See title. I'd like to convert a bunch of XML files to PDF using Adobe Acrobat (9.0).

Currently, I'm opening each of these files with IE and then convert them manually using the Acrobat Plugin.

I'm curious if this can be achieved without loading each of the files by hand since the generation of the PDFs is a part of an otherwise automated process.

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    Depending on the specific type of XML, take a look at PrinceXML -- it has command line conversion. – frabjous Feb 3 '11 at 22:15
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    Related over on StackOverflow: Adobe Reader Command Line Reference – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 12 '14 at 18:03
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    @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 I asked explicitly NOT for the reader params. – eckes Nov 12 '14 at 18:12
  • @eckes "Related", not "duplicated". ;) They actually share the same command-line options (good or bad) from what I've been able to gather. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 12 '14 at 18:14

No, there are no command line parameters for Acrobat for conversion. The only command line parameters that exist are the same for Reader or for Acrobat to open a file or to print a file. They are essentially undocumented and they are unsupported but you can see them here. You will have to look at other PDF applications for this functionality.

Another possibility is that if you have Acrobat installed and you can find an application that will open the XML files and has command line parameters for printing, then you can automate it through the XML application by printing to PDF from that application. That's another avenue you might try to find.

  • +1 for your answer although it's not really satisfying. But sometimes, it's best to say no. – eckes Feb 3 '11 at 13:38
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    Yea, I know its a feature people have been requesting for years, but Adobe just ignores them like they do all their customers. – BBlake Feb 3 '11 at 20:36

not useful but the reason why adobe does not want to add cli to adobe standard / pro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Distiller Adobe Distiller

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