Jpg To Pdf

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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If you plan on storing files, books, or other printed documents digitally, your first step is to scan them into your computer. Once the documents are scanned, they will be accessible on your hard drive as one of several types of image files, depending on the settings of your scanning software. Although the image files taken directly from a scanner might have great resolution, they are inconvenient when it comes to data storage. You will probably want to convert image files to a more appropriate format. Whether you're attempting to archive business or personal records, or merely preserving an old, worn document, you probably have the same basic needs. Your scanned data should be easily accessible and manageable, and it should make efficient use of disk space. All of these needs can be met by converting your scanned images to PDF files.

Most scanner software is set by default to capture images in either JPG or BMP formats. While both of these formats are widely used, JPG is usually favorable, as it offers more compression, yet retains excellent resolution. Higher compression means that a JPG takes up less disc space than a comparable file in BMP format. If you're working with large amounts of scanned pages, disc space might quickly become a concern. Although the JPG files do not offer the exact same resolution as BMP images do, the difference is slight, and probably won't be a factor with most documents.

JPG to PDF Conversion

While pages scanned to JPG might have a smaller file size than other image formats, they can still take up quite a bit of disk space. In addition to depleting disk space, the large files can also present downloading and email problems, as recipients with dial-up modems may have difficulty accessing them. Other problems could arise if the document is longer than a single page, as the JPG format only allows each scanned image to be viewed as a separate entity. This prevents any type of navigation through the document. You can use a PDF converter application to turn the loose JPG pages into a single, easily navigable PDF file. Not only will you save disk space, but you will also be able to present a professional, easily accessible, organized document.

There are several ways to convert JPG files to PDF. One simple method is to utilize a "print-to-PDF" application. Such programs allow you to "print" documents and images directly to a PDF file by compiling a visual impression of the document. For example, if you have your first scanned page opened in an image editor, you can choose to print it from the File menu, at which point you'll be able to choose between your printer and the PDF conversion program you're using. The scanned page is copied to your hard drive as a PDF file. If the documents you're scanning have many pages, you might be more comfortable using a stand-alone PDF converter, which features advanced options for batch processing and PDF compilation.

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