To create PDF files I'm just using the control panel of the scanner... Epson SmartPanel, v 5.60E. When I click on "Finish", indicating that I'm done scanning and I want to save the file(s), it asks me what file format I want. The choices are BMP, PCX, TIF, JPG, JPEG-progressive, PCT, or PDF. I select one and it saves the file(s).
I have Adobe Acrobat 7.0.
I can't see a setting (in any of the above) that I can change to make it save as monochrome.
If you can give me some advice on how to force conversion to monochrome, then another piece of the puzzle will fall into place.
(the simpler the better...I really have no formal training in computers, just know how to use them as a very basic tool, anything more complicated will be passed on to my husband or our student housemate.)
Since you have Acrobat 7.0, this should be fairly easy
There are many ways to convert to monochrome if you can save the file as a BMP file. For example, you can open the file in Paint, and save it while selecting monochrome in the save dialog. My only worry is that because the image may be fairly large, opening it might be slow, depending on the amount of memory you have. If it is too slow, tell me and I'll find another way to convert to monochrome.
I don't use Acrobat, but I'm fairly sure from other people using it that it can convert images to PDF. However, are you sure it is Adobe Acrobat and not Adobe Acrobat Reader? The two are worlds apart (Acrobat proper is hellva expensive haha). If it is the Reader and not Acrobat itself, you can create the PDF files from the images by printing to a PDF printer in Paint, in which case you will need this PDF printer (PDFcreator):http://sourceforge.net/project/showfile ... _id=442172
Download and install the first file, and you should be set. Of course, if you have Acrobat proper you don't have to install this.
On a brighter note, I have tried scanning a couple of pages in 300dpi mode and the image still seems nice and clear while reducing the bandwidth (from just over 6MB per page to just over 1MB per page.)
You will be surprised how little size difference there is between 300dpi and 720dpi when it is converted to monochrome and compressed correctly
This is because of the way the compression algorithm works... usually the difference is minimal with resolution change. That's why I would perfer 720dpi if possible