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Any ideas on how to do it?

I know ImageMagick will batch convert them to a PDF but Id like a searchable PDF. Adobe Acrobat pro seems to do it but its fairly slow and produces an image SPDF which seems bulky.

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Searchable PDF? You're converting image files--how will being searchable make any difference? – CarlF Oct 6 '10 at 14:45
If by bulky you means the PDF is large, Acrobat not only has the normal Optimize but it has an Optimize a scanned PDF. One of the things it does is removes the background. The can save space if you are scanning text documents. – Scott McClenning Oct 6 '10 at 16:32

Here's a link that might get useful: Are you trying to put the 30GB of tiff into one pdf?

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