Creating, and using PDF files

Filing bankrputcy cases today requires extensive use of Adobe PDF files. It is recommended, and probably a necessity, to have a licensed copy of Adobe Acrobat (not to be confused from Adobe Acrobat Reader). Acrobat will allow you to combine, and optimize for emailing, PDF files.

Most newer scanners allow files to be saved as PDF files. However, most users don't realize that PDF files can be scanned in different resolutions. If your scanned PDF file is very large, it is likely that your scanner has a setting that has been set for high resolution. This can cause the PDF files to be unnessarily large (for instance, a 4 page tax return that was over 8 megabytes was sent by one attorney for this reason, when it should have been only a few kilobytes). Sending large files sometimes can cause the email to be rejected by the server, which may place limits on how large attachments which may be emailed.

The easy cure is to see if there is a setting on your scanner to reduce the resolution of the scanned image. Since these are easy to read text documents, select the smallest resolution available for your scanner. If this is not possible, then you can use Adobe Acrobat to reduce the size of the file, which is something you should always do anyway if you are using Acrobat to combine files.

After scanning, though, you should combine all the images into a single PDF file to be sent.

From the top menu of Acrobat, select "Combine" and from the drop-down menu, select "Merge files into a single PDF". Drag and drop the files, or click "Add" and select files to be merged.

After merging, always optimize the file to reduce it in size.

To do this, from the top menu of Acrobat, select "Document" and from the drop-down list, select "Optimze". Push the slider at the top to the left to "Smaller" and click "OK". Then save the file. This will greatly reduce the size of the scanned document for emailing.