People don’t bother getting third party scanning tools. Why? Because they just don’t think about it. Many people use the built in Fax and Scan feature. Some use the new and improved Scan app. But in my personal opinion, these don’t work well. They are either extremely cluttered, or too stripped down to be worth it.
For an inbetween option, try ScanPapyrus. This scanning utility is easy to use and has many advanced features when you need them. All you need to do is load your image, start the program, and press Scan Page. Then you can choose to export to a folder and save your image. Much easier then what Fax and Scan has to offer.
You can configure the application for different paper sizes and DPI settings. To do this, click the drop down on Select Scanner. Here you can change the type of scanner, duplex (both sides) settings, and paper size. If you have multiple scanners, you can switch between them by clicking the button itself.
Under the Select Scanner options, you can choose Color, Grayscale, or Black and White. If you are not familiar, grayscale has many shades of gray, and black and white is pure black (100%) or pure white (0%). You can also set the quality to a DPI level of your choice. Stay at 200-300 DPI. High DPI takes a long time to scan, and a long time to load. Low DPI levels also cause pixelated images.
There are a few other scan options you can choose from. One is Photocopy. It scans the image and prints it. This can be useful if you are really picky about how your copies turn out. It also saves the Earth, because you can scan it and preview it before printing it.
Another option (which I really love) is called batch scanning. You can set a delay time and it will automatically scan after that amount of time. You won’t need to continue to press the scan button 67 times.
Once you are done, you can use the toolbox to edit your scans. Features include the ability to crop, sort, and rotate. You can even automatically crop and image with the new auto-crop feature. And just like Fax and Scan, you can change brightness and contrast, too.
You can export to many different formats. The first is PDF, which is really useful for multi-page documents. You can also choose DJVU, which is similar, but works best with images, not documents. If you want to export in normal format, you can choose JPEG, TIFF, PNG, or BMP
I do have some feature requests for the company. First off, I would love to be able to remove marks right in the program itself. Sometimes scanners put black dots on your pictures if they are not clean. This way, you could remove them.
My next feature request would be the ability to create an animated GIF with your scans. This is a last priority request, but it would be a fun feature.
Pros and Cons
- PDF, DJVU, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and BMP support
- Grayscale, color, or black and white
- Batch scanning and export
- Cropping is built in and automatic
- Supports all major scanner brands
- Advanced features can be hard to find
If you are getting upset about Fax and Scan or you went ooh or aah from this review, definitely try ScanPapyrus.
- Quality: Gold
- Rating: 10/10
- Recommended: Yes