If you spend a lot of time convert PDF files to other file formats such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, JPG and more, then you know how tedious it can be.
There are of course many tools that you can use to carry out PDF file conversion but almost all of them require you to either manually upload the files and then download the results or open the software on your computer, select the files and then run the conversion process.
When you have to do this more than a few times a day, week or month, it can become a tiresome chore.
Watch Folders To The Rescue!
In a nutshell, Watch Folders allow you to convert PDF files to other format by just dropping them into a folder
You can use Watch Folders by defining one or more folders that All-About-PDF monitors and what conversions to automatically carry out as files are added. Once the Watch Folder is defined, you don’t even need to open the app to convert the files; you just drop it into the Watch Folder.
Setting up Watch Folders couldn’t be simpler.
From the application’s main window, click on the three dots in the top right side to open the menu
Select Watch Folders
Hit the Add (+) button to create your Watch Folder
Select the folder you would like All-About-PDF to monitor
Specify the filter you would like to use. The default is *.pdf however you can use any filter as long as it has the .pdf extension
Select the conversion actions that you would like to occur when a file matching your filter is added to the Watch Folder.
Select folder where the conversion output should be placed. This folder cannot be the same as the Watch Folder.
You may also specify if you would like All-About-PDF to delete the original PDF file in the Watch Folder and whether or not to overwrite any existing files in the Output folder.
Once saved, the Watch is live and you can begin dropping it like its hot!