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Basic Text Scans Huge File Size
I'm having problems finding software that scans a letter size piece of paper(s) at a reasonable size. I have always used gimp for scanning but the file sizes are just absurd. I have an assignment due in the next couple days that will require me scanning a few pages of notes that I have and using gimp I'm looking at >10 megs for just regular text.
Suggestions on what I should use? I just need good quality black/white scans in pdf form (I can convert if needed from another format). Currently I scan to jpg with gimp and then resize the scans down (which always seems strange as I just want a copy of the letter size but gimp pushes it to some absurd 24" x 36" or something like that) put all jpg's in one folder then merge into a pdf but like I said, 10 megs is crazy for 5-6 pages of text.
Thanks in advanceBodhi 1.3 & Bodhi 1.4 using E17
Dell Studio 17, Intel Graphics card, 4 gigs of RAM, E17
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I use scanimage. You can set the resolution to whatever you want:
scanimage -p --resolution 300 --mode Color > scan-130901080855.pnm
To get a PDF, I'd go
pnmtops scan-130901080855.pnm > scan.ps ps2pdf scan.ps
Of course you can script this for assembly lining the repetitive process of many documents.