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Fujitsu ScanSnap Error "PDF file creation failed."

Posted in Blog, Tech on March 29th, 2011 by Matt – 2 Comments

We currently have five of these scanners deployed on Windows 7 machines. All installations were experiencing a random error of "PDF file creation failed."

PDF file creation failed.

The error did not not usually occur if only a single document was scanned and saved. However, If two documents are scanned and saved back to back, this error was likely to occur at the start of the second document. Internet searches yielded nothing, but after contacting Fujitsu support, we came to a solution.

The error stems from the fact that ScanSnap Manager defaults to saving scans into the My Pictures folder. At our offices all users have their My Documents folders redirected via Group Policy to a network share. Apparently ScanSnap is sensitive to any delay when it attempts to write the scanned PDF files to disk.

The solution is to change the scan path to something other than a network share.

The steps:

Right click the ScanSnap icon and select the Scan Button Settings... option.

Select Scan Button Settings

Then, if necessary, expand the window to show all the options for each setting. Then go to the Save tab and change the Image Saving folder to something other than a network share.

Change the Image Saving folder location.

That quickly resolved the errors we were receiving.

How-to Split, Merge, Rotate and Re-Order PDF Files

Posted in Blog, Tech, Tutorial on June 16th, 2010 by Matt – Be the first to comment

It sounds like a trivial task, breaking up or splitting a pdf document in to multiple pages, but without Adobe Acrobat Pro, it can be quite hard to find a utility that does this well. Luckily I've just stumbled upon a great solution. The best part is, its free.

PDF Split and Merge

PDF Split and Merge (aka PDFsam) is a great little open source utility that does just what its name implies. As well as splitting and merging it can rotate pdf pages or merge two pdf documents together.

PDF Split and Merge Interface

While PDFsam is free, and 100% functional, they do have an "enhanced" version that includes the ability to encrypt pdf documents. The cost? $1. Totally worth it.

Using PDF Split and Merge is straight forward. Just select the function you'd like to preform from the left hand side, select the file you want to change and set a few options. If you're splitting a file, you can choose to split every page into its own pdf document, split just the even or odd pages out or split it after a certain number of pages.

Also included is a nifty visual page reordering. You can view all the pages in your source PDF document then just drag and drop the just the pages you want into whichever order you'd like.

PDF Split and Merge Document Page Reordering

This is a great utility that provides some of the function of the multi-hundred dollar Adobe Suite. And remember this is an Open Source (aka free) project. Give the developers some money if you appreciate their product.

PDF Split and Merge is available here: PDFsam