Iíve done a search of scanning in documents and the results that I found are here, here, here, here, and here.
So what I gather from these links are:
1. Scan at 150 dpi because itís a good mix between file size & print quality
2. There was some question as to the file format, but Coz suggested to use JPEG while others suggested to use PDF
3. The idea of scanning is for reference so even though you scan, you should keep the originals of the important documents.
Ok, so from this list, I have some questions, anyone with input please reply! Thanks!
1. Is 150 dpi really good enough for printing? Letís suppose I want to get it as close to the original as possible. From my "tests" they seem to be good enough, but I'm afraid that my example tests are not good enough for more complex/future docs that I may have.
2. I have some documents (like my monthly stock reports/statements) that have graphs with color and stuff. Would you scan that in color or B&W?
3. Is JPEG really that good of a format? Doesnít it have compression issues that make the text less clear?
4. There are some documents that I KNOW are important, but I have a question about some others, such as receipts, bills, monthly statements, etcÖ
Right now what I do is use Microsoft Office 2003ís Document Imagine and it scans it is as a TIFF file (if I need to send it out as PDF, I use this great free PDF printer)
However, the file sizes are quite large. A one page documents (in color, since it has those graphs) is around 1.5 MB!
So, any suggestions, advice, and what-not would be greatly appreciated.