Jan 9, 2015

Open Source PDF Scanner For Windows

At my day job I am using a Windows 8.1 laptop. So far I actually like Windows 8.1 after taking a little while to get used to it. One thing that Microsoft still hasn't improved on though is their stupid Fax and Scan program. It is still limited to scanning to TIFF images and still can't do PDFs!

Sure, I can probably install the HP software for my home printer, but the problem I have with it is that although it does scan to PDF, it sometimes doesn't like to work when UAT is disabled. Yes, I have UAT disabled because it's annoying!

Well, I found a pretty good alternative to both programs and it's called Not Another PDF Scanner 2 (NAPS2), and it's open source! Here is a screen shot of my scanning a document for work:

One thing I did notice with NAPS2 though is that by default it has it's DPI setting at 100 which makes your scanned document look really poor. You can easily change the DPI to something better, like 300 DPI and make the image quality a lot better.

If you don't need a PDF and just want an image, NAPS can do that too. Instead of clicking the Save PDF button after your scan, select Save Image instead. Simple!

Do you use NAPS to scan your documents? If not, what do you use? Let us know in the comments!

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