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    Windows Scan Alternatives

    Windows Scan is described as 'If you have a scanner, this app makes it easy to scan documents and pictures and save them where you'd like' and is a Scanner App in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Windows Scan for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, iPad and iPhone. The best alternative is NAPS2, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows Scan are Document Scanner (Free, Open Source), gscan2pdf (Free, Open Source), VueScan (Paid) and Skanlite (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 29, 2020

    1. NAPS2 is a document scanning application with a focus on simplicity and ease of use.

      Discontinued

      No release since 2019-07-27, see https://github.com/cyanfish/naps2/releases

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    2. Simple Scan is an easy-to-use application, designed to let users connect their scanner and quickly have the image/document in an appropriate format.


    3. gscan2pdf can scan, clean the scan and do OCR on the scan or imported images (incl. existing PDFs, DjVus or other file types), and make PDF and DjVu-files with embedded OCR-text. It works together with tesseract, ocropus, cuneiform an gocr-OCR-engines
    4. 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
    5. Skanlite is a simple image scanning application to scan and save images. Skanlite is based on libksane, an interface for SANE library to control image scanners.


      • 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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    6. Scanned Image Extractor is a tool for efficiently extracting rectangular photographs from album or (multiple) photograph scans.

      Discontinued

      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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      • 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.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated.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

    7. Scan, Print, Fax, Download and Store Microsoft Office, PDF and Text Documents and images.
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    8. 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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