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Software to help me go paperless on a Mac

I purchased an Epson GT-S50 scanner (similar to Fujitsu Scansnap, but with TWAIN drivers). I am already using Evernote. I am not sure I want to flood my Evernote notes and code snippets with tons of ...
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Looking for simple windows scan (multiple pages) to one pdf application?

I would like to find some simple scan software for a windows machine that can scan to pdf, but I would like it to do batch or multiple pages into one big pdf. I saw a couple questions on scan to pdf ...
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Scan-to-PDF software for Linux?

I have a workflow whereby I scan paper documents into searchable PDFs using a Fujitsu ScanSnap S500 document scanner. I am not a great fan of the bundled software, but it's dead simple to use: place a ...
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How can I ping a range of IP addresses simultaneously

I have a bunch of machines on an IP address range which I want to ping simultaneously as a quick and dirty way of telling which ones are switched on. What (free) software can I use to do this? I'm ...
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How to get a good clean newspaper scan?

I tried a few times to scan newspaper articles, but the images I got were always blotchy and with bad colors, sort of like this: Sometimes I see some really good scans, like this: What is the ...
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Can I import sheet music to play on a PC?

My daughter is learning to play recorder and cello. She gets sheet music home to practice. Is there any way that I can scan the sheet music onto my PC, and play it on the PC? It would be useful to ...
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What dpi should I be scanning my old photos in?

I scanning in my old paper photos from the 80s and 90s. What DPI level should I be scanning them in? I've tried 150dpi (default) and 300dpi and don't see any difference (other than the size of the ...
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Is there a free tool which will let me type onto PDFs and then save, or at least print, them?

I have a large number of paper forms which I need to complete. I'd like to scan them in, then type the answers onto them in the relevant spaces and print them out, rather than writing on them with a ...
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How can I crop every page of a large PDF file?

I have a 1300 page PDF file of a scanned book that was unfortunately not cropped when scanned. The actual book page dimensions are around 6x9", but each scanned page is 8.5x11", the size of the ...
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Any suggestion for free scanning software Windows XP [closed]

Any suggestion for free scanning software Windows XP? I have a scanner but I don't have scanning software. Any idea is appreciated. Thank you.
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How can I easily correct slight rotational misalignment in scanned images

I've got a whole lot of scanned images (> 500) the majority of which were scanned with the paper not completely square. They need to be rotated about 1-5 degrees to be aligned again. Is there any ...
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Scanning a document: device not ready error

I recently bought a Samsung SCX-4623F Printer-Copier-Scanner-Fax machine. Printing and copying work fine, but I have been unable to scan anything with it. The device is connected to a PC running ...
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Easiest way to scan books?

What's the easiest tool to use to scan books? I find that using my scanner is difficult for books?
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Scanning multiple pictures, then automatic cropping

Is this possible even ? I put 4 pictures on the flatbed scanner, scan them as a group (with white background from the scanner <-- heavy contrast with the scanned pictures). Now, I'm interested - ...
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Software that merges PDF every other page..? [closed]

I have to scan a lot of two sided documents into a PDF and was wondering if there is any convenient software that would merge every other page (First scan all the odd number pages on the first pass -> ...
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OpenSource scanning software?

Can anyone recommend software for scanning documents/images? Preferable opensource / freeware. Ideally I would like to capture the images and provide some form of indexation if possible, and to save ...
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How to create documents from scanned images

I have a large number of Micorsoft Word documents to create, after a disk crash and patchy backups, destroyed the originals. We have a fair amount of the originals left, and instead of manually ...
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How to identify the font of a 1960's book? [duplicate]

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, written in the 1960's, constitute the most famous physics textbook ever written. I would like to identify the font that was used in it or, if it used a typeface that ...
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HP printer and Adobe Illustrator colours changing on Mac

I have got Adobe Illustrator CS3 on my iMac, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. I recently got a new printer, an HP Photosmart B110, product number CN245B, serial number CN1393K1Q405J8, driver version HP Inkjet 8 ...
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Is there a good way to “automatically” scan business documents?

My parents own a relatively small machine shop and would like a way to have documents such as purchase orders and invoices scanned into a system where they can be entered into their accounting ...
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Why does scanning take up so much space?

If I want to scan a document, 10 pages, each page as PDF 300dpi, greyscale. 10 pages 6MB.. 40 pages 24MB. FINE. Color, each page is 25MB Why is color 25MB? Is PDF very inefficient? it does the ...
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scan A4 doc > pdf > ocr > translate to english?

I've tried using a combination of my home scanner to create a '300 dpi', 'document', 'pdf' (options on Canon all-in-one) ZoHoViewer to create either an RTF or TXT file google docs to translate I'm ...
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Looking for tool to rename/organize documents scanned as jpeg images

I'm looking for a tool that makes it easy to view and browse batches of images and batch rename, index, organize into folders. I have a Epson SX600FW which can scan in 30 docs at a time to memory card ...
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Converting massive images to PDF, without crashing applications

I'm trying to work with a large-format scanner, and we are scanning very long documents. Example, one of our documents we cut into two pieces, and one of those pieces is 3633x82486 in resolution. My ...
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What is the most efficient way to scan in thousands of pictures? [closed]

My parents have a number of really large albums and the pictures are starting to face in a lot of cases so we thought it would be a good idea to scan in all the pictures and move them to online ...
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Photocopying using a separate scanner and printer

I have 2 printers. HP Deskjet F2235 - designated scanner (has printing issues) Brother HL-2040 - designated printer (doesn't have a scanner) Just by using those two both connected to the same ...
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How to create an image from scanning photographic film?

