With ViewCompanion Pro and Premium you can batch convert your office documents to PDF format. The office document to PDF batch conversion do require that either Microsoft Office or LibreOffice is installed on your system.
LibreOffice is 100% free software and it will also give you support for even more formats, including Visio, WordPerfect and Lotus Word Pro.
The batch conversion feature in ViewCompanion is easy to use, just open the dialog by pressing the Batch Convert button found in the Tools Tab, and then start adding files and folders. If you add a folder, all sub folders of this folder will be processed, and the tree structure will be maintained in the selected output folder. By default, all supported files in the folders will be processed, but you can configure ViewCompanion to process a specific file extension by using a file mask, for example "*.docx". The picture below shows a batch conversion dialog:
In this example we've added two files and two folders to our batch. For the first folder we will process only files that have the DOCX extension, and for the second
folder we've selected VSDX (Visio Drawing) files only. The desired output format is set to PDF.
The list of files and folders can be saved to a file and restored later.
When you've added all the files and folders you want to convert, you should check the More Options dialog, click the button at bottom of the dialog to open it. In this dialog you will find many settings that control the how the files should be converted. You may want the converted PDF files to be PDF/A compliant, and you can enable this by opening the PDF section and enable the "Create PDF Compliant Files" option:
You can add annotations to each converted file by adding a markup file to the dialog. The markup files can either be a previously saved file, or you can
create one using the Software Companions XML Markup format. By using the XML format, you can add all
kinds of markup elements, including text, stamps, images and barcode annotations.
Here is a simple XML file that adds a stamp with the text APPROVED at center of each page in each converted file:
The are several sample markup xml files included in the installation and You will find these in a folder named "C:\Users\Public\Documents\ViewCompanion Pro\Markup XML". These files can be easily modified using a text editor, like for example Windows Notepad.
Both ViewCompanion Pro and Premium editions are able to batch conversion Office formats.
Please take a look at the ViewCompanion File Format comparison chart for a list of all supported Office file formats.
Please use the links below for detailed information about a specific edition: