I've recently acquired an old Kodak i30 sheetfed scanner, with a view to
being able to chuck multiple-page documents at it and collect a PDF file
at the other end. In other words, very straightforward requirements - I
don't need lots of fancy colour balancing options, OCR, anything like
that. The scanner came with a copy of its original software, something
called Kodak Capture Lite, and although I installed this, it's
unbelievably complicated, I *cannot* make head nor tail of it or make it
work properly and have now officially given up on it!
My system is Windows 7; I have the TWAIN driver for the scanner, so it
really shouldn't be rocket science... I've tried a couple of
downloadable programs which seem to be recommended - "scan2pdf" (just
crashed all the time), and PDF-Xchange (which I already use as a PDF
reader, but it won't easily prepare multi-page PDFs from a scanner).
I've used Scansoft Paperport to good effect in the past - I really liked
that, but would need to pay for a new version of the modern equivalent
(~£30 IIRC?) - wouldn't object if necessary, but from current experience
I'd rather be reassured that it would definitely work before paying up...
Any recomendations please?
I have Irfanview *and* a scanner - albeit Epson rather than Kodak. I've
just tried it out, and there's good news and bad news!
The good news is that Irfanview can drive a scanner via its TWAIN
interface and can create multi-page files, and can create PDF files.
The bad news is that - unless I'm missing something - the multi-page
feature only applies when you're creating TIFF files. Also, when invoked
the scanner from Irfanview, the usual Epson User Interface popped up -
so the Kodak one would probably do the same!
All is not lost though. If you have a free PDF writer program (pseudo
printer) such as Bullzip, you can 'print' the TIFF file to a PDF file,
and then delete the TIFF. Not quite as convenient as doing it in one go,
but it works.
Alternatively, you can create individual PDF files (one per page) and
then use a free utility such as PDFTools to combine them into a single file.
OR get a better scanner. The software which came with my Epson jobbie
can scan multiple pages into a single PDF file without any further
a way I have used in desperation when my scan program - or the scanner -
kept crashing every few pages - was to simply fire up libre office,
insert the pages into a doc and export as pdf.
Ugly, but it works.
Could even use MS Word...
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Any idea where on their web site? I've just had a quick look and could
not find it. I have a pdf that has one page that will not print (it
pops-up a "drawing error" message) and I am looking for something to
fix it. TIA
There's also the ghostscript package, which was in the long ago only
available for DOS and Unix, but must by now also be available for
On Linux it does most of the things I require, though I sometimes have to
switch to a Ubuntu system in order to be able to print the latest pdf
formats (there seems to be a race to develop new incompatibilities).
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I recently bought a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 scanner which, though not
cheap, works a treat. I just bung a load of mixed-size papers in it and
it scans them into one large PDF, after removing blank pages, deskewing
the rest, and rotating as required.
Occasionally pages need rearranging a bit (e.g. folded leaflets which I
have to cut apart before scanning). The scanner came with its own
editing software and with Acrobat but I didn't find them as convenient
as PDF-Xchange (paid version). PDF-Xchange does drag and drop and rotate
pages which is sufficient for my needs, and *fairly* convenient.
I'm surprised by the poor usability of all the software I've looked at
so far. Presumably there must be relatively unskilled office workers
doing this sort of thing all the time, but nothing I've looked seems
suitable to me.
Not here - it just prepares an individual PDF file from each page... I
did look on their forum and found others whinging about this, and there
was a workaround for it but a bit tortuous compared with what I want
(and what you seem to be getting!) I only have the free version, but
AFAICS this multipage thing is not a feature of the paid-for option, or
I'd probably just go ahead and buy it.
Do you know different?
But I wonder if most office workers tend to use stand-alone machines for
this task - that's certainly the case in all the offices I've worked in
recently: you chuck paper in the hopper of a big 'public'
printer/copier/scanner and by the time you get back to your desk there's
a PDF attachment to an email sitting in your inbox.
Sorry, my mistake - it's the software that came with the scanner that
stitches them together, not PDF-Xchange.
But with PDF-Xchange I can drag pages from one document to another. So
in your place I'd scan all my pages, then drag the page from document 2
to the end of document 1, then do the same for document 3, etc. After
doing that for each page I'd save document 1 and ditch the rest. It's
not fantastically convenient but it gets the job done. I suspect you
need the paid version, though.
Well, that's basically how my scanner works without any extra software.
What I was meaning is that often I want to split the PDF, re-order
pages, rotate pages, delete pages that aren't relevant, crop, and
otherwise convert a raw scan into the desired end product. That ought to
be simple enough, but with the software I've used, it isn't.
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