I scanned a film and now I have a brown jpeg. Is there any software to convert the image to a real photo? Or how can I scan a film and get the photos?
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Share a Stand Alone Scanner Over Network?

My office just got a new ScanSnap S1500 scanner and I wanted to hook it up so 4 or 5 different computers can access it and use it just as if it was connected directly to their machine. Is my only ...
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Collating scanned PDFs from 2 folders

I have the front and back side scans of about 1000 separate documents in 2 sepatate folders. I'm looking to create a batch operation that combines the front scan and its corresponding back side scan ...
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Brighten and unify the background of a scanned image

My girlfriend has scanned a few comics images, drawn with pencil. She wants to publish them on the web, but the different grayscale shadows of the paper are still evident in the image. I would like ...
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Looking for software to rename file name of jpeg scan image of doc to text in the image

I'm scanning in many A4 paper documents to JPEG using a automated document feeder scanner. The results are FILE0001.JPG FILE0002.JPG etc. I would like a program to rename the file name title to text ...
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scanner no longer working windows 7

I have a Windows 7 Professional x64 machine that no longer works with a Brother all-in-one printer/scanner when I try to scan. This happened seemingly out of nowhere. Printing still works, but when ...
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Operating system for everyday unsafe/risky users [reopen] [closed]

Unsafe as in your non-computer super-literate parents... I have few friends that aren't really computer savvy and need often computer check or they even infect themselves with whatever... Bad-ware in ...
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default dpi resolutions with Xsane

when I scan a document with Xsane, I wonder why there are only these resolutions: 75,150,300,600,1200,2400,4800. Why is there no resolution 100dpi? 75 is a little bit to small but 150 is already to ...
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How can I batch scan?

In Photoshop CS5, there is built in functionality to get a scan from a scanner. However, the default settings it chooses are unacceptable for my scanner, and it does not remember the setting I use ...
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what makes a printer a printer in a network?

I am scanning a network using nmap. I assume that this network has copy machines and printers with IP addresses. Is there a way I can differentiate the regular computers from the printers? nmap can ...
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Disable preview when scanning with MacOSX

Is there any way to disable preview when scanning in flatbed mode? I don't understand why does it automatically scan a preview since I usually rescan the whole area: it's just a waste of time! I ...
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Scanning through the Network

Our office uses a Toshiba estudio2830c to scan to the network and to send and receive faxes. Most days the scanning works correctly however there are some days when it takes almost hours for a staff ...
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Convert black to white in scanned PDF

I have scanned many pages on a scanner with scan type set to 300 dpi black and white text and output format set to PDF. Unfortunately, a great deal of the pages were from a book and there is a shadow ...
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How to set the same crop settings for all documents being scanned?

I'm scanning a lot of images using Windows Fax & Scan. I reduced the DPI to speed up the process. All photos are the same size, so I was wondering if I can crop them all at once. Right now, I ...
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How to scan and autocrop?

I have windows 7 64bit and HP Printer, I used to have windows XP and the HP software use to autocrop the image, with windows 7 there is no option to autocrop a picture once you are done scanning, you ...
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Image splitter by analysis

I want to scan old photos to the computer, and to make the process faster I want to scan a few photos together each time, and then split them up later on. I scanned three photos together, but now I ...
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How to scan these little cards?

I was going through an old box of photos, and I found some of these guys: I've never seen them before. I scanned this one in my flatbed scanner, but it didn't come out very good. When I look ...
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Alternative to Preview for scanning on Mac OS X

Are there any programs for Mac OS X that serve as an alternative for Preview for scanning? Here are some features I am looking for: Free, or cheap Ability to scan multi-page documents Speed ...
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optimal way to produce good or better hardcopies with a scanner and inkjet printer?

I have a color hardcopy with a very small font that is hard to read but just barely acceptable when scanned to a JPG file and then viewed zoomed on a LCD. It is impossible to read when color inkjet ...
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Make local scanner a network scanner?

I have a Canon MP530 attached to my PC. Other PCs in the house can print to this printer (when my PC and the printer are switche don) but I need the MP530 to scan, and send files to other PCs. At ...
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How can I scan from Microsoft Word 2010?

I couldn't find the scan option in Microsoft Word 2010 but in Microsoft Word 2007 I used to have that option. Can you please tell me how to scan from Microsoft Word 2010?
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Windows 7 “Scan to file” dialog

I'm using Windows 7. I have a Brother DCP-7040 scanner and printer, with Brother's ControlCenter3 software installed. I also have Picasa 3.5 installed. When I press the Scan button on my scanner ...
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How can I mass cut PDFs to the correct smaller dimensions?

If I have pages from a book, so they're less than US letter size or A4, or whatever page size the scanner takes. But let's say they got scanned in as that page size the scanner takes. (Could be US ...
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How can I use a network-connected HP All-in-One to scan on Windows 8?

I have an HP LaserJet All-in-One connected to my home network router. When I had Windows 7 I was able to scan documents to my computer using the default scanning software that came with Windows. I ...