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Scanning and combining odd & even pages Acrobat

Posted on 2013-06-05
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I would like to scan my bank statements 100 pages plus. We have a feed through scanner single sided only. Is there a way to scan 100 pages even numbers and 100 pages odd numbers then combine into a single document.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Yes, but it's a software issue. There are plenty of imaging/scanning products that can do this. The one I use is Nuance's PaperPort:
http://nuance.com/for-individuals/by-product/paperport/index.htm

It comes in Standard and Professional Editions. They both have a component called the Capture Assistant, which has a feature called "Scan Other Side". This, essentially, turns a simplex (single-sided) scanner into a duplex (double-sided) scanner. You put the stack of double-sided pages in the ADF of your simplex scanner to scan the odd pages (front sides), then turn the stack over, put it back into the ADF, and click the [Scan Other Side] button to scan the even pages (back sides). After scanning both sides, PaperPort's Capture Assistant will automatically merge the odd and even pages, putting the document together correctly.

For your purposes, the Standard edition will be fine, but if you'd like to see a comparison of the Std and Pro features, take a look at the file called [Comparison Matrix of PP14 Standard and PP14 Professional.pdf] posted here:
http://sites.google.com/site/wikipaperport/files

The Capture Assistant has more features in the Pro edition, but the Std edition has the feature you need - Scan Other Side.

Although the list price of PaperPort Standard is $99, the street price is about half that (currently $47 at Amazon):
http://www.amazon.com/Nuance-Communications-Inc-6809A-G00-140-Paperport/dp/B005CELKLM/

PaperPort (Std and Pro) can also make PDF Searchable Image files, meaning it runs OCR at scanning time (or later, if you prefer) to create text in the PDF file (along with the raster image). This means you'll be able to index/search/find your bank statements by content (notwithstanding the occasional OCR error). Regards, Joe
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by:WTC_Services
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Hi Joe,

Thank you for your solution. Unfortunately we have a network scanner with it own software. The output is a PDF file. Is there anyway of combining PDF's?

Cheers

Mark
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Hi Mark,

What make and model scanner is it?

I use PaperPort on many network scanners. As long as the scanner offers an ISIS, TWAIN, or WIA driver, PaperPort will support it.

Virtually every scanner comes with its own software...nothing says you have to use it, unless it works only with its own software, i.e., has proprietary scanning drivers, such as the Fujitsu ScanSnap series. However, most scanners that come with their own imaging/scanning software also come with ISIS, TWAIN, or WIA drivers that allow you to use third-party imaging/scanning software (indeed, many scanners come bundled with third-party imaging/scanning software, such as products from ABBYY, Adobe, and Nuance).

Is there any reason why you have to use the software that came with the scanner (other than the driver, of course)? Regards, Joe
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by:WTC_Services
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The Scanner is Sharp 2301N setup on the work WAN network. Modifying the scanner means involving the IT department. I was hoping it was something I could do in software. Cheers Mark
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 500 total points
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Ah, now I understand. :)

I've used several A-PDF products and have been happy with them. They have one called A-PDF Merger, which does what you want:
http://www.a-pdf.com/merger/index.htm

Here are the instructions on how to do exactly what you're looking for:
http://www.a-pdf.com/faq/how-to-merge-odd-pages-and-reversed-even-pages-together.htm

I haven't used this particular product, so I can't give it a ringing endorsement, but based on the quality of their other software that I have used, I think it's worth a look.

Also, if you already have Adobe Acrobat (and I see it's the Topic of your question), this thread is worth a read:
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/286654

Regards, Joe
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by:WTC_Services
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Thanks mate
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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You're welcome! Cheers, Joe
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