Creating Actions using "Action Wizard" in Adobe Acrobat® XI

The Adobe Acrobat Professional XI offers a powerful way for automating repetitive tasks on the number of documents at once. This functionality is called “Action Wizard”. It is also known as “Batch Processing” in previous versions of Adobe Acrobat (prior to version X). It allows to define a series of PDF document processing commands (called "actions") with specific settings and in a specific order. Actions can be applied to one or more files, or to an entire content of the folder. Once an action is created, it can be executed either manually from the toolbar or from a command-line batch file using AutoBatch plug-in.

The instructions below explain how to start using "Action Wizard" and define your own PDF processing "action". This example shows how to create an action that executes OCR (Optical character recognition) batch command on a folder of PDF files.

Step 1 - Start Action Wizard
Select "File > Action Wizard" from the menu to access and manage the actions. Alternatively, open "Action Wizard" toolbar by expanding "Tools" panel located on the right-hand side of the Acrobat window. If you do not see "Action Wizard" in the list of the available toolbars, click on a small icon in the upper-right corner of the "Tools" panel and select "Action Wizard" from a pull down list.
Step 2 - Choose Tool/Command to Add
The "Create New Action" dialog appears on the screen. Now, add batch commands to the action and configure what documents to use as the input. Click on command category to see a list of available commands.
Step 3 - Add Command
Click on command ("Recognize Text using OCR" in this example) and then press + button to add this command to the action steps:

Step 4
Now the selected command will be added to the list of processing steps. Uncheck "Prompt User" option (otherwise this command would always display a settings dialog when executed) and press "Specify Settings" button:

Step 5 - Configure the Tool/Command
Configure all settings as required and press OK button. These settings will be used when command is executed.

Step 6 - Add Save Command
Now add "Save" command to save processed file(s) into the same or a different location. Expand "Save & Export" category and select "Save" command. Press + button to add it to the list of steps:

Step 7 - Configure Save Command
Click on the Save menu and select the way you want to save files ("Save", "Save As", "Save To Local Folder"). Press "Specify Settings" button to enter options: 

Step 8 - Specify File Naming
Specify filenaming options and processing parameters ("Embed Index" or "PDF Optimizer") in "Output Options" dialog. Press OK button when done. 

Step 9 - 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.

Step 10 - 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 11 - Add Name and Description
Type desired "Action Name" and description into "Save Actions" dialog. Press "Save" button to save the action.

Step 12 - 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 13 - Starting the Action
Press "Start" button to execute the action.