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Producing PDFs

I’ve just been photocopying and enlarging some documents for laminating at work. Modern photocopiers are fantastic machines and a vast improvement over only a few years ago. Many have scanning and printing as well as the normal photocopying. Most printers are now MFDs (Multi Function Devices).

So I’m at this printer when I notice there is a scan to file and scan to email function and I thought I would see how it worked. It worked great, It actually scanned a document into a PDF file and sent it to me. It would send externally but I was concerned about the email being logged. It is bad enough that photocopiers store a copy of everything on an internal HDA for latest analysis and you should watch what you copy especially if you copy something that can be traced to you or requires you to log in.

This is an ideal way to convert your books to PDF though. If they are loose leaf it works great. Select double sided and it will do everything for you. If you have to turn each page and scan manually it will take much longer but will still be worth it to have a PDF of your books as backup.

Of course remember and make sure for any books you copy it is legal to do so.

I’m looking at using this scan method to put several separate items into one PDF and make things a little easier for me to find instead of a million different pages.

If anyone has any loose leaved books that are out of copyright then send them to me and I’ll scan them and put them on the site.

2 comments to Producing PDFs

  • Northern Raider

    I simply downloaded a free software item that adds another coice to your printer selection icon, so so just click on FILE> Print> Select Printer> and instead of clicking on your installed printer you select the PDF program and it converts your doc to PDF.

    Theres loads of Free PDF writer or convertor progs but be careful cos some will downloads daft search engines and programs as well.

  • Skean Dhude


    Try doing that with your pages of printout. This takes those pages and puts them into a PDF. Handy for scanning and packaging all in one.

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