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Getting Started: Converting Scanned Documents into a PDF File

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Hello. My name is Ian Campbell, and in this video we show you how to convert a scanned document into a PDF file in Acrobat 10. Now if you've not scanned your document yet but do have a scanner connected to your computer, you can scan a document directly to PDF from within Acrobat. Simply click on the Create button, and the PDF Scanner option, then choose a preset which matches the type of original, for example, Black and White Document or Color Image. If you have a mix of color and monochrome originals, you can opt for the new Autodetect Color mode. Now if you've already scanned your documents and saved them as a file on disk, Acrobat 10 makes it easy to convert them to compact and efficient PDF files. PDFs created by Acrobat can be opened and viewed worldwide by anyone with the free Adobe Reader on Mac, Windows, Linux, and even mobile devices. To convert your image file to PDF, simply choose Create PDF from this Flash screen or, alternatively, Create and then Create PDF from File, from the top left button. Acrobat will initially show files which correspond to the file formats supported for conversion. To list files from one specific format, for example, TIF, click on the down arrow next to Files of Type and choose that format from the drop-down list. Why don't we use to convert the TIF file NDA Scan 1, which is 169K. As you can see, it's a legal document, and I can now save the newly created PDF file to disk. If I choose File Properties, we can see that this document is now a much more efficient 61K, approaching a third of the original size of the TIF file yet still good quality. Now if you're experienced in document scanning and wish to fine-tune conversion setting, you can easily do so in Acrobat 10. Here is a TIF scan of a complex magazine page containing color images. Click on the Settings button to see more conversion options. Now as in previous versions of Acrobat, you can control image compression and color management, but in Acrobat 10, we now have a new option which is particularly useful for TIF images--scan optimization and OCR. Apply Adaptive Compression allows Acrobat to automatically use the best compression method for each area of the page. Here we can choose various filters to help improve the final image quality. And, finally, we can use Acrobat to make text within the scanned image fully searchable. Now the original size of this magazine page was over 13 megabytes. Thanks to Acrobat 10's advanced image conversion and optimization features, we now have a fully searchable PDF that's just 85K in size. For more information, watch the related video, "Recognizing Text in Scanned Documents."

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Duration: 3 minutes and 11 seconds
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
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Posted by: adobetv on Nov 18, 2010

This video shows you how to convert a scanned document into a PDF file in Acrobat X.

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