Computer FAQ
May 15, 2013
This week:
Scanners and scanning software

Many of us have scanners or multi-function printers, and I’ve discovered that some of you scan a lot and others of you are unfamiliar with the technology.
I have been scanning a lot recently, having scanned 10 file boxes of paper and thousands of photos and slides that I wanted to scan to save physical space. My first scanners were separate units, without auto feeders. I did a lot of paper scanning with them, but that’s arduous, one page at a time. So I was given a multi-function Epson printer with a document feed and was able to quadruple my throughput. Almost all the scanners I used were very good and did a fine job scanning anything I needed, photos or paper.
The feature that separates the scanners is the scanning software that can be used with them, and all the scanning companies have their own versions of software. All versions of Windows have a version of scanning software. XP’s was one of the best, was easy to use, and would remember the file names and folder names but would not scan as PDF or multi-page PDF, to put several pages into one file. The current versions, from Vista to Win8, are pale excuses for scanning software.
The software that came with my Brother MFP is good and easy to use; scans to PDF, multi- page PDF and all the common photo styles. My latest MFP is an OkiData I got because it has duplex scanning and printing, which saves a LOT of time if you are scanning many double-sided documents. Its software is not great and is hard to use, and I found it unstable, often requiring reinstallation. But I really like the duplexing feature.
The software I like the best if you do not need PDF scanning, is Google’s Picasa 3. It is not terribly user friendly and in order to be sure what was scanned requires a preview of each scan or you can just scan and check the output before importing to a file. Also, it allows the import of only 99 images at a time; three times I scanned more than that and had to go back and rescan several items. I know there are probably better options for software available, but I did not want to have to buy Adobe or other photo software, which costs more than does the MFP.
I have always advised my clients to find a software program they think will be good and learn everything about it, before buying different ones experimentally. I have found with time you will find the software you have works well.

‘til next week

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Index to Past ComputerFAQ Columns:

May 15, 2013 Scanners and Software
May 8, 2013 Battery Replacement May Be Necessary
May 1, 2013 Zombies Search Your Personal Info
April 24, 2013 Java and Adobe Updates NOT to be Ignored
April 17, 2013 Passwords And Email
April 10, 2013 Spring Cleaning-The Inside
April 3, 2013 Spring Cleaning for Your PC
March 27, 2013 Microsoft WORKS Great Substitute for Office
March 20, 2013 Windows 8 UPDATE
March 13, 2013 Helpful Equipment
March 6, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
February 13, 2013 VIRUSes How Did I Get It?????
February 6, 2013 VIRUSes EXPECT A BAD YEAR!
January 23, 2013 Protect Your Computer from JAVA Vulnerability
January 16, 2013 Driver Update Managers
January 9, 2013 Unwanted Programs & Tools Bars
January 2, 2013
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December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
December 12, 2012 Warranty Service Part 2

December 5, 2012 Warranty Service
November 28, 2012 Printer Paper Jams - Again
November 21, 2012 Time For New PC?
November 14, 2012 Printer Paper Jams
November 7, 2012 LapTop Fan Coolers
October 31, 2012 Name Brand Replacement Parts
October 24, 2012 Facebook - What's Wrong
October 17, 2012 Waste Of Money
October 10, 2012 Phantom Printers
October 3, 2012 E-Mail Programs
September 26, 2012 Scammed-Clean/Up Your Comp-POP UP
September 19, 2012 What's Wrong With Facebook?
September 12, 2012 Backing Up Your Data
September 5, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-II
August 29, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-I
August 22, 2012 Your Digital Life and Death
August 15, 2012 System Reload
August 8, 2012 Windows 8 On the Road
August 1, 2012 DSL Modems
July 25, 2012 PC Cameras & Your Privacy
July 18, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions Part 2
July 11, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions
July 4, 2012 DNS changer due date
June 27, 2012 Rebooting
June 20, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX-Again
June 13, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX
June 6, 2012 Hard Reset
May 30, 2012 Important: Updates & Systsem Time
May 23, 2012 SSD Drives
May 16, 2012 User Accounts
May 9, 2012 July 9 "Internet Doomsday" Botnet
May 2, 2012 Recycle Bin
April 25, 2012 USB Disconnecting
April 18, 2012 Passwords - Part 3
April 11, 2012 Passwords - Part 2
April 4, 2012 Passwords - Part 1
March 28, 2012 Back Up Your BackUp
March 21, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 2
March 14, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 1
March 7, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 29, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 22, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 15, 2012 On Removing Unwanted Programs
February 8, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
February 1, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
January 25, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 3-Hardware
January 18, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 2-Hardware
January 11, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home?
January 4, 2012 Updates AGAIN!