how to quickly re-scale PDF's in bulk

bcr

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Hi folks,

I have a workflow where i need the PDF's to all be scaled to fit to A4 or A5 in advance.

I have set up a preflight tool for this in Acrobat Pro, but I would like to automate it, by e.g. dumping the files into a hot folder.

I have an application (Foldermill) which will re-print docs from a hot folder to a given size, but this is slow, and I prefer to scale rather than re-print.

What would be the fastest and easiest options to dump files into a hot folder for scaling?

System: Windows 10, Adobe Pro 2020, Ricoh Totalflow Prep, Fiery CWS w. Jobmaster.
 

Joe

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You can create a droplet for the preflight profile and place it somewhere and then just drop the PDF's on the droplet. Not completely automated but works well.
 

danvoell

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Don't totally understand what you are trying to do but you may want to look at Windows Scheduled Tasks and Adobe Illustrator Scripts.
 

bcr

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Don't totally understand what you are trying to do but you may want to look at Windows Scheduled Tasks and Adobe Illustrator Scripts.
imagine you get a folder of 100 documents (legal evidence), and the sizes are all over the place (lots of scanned docs). Literally just want to re-size/scale them all to either a4 or a5 before printing. Sometimes fiery etc can throw up problems if the page sizes are weird.
 

danvoell

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This is what makes it most difficult - "and the sizes are all over the place", I use python image libraries to auto-size based on known input and output. You could run a script that makes all of the outputs the same but...They aren't going to be to scale if the inputs are different - here is a code discussion -
 
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bcr

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This is what makes it most difficult - "and the sizes are all over the place", I use python image libraries to auto-size based on known input and output. You could run a script that makes all of the outputs the same but...They aren't going to be to scale if the inputs are different - here is a code discussion -
yeah it's just annoying that Adobe Pro has the button to do it, but it can't be automated.
 

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