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Another option is to find another page layout or graphics program that will save to pdf files... Can't help much with suggestions though, as I run a mostly Adobe workflow, and (of course) almost all Adobe software has a variety of PDF options.
(Funny how that works, isn't it? I've made more than one joke about Adobe trying to become the Microsoft of the graphics world. ;) Thank heavens for Quark, Macromedia and PSP sticking to their guns.)
Invest in a good Optical Character Recognition (OCR) scanning program if you plan to do a lot of this sort of work. Then you can convert scanned documents to text/word processing files, and worry about converting those files to PDF after you've proofread & reformatted them.
I'd LOVE to hear about it if anyone has a simpler solution to that one, because textfile-based pdfs are TONS smaller than scan-based ones, and it would save us a *lot* of room on our server if there were an efficient way of converting scans to text pdfs.
Thanks again for the help and good wishes.
I definitely know that feeling. The largest document I had to scan was about 125 pages, so I'm not so bad off.
There's no way to get an electronic copy of the information (in Word format or something)? Perhaps from the original publisher for a fee? Point out to whoever would be in charge of signing the "electronic rights" royalty check that the royalty fee may well be cheaper than the hourly wages for having an employee scan the whole thing and try to make it searchable.
Then you could take the electronic copy and convert that to pdf...
Then again, you could take the time to create embedded annotations, summaries and bookmarks for the unimaginably huge pdf file that a 2500 page scanned document would create.