Post-Processing Scanning Software Scan Tailor

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 30, 2009
Updated • May 23, 2017
Software, Windows software

Scan Tailor is a free cross-platform post-processing tool for scanned pages for Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux computer systems.

Scan results may vary depending on the scanner and scan software that is used. Some scan programs support post-processing of scans, while others don't.

Post-processing may produce better results, but at least some of the programs that do support it are not very comfortable to use, especially when it comes to larger quantities of scans.

Scan Tailor

That's where the Open Source scanning software Scan Tailor steps in. Scan Tailor is "an interactive post-processing tool for scanned pages" which means that it does not offer scanning functionality but the option to work with pages that have already been scanned. In fact, you can load any file that is provided in the supported format in the program to process it, regardless of whether it has been scanned or not.

You can use the program to process scanned documents for printing or publication as pdf or djvu documents. You start a new project by selecting a folder on the system that contains the scanned documents.

Scan Tailor will automatically create a directory in which it will save the processed documents to.

The program checks the dpi of all scanned pages automatically, and ask for corrections if that is necessary.

fix dpi scanned page

Everything afterwards is handled in one interface. Six different processing options are provided by the program. This ranges from changing the orientation of the pages to splitting them, selecting the context box, deskew and the page layout.

  1. Fix Orientation -- Rotate the page by 90° in either direction.
  2. Split Pages -- Supports automatic and manual splitting, and may change the page layout by splitting pages.
  3. Deskew -- Change the angle of the scan. Useful if the scanned paper has no straight angle.
  4. Select Content --  Identify the content box on the page
  5. Margins - Set margins and align with other pages.
  6. Output -- Set output DPI, color modes and more.

All of the changes can either be applied to a single page, the page and the following ones, or all scanned pages.

The output resolution (dpi) and color modes can be selected in the last step.One interesting option at this stage is to make text thinner or thicker. Very useful if you want to improve the readability of the scanner copy.

All processed pages are then stored in the output folder that has been previously been created.

Closing Words

Scan Tailor can be a helpful program for computer users who work with scanning software or scanned documents.

The automatic options combined with manual editing afterwards make it an ideal replacement for scanning software that does not offer these features.

It is prefect for batch processing of scanned pages that use the same format. If that is the case, you can process all of these pages in one swift operation, and save a lot of time doing so.

The program can be downloaded from its Sourceforge project page. The application is available for Windows and Linux.

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  1. Document Capture said on December 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Check out PSI:Capture. Great post processing capabilities.

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