Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Scanning: Create PDF from Scanner

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Turn on Computer

1. Turn Computer on. Then turn the Scanner on.

Place Document

2. Place the first document on the scanner. Make sure there is a margin of about ¼” around all four edges.

Adobe Acrobat DC

3. Open Adobe Acrobat DC.
4. Go to File > Create > PDF from Scanner.
5. Select the scanner that starts with WIA.

6. Check Append to Existing File only if you are continuing to scan where someone else left off or where you left off in a previous shift—for example, in the middle of a folder.

Custom Settings

7. Your custom settings should exactly match those in the screenshot and table below:

Setting Input
Scanner WIA-EPSON Expression 11000XL
Pages Front Sides; CHECK Prompt for scanning more pages
Quality UNCHECK Optimize Scanned PDF
Output Create New PDF or Append (as applicable, see step 6 above)

CHECK Recognize Text

    Document Language = English US
    Output = Searchable Image

  CHECK Add Metadata
  CHECK Make PDF/A-1b compliant


8. Click Scan.


Next: Import Scan

Scanning FAQ
It is taking forever to save, etc, etc. This folder is huge. Is there any way to hurry this up?
Stop appending! Create a new file when your scan reaches +/- 50 pages. If it is still really slow, just talk to the Digital Archivist.
I reached 50 pages, but I’m right in the middle of a multi-page document. Do I just stop scanning?
Keep related pages or documents together. If you need to make a file slightly more or less than 50 pages to keep documents together, that’s ok. The point is to keep PDF file sizes manageable.
Example: For constituent mail, the two letters to and from Bob Dole should be scanned into the same PDF file. Don’t scan two documents that go together into separate files.
So now I’m going to have 2 or 3 files for the same folder. What do I call them?
Follow the Filenaming Policy. The files will end with _part1.pdf, _part2.pdf, etc.
My shift is ending but I’m not done scanning the folder. What do I do with it?
Select Scan is Complete. Save with the appropriate filename (i.e. the identifier from the Metadata Database). The next person who scans will append their files to yours (up to 50 pages)
I’m starting my shift, but the person before me left off in the middle of a folder. What file do I use?
Usually, you will append your scans to the existing file for that folder. Make sure to stop when you get to +/- 50 pages.
I keep getting an error message when I try to append to an existing file. Why?!
This is because we scan in an archival format called PDF/A. Here’s the workaround: make sure the file is closed. Then try to append. It should work. If not, ask the Digital Archivist.
What do I do if I forgot to add metadata or need to add another keyword?
In Adobe Acrobat Pro, go to File > Properties… You will see the Document Properties box. Enter the additional data and press OK. See also Embedding Metadata.
I tried to enter additional metadata, but the boxes are grayed out or I can’t save it.
Please talk to the Digital Asset Manager. Or, record the data in the Scanning Log and enter it directly into Entermedia when you verify your scans.