I am replicating a family cook book, and will place small head shots of family members or their children next to the recipe. I intend to scan and import about 150 pages from the old recipe book and use the pages as is but will place the photos, adjacent to the recipe.
I tried this with indesign cs3 importing the pages as PDF's and ran into significant memory problems and have now upgraded to cs6 but would like to do it the right way the first time.
So bottom line: If importing a large number of scanned documents is it better to scan as JPEGS or PDF or is there a better way.
I intend to scan and import about 150 pages from the old recipe book and use the pages as is but will place the photos, adjacent to the recipe.
If you go for the scanning pages, it's best to stick with images then placed in indesign.
Do you have Acrobat Pro? If so, I would run all of those scanned pages though OCR and convert to text before placing them.
But I wonder what you are doing that you are running out of memory since placed (as opposed to pasted or placed and embedded) images should use only enough space for the pointer to the image and a screen preview. What resolution did you use to scan the pages? What color mode? What, exactly was the memory problem you experienced?
As far as image format, you should see the same file weight regardless of whether you use tif, jpeg, PDF or psd for your images if all other factors are the same.