Virtual Scan

A Virtual scan is a “frozen” electronic copy of a document. It is referred to as “frozen” because it cannot be modified. Therefore, a virtual scan is a copy of a document that cannot be edited. Such copies are normally used to store formally approved documents electronically to protect them from tampering after they are signed.

A virtual scan is usually a graphics file saved in one of the common formats (JPEG, TIFF, etc.) or as a PDF document without a text layer. Conventionally, such documents are created by printing followed by scanning into the desired format.

Using virtual printer conversion software, such as the Universal Document Converter, is a more efficient way. This approach helps reduce both the time and the cost required to create a virtual scan.

See also: Virtual Printer, PDF Server, PDF SDK.

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