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Windows Free Scanning Software

Discussion in 'Software' started by Arboreal, 3 Aug 2022 at 11:45.

  1. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    I have been happily using a Canon MP250 combo unit to scan in documents at work.
    I usually use it as a WIA device in Photoshop Elements 12, which works fine and produces good scans.
    The scans I have been getting recently after an interface change are really not as good or detailed as they were.

    I have tried demo Vuescan which is fine but overkill to buy and Scanspeeder is doing great work while the demo lasts...

    Any recommendations for a free or low cost option for me please?.
     
  2. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Lover of bit-tech Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Are you tied to Windows? 'cos I've had great success using my Fujitsu SP-1425 with Simple Scan ("Document Scanner") in Linux. It can drive the ADF and everything.

    Here's a scan I did of an Interzone magazine, after removing the spine so I could feed it through the ADF (hurts, but I've no room for the piggin' things - so it's slice, scan, recycle!)

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    I use Simple Scan to output PNGs, then a script I wrote to tie together a bunch of tools to compress the PNGs into JPEGs, optimise 'em, pass 'em through Tesseract to add a text layer for full-text search, and output a PDF. Works a treat!
     
  3. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    Thanks Gareth, when I saw that you'd replied I thought 'he'll ask about windies...'

    It's a Win 10 work PC which is tied for a number of other bits of software
     
  4. yuusou

    yuusou Multimodder

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    Can you run WSL on this system? If so, what G said is still valid.
     
  5. spolsh

    spolsh Multimodder

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    reallly ... I'm more surprised he accepted that there was such a thing as windaz
     

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