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Giveaway of the day — ScanPapyrus 15.7

Scan printed documents, books, textbooks to PDF, DjVu, MS Word, or JPEG files with this handy solution.
$29.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 295 (46%) 341 (54%) 40 comments

ScanPapyrus 15.7 was available as a giveaway on May 22, 2015!

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Scan printed documents, books, textbooks to PDF, DjVu, MS Word, or JPEG files with this handy solution. The program automatically scans to PDF format and can edit scanned images by adjusting contrast, cropping, cleaning the background and removing black stripes.

ScanPapyrus will save the output image in PDF, DjVu, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, and as MS Word document (without OCR).

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ 2000/ Vista/ 7/ 8.0/ 8.1; Flatbed scanner or multifunctional device

Publisher:

ScanPapyrus

Homepage:

http://scanpapyrus.com/

File Size:

14.3 MB

Price:

$29.00

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#22

For me on XP ScanPapyrus works without flaws for single image or batch scanning, sorting and elementary editing of the scans.If one want to minimize size of the final .pdf the sorted and edited scans can be saved as images for downsampling with an external application who will save in resolutions under the 200 dpi limit ScanPapyrus offer, before re-importing the images into ScanPapyrus for production of the final pdf file.The example old magazine scan below is made up of 30 scanned jpg images reduced in size with Irfan View to appr. 150 Kb / 120 dpi each, resulting in a 5Mb pdf file.
Even with help of this program scanning is time consuming and I guess importing photos of pages into ScanPapyrus is the fastest way to go

http://document.li/7x8U

Reply   |   Comment by polle2  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#21

Why bother if you have scanner hardware? I can't see the point. I agree on Zamar or some other online converter

Reply   |   Comment by Ann  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

Thanks to GOTD and BlackParrot.
Easily installed and activated. Was using the older version.
It DOES allow user to choose specific output folder and it DOES remember this setting the next time you run the software. I know. I tested that moments before typing this.
It calls up my Epson scanner software as a front end.
It is easy to click on the magic wand icon on the left panel to automatically crop the scanned image.
Saving as a PDF allows you to choose the output page size. So if you scanned a very small piece of paper just choose A6.
Saving as an image is in Jpg.
Saving as a MsWord document is in docx. The result is a MsWord document with the scanned image inserted as a Picture with object handling nodes. It is not editable text.
Does what it says.
No dirty tricks.
But the original scanning software given free by Epson with the hardware scanner purchase, is still much better.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#19

This program doesn’t make much sense (other than pulling in some loose change for the developer). If someone is using MSWord, then from within the program there already exists the capability to Import, Export, and Save As most anything into a Word format (text docs, images, forms, etc.,). There are a myriad of freeware programs on the net to convert, manipulate, shake, rattle, and roll documents all to a User’s delight, as well as text editing (something this program can’t do). This is an over simplified text background noise minimizer. It treats text documentation as images which is why it can’t perform the simplest of editing tasks. Someone making a typo that wasn’t caught before ScanPapyrus did its thing is in for a lot of work.

What this program offers can be done by default with existing applications. Thank You GOTD, I believe today’s offering will be much help for a lot of people, however, on this go around I think it’s best I’ll leave this application “standing at the gate”.

Reply   |   Comment by Renegade  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#18

OCR with MS OneNote:
OneNote is free (for Windows7 and Windows8 only?) at www.onenote.com
1. Open OneNote, select 'Insert' and then 'ScannerPrint'(?) (I use it in Swedish so I don't know exactly what is in the English menu)
2. Select 'Custom Insert' (or what is on the middle button) and customize your scanning area and quality
3. When you see the image in OneNote, right click on it and select 'Copy text from image'
4. Paste into Word or text editor. You get text without formatting, but it is fast and free!

Reply   |   Comment by GostaH  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#17

Don't really see the point in stalling this as I have doPDF print to pdf installed. I can scan anything and leave it as a image, then print the image and invoke doPDF and end up with a PDF. Maybe this program offers options that printing to PDF would not? Don't know, just does not seem I need to bother with this.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

A scanner without OCR???

Reply   |   Comment by Pacho  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

I'm disappointed with this software. I did try to scan into PDF file, but the size was in mega bytes. My original scanning software that came with the scanner creates the same pages into kilo bytes, 10 times smaller and better resolution than scanpapyrus.
Uninstalled because the scans are not real PDF editable files but images of the scanned documents.

