Scan Multiple Pages into a single TIFF/PDF file? Chalk one-up for Windows over Mac?NO

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by WannaGoMac, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    As subject says, is it possible to scan multiple page scans into a single TIFF file?

    And, can i do this as a PDF rather than a TIFF file instead?

    I couldn't see how to do this with Image Capture.

  2. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    If you have an Epson scanner you can download the scan utility and make multi-page PDF's
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    No it is a Brother printer & scanner unit DCP7020
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Do you want multiple pages on one wide page, or is it OK if you scan pages one by one and then use an app such as CombinePDF to merge them into a multiple page document?

    BTW, some scanners have that ability built-in. My Canon for one, but it is not Mac compatible.
  5. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Want to scan multiple pages and have them be in a single multiple page document.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    I don't know about how to scan them into a single pdf, but if you want to scan each page as a separate pdf and then merge them into one pdf file, this should be able to do it:
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    But Image Capture doesn't support PDF? It only lists TIFF, PNG, JPEG. Do I need to install something so Image Capture will scan to PDFs, or just convert?
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Chalk one up for Windows

    Well, very disappointing as Windows does this without extra software. I found

    So, in Windows this functionality is included in the built-in scanner software. On the Mac I have to pay for it???
  9. macrumors G4


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Actually, there's a clever little trick you can use to make muti-page PDFs out of scanned documents. First, scan in all the images - the format you use isn't terribly important for the purposes of this technique (TIFF is just fine, if that's what you're using). Once all the images are assembled, open TextEdit. Open each image in Preview, copy it, and paste it into TextEdit. Then, print the resulting document to a PDF. Presto, multi-page PDF without having to pay for special software :D
  10. macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2005
    multi-page PDF

    guess we should start by many pages is this PDF going to be?

    the short answer is: if you have Acrobat Professional (not sure if this option is available in the free reader download) just scan the pages separately as individual .tif images. Then open Acrobat and go to file / create PDF / from multiple files and then select the individual .tif files in the order you'd like them in the PDF.

    if you happen to get the order wrong when selecting the files, don't worry. to the left is the "arrange files" option of selecting the file and choosing to remove, move up or move down.

    this info is based on the version of Acrobat that I am currently using which is Acrobat 7 Professional. Hope this helps(?)
  11. macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I recall there being an automator action that would combine pages of .pdfs. All you'd have to do is drop the .pdfs onto the automator icon and it would combine them and output the new file. Perhaps someone can help out with locating that.

    I'll stop being lazy:
  12. macrumors G4


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2006
    when I need to do this, regardless of using my Mac, Linux or Windows box, I scan each page to an image file and place it on a separate page on Impress (or Draw). Then I save it all to PDF.

    Of course, I'm talking about scanning invoices and single page documents, not books or 150 pages on a tray :)
  14. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Thanks for the replies!

    Let me try some today.
  15. glp
    macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2007
    Colorado Springs
    Do you have a modem?

    When I want to scan multiple pages into a PDF, I use my Mac's built-in FAX modem. The software can be configured using the system preferences to email me a PDF file of the document it receives. I simply connect my computer to the phone line, and FAX the document to myself.

    The quality will be lower than using your scanner system, but has been sufficient for anything I have needed.
  16. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Quality is semi-important due to it's for business document permanent records.
  17. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Well the problem is that I am scanning like 30 page documents. Doing an image shuffle is kinda a pain with so many pages to move into TextEdit etc...

    Any other ideas?
  18. macrumors G4


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Use a pair of automator actions - the multi-page PDF one I linked to in an earlier post together with to convert all the images to PDF files.
  19. macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Make sure you have the latest drivers. I just checked the brother site and they recently released a new TWAIN driver for the 7020.

    As for using Image Capture to scan in, it'll work. After scanning in all of the pages, you can use something like PDFLab to combine the individual pages into a single PDF file. I'm pretty sure PDFLab will allow you to convert TIFF, PNG, and JPEGs to PDFs, but if it doesn't, it's just one additional step (x30).

    Open the scanned image in Preview and "Save As..." a PDF file. Then use PDFLab to combine the 30 pdfs into a single file.

    Keep in mind that these PDF files will be huge since the source was essentially a "photo". I think it would be the same on the windows side as well. If you want compressed files, you probably need to shell out for the Adobe product (I think it's Distiller).


    BTW, it looks like the Brother 7020 comes with the Presto software. Does that scan documents as PDFs? Maybe it's configured to scan multiple documents into a single file.

    If so, it would save time on your end.
  20. macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Windows can scan into PDF without Acrobat (or other third party software)? Is that a Vista thing?
  21. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Good news!

    Turns out the Brother "control center" software has an upgrade for the new MacOS that I need to download. The CSR said it will control the scanner and will handle scanning multiple page documents into single files!
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    Multiple pages into one pdf file

    Greetings. I am trying to copy a series of typewritten letters, written at different dates and varying from one to 3 pages, into one pdf file. I have tried the system indicated by wrldwzrd89. I pasted two separate pages into a TextEdit document as a test, and then made a pdf file. However the resultant pdf file seemed to cut the two pages into portions and I would up with 5 pages on the pdf file, but because of the way they were cut up, it was not legible. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
    I've asked the same thing many times, and just stumbled on a way to do it easily.

    Scan your multiple pages to an image file, like .jpg, I know it's tedious, name them (optional) by page number, put them into an empty folder.

    When you're done with all the scanning, open the folder, select all of them, open with: Preview.

    Now, you should see one page, with a side bar containing all of the pages. (If they're not in order, you can drag and drop within the sidebar to reorder.) Select all of those (Or Command A)

    Command P (Or Print)
    In this window, you should see page one, and below that, make sure it says "Page 1 of XX"...this way you know you got 'em all, and it's your final opportunity to page through them all by clicking on the little arrows to make sure they're in the right order.

    Click the PDF button
    Save as PDF...

    See if that helps
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2008
    Scanning multiple images/documents into a .pdf archive in Leopard.

    Thanks to the folks in this thread; I've tried Mescalito's method, and it works like a charm. Now I can get rid of Paperport (Now a windows-only App.) to store my copies of account statements etc.
    Now if only I could get my Visioneer Strobe Pro to work on the Mac I'd be a happy camper!
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006

    I did just this thing the otherday... (didn't scan but did combine images into one multi page document)

    Scan your files in... what ever format. Select them all and open in preview, it opens a window with the first image large and thumbnais down the side, if I remember correctly you then select all the thumbnails with shift and go to print/save as PDF


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