I want to take all of my paper receipts, and build a PHP app to store all of the data off of them. This would include inputting whatever data I think is relevant into the app, plus scanning in the receipts so I have an image of the original.
My question is this...
Should I scan each paper receipt as a PDF or instead as an image file (e.g. GIF, PNG, etc)??
Because these are receipts, I don't see a need for them to be "searchable" or to use OCR on them.
Using a PDF format might be more "platform independent", however, it would also be a pain for the app.
What I am envisioning is a web-form which displays pertinent data for each receipt, and then a thumbnail which is hyperlinked, and which when clicked loads a larger image file in the same web-form. (If the receipts were scanned in as a PDF, then you would have to launch another window to display things which isn't as tightly integrated if you follow?!)