Archived Booklet of Photographs

I have assembled a sample PDF to show what the finished product would look like after moving a physical body of photographs and documents into a digital format. I believe that this is the optimum file type for this process of information. PDF presentations can be assembled rather easily, once the pages are together.  This way, information is categorized by subject in a readable booklet of one clean file.  PDF format will save [or it can compress well too] a file in a high resolution page that can be individually opened or printed. It is also very transferable and highly versatile.

Cover page from pdf bookletPhotographs are scanned beforehand into high resolution tiff images and saved to the hard drive.  I am not quite sure what kind of folder structure we will use to make the parent and child folder hierarchy, but right now we are just gathering up random photos and documents and scanning them into family categories.  The documents, we are saving as PDF files and these are also hi-res copies.  So every thing has a high quality master file to begin with and these are always available in case anyone sees a photo that they would like to have a copy of.  I can be contacted from the front page.


Periodically I will place a booklet that can be downloaded by clicking on a link, on different posts from this subject category.  These booklets will have image pages that are somewhat reduced in size, but still at least 2000 pixels in width or height at a resolution of 150 to 300.


This first booklet, that I have a link to at the bottom of the paragraph, is set up to be received as a PDF file to be opened in Adobe Reader or Acrobat.  I tested it out a couple of ways to see how long it would to take to download; first as a zip file and then as a regular PDF.  The zip file only turned out to be 4 MB. smaller {using Stuff It zip archive for MAC anyway] and only downloaded about 15 seconds faster.  So I got rid of the zip file and chose the other.  When I downloaded it myself, it took about two or three minutes to download with a 20 Mb/sec connection [my son was playing Xbox at the time though].  This booklet is 246 MB and consists of 103 fairly high resolution pages.  It can be opened or saved and is just like any other large PDF file.  This process is teaching me a workflow for displaying large files and moving and distributing them.  I put them in a folder on the server of my web host and then link to that file.  I know that PDFs and Word documents, as well as Power Points, will directly open when linked to.  Images open in the file they are in, displayed on a separate page, and can be saved from there.  Sound and video files will open in the default application that plays these file types, installed on you computer.  If any one has any experience with this, feel free to comment about it.  Anyway to get to the sample PDF just click here, and carefully read the instructions and then proceed right over to the side bar and click on the relevant title for this project which is the Family Scans of Fall 2011.

To prevent historical family information from being distributed to unauthorized users, this page is password protected. If you do not have your password already, just follow the simple instructions and fill out the form to have this password emailed to you.

When viewing this PDF, use the full screen mode for the best effect; go to view, full screen mode and use the arrow keys to cycle through the pages.  For now the next project that I have to work with here in Spokane [until I go over to Seattle] is one movie from 1927 that Florence Elsman filmed.  We had it converted to DVD through Costco.  I plan to convert it to a flash file and place it on the Family and Friends page.  So look for it there later on during the Winter……………

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