View Full Version : Edit metadata of tons of PDF

08-24-2009, 08:19 PM
First, if this problem has already solved before, sorry, I didn't found it.
Second, I hope you guys can understand me, because my English is very limited.

ok, my problem is that I have a folder with more than 300 ebooks in PDF and all named this way: "Title - Author.pdf" but any of then have the correct information on metadata (some titles are "windows 98" when should be "The Alchemist", some with nothing and some with anything but what should be).

So, to fix this I need to click with right button on file proprieties>PDF and write the corrects title and authors one by one.
I tried some softwares but none of then worked =/

So what I looking for is any software that can read the filename (all files are named in the same form "title - author.pdf") and edit the meta information like many mp3 software does, I believe that there is such program.

I trying to found a solution for many days and I just tired now and almost giving up. If anyone here know a solution for this problem will be a HUGE help to me.

Thanks for any help.

08-24-2009, 08:34 PM
BeCyPDFMetaEdit ( is a PDF metadata editor that I've heard works well. (I use Acrobat Pro to edit PDFs, or ARTS PDF Workshop in Excel to edit lots of metadata in batch; both of those are rather expensive.)

However, if the PDFs are locked against editing, you can't change the metadata. You'd need to unlock the PDFs first. There are programs that do this (I use A-PDF Restrictions Remover, which costs $10), and an online spot that claims to do so for free--I haven't tried it, so I can't vouch for it, but Ensode's PDF Unlock Online Utility ( comes well-recommended on a couple of blogs.

08-24-2009, 08:42 PM
Yeah, I've heard about this BeCyPDFMetaEdit too but it seams to not work in windows 7 :( I tried to download this in 3 sites and no one works.

I tried A-PDF rename too but the command-line function is quite difficult and the support for it sucks.

oh, and all my PDF are free to edit the meta information and I also have the acrobat Pro, how can I use it to edit many files? I look for this function but it seams to be only possible edit one by one.

thanks for responding :)

08-24-2009, 09:02 PM
Acrobat Pro only edits one at a time. (You can use Batch Processing, but it only works to give them all the same metadata, which is pretty useless for title & author.)

For editing swarms of PDFs, I use Arts PDF Workshop (, which is a plugin for MS Excel. However, they no longer sell it separately (they used to), and the version I have works on Excel 97 but not Excel 2000 or 2003. (Presumably, the new package deal does.) But it's very pricey for editing a few (i.e. less than several thousand) PDFs.

There's an older post at PlanetPDF ( says Photoshop has a way to batch edit PDF metadata; I'll have to try that one. (It may be just another way to put the same metadata in a cluster of files, not useful for naming individual files.)

VeryPDF ( a program that looks possible. $38, with a free 30 day trial.

09-04-2009, 07:09 PM
Is there something which automatically converts the title to the filename?

09-05-2009, 02:01 AM
I do not know about Vista or W7.

There are other free software for changing PDF metadata that you could try.
- A-PDF INFO changer
- PDF Info

Basically, they work nearly the same way (no batch processing as far as I know)