Scan Document and Document Management Software

Need reasonably priced Home Office Twain compatible scanning documents software.  MP Navigator suite me well for years but they no longer distribute it with the Canon MX series MFP.  What's a really intuitive scanning software that initiates the scan for ADF or flatbed, makes simple adjustments for single or double sides series of documents, and gives you options for a couple standard formats like PDF or tif, etc?  Is there a really intuitive and elegantly done software that does all that plus organizes your scan documents well?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Well, "reasonably priced" and "really intuitive" can mean different things to different folks, so this is just one person's opinion, and I'll start by saying that there are many such products out there that support (1) TWAIN compatible scanners, (2) ADF and flatbed scanning, (3) simplex and duplex scanners, (4) double-sided scanning with a simplex scanner, and (5) either scanning to multiple standard formats, such as PDF and TIFF, or exporting/saving to multiple formats, if not scanning directly to them.

If you want to go to the low end of "reasonably priced", i.e., free, look at the free Foxit Reader for scanning, as shown in this five-minute EE video Micro Tutorial...
How to scan to a PDF file with free software
...combined with the free version of PDF-XChange Editor for other features, as shown in these other five-minute EE video Micro Tutorials:
How to rotate pages in a PDF with free software
How to OCR pages in a PDF with free software
How to password-protect a PDF with free software

If you want a single product to do it all, rather than those two free products, look at the non-free editions of Foxit and PDF-XChange. Also not free, but "reasonably priced", is my personal go-to product for document management/scanning/imaging...Nuance's PaperPort, which comes in Standard and Professional editions. I've published many articles and videos here at EE on PaperPort (you can find all of them in my EE profile). A few of the most relevant ones (based on items in your question) are:

PaperPort 14 - Free Upgrade to Version 14.5
How to install the Patch 1 update for PaperPort 14.5
Automatic Duplex Scanning in PaperPort Versions 11, 12, 14
PaperPort - Blank Page Job Separator with Duplex Scanning
PaperPort - How To Create Searchable PDF Files
How to Perform Duplex Scanning with a Simplex Scanner in PaperPort Versions 11, 12, 14
PaperPort 14 in Windows 10 - A First Look

Another not free, but "reasonably priced" product from the Nuance folks is Power PDF, which comes in Standard and Advanced editions. Here are an EE article and two videos about a few of its interesting features (the article has a link to a free trial of the Advanced edition):
Batch Conversion of PDF, TIFF, and Other Image Formats via Command Line Interface to PDF, PDF Searchable, and TIFF with Power PDF Advanced
Bates Stamping/Numbering of PDF Files with Power PDF Advanced
Convert Scanned Image-Only PDF Files to PDF Searchable Image Files via OCR with Power PDF Advanced

Other products for your short list are ABBYY FineReader, Adobe Acrobat, and Lucion FileCenter (and, of course, there are many more).

I have all the products mentioned in this post. If you'd like to know anything specifically about any of them, let me know. As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post and no financial interest in them whatsoever. I am simply a user/customer. Regards, Joe
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hdhondtCommented:
My favourite software for scanning and simple image manipulation is Irfanview. It will do most or all of what you mentioned. It's a free download. I scans single or multiple pages from platen or ADF to a variety of files including TIF, JPG, PDF, etc
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
IrfanView is a great product. I use it every day. I do virtually all of my screenshots here at EE with IrfanView via PrtSc/Alt+PrtSc, and then cropping. I agree that it is excellent for image manipulation, but, imo, it comes up short for scanning. As far as I know, there's no way to hide the TWAIN dialog, no way to set up multiple scanning profiles with pre-configured scanning options, no support for ISIS or WIA 2.0 scanning drivers (only TWAIN and WIA), no ability to scan to searchable PDF files or numerous other valuable formats, such as Excel and Word. Products like PaperPort (which I use for virtually all of my scanning) can do all of that and more. Don't get me wrong...I want to say it again that IrfanView is a terrific (free!) product...just not for document scanning, imo. Regards, Joe
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snoopaloopAuthor Commented:
Thanks Joe!
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're very welcome...happy to help! Regards, Joe
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