Help needed to batch edit pdfs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sparkysteve, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. sparkysteve macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2012
    Hey guys,

    I need some assistance...and thought I would put it out there to find out any solutions.
    At work we have software that outputs invoices to PDF's only. On the PDF it has some text that needs to be change; bank act #, name.
    We output say 200-300 invoices a month. At the moment the staff have to manually open adobe, edit, copy paste, save pdf.
    It is taking around 12hrs a month to do these manual changes.

    The simplest would be to change the software with details, however thats not an option as they won't and can't do that.

    So what I am looking at doing as the text is exactly the same that is edited to have a batch process. Either a script to automatically manipulate the data/text and save it. I cannot find anyway to do this?

    Using automator won't seem to work as I record my actions for editing one pdf, but wont work for 100-200pdfs?

    Would love to hear any suggestions on how I Can do this and turn 12hrs into 5mins!

  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Just to be clear...the invoice software "exports" the invoice as a PDF, then you are opening with Adobe Acrobat, adding a name and bank account number, then saving? Is the "name" and "bank account number" the same for each invoice?
  3. sparkysteve thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2012
    Hey mate,

    The software exports it as a PDF with existing bank account details and a business number.
    They need to replace the existing account details with new ones and delete the business number. Exact same details on each invoice.
    Was hoping I could AppleScript or automate find and replace but I can't.

    Thanks :)

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