Scannng to google gocs

Can anybody recommend a low-cost software for scanning paper documents for saving as PDFs or in Google docs?

I used to do this with Acrobat X Pro, but it's not compatible with Windows 10, and Adobe is now asking ridiculous prices to 'subscribe' to their software.

If I could just run things through my scanner and save them as PDF files, that would be great. I saw a product called Scandrop, but the company has seemingly folded.  What else is out there?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I've been using PaperPort 14 in Windows 10 and it works well. Here's an EE article that discusses it:
PaperPort 14 in Windows 10 - A First Look

In comes in two editions, Standard and Professional. Standard is much less expensive and can do what you want. It is currently just $23.59 at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Nuance-Communications-Inc-6809A-G00-140-Paperport/dp/B005CELKLM/

The version you get will probably be 14.0, but you can upgrade to the latest version, 14.5, for free, as explained in this EE article:
PaperPort 14 - Free Upgrade to Version 14.5

It can scan directly to a PDF Image file, but even better, to a PDF Searchable Image file, which means that it automatically runs its built-in OCR at scanning time to create searchable/copyable text. Also, if you have existing image-only PDFs, you may use PaperPort 14 to create PDF Searchable Image files. This EE article explains how:
PaperPort - How To Create Searchable PDF Files

Re Google Docs, once the scanned docs are PDFs, it's a simple matter to upload them to Google Docs. Also, PaperPort has the "Nuance Cloud Connector", which allows you to connect to Google Docs, among other cloud services. Here's the description from the PP14.5 manual (copied here under "Fair Use"):
Connecting to the Cloud

PaperPort 14 introduces support for Cloud computing – accessing and working with web-based storage sites for programs, documents and data.

Nuance Cloud Connector

This is a self-standing program delivered with all variants of PaperPort, whose installation is optional. When installed, it can be started from the Nuance Cloud Connector group in the Windows Start menu. It provides access to other popular storage sites in the Cloud, including Microsoft SkyDrive, GoogleDocs, Box, multiple FTP sites, and many more. Its interface lets you establish connections from your file system to and from chosen Cloud sites; it also manages passwords and log-in data.
There are some free products out there that can scan to PDF, such as IrfanView (requires its PlugIns for PDF support), but PaperPort is much more robust for handling PDFs, and at a very reasonable 24 bucks, I think you'll be happy with it. If you run into any problems, post them here at EE and I'll be glad to help.

On a separate note about Windows 10, you may be unaware of its new peer-to-peer patching feature (Windows Update Delivery Optimization — WUDO) that is enabled by default. This EE article explains how to disable it:
Windows 10 uses YOUR computer to help distribute itself

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with Nuance and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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McKnifeCommented:
The built-in scan app can save to PDF.
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Charlie WestonAuthor Commented:
McKnife,
I just had a look at the built-in scan app.  It can scan one page at a time, but doesn't have any OCR and apparently can't do multi-page PDFs.  I also assigns an occult file name to the file, and doesn't apparently afford an opportunity to chose a destination or assign your own file name.

C.
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McKnifeCommented:
Ok, had only a quick look at it some weeks back and noticed it could save as PDF, sorry.
Could it be that Acrobat X is compatible, after all? I've read from people that installed and used it on 10. though Adobe does list win10 only for Acrobat XI, that does not mean, it might not work if we update it.
So if I were you, I'd download the latest Update for Acrobat X from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/win/10.x/10.1.15/misc/ and try.
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MereteCommented:
Hi, I'm just curios why you don't use the scanner tools? Doesn't your scanner provide scan to options such as PDF?
What is scanner product and is it an old model?
I use an old model Canon Scanner printer with my windows 7 x64.
Foxit Reader can convert  images scanned to PDF
I'm still on windows 7 so cannot verify if it installs to windows 10. I get the impression windows 10 is a step backwards from windows 7 and why should I upgrade..until SP 1 is out or everything is fixed.
So just for your information
foxit readerFoxit Reader
https://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/pdf-reader/
Phantom PDF preinstalled windows PDF
https://www.foxitsoftware.com/
https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-editor/?startpage=reader7.x
And here's the
The Best Foxit PDF Editor Alternative for Windows 10
http://www.iskysoft.com/pdf-tips/foxit-alternative-for-windows-10.html
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Charlie WestonAuthor Commented:
On McKnife's suggestion, I reinstalled the Acrobat update, which already was the latest according to the "About" screen.

I also reinstalled the HP software, which also claimed to be up to date, and that seems to have been the magic charm.  Scanner now works the way it's supposed to.

PTL.

All best,
Charlie
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