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app talk: CamScanner – PDF Creator & More

CamScanner – PDF Creator

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed a paper document converted into a digital form, but there’s no scanner in sight?  Or maybe you like scanning old photos to upload into Facebook or Instagram.  Guess what? Flatbed scanners are no longer needed.  If you have a smart phone (Apple, Android, or Windows) the CamScanner app turns your smartphone into a scanner for managing documents.  Not only is it quick and easy, but it can be done from any location, at any time.

Put simply, this is how CamScanner works:  Take a picture of the document/photo, CamScanner will auto crop and enhance it, while still allowing you full control of any changes.  Once your document/photo is saved, next you have the option to PDF it and/or shares your file via several options (email, Dropbox, etc).  By signing up for a FREE CamScanner account, you also get 200mb of free cloud storage and document syncing across various electronic platforms (smartphones, tablets, computers and the cloud).

With just CamScanner’s basic FREE features you’re able to scan documents, batch scan, do merging, rotating, cropping, enhancing, text searching, along with password protecting and categorizing via preset Tags.  Watermarking and limited annotations (via In Note) are also included features inside this powerful app.   If you’re still in need of additional features, a paid premium is also available.  An added plus for students and educators…upgrade to the full version for Free when you use an .edu email address.

I’m rating CamScanner as one of the top 10 apps on my list of favorites.


tech tips: What? Why? How? PDF Publishing….

What is PDF?

The definition of PDF is a Portable Document Format which was developed by Adobe Systems in 1993. PDF files can be viewed with the free software application Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe Systems or in current web browsers with plug-in installation. The PDF file format upholds most elements (color, formatting, graphics, etc…) of any source document regardless of the original creation method.

Why use PDF?

The pros for formatting to PDF are listed below with usage examples.

Ease of Distribution

Handout materials can be easily created from the Publish feature.

  • See the Atomic Learning video (details in Resources section below) on how to publish handouts for PowerPoint presentations.

Poster creation

  • San Jacinto College’s South Campus Copy Center has the capability to produce COLOR posters 2 feet by 3 feet in size from PDF formatted files, inquire about additional sizing information and billing information with Phyllis Harris at 281-484-1900 ext. 3438.

Decreased File Size

Publishing to PDF can decrease the size of your files.

  • PDF files loaded into Blackboard ensure a smaller course size, increasing speed.
  • PDF files attached to emails, makes the email size smaller, taking less space on the network emailing system.

TIP: When publishing the file use the Optimize for: Minimum size (publishing online) option

Safeguards Files

Publishing to PDF documents can safeguard your files from alterations and unwanted duplication.

  • Microsoft Word document can be graded/edited, using Track Changes option, and then publish as a PDF. Once it is published as a PDF and returned to the student, the suggested changes are view only in PDF instead of writable in Word.
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheets can be published to PDF, making the spreadsheet into a printable report that does not allow edits.

Enhances file accessibility

Acrobat Reader is a free application that is available to everyone.

The Plug-In for web browsers are free from Microsoft.

Eliminates compatibility issues from different versions of Microsoft Office.

  • Document is created in Microsoft Word 2007 at San Jacinto College and does not open with Microsoft Word 2003, unless it was saved in compatibility mode in Microsoft 2007.

How to use PDF Publishing?

In Microsoft Office 2007, click on the Office Button, select Save As…, Publish, and then designate location and type file name.

TIP: PowerPoint presentations have publish options for layout that can be selected by clicking the Options button.

Microsoft Support Resources:

How to Publish Link: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/save-a-file-in-pdf-format-HA010064992.aspx

YouTube Resources:

Word Publish to PDF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfkqWp1j2nA&tracker=False

PowerPoint Publish to PDF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJBqd3ZiLhY&tracker=False

Atomic Learning Resources (accessed via the Tools module within the Blackboard home page)

Microsoft Excel Publish to PDF: Movie # 37751

Microsoft Word Publish to PDF: Movie # 37750

Microsoft PowerPoint Publish to PDF: Movie # 37752