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IAC - How to merge every PDF in a given folder into one

May 22, 1998


This method takes all of the PDFs in the folder c:\acrobatdocstomerge and merges them together to form a file called complete.pdf.

This code sample is posted here for the general benefit of the PDF development community. Attribution and usage guidelines are as noted in the code source; please respect the wishes of the author when using this code.

Option Explicit ' Force variable declaration
' Author : Planet PDF
' E-Mail: info@debenu.com
' Date : 08 March 1998
' Description: JoinAllAcrobatDocsInDir
' This vb method uses IAC to join all PDF documents in a folder 
' to a predetermined filename
' This method / function should be extended to suit the requirements
' of an organisation
Public Const PDF_WILDCARD = "*.pdf"
Public Const PDF_DIRECTORY = "c:\acrobatdocstomerge\"
Public Const JOIN_FILENAME = "complete.pdf"
Sub JoinAllAcrobatDocsInDir()

    Dim AcroExchApp As Object, AcroExchPDDoc As Object, _
        AcroExchInsertPDDoc As Object
    Dim strFileName As String, strPath As String
    Dim iNumberOfPagesToInsert As Integer, _
        iLastPage As Integer
    Set AcroExchApp = CreateObject("AcroExch.App")
    Set AcroExchPDDoc = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")

' Show the Acrobat Exchange window

' Set the directory / folder to use
    strPath = PDF_DIRECTORY

' Get the first pdf file in the directory
    strFileName = Dir(strPath + PDF_WILDCARD, vbNormal)

' Open the first file in the directory
    AcroExchPDDoc.Open strPath + strFileName
' Get the name of the next file in the directory [if any]
    If strFileName <> "" Then
        strFileName = Dir
    ' Start the loop.
        Do While strFileName <> ""
    ' Get the total pages less one for the last page num [zero 
            iLastPage = AcroExchPDDoc.GetNumPages - 1
            Set AcroExchInsertPDDoc = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")
        ' Open the file to insert
            AcroExchInsertPDDoc.Open strPath + strFileName

        ' Get the number of pages to insert
            iNumberOfPagesToInsert = AcroExchInsertPDDoc.GetNumPages

        ' Insert the pages
        AcroExchPDDoc.InsertPages iLastPage, AcroExchInsertPDDoc, 0, 
iNumberOfPagesToInsert, True
        ' Close the document
       ' Get the name of the next file in the directory
            strFileName = Dir
    ' Save the entire document as the JOIN_FILENAME using SaveFull 
[0x0001 = &H1]
        AcroExchPDDoc.Save &H1, strPath + JOIN_FILENAME

End If

' Close the PDDoc
' Close Acrobat Exchange
End Sub

(ARTS PDF and Planet PDF have been since acquired by Debenu)

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