Photoshop: Batch Convert PDF Bug (with Video)

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Batch converting PDF or AI files causes the same name to be used when saving the files resulting in only one file. Here is a video showing the issue:

The problem is that Photoshop is taking the "Name" field from the PDF Import dialog and saving it as part of the action. This cannot be overridden even within the Batch Dialog.
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Official Response
From Photoshop engineering: "This is "As Designed" - The reason PDF works this way is to avoid overwriting the original PDF, which may be a 1,000 page document from which Photoshop extracts one page or one image. This is by design, but unfortunately it has the side effect of causing this batching problem."

So, best bet is to use the workarounds and be safe about doing it:


"In the Batch dialog, add number sequence to the file name and you'll get all files are converted. But the result is the file names will be different than the original one."

Easy to overwrite the original file:

"Create your action with a more generic open action (such as by opening a JPEG file), then use Batch (override Action Open and Save commands) and you should be able to get the action to perform as expected."