If you do a lot of document scanning on a regular basis, you may find the tool that ships with your printer not suitable for that task as it is usually bare bones and not really user friendly.
While there are enough alternatives available, many image viewers and editing programs come with scanning capabilities for instance, specialized programs may offer better functionality than those.
Not Another PDF Scanner 2 is a free open source program for Windows that is such an application. It is available as a portable version and installer which both work identical.
When you run the program for the first time a nearly blank interface is displayed to you. The top toolbar lists several buttons that lead to the program's functionality.
The first thing you need to do is add one scanning profile to the application. Make sure that the scanner is connected to the computer system and recognized properly before you continue.
A click on Profiles > Add opens a dialog which you use to add a new scanning profile to the application.
You need to fill out a display name and choose the device, but all other preferences are optional.
Switch between WIA and TWAIN drivers, and customize scanning settings such as resolution, brightness, the page size or scaling. If you want best quality, check the maximum quality box before you hit ok to add the new profile to the app.
Once done, hit the scan button to start scanning as many documents as you need. Not Another PDF Scanner 2 displays a profile selection menu when you hit scan even if you only have one configured. It would make sense to run the scan process right away if that is the case to speed things up further.
A scan selection menu is displayed next. Select the type of picture that you want to scan: color picture, grayscale picture, black and white picture or text, or custom.
A preview option lets you test various settings if necessary until you find the most suitable one for the document in question.
Each scanned document is listed as a thumbnail afterwards. Select one or multiple scanned pages and then one of the export options to save them to the local system.
Pages can be saved as pdf documents or as images. Not Another PDF Scanner 2 supports OCR which it uses in the PDF creation process to make these PDF files searchable.
Last but not least, there are options to rotate and reorder scanned files before they are exported.
Not Another PDF Scanner 2 is a handy scanning tool for Windows that is easy to use but still powerful enough to handle light to moderate scan jobs.
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