Call another program after HotFolder is empty


#1

I need to run Adobe Elements 11 after HotFolder has converted all the pdf files to a jpg file. The process is as follows and I would like understand what I can set in HotFolder to have it interface with Windows Task Scheduler to have this program start when HotFolder has moved all the files.

  1. I have a HotFolder and a MS Access 2016 will be creating and writing PDF files to this folder.
  2. Have HotFolder convert these files into a jpg image.
  3. When all files have been converted and the folder is empty,
    I would like to be able to set an return code, some system code so that when this value is
    is set the Windows Task Scheduler will start/run the this Adobe PhotoShop Elements batch
    procedure to convert the jpg files into the correct format that we need the files in.
  4. What can I do in HotFolder to be able to define & use some code for this batch interface?

Thanx in advance and I look forward to hearing back.

Jerry


#2

Hi,

you will need to launch the PDFCreator.exe and configure the profile associated with your HotFolder printer.
Under the "advanced" tab you can specify a script action. The script will run after each conversion, so you will need to check if the HotFolder is empty from inside the script.

Best regards

Robin


#3

Ho do I check if the HotFolder is empty?


#4

This part is completely custom and has nothing directly to do with PDFCreator or HotFolder, you can implement it in any way you like. Probably you can use a simple batch script, here is an example how to check with a batch script:


#5

Robin,

I would like to loop every minute until the folder is empty. At that time, set this code and then exit HotFolder. Can I shutdown this application (HotFolder) using this process?


#6

Jerry,

HotFolder runs as Windows service, so you will need to stop the service instead of directly terminating the process.