Reply   |   Comment by MArisa  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

That is a serious limitation of this software. Is it possible that there is an OCR setting that has been overlooked?

Reply   |   Comment by ladybug2535  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#14

Without OCR this is no better than what comes with most devices that have a scanner in them, in the advanced twain/WIA settings on most front ends you can select the precise regions to be scanned and thus scan either the odd or even pages of a book laid flat on a flatbed scanner, some front ends allow you select multiple areas and scan each to a different page in one pass, and worse than what comes with the better devices that do have built in OCR module in the bundled software.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

As Nigel noted above, the program is not properly activating. Tried twice on 2 computers on Win7 and win 8 with same result - no proper activation. The program is working in a trial mode- registered to no one and showing a buy license icon. Also the program is set up to check for updates each time it is called up - surely that will void the terms of the giveaway. Worse, if you like the program and wish to purchase to obtain updates Scanpapyrus has no discount offer. The concept of the software is nice but with no proper activation and auto update checks on start this program is a definite MUST PASS. It could be worth a try if they fixed the activation.

Reply   |   Comment by photography dude  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I followed the readme instructions to run Activate.exe and received a message stating that the program was activated. I then tested the activation by advancing my computer clock by 40 days. When I attempted to run ScanPapyrus with the advanced clock, it did not run but, instead, gave me an error message telling me that the trial period had expired.

My experience agrees with photography dude's assertion that ScanPapyrus is not activating.

Unfortunate, since I like the multipage click-free feature

Reply   |   Comment by Harvey  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

My copy actually does show that it is registered to GiveawayOfTheDay.com and clearly shows it's serial number. That said, the "Buy Now" and "Activate ScanPapyrus" buttons are still present..... as is a check for updates button, which as most GOTD readers know, updating a giveaway program from here is a No No.

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#12

The setup on this was a bit tricky but it did recognize my scanner and the results are pretty good. I scanned an old photo and did a bit of adjusting and it came out pretty good. It saves to a folder that I designated and defaults to it. This is good.I still need some practise but I am quite happy with the program so far. Thank you GOTD and Scanpapyrus.

Reply   |   Comment by Billy D  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#11

It recognized my old Cannon LID 25 scanner immediately.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed Vital  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It uses the scanner's Twain driver, so it should work with any scanner that has a Twain driver installed. In cases where the scanner is too old to have a Twain driver available for the version of Windows you're running, you're kind of out of luck, & need to run something like VueScan, which comes with its own scanner drivers.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#10

I don't get it. What does this actually do?
A scanner scans. Not software.
Apparently it will convert the image to a PDF, is that it?
Usually the scanner will offer the option to save as a PDF anyway.
If not there are any number of programmes that will turn a (scanned) image into a PDF. Free.
Or you can send it to Zamzar.com and convert it online.
So what would a regular purchase get you for that money?
How often would you need to convert a flat image to PDF anyway? It's not a document if it's scanned; it's an image.

Reply   |   Comment by TerryB  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

"So what would a regular purchase get you for that money?"

Many of the printers on sale in the US are All-In-Ones with Auto Document Feeders [scanners w/out the printer are actually a bit rare in the stores]. If you don't have an ADF however, ScanPapyrus will automatically make a series of scans with a delay in between each one, giving you time to stick another page on the glass.

It'll also do a bit of cleanup, e.g. looks for artifacts common when scanning with the scanner cover open, & it can do stuff like automatically crop the image, IF your scanner's driver software does not do that for you. The only odd bit, as Karl pointed out, is that it can automatically split 2 facing pages of a book into 2 separate scans or pages.

"How often would you need to convert a flat image to PDF anyway? It’s not a document if it’s scanned; it’s an image."

NOT disagreeing, you see a lot of cell phone camera apps & scanner drivers [sometimes optionally] save the results to PDF. Personally I prefer image files on their own rather than stuck in a PDF container, but that's me, & I can only assume that many people prefer PDF files because so many apps produce them.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

It isn't true that scanning anything(such as a book) "ONLY" produces an image of the scan. Many scanners offer built in software that is capable of OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which is able to recognize that a document has words, and saves those scans as word searchable documents. Many PDF and scanner software programs have additional OCR capabilities. What does this do? Well, it allows you to edit (if your software has not "locked" the scan) your scan as if you had written it on your computer. Many higher end software programs (Like Adobe Acrobat Pro) can actually take an image scan of a document and using their sophisticated algorithms, convert that image document into an editable and searchable word document (which includes PDF). This is a VERY important capability and quite common given this ability has been around for what, a decade? So no. Scanning doesn't just produce an image of the document.

