Simple Scan Alternatives for Windows

    Simple Scan is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is NAPS2, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Simple Scan and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Simple Scan are VueScan (Paid), XSane (Free, Open Source), PDFill (Freemium) and PaperScan (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 20, 2021

    1. NAPS2 is a document scanning application with a focus on simplicity and ease of use.
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      Almost everyone thinks NAPS2 is a great alternative to Simple Scan.
      i use is and it's very good
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Translator5 Works fast, easy setup, works out of the box, is openSource
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    2. Third-party software for film scanners and flatbed scanners. VueScan is a powerful, easy-to-use program that: -Scans documents, photos and film -Creates PDF, JPEG, TIFF and TXT files -Supports over 1200 scanners
      Some users think VueScan is a great alternative to Simple Scan, some don't.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • AmigaOS
      XSane is a graphical scanning front-end for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy). It uses the SANE-library to talk to scanners.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.998, released in November 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      Most users think XSane is a great alternative to Simple Scan.
    3. With PDFill you can create, fill, delete and submit PDF form fields; insert new formatted text, check, image, hyperlink, whiteout, highlight, drawing, comment and annotation anywhere in the document; save, print or email the filled and password-protected PDF; save and resume...
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      Some users think PDFill is a great alternative to Simple Scan, some don't.
      • Windows
      • Linux
      PaperScan Scanner Software is a powerful TWAIN and WIA scanning application with an OCR engine centered on one idea: making document acquisition an unparalleled easy task for anyone.
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    4. Scanned Image Extractor is a tool for efficiently extracting rectangular photographs from album or (multiple) photograph scans.


      No update since 2015, dependencies on Linux systems are broken since it's too old. No source to fix/compile again the new lib versions.

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    5. Super simple scanning tool, that works with majority of scanners out of the box. This software does one thing - you can quickly and simply scan to PDF.


      Development of KOMA Code apps stopped in January 2017. Last version of Scan2pdf can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Some users think Scan2pdf is a great alternative to Simple Scan, some don't.
    6. Save the scanned documents into PDF. WinScan2PDF is a very small (~40k) portable/installed program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.
    7. This scanner software is lightweight, fast and not overloaded with tons of unnecessary features. Fine-tune your scanner settings, make one-click document copies and save documents to multi-page PDFs – its a choice you will never regret making!
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      FreeKapture give you the option to scan from your scanner, and then save the image: its a free Twain image capture application from TSoft that should work on any Windows (98 and on) Twain compliant system.
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