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GraphicConverter 5.4

GraphicConverter can now re-compress multi-page TIFF files. It also does a good job of converting multi-page PDFs to TIFF format. This will make it much easier for me to archive my paper documents.


This will make it much easier for me to archive my paper documents.


My HP scanner software outputs either multi-page PDFs or single-page TIFFs. The files are always created in grayscale, even though I'm scanning black-and-white documents, so they're huge and don't compress well. Before GraphicConverter 5.4, I didn't know of a good way to shrink them. ImageMagick theoretically should have worked, but it couldn't read the files that I gave it.

Now, it's easy. I can feed a whole stack of documents into the scanner. Then use "tiffutil -cat" to join the single-page TIFFs. Then give GraphicConverter a whole folder of them and tell it to convert them to 1-bit and compress with Group 4. A four-page document shrinks from about 120 MB to 350K.

I was feeling pretty good about this until I remembered that, sheet feeding aside, PaperPort solved this problem in 1996.

Yet something else new one learns during the day. My Canon scanner may begin to see more usage now.

I loved the PaperPort. The law firm I worked at in New Orleans made extensive use of the PaperPort, and all of the tech support staff had one as well. It was great, and I miss its capable easy of use.

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