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Hi,
  We had large amount of articles from news papers, most of the articles are on 2 complete pages in the news paper.

we need to scan them and store them on file server,
what is the best way to do this?
is it important to have an A3 scanner?

Thanks
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Question by:NHA
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Hi NHA,

The best way to do this would be to outsource it to a place that does document archiving.

You will need a scanner that is the size of the page - sure you could do it in 2 or more passes, but that is just going to take SO much longer because you then have to stitch the images together.

If you have a scanner that is big enough, scan to PDF and to tiff - that way you dont have to do it again in the future (as you have it in the two common formats straight away)

Hope that helps,

-red
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Another thing to ponder:

Is it advantageous to be able to search the information that you scan? It is now standard industry/document storage practice to scan the images in using OCR (optical character recognition).

This process is supported by most scanners out of the box (bundled with the software) - and takes no extra work.

Software today is also clever enough to 'stitch' multiple pages together without much effort. This is something to think about because A3 scanners are MUCH more expensive.

The bottom line is, shop around and make sure the scanner and the associated software will do what you want to do.
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Before you acquire a scanner, is there any chance the stories are on line? You may have to pay for a subscription to get all files, but most newspapers seem to just want you to register.
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Ok with me.
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Me too
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