I observed that a few bloggers have not found a better way to capture and distribute scanned articles. Take, for instance, the two-page article by Malu Fernandez that drew outrage from the blogosphere for its derogatory remarks about the overseas Filipino workers.
A couple of bloggers that scanned the two pages into two separate .jpg files and uploaded the two files for everyone’s access must have been unaware that there is a way for the two .jpg to be unified into a single file under the PDF format. Here’s how:
- Open a new OpenOffice Text document.
- Insert each image (.jpg file) into a page, depending on how you’d like them to be placed. If they are pages of an article, place each image in a page. (Tip: Insert a manual page break for every image.) The command for inserting an image is: Insert->Picture->From File.
- Review the layout of the pages.
- Save the document. Or, you may not have to do so if you’re just concerned about the PDF output.
- Export the document (or the buffer if you’ve not saved the document) to PDF format: File->Export as PDF.
This howto is most applicable in a situation where a voluminous document cannot, for various reasons, be re-encoded, so the better way to get an electronic version out of it is by scanning each page.
And I’m sorry that this howto applies to OpenOffice only. As far as I know, Microsoft Office does not have the built export-to-PDF feature. Although, there’s a licensed plugin from Adobe Acrobat Writer.