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Topic: frustrated beginner
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 72415
From: go2ldook
Date: 9/15/2002 02:19 AM

I am new to pdf. My goal is to simply scan in multi-page documents and view them on my computer without a massive file size. The files do not need to be searchable (though if this does not increase file size much, that would be best I suppose)

I have tried various ways of doing this. First, I have a Microtek scanner that came with Scanwizard 5, and I do not see an easy way to scan multiple pages to be saved as one file for a multi-page document. Luckily Microsoft Office Document Scanning in the Office XP suite does this easily. The lowest resolution it allows you to set is 100DPI. Many of these documents have photos, but I am okay with them being scanned at lower resolution as long as they look okay on the computer, and at 100 DPI they have been fine.

I have tried a couple of PDF creating tools that work in the PRINT dialogue box (Alientools PDF Generator and PDF Writer). The PDF files they create end up being as large, and sometimes LARGER, than the original scanned image I saved.

Is there freeware or an inexpensive way to perform this simple task, or should I get the full Adobe Acrobat. Will Acrobat even do this properly, or do I need Acrobat Capture? I have seen something called Acrobat Capture Agent which is much cheaper than Acrobat Capture...is this a plug-in that gives Capture functionality to Acrobat, or does it have some functionality on it's own? HELP???

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