Reply   |   Comment by ladybug2535  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@mike: Almost all sheet music 'reader' apps use PDF files, so for that reason alone (and I can think of several others), saving the group of images as a PDF is pretty much a requirement.

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth CEng MBCS CITP  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

As usual with this design the working space is not very important. On my not-that-big-but-not-that-small 1440x900 screen the working height is 734 pixels. The ribbon blindly copied from MS cannot be reduced ---what a shame. I don't see why a ribbon is better than a menu + toolbar. Is it nicer, though? Maybe, but losing functionality for aesthetics is a wrong move. Is it better? No, because yo have to click more than with a standard toolbar which takes much less screen space.

Then, once registered, the software should not show "Activate" with empty fields. Anyway, information is in HKCU/Software/ScanPDF (making this GOTD a half-portable application).

For my little test, I took a white page on which I've written with a pencil and selected WIA-xxxx as twain source.

1. The first time I tried to save the scan as an image to a folder of my choice, there was nothing in it. That was a first! It works only if you do not uncheck "Create the subfolder". Dumb. When I saved as PDF and Djvu, file was where I asked. BTW, Irfanview has more options for PDF (but cannot save as Djvu).

2. The output quality is less good than the scan made with Irfanview (which is BTW the only scan tool I use), with the same resolution (300 dpi).

3. Saving. ScanPapyrus PDF is 1.3 only (no choice) and has a bigger size (383 vs 333 kb). For JPG, with same 85% compression rate, Irfanview is much bigger (440 vs 386) but it might be because it has more "ink".

4. Editing/Image contrast: useless because it takes into account the background: if the background is white, it will become grey, which is not what I expect from a dedicated scanning software. So, it is not better than Irfanview, which is better because there are much more options to work on the image.

5. (Very) bad: does not remember the last folder used and no option to set a specific folder. I'm tired of software that know only "My *** beeeep *** Documents". Just for that (and the saving thing), I think the version number should be at most 0.1xxx.

6. Good: merging scans into a document is easy. If you need this, as well as scanning books (I don't scan books, so don't know how it works), and are too lazy to merge yourself the pages, fine. But you'll need another software anyway if you want to merge other things into your main document.

In short: nothing outstandng, wrong UI, bad usability and limited functionalities/options. IMO, not worth keeping and certainly not worth the price.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+67)

Your point number 5.
As a developer I know how easy it is to remember the last folder used, and yet as you point out so many programs defaults to “My *** beeeep *** Documents”, drives me crazy also.

Point number 3.
This program places an image file into a PDF document and this is reflected in the size of PDF documents it creates. A PDF document page of text is around 30 K, this program produces unnecessarily large files in many circumstances that are not searchable.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

"For my little test, I took a white page on which I’ve written with a pencil and selected WIA-xxxx as twain source."

FWIW, WIA [Windows Image Acquisition] & Twain are 2 different types of drivers. The ScanPapyrus site says to use your scanner's Twain drivers, rather than the more generic WIA drivers. "WIA vs TWAIN" :
http://support.leadtools.com/SupportPortal/CS/forums/7717/showpost.aspx
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"The output quality is less good than the scan made with Irfanview (which is BTW the only scan tool I use), with the same resolution (300 dpi)."

When you scan an image the scanner [& its Twain driver] gives your software data that does not vary, assuming the settings stay the same, e.g. dpi, color vs. B&W etc. Windows may then get involved altering that data, e.g. using the color profiles the scanner driverset installed in Windows. The scanner's Twain driver software can also get involved, trying [but not always succeeding] to give you a better image. Once that is all done the software that called & used or opened that Twain driver receives the results -- if it's an image editing app then you can proceed to make more changes.

ScanPapyrus may be set to alter that image automatically -- if so that might explain getting a poorer image compared to Ifranview, but then so could using WIA rather than Twain. OTOH since a scanner's Twain driver would hand the same image off to any software using that driver, for the sole purpose of scanning, when it comes to quality, one app's as good as another, absent some automatic processing by that software.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#8

Win 7 x 64. Brother 152W scanner.

1) First off, I don't like the fact that the "Buy Now" and "Activate" buttons still appear under the information tab. (Yes, I restarted the program, was even forced to twice as the program ceased to function and closed).

