How can I best digitize my university notes, certificates, and documents?

Hkb April 23, 2011

Can you recommend me any apps, services or programs to ease or speed up the process? And what do you think I should keep my file format – JPG or PDF?

(Preferably free ones :D)

  1. Mukul Gupta
    May 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    i used dopdf ;) worked for me

  2. USBman
    April 30, 2011 at 2:28 am

    If you simply want to create PDF files from other images files (jpg, png, etc), then I recommend the easy, straightforward (and portable) freeware called i2pdf.

    See the PortableFreeware entry here:

    • Hozefa KB
      April 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

      thank you, this was helpful.
      it retains same quality and size

  3. SASilk
    April 27, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Have a look at Evernote ( ). It accepts images and automatically OCRs them, allowing you to search them. Free or paid accounts.

    • Hozefa KB
      April 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

      i was never comfortable with evernote.
      i prefer MS onenote

      • SASilk
        May 2, 2011 at 6:32 am

        The two are similar conceptually and people tend to have a preference for one or the other based on which one they're more comfortable with. Nothing wrong with that.

  4. Anonymous
    April 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    PDF can be useful if you want to take your files on mobiles so you can open them other then this you can also use the jpg to view them in your picture viewer application and can be easier, since pdf changes versions and you have to upadate the application. Also jpg are lighter than pdf.

    The Gimp
    Ghostscript Viewer

    •Start > settings > Control Panel
    •Performances and maintenance > display basic information about your computer or system
    •Tab advanced, and then Environment Variables
    •Click on the new or new button
    The variable •Name: enter GS_PROG
    The variable •Value: enter C:Program Filesgsgs8.14bingswin32.exe (to adapt your GhostScript installation folder)
    •Clickthe button new or new (at the bottom, as a system variable)
    The variable •Nom: type GS_LIB
    The variable •Value: type C:Program Filesgsgs8.14lib (to adapt the version number as a function of your installation of GhostScript folder; 8.14 change depending on your version of GhostScript)

    •Open The Gimp (start, (all the) programs, GIMP ).
    •Open the PDF file (file > open > choosing File > validate).
    •Ajust the options if you want.
    Loyalty file > save a copy.
    •Choose the location, type the desired file name, and add the necessary extension (.jpg, .bmp, .gif, etc.) or choose the type of files in the list.
    •Validate, modify if necessary options (compression, etc...) and validate again.

    PDF Creator
    •Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    •Choose "Print" and print the PDF Creator printer.
    •When PDF Creator proposes to save the PDF, choose from the types of proposed (PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, PCX) files instead of PDF.

    To change the settings of PDF Creator, use the button "Options", section "Formats" to change the settings of each file format (resolution, number of colors, etc.)

    ImageMagick and GhostScript

    Makeuseof Article

  5. toot
    April 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Suggest you can use primopdf pdf converter to convert the JPG to PDf. It is rather simple to use. To convert to pdf would need you to print out the jpg as the way in the normal printing, then save it in the pdf format.

  6. Sahil Dave
    April 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I didnt fully understand your question. You just want to scan and upload JPG and convert into PDF. You can do from many softwares.

    If you are trying to make notes on your own. MS OneNote 2010 comes very handy.

    OneNote delivers the flexibility to gather and organize text, pictures, digital handwriting, audio and video recordings, and more — all in one digital notebook on your computer.
    It has some cool built-in templates, higlighters, symbols, and whatnot for all your notemaking.
    You may also Share it with your friends on web or network. I DO THAT WITH MY 2 BEST FRIENDS WITHOUT LETTING KNOW OTHERS

    This video will help you,


    • Hozefa KB
      April 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

      don't want to make notes,
      i want to convert my notes from jpg to pdf

  7. Mike
    April 24, 2011 at 5:31 am

    The best method is to scan your notes using a scanner, run them through OCR and then save as PDF. Depending on the quality of the source and the OCR Software your PDFs will be fully searchable.

    Personally I always use the OCR function of Acrobat Professional so I can't recommend any other Software. Usually there is one packed with the scanners software on the CD so I would actually go ahead using it.

    Related links:

  8. Dennis Hughes
    April 24, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I like to use ScanDrop If my notes are hard copy I scan groups according to category. The best thing about ScanDrop is it's free, there's an app for it if you want to upload via photo, and it allows you to add several different cloud storage locations to take advantage of free storage.

    • Hozefa KB
      April 24, 2011 at 7:57 am

      its not free

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