IBM Quick Reference Guide - 1992

Scott Stevens sastevens at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 24 21:02:17 CST 2006


On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 19:44:43 -0700
Richard <legalize at xmission.com> wrote:

> 
> In article <20060124051643.58973.qmail at web34102.mail.mud.yahoo.com>,
>     steven stengel <tosteve at yahoo.com>  writes:
> 
> > 38 JPEG images - very large in size - sorry, no PDF!
> 
> What's a good free tool for turning scanned pages into a PDF?
> 
> I see that Adobe now has a product called Adobe Acrobat Capture that
> seems like it would be perfect for turning old manuals into PDFs.
> They claim that it can create documents of these types:
> 
> - PDF image only -- similar to the PDFs on bitsavers
> - PDF searchable image -- the pages are shown as images, but are OCRed
>   into a hidden text layer so that you can search a document that
>   looks like images
> - PDF formatted text+images -- text is OCR'ed and non-text portions of
>   the document are kept as image layers
> - HTML
> - ASCII
> 
> Does anyone have familiarity with this Capture product?  Its only $99
> when purchased as a download.
> -- 
Adobe Acrobat 3.0 had 'Capture' built in as part of the full
price product.  That was before Adobe adopted their 'tiered
product' structure, where a lot of useful functionality gets put
only in the expensive version.  I would try to locate a copy of
Acrobat 3.0 used if you can.  Which can be tricky as the license
number 'carries forward' so you would have to find somebody who
hasn't upgraded.

And I try to ALWAYS stay away from 'download versions' or
expensive (more than $20-30) 'download only' software.  You'll
probably only be able to install it by downloading it onto one
machine.  I much prefer installable media, and sometimes if
there's a choice, you can pay a little more and get the 'CD
Version' mailed to you.

For creating PDFs natively, I recently installed Aladin
Ghostscript on my desktop machine at work.  It's free and I
created a .BAT file (which I then turned into an Icon I can
'drop' onto).  It doesn't let you directly create PDF files, but
you install a Postscript printer as one of your 'printers' in
Windows with print-to-file selected, and print to Postscript
(*.PS) image files, then run them through Ghostscript to turn
them into PDF files.

Of course, on a machine you have total control over, you can also
install NetBSD or one of the Linux-based OSes, bring in scanner
support to a program like The Gimp,  then use Mozilla's composer
to paste images into web pages, print the web pages to Postscript
files, then use ps2pdf to convert those to PDF files.  Gives you
the ability to archive your images also as HTML-linked page sets,
which means you can easily share them to the web.

But several of these options don't give you the 'compressed all
in one' archivedness of a PDF file.

I used to use Acrobat 3.0 and really wasn't impressed with it's
OCR 'capture' features.  It basically 'captures' text content
from scanned pages, then stores that 'underneath' the images in
the PDF file so the 'images' are searchable.  It has probably
improved, and the hardware has certainly sped up, since I last
used it.

Full Acrobat is an expensive option, I specifically bought it
years back to archive old paper documents to electronic form.



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