scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: PDF
Alan Wolfson (alanw@MDLI.COM
Wed Mar 01 2000 - 10:02:05 CST
> Les Chaffin, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> How do I make forms that I have scanned in into a PDF file.
> Please go step-by-step from the scanning to the end.
There are a couple of ways you can create pdf files. An expensive
way is to purchase Adobe Acrobat - the full version, not just the reader.
The advantage is that you can then edit the pdf files that you create.
A cheaper (free!) method is to obtain a copy of GhostView, a public
domain Postscript interpreter. One of its print options is to create a pdf
file. Here's what I did to make it work on my computer:
1) Download and install a copy of GhostView from
2) Install a fictitious color postscript printer on your computer - it
doesn't really matter which one you use - I've used both the Apple and
Tektronix color postscript printers. The important thing to do here is to
use FILE: as the port the printer is assigned to.
3) Scan your form in using whatever software came with your scanner.
4) Print the form to the postscript printer that you installed in step 2
above, and give it a filename with a .ps extension when you are prompted.
5) Run Ghostview and open the file that you saved in step 4, and print it
out using the pdfwrite device. I always select the maximum resolution
6) Enter the desired filename, with a .pdf extension, when prompted.
7) Voila! You have a scanned form as a .pdf file.
Yours in Scouting,
Assistant District Commissioner
Arrowhead District, Daniel Webster Council, Nashua, NH
I used to be a bear (NE-CS-36) and a fox (NE-I-184) too!
Also Co-Leader GSUSA, Cadette/Senior Troop 7
Older girl consultant, Nashua Service Unit GSUSA