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Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?

Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:05 pm

So, I'm using Adobe Acrobat X to convert batches of excel spreadsheets into a single PDF. Running this is a bit slow and it opens one sheet at a time to get each image. So, you can't do anything else with the PC while this is going on. Is there a way to make this run in the background either in settings or with a newer version? The Excel is version 2003. I can't go to any higher version due to compatibility with needing to link instrument produced (very old Excel sheets) to make reports.
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Re: Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?

Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:43 pm

If you have an extra Windows license you could run it inside a VM.
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Re: Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?

Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:58 pm

Its such a slow process, maybe it should be used as a benchmark. :D :lol: I get some speedup if I open Excel and then make the sheet just a few squares and then close Excel. Then when Acrobat opens the sheets it just opens a tiny sheet. I suppose displaying a spreadsheet is not an accelerated task for video cards. All the system drives are SSD's. However, I do have a directory on C mounted as a newtwork drive and I am running the job from the network drive files. I'll have to try doing it directly on the actual drive directory to see if its any faster.

Eh; 15 Excel files took 1min:50sec to compress on the native drive and 1min:53sec on the network drive. No real difference.
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Re: Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?

Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:25 pm

You could set the process priority to Below Normal- that way the OS gives other processes first dibs at CPU time, making your system a bit more usable.
 
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Re: Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?

Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:06 am

If the original OP is still having an issue with slow AAX or for anyone else having a similar issue, this fix really helped me:

Uncheck these two options from Edit>>>Preferences>>>>General>>>
Uncheck Show online Storage when opening files and Show online storage when saving files.
 
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Re: Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?

Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:24 pm

It's a software issue. IIRC, any slightly older version of Acrobat is going to be almost entirely single-threaded. Moving to a newer version and/or trying something else (we use the paid version of Foxit PhantomPDF at work) could result in a substantial improvement. A different version of MS Office could also show an improvement (as I believe it's opening them directly in MS Office and then "printing" them).
 
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Re: Adobe Acrobat X can it run in background?

Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:24 am

just brew it! wrote:
If you have an extra Windows license you could run it inside a VM.

afaik you don't need a license if you're running the VM inside the same machine/license

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