the PDF as JPGs?

Why not as of much importance, is there also a way to specify proper padding? For example, when you manually save a 9 page document to JPGs it appends

  • _Page_1.jpg
  • _Page_2.jpg
  • etc.

A 900 page document will list page 1 as "_Page_001.jpg".

Perferablly it would be nice to always have "%04d", or "_Page_0001.jpg".

Note: I've include other Adobe Tags as I am have many products in the CS 5.5 suite to work with — yes I know its older, and no I don't know all of the ones I have.

  • Are all just tiffs and jpegs wrapped in a PDF, or is there any vector data within the PDFs? Could you provide a sample of one or two?
    – JohnB
    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:09
  • 1. Yes all are either Tiffs or Jpgs. 2. Sorry, No I am unable to provide a sample.
    – matchew
    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:28
  • Possible duplicate: Best way to convert multipage pdf to separate jpg's. There are quite a few solutions provided there, would any of them work for you?
    – JohnB
    Apr 10, 2013 at 6:15
  • @John, It differs from my question. If you had of read my question you would see I discus (and link) to that question immediately after my TL;DR. Thanks for looking for a duplicate. It is one of the items that make the stackexchange community great.
    – matchew
    Apr 10, 2013 at 13:57
  • 1
    @matchew you really should post the solution here as many users (such as myself) won't be emailing you for the solution as it isn't needed per se... but would like to know "what" you did to solve it in case the need for it arises later.
    – Phlume
    Mar 6, 2014 at 21:45

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For the sake of documenting this, here's how I would go about it.

To create the files:

  • From within Acrobat X or XI, open the Actions Wizard and choose "Create New Action"

  • In the Files to be Processed panel, either choose "Add Files..." under Default option: or choose them explicitly by clicking the document or folder (processes all documents in the specified folder) icon

  • In Choose tools to add: open Save & Export, choose "Export All Images As JPEG" and add it to the action.

  • Under "Specify Settings," either leave Prompt User selected or explicitly set up the export options.

  • Save and name the Action

  • Run the Action

An alternative page-at-a-time approach is to use Save rather than Export All Images... and choose an image format in the Save settings.

To handle the file naming problem:

  • Open the folder with the saved images in Bridge

  • Ctl-A/Cmd-A to select all

  • Select Tools < Batch Rename...

  • Set up the renaming criteria as required and click Rename

As an additional note, I would be more likely to save as PNG or TIFF, then use Bridge's Image Processor (under Tools > Photoshop) to handle the jpeg conversion, for a better result than working from Acrobat directly.

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