I'm looking for a way to convert a notepad (multiple pages of
hand-written text) into a PDF or other e-book type file format (DjVu?)
that would preserve existing typography as well as allow searching and
You would have to build an image based ebook if you want to preserve typography. Please understand if you have a full notepad worth of data your file size will be excessive and very hard to view.
One more difficulty with it is a fact that pages I have got some
hand-painted graphs on them, which would also require preserving in
output format (these can be pure graphics)
I would use something like Photoshop or Gimp to crop the graphs.
You could always try this with pasting your "images" and printing as PDF: Working With Hidden Text in Word Documents
I have been asked to do this before and ran across this discussion on the Adobe Forums: Adding text as hidden layer in PDF's
That said if you are wanting it to be searchable you will have to type out the text at some point so unless its Calligraphy you would best set to use what images you need and type the rest.
For future reference if someone wants to know how to make searchable text from an image: How to create a searchable text document from a scanned page
Also, if you ever plan to publish this it will be hard to get it out because:
- average file limit is 20mb
- some platforms require, visible, searchable text,
- some deny any text that is given as an image