I have a project to scan a bunch of paper drawings and would like PDF files. My scanner only has .JPG or .TIFF output options.
I would like an automated or semi automated way to convert the >JPG's to .PDG en masse.
Thank in advance.
Install PDF printer. Once you've JPG, you can print them all again and convert to PDF using the PDF printer.
If you have Adobe you can scan directly to pdf instead of going through your scanner.
Once you have them scammed, (ooops scanned) in your system then after you have installed the PDF options to your printer etc as Deepak Gupta & Glenn Schroeder mention then I would open File Explorer and highlight the JPGS and send to Printer, then pick the PDF printer...
Honestly.....get a different scanner.
I have a scanner/printer/copier at home that will do PDF file output. It was under $100. I think it an Epson brand. Can't remember model #.
The one we have here at work will output PDF as well and you can place a large stack of papers and it will do them all as one multi-sheet PDF, or as separate files.....your choice.
So...that being said.....
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Sorry Rick. LOL....I couldn't help it...
Dan, I deserve that. LOL Thanks for the laugh.
I am scanning up to "E" sized drawings.
I am using this...
HP DesignJet T2500 Multifunction Printer series | HP® Official Site
Any PDF printer I have will require me to type a name for each file. I want to use the existing file name.
Can anyone suggest a specific (hopefully free) PDF printer that will work?
Glenn, I don't have Adobe
One of the free pdf printers that I used to use was "PDF995" - pop up advertising and all sorts of weird hoop jumping, but it worked in a pinch. (I would highly recommend one of the other routes suggested here.)
This is the scanner setup that I recommend -
I thought I was the only one who used PDF995. I bought a corporate license around 10 years ago. Great PDF printer. Sadly, my company hasn't kept up with the license.
Avoid scanning to JPG at all costs. JPEG was created for photographs, not for engineering data. The algorithm focuses more on how things appear to the eye, not actual lines and whitespace. If you use JPG you will get artifacts. TIFF would be a much better option, provided you used lossless compression.
Regarding grabbing the filename from the PDF, Bluebeam Revu may be able to help, but you may need the OCR functionality and would therefore need their "Extreme" version. How this would work is you'd scan all your files in and create a "Set" then use Automark to label them. I'm sure there is a way to have the labels translated into filenames, but using Sets, there really is no need.
Automark: Training Videos – Bluebeam Support (what you are looking at in that video on the left is a "set" of individual files.)
Here's an explanation of how Sets works:Training Videos – Bluebeam Support
Matt Peneguy wrote: Rick Becker, TIFF would be a much better option, provided you used lossless compression.
Matt Peneguy wrote:
TIFF would be a much better option, provided you used lossless compression.
Thanks for the tip Matt. I will switch to .TIFF.
Dan Pihlaja - I'll be your baggage smasher
Another option is this:
Windows 10 with Adobe Acrobat X pro and with plug-ins installed.
Looks like a winner if I can get a copy of Acrobat X Pro.
The only full version of Adobe I have is Acrobat 7.0 running on an XP machine. Won't do it.
PrimoPDF is free.
You can just drop a JPG onto the PrimoPDF icon and converts straight into PDF and opens in adobe reader. Save button. Job done
Richard, I installed PrimoPDF. How would I send a bunch of Jpeg's to it?
Just drop each one on the icon that should say 'PrimoPDF Drop Files Here To Convert'
So you would have your explorer open and just drag them one by one over it. This should them instantly convert each one into PDF and open a page in Adobe reader with the same name. From there it should be a matter of just save and close each of the open windows in Adobe.
OMG just tried copy and pasting a load of files and it works in Primo!
So Forget the drag and drop.
Copy all the files into memory then hover over the Primo desktop icon and paste.
It opens all of them in adobe in one go with all the names intact on every single file. It auto saves them where ever you copied them from in PDF format.
To approach the problem from another angle - it's probably not the scanner, but the scanning software that is restricting you.
Are you on Windows 8.1 or 10 by chance?
If so, the free Microsoft "Windows Scan" app from the Windows app store is very lightweight and will scan straight to PDF
For Windows 7 I'm not aware of a generic free scan to PDF application. But what I see most often is people are just running the drivers for their scanner and using Windows Fax & Scan, not the "Utility" package that comes with the scanner. So I'd recommend checking the Download section of the support page for your Scanner, and seeing if they have some Utilities / Tools Suite / etc. They almost always have a Scan to PDF option.
If you still can't scan straight to PDF after those steps then I would investigate the options for conversion.
I also use PDFSam (PDF Split and Merge) which is free/open-source if I need to combine multiple scans into one PDF.
Ryan Navarro wrote: Are you on Windows 8.1 or 10 by chance?
Ryan Navarro wrote:
No Windows 7 only.
Ryan Navarro wrote: If so, the free Microsoft "Windows Scan" app from the Windows app store is very lightweight and will scan straight to PDF
How does this "straight to PDF" work?
I'm scanning with a large HP plotter.
Scanning software in built in.
Plotter isn't connected to any computer (plugged directly into network with IP address)
Straight to PDF scanning is very simple, just choose PDF as the file type (provided the software supports it) and begin the scan. One downside if you are used to using the interface built in the scanner, is that you'll have to have a laptop or something with you near the scanner so you can initiate the scans.
Does the plotter show up / can you add it under your Windows Devices & Printers? If so there may still be hope to use a 3rd party Scan to PDF app.
I found one from searching called "Not Another PDF Scanner" that is also open source. No personal experience with it but it seems to have good reviews.
If the plotter doesn't show up / can't be added in Devices & Printers and/or it's using some proprietary interface then I think you'd be stuck with conversion using one of the other methods that have been suggested
How about programmingly covert them to PDF?
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