Electronically submitting handwritten work or drawings: Creating .pdfs with your phone and merging .pdfs
If you need to submit handwritten work or drawings electronically, this document explains how to to use your phone's camera to scan documents and how to merge several .pdf files into one .pdf document using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.
Part 1: Creating .pdfs using your phone
Need to electronically submit handwritten or hand drawn work? If you don't have a scanner, you can use your iPhone or Android to create a .pdf file.
Part 2: Merging .pdf Files Using Acrobat DC
If you have several .pdf files on your computer that you want to combine into one, you can use Adobe Acrobat DC, which is part of Adobe Creative Suite.
Locate the Notes app and select New Note Icon
Select the Camera Icon.
Select Scan Documents.
Take pictures of the content then drag corners to cover image.
Select Keep Scan.
Use the camera button to take photos of work and choose color change to black and white to minimize shadows.
Select more images to scan or choose save and done.
Select the upload icon.
Choose email and send.
On an Android phone, you access the scanner through Google Drive which comes already installed. (However if for some reason it needs to be installed, you can find it on Google Play )
Scan a document
- Open the Google Drive app .
- In the bottom right, tap Add .
- Tap Scan .
- Take a photo of the document you'd like to scan.
- Adjust scan area: Tap Crop .
- Take photo again: Tap Re-scan current page .
- Scan another page: Tap Add .
- To save the finished document, tap Done .
Note about Adobe Acrobat DC:
Rice faculty and staff have access to Adobe Creative Cloud on Rice-owned machines. New: Rice students have been granted special access for free by Adobe until May 31. See more: https://kb.rice.edu/75641
You can use Adobe Creative Cloud for a number of course related tasks but you can use Acrobat DC to combine and share .pdfs for course work.
Open Acrobat DC to combine files:Open the Tools tab and select "Combine files."
Add files: Click "Add Files" and select the files you want to include in your PDF. You can merge PDFs or a mix of PDF documents and other files.
Arrange and delete content: Click, drag, and drop to reorder files or press "Delete" to remove any content you don't want.
Combine files: When you're finished arranging, click "Combine Files."
Save as a PDF file: Name your file and click the "Save" button.