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Scan to PDF software for Windows? [closed]

What's the best software to use to scan documents direct to a multi-page PDF. I want to scan a series of sheets directly to a PDF file with as little manual intervention as possible.

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Guest [Entry]

"I'm using the Scan to PDF software and am very happy with the results. I'm using it with a LIDE 35 scanner by Canon - works like a charm!

It's shareware, and at $20 for home use, it's well worth it's price!

Guest [Entry]

"Not a direct answer, but when making your choice, you may consider to choose something that does Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the fly. This gets you searchable PDFs that also allow for selecting the text.

So: software that puts a ""layer"" of selectable and searchable text behind the scanned image.

In fact many Canon scanners come with OmniPage SE as both a standalone application and also tightly integrated in the scan tasks. When using the Canon software to scan directly to PDF, Omnipage SE works in the background without any human intervention. So: it is not 100% accurate, but the Canon solution works quickly and user friendly.

(The creator of OmniPage also sells the cheaper PDF Converter Professional, which as of version 6 can scan directly to PDF and can do more magic on PDF for you. Some fancy PDF readers may do the OCR on the fly as well, even if not included in the document. That will not allow searching from the operating system though, unless the operating system includes OCR by itself.)"
Guest [Entry]

"You can try ChronoScan, it's a very impressive scanning solution, it has free OCR through tesseract/Cuneiform, and generate Searchable PDF text by default, it's a version free for non-commercial use.

The software is in and advanced development stage, and you have a forum to talk directly with the developers.

ChronoScan Site"
Guest [Entry]

"VueScan is an easy-to-use replacement for the software that came with your scanner and supports most flatbed scanners, printer/scanners and film scanners.

VueScan can output scanned documents, photos, and film in PDF, JPEG and TIFF formats. It can also recognize text using OCR and create multi-page pdfs using both flatbed scanners and scanners with automatic document feeders.

More info:

Guest [Entry]

"Here's a recent Free (GPL) solution (as of 2015):

NAPS2 (Not Another PDF Scanner 2)

NAPS2 is a document scanning application with a focus on simplicity and ease of use. Scan your documents from WIA- and TWAIN-compatible scanners, organize the pages as you like, and save them as PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and other file formats. Requires .NET Framework 4.0 or higher. NAPS2 is currently available in 14 different languages.

This is a fork of the NAPS project with many bug fixes and other improvements