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#1 Silpheed2K

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:13

I just bought a scanner and I dont know what alternatives there are besides the software that comes with the scanner. 

I need some recommendations. Does it matter what software I'm using if I'm just scanning images?

 

How about documents with text and making them readable in the computer?

 

I'll take as many recommendations as I can.




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Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:39

Hello,

I just bought a scanner and I dont know what alternatives there are besides the software that comes with the scanner. 
I need some recommendations. Does it matter what software I'm using if I'm just scanning images?
 
How about documents with text and making them readable in the computer?
 
I'll take as many recommendations as I can.

Hit the Windows key+R
Type in "WFS.exe" (without quotes)
Hit enter

Best scanner software you can get.

#3 Gerowen

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:45

On all my computers I use Simple Scan; it comes by default in most Linux distributions that use a GTK based desktop environment.



#4 MorganX

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:54

As riahc3 said, there is Windows Fax & Scan, but on Windows 8 there's also the Scan app which is quite functional as well. Your scanner should have come with a software suite. I find the bundled scan app is almost always superior with more options and control than the built in WF&S or Scan apps.

 

Check the scanner manufacturer website if you didn't get a DVD/CD with the scanner.



#5 Polarman

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 13:53

If you have Microsoft office installed, you can use "Microsoft document imaging" has a OCR. It work's pretty good.



#6 Rohdekill

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 14:05

For a basic, home desktop scanner, almost anything will do.  Most of major programs also include import from a scanner.



#7 cork1958

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 14:13

Personally,

I can't stand the software that comes with any scanner. Just a bunch of bloated crap that is almost never needed.

 

What I do is just install the basic drivers to make it function, which isn't always necesary either, and then use Irfanview's "select scan/twain source" which only needs to be done once and then "acquire batch scanning"

 

Images then open up right in Irfanview for editing, if necessary. Might be a little more work than what it takes when using the bundled software, but at least I don't have all that bloat!



#8 Ambroos

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 14:21

Bundled software isn't always bad. On my HP Scanner from ages ago it was actually pretty good, but it isn't compatible with Windows 7 so I'm stuck with the basic functionality in Windows.

 

Which isn't all that good a solution since I can't use the built-in negative scanner any more now.

 

On my uncle's Mac I've seen the scanning software that comes with his HP OfficeJet and it looks really nice and is super-easy to use. Mac users always get the pretty, functional software :p



#9 Chemaz

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 14:23

abbyfine reader is pretty good, thats the main one i use if i have large amount of OCR work to do, if not then normally stick with the MS office program



#10 Max Norris

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 14:47

Don't use my scanner often so I just go with what's built into Windows, does the job nicely for what I need, or if I need OCR (which is almost never) I use Office. My one neighbor uses one called VueScan, seemed to have lots of options, has OCR too, looked decent but not a freebie.

#11 MorganX

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 14:53

Bundled software isn't always bad. On my HP Scanner from ages ago it was actually pretty good, but it isn't compatible with Windows 7 so I'm stuck with the basic functionality in Windows.

 

Which isn't all that good a solution since I can't use the built-in negative scanner any more now.

 

On my uncle's Mac I've seen the scanning software that comes with his HP OfficeJet and it looks really nice and is super-easy to use. Mac users always get the pretty, functional software :p

 

Shout out to Epson's excellent scan software. Scan to all major formats including PDF, multiple pages to PDF, etc. Crop, Image attribute control, color control, etc.

 

If you're just scanning receipts and letters anything will do. If you're doing images and photos, especially for reprint, I'd go with the bundled driver which will most likely have more color profiles and the max resolution for your scanner.



#12 alphamale

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 15:45

Some scanners in fact most use a vendor software (TWAIN Driver) that you often can opt for 3rd party software.  Then you have the scanners that scans directly to PDF and you can not use a TWAIN Driver.  I use both.  With the TWAIN I can choose different options like incorporating Word or scanning to an image.  90% of my stuff is scanned direct to PDF because its mutiple feed.

 

you may want look at how you have used and plan to use your new scanner before spending more dough.  The only reason I still use Windows is scanning.  I scan everything.  I look forward to trying simple scan on a linux box.  Scanning is the one thing I can not believe Google has not tackled with its Chromebook.  Maybe bigger cameras on the Nexus to give the Chromebook scanning ability???

 

You can even scan with your android phone camera straight into Drive.  Biggest camera on my phones is a 8mp and that works great for receipts.  I would like to try a 10-13mp on a page scan and see the results.  It also scans into a PDF.



#13 sjms

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 16:12

Vuescan

 

it has kept my slide scanner since Nikon felt it was dead issue. it supports over 2300 scanners. it supports multiple devices on a computer by just choosing the one.





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