What’s a PDF?

Father sharing a digital file with his son.

Portable Document Format, or PDF, is the most popular standard for electronic records. PDF digital files contain graphics, searchable text, and other types of rich media. Accessible on any device, you likely use PDF files from your home, work, or mobile device.

Searchable Archive

Many PDF files contain multiple pages of valuable text. You can search for a particular word, or string of words, within most PDF documents. This saves you valuable time, but this option gets even better. By putting all your searchable PDF files in one digital container, you can search for a specific word across multiple PDF files contained in one folder. Now, put that folder on a cloud server and you’ve made this capability available to your entire family or working group.

Searching a digital file.

Perfect for Digital Scrapbooks

Most scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and a variety of other objects. Scanning each of your scrapbooks and creating a searchable PDF serves two goals. First, you have an electronic copy that can survive fires, floods, and the storms of life. Secondly, it’s easy to find that scrapbook from a digital device simply by typing the name of the file, or a string of words contained in the document.

Typical scrapbook memories.

Heirloom Converts Documents to PDFs

Heirloom scans many types of documents to create searchable PDF files. These include scrapbooks, ancestry records, artwork, certificates, newspaper clippings, and even gravestone rubbings. Some high volume items like research papers are automatically scanned for as little as $0.05 per side! We can also manually scan items up to 11" x 17" in size, to include “chunky” objects sometimes contained in a scrapbook. All of these PDF files are placed on the cloud so you can access them from any device.

There’s no reason to purchase an expensive scanner to digitize a few items yourself. Get started today by having the professionals at Heirloom do the work for you. In addition to documents, we also convert your photos, videos, and audio to a portable digital format so they can be enjoyed from any device.

Originally published at https://www.heirloom.cloud.