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TOP TIPS - June 2010

How to batch process a folder of pdf's every few minutes
Products required in this example is: PDF Image Stamp Server

We have used PDF Image Stamp Server as an example, you can use other DOS based pdf tools to get the same processing results.

1. Download & Install PDF Image Stamp Server, download location:
http://www.traction-software.co.uk/downloads/servertools/winpdfimagestamp.zip

To c:\ drive location, so you end up with folder: C:\winpdfimagestamp\

2. Create a DOS script to move files to a process folder and process all files in that folder, then moves to Done folder once complete.
For this example edit script.bat in C:\winpdfimagestamp\examples folder.

Edit in notepad and copy and paste below.

cd C:\winpdfimagestamp\examples
move /Y c:\test\pdffiles\*.pdf c:\test\toprocess\
dir /b c:\test\toprocess\*.pdf > c:\test\list.txt
cd c:\test\toprocess\
C:\winpdfimagestamp\pdfimagestamp -ic:\test\list.txt -fc:\test\pdfsout -jc:\test\logo.jpg
del c:\test\list.txt
move /Y c:\test\toprocess\*.pdf c:\test\done\

3. For this example script to work create folders c:\test\pdffiles,  c:\test\toprocess, c:\test\done

4. Test the script.bat by copying some files to c:\test\pdffiles\  folder,  run script.bat then the files should be moved to toprocess and processed to c:\test\pdfsout
(if for some reason this doesn't work, add a Pause command to the end of the script.bat so you can see what's wrong)

5. Now to run this every few minutes go into Control Panel, Scheduled Tasks.
Right mouse on the Scheduled Tasks window and select New-->Scheduled Task, enter a name: PDFS, right mouse on it and select 'Properties', Task Tab
Setup Like below:-

Click Schedule Button and setup like below:-

Click Advanced... Button and setup like below:-

Click OK to save settings...

You are all setup, the script.bat should run every 10 minutes in this example.

 

 

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