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

The Adobe Acrobat Professional offers a powerful way for automating repetitive tasks on the number of documents at once. The Adobe Acrobat X calls it “Action Wizard”. It is also known as “Batch Processing” in previous versions of Adobe Acrobat. You can define a series of commands with specific settings and in a specific order that you apply in a single step. You can apply an action to a single document, to several documents, or to an entire collection of documents. Once you have created an action, you can execute it 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 a custom Acrobat JavaScript code via "Execute JavaScript" batch command.

Step 1 - Create New Action
Select "File > Action Wizard" from the menu (in Adobe Acrobat Professional X) 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 - Configure Action
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.

Step 3 - Select Input Files
Click on "Start with" menu and select a desired type of the input. If you want to process all files from a selected folder, then choose "A Folder on my computer" from the menu. The Adobe Acrobat will prompt you to select a folder.

Step 4 - Configure Input Options
Depending on the input selection (for example, if a folder is selected), the "options" icon may appear next to the "Start with" menu. Click on this icon to edit allowed input file formats:

Step 5 - Select Input File Formats
Check or uncheck desired file formats from the list. If you only want to process PDF files, then simply uncheck all file formats.

Step 6 - Select Batch Command
Add batch commands to the action using the panels on the left. Here is an example of adding "Execute JavaScript" batch command. Expand "More Tools" section and click on "Execute JavaScript" command. This will add it to the list of "Steps" on the right.

Step 7 - Configure Batch Command
Edit batch command ("step") parameters by clicking on the "options" icon in the "Options" column. This will open a corresponding properties window.

Step 8 - Specify Command Parameters
In case of "Execute JavaScript" command the "JavaScript Editor". Type Acrobat JavaScript code into the window and press "OK" button.

Step 9 - Specify How To Save Results
Repeat previous 3 steps to add as many commands ("steps") as needed. Once all commands have been added, use "Save to" menu to select where to save output documents.

Step 10 - Specify Output Options
Click on "options" icon right next to this menu to edit output settings. Output settings define the naming of output files as well as file format and post-processing options such as PDF optimization.

Step 11 - Save Named Action
Press "Save" button in "Create New Action" window once finished editing the action. You will be prompted to save it. Type a descriptive name for the action and press "Save" button in "Save Action" window again.

Step 12 - Select Action To Execute
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.