Is there free a way to batch-convert many Word-docs - and just have them saved as [originalfilename].pdf?
This is how I would do it:
Only downside is that you have to click Ok once for each file.
This might be pushing it into stackoverflow.com territory, but you could script Word 2007 to open and save a document as PDF. This requires Office 2007 and the "Save as PDF" plug-in from Microsoft.
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I've not tried it but there is a batch method using OpenOffice.org that you could test. Instructions on doing this on GNU/Linux and Windows platforms described at http://www.tech-faq.com/convert-word-to-pdf.shtml (and also at http://www.togaware.com/linux/survivor/Convert_MS_Word.html" and, at http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?t=3772).
The principle of using OpenOffice.org to read in the .doc file and then export it as a PDF seems sound if you find OpenOffice.org makes areasonable job of opening the .doc files you have.
well, cutepdf & pdf99 do their job well, but i find PDFcreator more appealing as it 'print's in higher quality than the other two, it also has more configuration option, plus it's open-source.
Regarding the SaveAsPDF.js script that a previous user posted. This worked for converting one pdf file, but i didnt know how to covert all the files in a directory. With a little playing I created a file. CovertAll2PDF.bat with the following 2 lines:
echo off for %%X in (*.doc) do cscript.exe //nologo SaveAsPDF.js "%%X"
there is also the /r "Parent Directory" which can be inserted as for /r "PD" %%X in -.... which will go through all the directories, in that case make it C:\SaveAsPDF.js and save Saveaspdf.js in that directory.
im sure its clumsy, but it worked for me. hope this helps someone.
Bobbymcr's answer is pretty interesting and works well with Word 2010. Still, there's an improvement to be made. Bobbymcr's original command line looks like this:
This doesn't work if you have associated .js files with some kind of editor like Notepad++. In this case you also have to specify the engine to use, otherwise cscript will show you an error message. This is easily achieved by using the
If you have a huge bundle of Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets and PowerPoint Presentations on your hard drive that you would like to convert into PDF at once without investing in commercial software like Adobe Acrobat, try Google Docs.
While it has always been possible to convert Office documents into PDF using Google Docs, the new export feature makes it even easier for you to batch convert Microsoft Office and OpenOffice file formats into PDF (or HTML) in three easy steps. Batch Conversion to PDF with Google Docs
Use Google Docs as a Batch PDF Converter
Step #1 - Create a new "input" folder in Google Docs where you'll upload all your documents and presentations that are to converted into PDF.
Step #2 - Now select the Upload Document option in Google Docs, set the destination folder to the one that you created in Step #1 and upload* all your documents.
Google Docs officially supports the following file formats though you may also upload images:
[*] You may also use the email option to upload documents onto Google Docs but that would put everything on the main folder and managing documents can therefore become a issue especially when you have too many files.
Step #3 - Once all files are uploaded onto Google Docs, open the dashboard again and select the "input" folder from the right sidebar. Select all the files in this folder and choose "Export" under "More Options".
Here's select "PDF" (or HTML) as the output format and all your Word Documents, presentations, spreadsheets, etc. will be instantly converted into PDF.
And if you are converting a large batch of documents into PDF, you don't have to wait in the browser for the conversion to finish as Google Docs will automatically send you an email once the processing is over. The email will have a link from where you can directly download all the PDF files in one large ZIP.
It looks like this tool will work for what you are wanting: http://www.pdf995.com/.
I've never used this product, but it does list "Batch Print from Microsoft Office" as a feature.
Converting multiple documents from DOC to PDF on Windows XP using JODConverter and Open Office
Step 1 Download JODConverter (latest version jodconverter-2.2.2.zip) from
Uncompress JODConverter zip file in a directory of your choice (D1)
Step 2 Start OpenOffice in service mode (more details here)
Create a batch file start-service.bat with the following content:
::if doesn't work try removing this last parameter(–nofirststartwizard)
(assuming X:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org 3\ is the directory where Open Office is installed and soffice.exe is present).
Run start-service.bat (open office is now started in service mode and awaiting commands)
Collect all documents to be converted to pdf in a directory (D2)
Create a batch file convert.doc which launches JODConverter with and issue the conversion instructions:
where D1 is the JODConverter directory created in Step 1
(If JODConverter has another version number, update convert.bat accordingly)
IMPORTANT: convert.bat file must be located in D2 directory !
For each *.doc file present in D2 JODConverter will require Open Office to create a new file with the same name and pdf extension in the same directory.
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