Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You Can Convert Multiple Image Files to PDF

I am one of several frustrated users of the Digital Library of India. If you have used the website you will truly comprehend the meaning of frustration.

You can download the books from the website only one .tiff image file at a time. (And this is supposed to be a website maintained by the premier institutions of our country. Looks like people no longer take pride in a job well done.)

So, you have the patience to download it.  But do you have the patience to actually read these image files one .tiff file at a time?

There are other options like the DLI downloader that help you download the books in PDF format. But I've found that whatever OCR is being used, messes up the text.

I've finally discovered a way to convert these .tiff image files to PDF. Here's how...

It's free for now.  So make hay while the sun shines. Go to this website and download Weeny Free Image to PDF Converter, and install it.

Step 1:  Open the application and click on  Add Images.

This opens the dialog box shown below.

Step 2: Now locate and select the folder containing your images.

Step 3: Click on the first file to select it. Then, hold the shift key down and select the last file and then click "Open". Holding down the shift key and simultaneously clicking on the last file selects all the files in between as well. 

When step 3 is sucessfully executed, you'll see something like the image below on your screen.

Step 4: Now all you need to do is click on the "Convert Now" button on the lower right hand corner of the PDF Converter window. Here is the screenshot.

After you click on Convert Now,  your screen will look like the picture below. 

So, sit back and wait.  It only takes about a minute to convert as many as 200 image files. Once the application has converted your image files to pdf, the folder containing your new pdf file will open on your screen.  Open the file, check it out, rename the file and relocate it as you see fit.

If you want to convert another bunch of images to pdf, close the application and then reopen it again; especially if you have've just converted a multi-page image folder; or you will have to delete the image files  just converted to pdf one file and a time. Ugh!

Update-14th  Sep 2013:
For some reason, this does not work with extension .jpeg.  I am yet to try it out with .png and .bmp