Compressing scanned documents
Scanned documents are created usually as PDF and TIFF files. PDFs are usually smaller than TIFF files, but when it comes to file sharing, both formats fall short. It becomes a necessity for a user to find an option that will allow the compression of scanned documents. Compression will allow for easy transfer as well as easy storing on your hard drive. It also adds some consideration for people that may have to download the file via e-mail or the internet.
Compressing scanned documents: Lossy
Compressing scanned documents takes place by utilizing a lossy and lossless compression methodology. Lossy PDF compressions will reduce the images, graphics and videos, saving space, but losing quality. The loss in quality can be beneficial as the file may fall below one MB, but quality loss is not always an option when you need to compress PDF files. A JPEG is an example of a compressed file, altering the graphic content for space.
Compressing scanned documents: Lossless
Lossless PDF compression decodes and breaks down data into smaller pieces, allowing the ACII values to be sequenced. Using this type of compression will preserve all the data, making this a more efficient option.