Canon Scanner Software alternative

We have a Canon Multifunction Printer.

At this moment we use the Canon provided software for scanning, but this software has prove to be really unestable, working randomly.

I have searched the web for scanner software and haven't found what I need.

My requirements are?
1) Free Software
2) Suuport for ADF
3) Hability to scan to PDF
4) Windows 8 compatible
5) We use a USB connection


I understand that asking the software to be free is complicated. I have found some not free solutions, but.

I just wanted to ask to see if someone has a solution.

Thanks
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dbruntonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can try http://sourceforge.net/projects/naps2/

No guarantee it will work for you.  Free, ADF and PDF.  I've not used it so I have no idea how it works.


Vuescan http://www.hamrick.com/

I do use this and like it.  NOT free but free to try.  So you could test it out and if you like purchase.  Note there is usually a list on the Vuescan site of which scanners it works with so you can look that up and see if your scanner is supported.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
So you want a third party who has designed drivers for a canon printer?  I'd be surprised if one exists.  Third parties do not have the same hardware level access and design knowledge as the manufacturer.

Sorry, but I'm fairly certain your stuck with the canon products.  I suggest you might try to use OLDER versions of the software or contact Canon support.  Otherwise, if you don't like how their drivers work, you may have to buy another product.  Personally, I find Brother printers and devices work well.
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gustajimenezAuthor Commented:
Hello Lee

I'm Not looking for third party drivers, I can use canon drivers but the UI is what doesn't work.

Hello dbrunton

Thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to try this one.

I'll let you guys know how it goes.
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The Gimp is free and you can use it to scan from the ADF. You can also export the image to a pdf file:

http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable
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Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015Connect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
Hi gustajimenez,

IrfanView is excellent imaging software that I've been using for many years:
http://www.irfanview.com/

It meets all of your criteria:

1) Free
2) Support for ADF (because it will invoke the Canon TWAIN driver)
3) Scan to PDF (with free PlugIns)
4) Windows 8 compatible (8.1, too)
5) USB connection (again, this is fine because it will invoke the Canon TWAIN driver)

The download page has numerous links, but based on years of experience, I strongly recommend the Brothersoft link to download IrfanView:
http://www.brothersoft.com/download-irfanview-6224.html

This will download a single install file called <iview438_setup.exe> with no adware and no junk!

And the Brothersoft link for the PlugIns, which are required for PDF support:
http://www.brothersoft.com/download-irfanview-all-plugins-164981.html

This will download a single install file called <irfanview_plugins_438_setup.exe> with no adware and no junk!

Install IrfanView first, then install the PlugIns.

When you run IrfanView, click the File menu and pick [Select Scan/TWAIN Source...]. You should see TWAIN and/or and WIA drivers for your Canon MFP. Here's what mine looks like:

IrfanView Select Source
After selecting the TWAIN or WIA driver (try both), click the File menu and pick [Acquire/Batch scanning...]. After scanning, click the File menu, then [Save as...], and pick a file type of PDF. Regards, Joe
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gustajimenezAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for your answers.

At this moment NAPS2 is what i decided to use, didn't tried GIMP or irfanview, but I'm sure they are good solutions too.

THANKS!
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Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015DeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. Glad to help. Happy scanning! Regards, Joe
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Ok - that wasn't what I understood from your question.  the drivers are what provide the basically functionality you described.  There are plenty of other software packages out there you can use.  Paint.NET is free and just one example.  If the device has an ADF, that is exposed and used by the driver.
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