I recently got my hands on a Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M (the “M” at the end indicates Mac compatibility) and I’ve fallen in love with scanning again! I haven’t enjoyed scanning this much since the day I bought my first flatbed color scanner, but that was back in the day when you spent thousands of dollars for 300 DPI color.
Anyway, what I’m loving about this scanner is that it’s fast and the paper handling rocks. This little guy scans color/duplex just as fast as my black and white laser printer prints! It’s rated at 18ppm duplex (so 36 page images) in color and really chews through stacks of paper with its 50-sheet ADF. I was impressed by a few test scans, but I’m pretty picky and I thought it would be a good idea to put this scanner through a real test.
I recently moved my office and decided it was time to do some housekeeping/purging, and I couldn’t think of a better (and geekier) way to tidy things up than a paper-to-PDF conversion. Amidst conference calls, emails, and various other projects, I managed to scan 35 pounds of paper today. It’s in a big box ready for the recycler in the morning!
35 POUNDS! Gone!
The only thing I’m bummed about is that I cannot directly control the printer within Acrobat 8 Professional. According to Rick Borstein, this is because the scanner doesn’t support a TWAIN driver. Not ideal, but I can live with it because the driver software that comes with the scanner can be configured so that by pushing just one button I can convert up to 50 pages at a time into a single PDF and have it opened directly inside Acrobat. At that point I can just save the PDF or post-process it with some cleanup, compression, or OCR using the features in Acrobat 8 Professional.
Excuse me while I grab another box of paper from the basement….
[Update: Somehow I forgot to mention that this great little scanner includes a license of Acrobat 8 Professional. The scanner is selling for $425US on Amazon. Acrobat 8 Professional retails for about $450US. You do the math!]
I just got word that the Leopard compatibility update (v8.1.2, ~5MB) for Acrobat 8 Professional has been released. In my book, this is the last big patch I’ve been waiting for to achieve a streamlined Leopard system. I upgraded to Leopard last weekend (backup, format, and reinstall, of course) and this was the only hiccup in the process for me. I just downloaded the patch and things are running great here. I haven’t seen comprehensive release notes yet, but the big fix I notice is that the “Adobe PDF 8.0” virtual printer works properly under Leopard (I’m running 10.5.1).
I’m sure the updater will be posted on the web soon, but in the meantime just choose Help>Check for Updates inside Acrobat to get the goods. Please post your experience and feedback here!
I don’t know how common this is, but a customer recently asked me how to migrate a tracked PDF review in Acrobat from one computer to another. Scenarios include upgrading from Acrobat 7 to Acrobat 8, upgrading to a new computer, or tracking reviews from a laptop if you travel. If this sounds interesting, here’s the solution:
- Copy the file "Workflows" from this location on the old Mac HD/users/username/Library/Preferences/Acrobat/(version number)/Collab/Workflows to the same location on the new machine. The file path on Windows should be similar under the "Documents and Settings" folder.
- Relaunch Acrobat.
- Now copy the tracked PDFs from the old machine to the new machine. If the PDFs have the exact same file path on the new machine as they did on the old machine, then you’re done. If they don’t have the same file path, then just click their filename in the Tracker window and Acrobat will prompt you to tell it the new file path.
That should take care of it!
There’s been an interesting news leak at Google about a possible new online storage service, the rumored "GDrive." While the possibility of such a service from Google is interesting and the implications related to security and bandwidth are significant, what caught my attention was the source of the leak.
“All PDF is not created equal.”
I tell folks this all the time because it’s true. One nice touch that can make a PDF much easier to use for on-screen viewing is an intuitive and comprehensive collection of bookmarks. The best way to create PDF bookmarks in an automated way is to export PDF directly from InDesign with the Bookmarks option enabled.
However, I realize that sometimes that part of the process is outside of your control. If the PDF was exported from InDesign with the “Create Tagged PDF” option enabled then you still have a trick up your sleeve. Here’s how it goes….