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scanner with document feeder, b/w images encoded as GIF or PNG or equiv.

I need to scan a bunch of documents that are mostly simple black/white or grayscale text, lines, etc. I'm probably going to just buy a sheet-fed scanner, and I'd like recommendations for that. I'm hoping for a solution that will automatically generate PDFs with the included scanned images encoded as GIFs or PNGs or similar, since they will mostly be black/white or grayscale, which compresses much more cleanly with these formats. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Turning thousands of loose-leaf papers into dozens of PDFs

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? [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Help Me Convert Hard Copy Data to Excel

Scanning, Excel, data input help needed. I need to convert info from a lot of hard copy bank statements into a an excel spreadsheet. Have tried scanning directly into xls and it results in a disorganized mess. Have tried to cut and paste from scan created pdf but it will not allow. Please help in automating this process and making my life a much happier place. [more inside]
posted by mbx on Nov 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Free/Open Source Scan-to-PDF Software?

What's the best free or open source software (for Windows XP) which will scan multiple pages in a row and output a PDF with zero fuss? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Nov 3, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I increase contrast on a multi-page PDF?

How can I quickly and easily increase the contrast on every page of a PDF? [more inside]
posted by Outis on Feb 22, 2009 - 6 answers

pdf unpaper 'ed

The unix program 'unpaper' was recently recommended for cleaning up artifacts on scanned images. Unfortunately it doesn't natively do pdfs, only "pnm family" -- pbm, pgm and ppm formats. [more inside]
posted by acro on May 16, 2007 - 10 answers

PDF filter

How do I take 5 pdf files and combine them into one file without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Apr 29, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me get an old book online!

How can I scan a book that is precious to me? The book is a couple hundred pages and I just want to produce high-quality pdfs. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Oct 25, 2006 - 9 answers

Graphically editing multi-page PDFs

Graphically editing multi-page PDFs quickly (erasing things, mostly) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Oct 18, 2006 - 8 answers

How can I convert a scanned pdf to searchable text?

I need to convert a scanned pdf to searchable text, without printing it out and scanning it back in using OCR. Also, I'd like a cheap or free solution since I'm not likely to use it often ever again.
posted by nomis on May 6, 2004 - 17 answers

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