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I'm looking for a way to convert thousands of pdf's to searchable pdf's. I've used a program called "PDF Create Assistant" that came with Nuance's ecopy software. However, you can't select a folder, you have to go into each sub folder, select the files to convert, and then go to the next folder.

What is another way to convert a large number of pdf's to searchable pdf's?

Haven't had any suggestions. Surely there must be a way to batch convert pdf's(?).

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I couldn't find a users guide on the site. Can you use ecopy from the command line, or do you have to use a GUI? If you can call it from the command line, then you could easily create a script that traverses through all of your documents and calls the application to convert each one. – David Sep 6 '12 at 20:48
You have to use the GUI. At least, I haven't found a way to call it from the command line. If anyone knows how to use it from the command line, let me know. Thanks! – boilers222 Sep 6 '12 at 20:50
Is there an ecopy users manual or other technical info online somewhere? Command line functionality, if it exists, would probably be described there. If you can give me a pointer, I'll take a look. – David Sep 6 '12 at 20:53
Not that I've found. – boilers222 Sep 7 '12 at 15:24

Use the CPYCONVERTER.EXE file in the BIN folder as a command line (Wildcards supported in eCopy Ver.9-Paperworks) This is for 8.5 eCopy Desktop.

Command Line Cpy Converter Version 8.5 (Build 0.116)
 Copyright c 1992 - 2004. All rights reserved.

 Converts CPY to CPY, CPY to TIF or TIF to CPY

 cpyconverter.exe [-?] -S=<source path> -D=<dest path> [-P] [-E] [-Q] [-B] [-O]

 Wildcards are not supported.  Full paths must be used for source and destinatio

-?                      : This menu
-Q                      : Turn off logging.
-P                      : Converter pauses after conversion.
-E                      : Converter pauses if there is an error.
-B                      : Converter burns-in Blackout/Whiteout markups (if appli
-O                      : Converter OCRs document and creates searchable text (i
f applicable).
-S="<SOURCE PATH>"      : The path of the file to convert.
-D="<DESTINATION PATH>" : The path of the newly converted file.
-P=<PASSWORD>           : Password for encrypting and decrypting documents.
 * If the source document is encrypted CPY converter will attempt to decrypt it
to the destination document with the supplied password.
 * If the source document is not encrypted CPY converter will attempt to encrypt
 the destination document using the supplied password.
 * Please note you cannot encrypt/decrypt tif documents.

-<Conversion Type>      : The type of conversion to be done(T3, T4, TC, C, U)
* T4 - Convert CPY to TIF Group4
* T3 - Convert CPY to TIF Group3
* C  - Convert TIF(Any group) to CPY
* U  - Convert CPY to CPY

Ex.1 cpyconverter.exe -S="C:\My Dir\test.tif" -D="C:\My Dir\test.cpy" -C
Convert Tiff to cpy

Ex.2 cpyconverter.exe -S="C:\My Dir\test.cpy" -D="C:\My Dir\test.tif" -T3
Convert Cpy to Tif Group 3

Ex.3 cpyconverter.exe -S="C:\My Dir\test.cpy" -D="C:\My Dir\test.tif" -T4
Convert Cpy to Tif Group 4
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