2) As the preview pages on the right of the screen are increased in size, they start to disappear off screen with no obvious way of dragging them back in full view, very shabby.

3) When scanning pages of a book, "Reduce Noise" does not work on Pre-Scan.

4) Does not remember folder to save scans to.

5) And finally, I can no way of "cleaning the background" as stated above.

For version 15 I would have expected the program to work as stated. I'll stick with Scanitto & VueScan.

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)
#7

I hit the wrong finger. I ment thumbs up. Excellent software.Works great for my scanner. lost installing software for scanner. Now cse my scanner again. Thank You,Thank You,Thank You

Reply   |   Comment by Ivan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#6

Very good - does a more thorough job than my OEM software - well pleased!

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#5

Is there any way it can automatically handle double sided copies on my scanner with a document feeder?
I can't find a "double-sided" option?
Otherwise fine for creating a PDF file of my SINGLE SIDED paper.

Reply   |   Comment by WCS.Tony  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#4

Installed OK on my Windows 7 x64, and found the software very easy to use, the screen layout very clear to me. I have never before converted any documents to PDF, but now I have, I will certainly use this program in the future.
Not too sure if updating this software will invalidate the license, and whether an update will trigger a version change, which has happened before with some software I have installed, and no apparent special deal on their web site for GOTD members.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

You can turn off the updates in the settings..

Reply   |   Comment by Billy D  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#3

I have had version 15.3 of this software for about 6 months and recommend it highly. I use it with either a Canon flatbed scanner or a Brother multifunction device with good results.

Reply   |   Comment by William W Gorman Jr  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#2

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system. A clean install.

A (Russian/Spanish)) company without name and address:
"The BlackParrot Software company develops home and office applications for Windows. Our programs are known for their high quality, have been thought out well and are user-friendly. "

The software uses EZTwain for scanning in the version 3.0 http://www.eztwain.com/eztwain3.htm and the djvu software from 2013.

Upon start a resizable interface opens to full page, it checks for updates automatically, in the settings you define the scanner, the resolution and the interface language. You can choose between English and Spanish.

With every scanner comes the scanning software - maybe, if you buy second hand, then you missed it.
This software uses a general twain from EZTwain (see above).

It scans and converts the scanned image to some formats like DJVU or Word. But it does NOT convert to word, it is an image in a Word document, because of the missing OCR part.

After scanning, you have some editing features, page turning, cropping, changing contrast.
http://i.imgur.com/QxzPoxp.png

Nothing, what your scanner software cannot do - okay, one feature maybe, the page splitting, when scanning books with left or right page.

Test it maybe it is useful for you.
Uninstalled via reboot.

And a tip, for automatic cropping of scanned PDF files, I use Briss. http://sourceforge.net/projects/briss/
Still in a beta state (since years), but for me the best available tool.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+112)

I have used VuScan, not free.
This for scanners, that don't have drivers for Win7.
The scanner itself was good, very good; up to 2400DPI
http://www.hamrick.com/
After installing a lot of "old" scanners worked

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

EZTwain is NOT free - in fact it is outrageously priced at $999.00.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Moore  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-25)

@Jim Moore - Where was it stated that EZTwain is free?

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

"Nothing, what your scanner software cannot do – okay, one feature maybe, the page splitting, when scanning books with left or right page."

I would guess that scanning books, besides probably being illegal because of (C), would work better with the full-sized, hard cover versions, which won't fit on most [all?] consumer scanners. I would also guess that such a task could be done faster, more efficiently using a camera [like the camera in your cell phone], where there's plenty of apps available to straighten & correct perspective. Or using a regular camera, & a [<$30] copy stand bought off ebay.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

"for automatic cropping of scanned PDF files, I use Briss"

That's hilarious, using the Yiddish word for 'circumcision' to name a program that crops images.

Reply   |   Comment by DD  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#1

Very useful for scanning entire documents and saving as one PDF file.
The only caveat is that one cannot stop and continue scanning later the same document, so a product for merging PDFs is required.
Thumbs up.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)

It's not true. Just go to Settings > Scanner and change "One page" to "All available pages".

Reply   |   Comment by office worker  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

office worker: That has nothing to do with what I said.
One cannot stop scanning, close ScanPapyrus, then come back later and continue with the same document.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

kind of a major omission for such a product. biggest issue in scanning is that when it does not complete in one pass. comment was very helpful.

Reply   |   Comment by emrdoctor  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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