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Twain compatible home office MFPs.  We are testing the Paperport software with Brother MFC-9340CDW.  The reason for this was the Canon MX series scanner software was acting a bit wonky over the years and the printer is five years old. We actually really like the MP Navigator software but as discussed in our previous thread, MP Navigator is no longer being made for the later MX series.  Thus, we were turned on to Paperport document management software.  It came with the Brother MFC-9340CDW.  Though, I don't think it works with network shares unless I upgrade but I digress.  Anyway, my question is...  Could I have avoided maybe purchasing new hardware and just bought better document management software?  The reason I ask is Paperport prompted me to connect with the Canon hardware using Twain.  Did I just assume most 100 or $200 MFP weren't TWAIN compatible?  A google query of Canon MX twain shows nothing of the sort.  The better question is how common is Twain compatibility (is there a list?) so I can push Document Management software on to some of my other clients?  They too have horrible document management software.
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OK, lots of questions there. I'm working on my comments now and will post them as soon as possible. Regards, Joe
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> It came with the Brother MFC-9340CDW.

As a bundled version it is almost surely an "SE" edition. the capabilities of which vary by device manufacturer (based on whatever OEM deal they cut with Nuance).

> Though, I don't think it works with network shares unless I upgrade

Correct. The bundled version is almost surely not the Professional edition, and PP14 Pro is the only version that supports shared network folders (there's a link to a comparison matrix of Std and Pro in my EE PP14.5 article).

> Could I have avoided maybe purchasing new hardware and just bought better document management software?

Yes. If the scanner hardware is working and it has ISIS, TWAIN, and/or WIA/WIA2 scanning drivers that work with your version of Windows (including bit level), then other document management/imaging products are very likely to work with it, including PaperPort, Power PDF, and many others.

> The reason I ask is Paperport prompted me to connect with the Canon hardware using Twain.

Exactly! The PaperPort Scan Manager supports ISIS, TWAIN, and WIA/WIA2 drivers. It automatically detects them on the system and offers them in the "Select Scanner" dialog. Here's that dialog on my PP14.5/Patch1 system:

pp14.5 select scanner dialog
> Did I just assume most 100 or $200 MFP weren't TWAIN compatible?

Almost all scanners these days are TWAIN and WIA compatible, with the notable exception of the Fujitsu ScanSnap series (the entire ScanSnap series does not have any industry standard scanning drivers, i.e., its scanning driver is proprietary to Fujitsu and you must use the ScanSnap Manager to scan). Other than the ScanSnap series, most scanners are TWAIN and WIA compliant.

> A google query of Canon MX twain shows nothing of the sort.

I don't know which model you have, but I suspect most, probably all, of the MX scanners have TWAIN drivers. I did the same Google query as you, i.e., "Canon MX twain". The first hit is for the PIXMA MX870. I downloaded the manual and found this in it (copied here under "Fair Use"):
You can scan an image from a WIA-compliant application and use the image in that application. ... Scan documents from a TWAIN-compliant application to specify advanced settings for scanning.
> The better question is how common is Twain compatibility (is there a list?) so I can push Document Management software on to some of my other clients?

As I noted above, it is extremely common. Other than the Fujitsu ScanSnap series, it is difficult to find a scanner these days that is not TWAIN compatible. :)

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Thanks again Joe!
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Pleasure, as always!

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