Export multiple PDFS to .txt at the same time.
I am currently trying to convert around 400 pdf documents to .txt files. In regular Acrobat Reader DC I can open multiple files but I cannot save them as .txt. Meanwhile I can save the PDFs as .txt files in Acrobat PRO DC but I can only do them 1 at a time. Am I missing a step or can PRO just not convert multiple files at a time?
Inge Wertwijn commented
There is no option "to specify settings". Maybe for OCR but not for exporting pdf as txt
Adminakagarg (Software Engineer, Adobe) commented
Exporting PDf to txt is available only in Acrobat pro DC and it exports one file at a time. If you want to do this operation for 400 files, then you can create an action for the same in Acrobat pro DC.
Step 1 - Start Action Wizard
Select "Tools" panel located on the main Acrobat toolbar. Double-click on "Action Wizard" tool icon to open tool controls.
Step 2 - Create New "Action"
Click on "New Action" icon on the "Action Wizard" toolbar to create a new batch processing "action".
Step 3 - Add Tools (Batch Commands)
Add batch commands (tools) to the "action" and configure what documents to use as the input. Click on "Save & Export"
Select save command and press -> button to add it to the list of action steps.
Then press "Specify Settings" button:
Step 5 - Configure the Tool/Command
Select Export File(s) to Alternate Format -> Text(plain)
Configure all settings as required by the command and press OK button.
Step 6 - Select Input Files/Folders To Process
Now select input files/folders to run this action on. Press either file or folder icon in the "Files to be Processed" section and select an input files/folder. Repeat this procedure multiple times to add more than one file/folder if necessary.
Step 7 - Save Action
Now we have completed configuring the command. We have specified input files/folders, commands to use and where and how to save the results. Press "Save" button to save these settings as a named "action"
Step 8 - Add Name and Description
Type desired "Action Name" and description into "Save Actions" dialog. Press "Save" button to save the action.
Step 9 - Selecting Action For Execution
Now you should see this new action added to both the "Action Wizard" toolbar and to "File > Action Wizard" menu. Click on the action in the "Actions" list to execute it. If you have selected a folder as input and there are a lot of files in it, then it takes quite some time for Adobe Acrobat to display a "Start" button for launching the action (see next step).
Step 10 - Starting the Action
Press "Start" button to execute the action.
Please follow this document if needed: https://www.evermap.com/ActionWizardDC.asp#targetText=Select%20%22Tools%22%20panel%20located%20on,icon%20to%20open%20tool%20controls.&targetText=Click%20on%20%22New%20Action%22%20icon,new%20batch%20processing%20%22action%22.&targetText=Select%20a%20command%20and%20and,the%20list%20of%20action%20steps.
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