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A Technical Guide To Creating And Sharing Digital Documents

31 Oct 2008 | | One Comment

Do you want to learn how to create high-quality digital documents from paper documents? If you replied with an emphatic yes, then I’ve got the perfect article for you. A guide to sharing documents takes you through the entire process: from getting the best results when scanning, to explaining the OCR’ing process and finally a demonstration on how to the best results when converting the scanned image to PDF.

This guide specializes on how to produce a digital document that is worth sharing. Namely the technical aspect, the trade-off between quality and file size. This guide aims to empower you to get most out of that trade-off. Too many people share low quality documents that are too big, and that is not only a waste of bandwidth, but also of time, because others will have to scan the same document again later, or at least spend considerable time cleaning it up. Scanning documents is a lot of work, and it’s a pity if it has to happen twice.

Full article: Guide to sharing documents.

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  • Michel Jahn said:

    IoFlex specializes in scan-to-printready, and at present most of their customers are high-end print-on-demand book printers – but lets face it, converting that to eBook is not that simple. The requirements of that customers set for printing are particularly demanding in that the software is required to take a scanned book and to the extent possible return it to a state for printing that is indistinguishable from the original (InDesign, Quark version) of the work.

    Where quality of outcome is of utmost importance, customers use the IoFlex Bookmaker suite of Acrobat plug-ins, where an operator plies our tools to separate images from text into separate PDF layers, and then applies various transformations specific to each layer (and sometimes specific to each image). The newly available Blackbox Workstation offers a twist on the quality/labor dynamic by taking a pretty darn good run at automatically rendering each scanned page into a printready state, leaving only the occasional exceptional page to be reworked by the Bookmaker handtools.

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