I have a few thousand pages of documentation I'd like to digitize and organize, eventually making a series of PDFs out of them. Can you help me make this task less painful?
My company has tons and tons of game documentation in binders that doesn't exist anywhere else. I've brought up the issue of game preservation (see related topics
on the blue
) and somehow ended up with a gigantic pile on my desk that spans the last 15 years. I'd like to archive all of it, and then organize parts into smaller PDFs (i.e. a PDF of level designs for game X, another for concept art in game Y).
Here's some specifics:
* All the docs are looseleaf 8.5x11" or less
* Our office scanners don't have document feeders, so I need to purchase one myself - any recommendations? (It's from my own funds so I can't go too expensive)
* I have access to lots of common design and art software at work (such as Adobe Creative Suite)
* Lots of the documents are out of order, so they'll need to be organized and categorized after scanning but before being put into PDFs. Is there any software that can help me with this part?
* There's lots of duplicates that I probably won't catch until they're scanned. Again, any software that might help me automate this?
* Some pages are one-sided, and others are double sided, all mixed together
* Some pages have highly detailed, colorful drawings or diagrams, while others are just printed Word documents. Is there a good way to balance the scanning quality to suit both without file sizes becoming totally unreasonable?
Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this easier on me?