Document Imaging

Document imaging is an information technology category for systems capable of replicating documents commonly used in business. Document imaging systems can take many forms including microfilm, on demand printers, facsimile machines, copiers, multifunction printers, document scanners, computer output microfilm (COM) and archive writers. Document imaging is a form of enterprise content management, built around the need to manage and secure the escalating volume of electronic documents (spreadsheets, word-processing documents, PDFs, e-mails) created in organizations.

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PaperPort has a feature called the "Send To Bar". It provides a convenient, drag-and-drop interface for using other installed software, such as Microsoft Office. However, this article shows that the latest Office 2016 apps (installed with an Office 365 subscription) do NOT work with the Send To Bar.
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Hi, Joe. I appreciate your articles. There is a notion here that PaperPort 14 or 14.5 is full of problems and a lot of them are connected to scanners. You say that the major problem is that manufacturers of scanners do not produce drivers.
I use PaperPort from the time of PaperPort 2, Scansoft & Caery Co. As one of my favorite scanners, I use probably the most popular scanner on the market CanoScan 9000F. Do you have any clue, why this scanner works fine with PaperPort 14 & OmniPage 18, but it has incredible troubles to work with PaperPort 14.5 & OmniPage Ultimate (19)? Obviously TWAIN driver of CanoScan 9000F didn't disappear by publishing a new version of Nuance software.
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Hi Peter,

> I appreciate your articles.

Thank you for saying that — nice to hear!

> There is a notion here that PaperPort 14 or 14.5 is full of problems and a lot of them are connected to scanners.

To be clear, I wouldn't (and didn't) say "full of problems". Yes, PaperPort has problems, like any large, robust software package and, yes, some of the problems are related to scanners.

> You say that the major problem is that manufacturers of scanners do not produce drivers.

To be clear again, a key problem is that scanner manufacturers (and manufacturers of other peripherals) do not always produce drivers for the latest version of Windows. So users are sometimes left with old hardware devices (scanners and other peripherals) that do not work with their new version of Windows. I found this prevalent in the early days of 64-bit Windows and again in W10.

> I use PaperPort from the time of PaperPort 2

You beat me by one version! :)  I started with PP3 that came bundled with an HP scanner in the early to mid-nineties.

> Do you have any clue, why this scanner works fine with PaperPort 14 & OmniPage 18, but it has incredible troubles to work with PaperPort 14.5 & OmniPage Ultimate (19)?

I don't know why PP14 and OP18 work fine with your scanner while PP14.5 and OP19 do not. What I do know is that scanning problems in all point releases of PP14, including 14.5, are often resolved with the PaperPort 14 Scanner Connection Tool (no charge for it). So that's my first recommendation. You may learn about it in this other EE article:
PaperPort 14 Scanner Connection Tool - Fix Scanning Problems in PaperPort 14

Regards, Joe
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Microsoft Office Picture Manager was included in Office 2003, 2007, and 2010, but not in Office 2013. Users had hopes that it would be in Office 2016/Office 365, but it is not. Fortunately, the same zero-cost technique that works to install it with Office 2013 also works with Office 2016/Office 365.
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Excelente artículo!! Muchas gracias!!!
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You're very welcome, Liz, and thanks to you for joining EE today and reading my article — and for the compliment — I appreciate it! Welcome to Experts Exchange! Regards, Joe
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GraphicsMagick
This article shows how to convert a multi-page PDF file into multiple image files, with one image file created for each page of the PDF. It does this by utilizing an excellent, free software package called GraphicsMagick. The solution is amazingly simple — a single line of code!
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Hi Miguel,

> although free

A crucial factor for some folks. Acrobat is expensive software — not everyone can afford it. You'll notice in the original question here at EE that inspired this article, the asker said, "If anyone has another free option, let me know."

> what's the use of an external solution doing something which is already part of the original software - Acrobat

Acrobat is also "external" in the sense that it is not part of Windows. For many users, Acrobat is not part of their "original software".

> "Export / (choose which type)" or "Save as/Save as type (choose which)"?

For one file (or a small number of files), this is fine. But many users have hundreds, even thousands, of files on which to operate. In that case, the manual Export or Save As is not the ticket. If you have Acrobat, the Action Wizard will work in some cases, but sometimes the better solution, imo, is a command line tool like gm.exe that can be called from a batch file, program, or script. I have written many programs that call gm.exe to operate on all files in a folder and, often, to recurse into subfolders to an unlimited depth, processing all files along the way. Also, you have a lot more control over the output files, with a fantastic set of options. Acrobat is a fine product (I have both Standard and Professional), but in many situations, I prefer writing a program that calls GraphicsMagick, as well as other software that supports a command line interface, such as Nuance's Power PDF — my EE article, Batch Conversion of PDF, TIFF, and Other Image Formats via Command Line Interface to PDF, PDF Searchable, and TIFF, discusses a good example of that. Regards, Joe
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PaperPort 14.5 Patch 1 update is often not detected or downloaded automatically. This article provides direct download links to solve the problem for retail (non-bundled) versions of the Standard and Professional editions, as well as the Professional edition in Nuance's own OmniPage Ultimate bundle.
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Thank you.  It's a shame when software developers make a simple task difficult.  Your solution was spot-on and easy as pie.  Kudos
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You're welcome, Marshalk — and thanks to you for the compliment and the article upvote. I appreciate both! Regards, Joe
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In a previous article here at Experts Exchange, I presented a solution to the question of creating a multi-page PDF file containing contact sheets (aka a montage of thumbnails) for all JPG files in a folder. A recent question here at EE asked for a solution, in essence, to the reverse problem, that is, creating a JPG (or PNG) from a multi-page PDF file. In this case, the solution requires all pages of the PDF to be incorporated into a single image. At the question, I posted a relatively brief solution that uses the same GraphicsMagick software and approach as discussed in the article referred to above. Then I decided to write this new article with a more comprehensive explanation of the solution, including some interesting options.

The method presented here also requires the GraphicsMagick software. Another EE article explains how to download and install it. With GraphicsMagick installed, we're ready to proceed with the solution, which is amazingly simple — one line of code in a command prompt! Here it is:
 
gm.exe montage input.pdf output.jpg

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Below is the resulting JPG from the command above using the six-page input.pdf file attached to this article:

output.jpg
As you can see, the default is to place the multiple pages of the PDF horizontally in the output image. If you prefer a different placement, use the -tile option, which is in the format of columns-by-rows. For example, here's the command to place them 3x2:
 
gm.exe montage -tile 3x2 input.pdf output.jpg

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Below is the resulting JPG from the command above:

output-3x2.jpg
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PaperPort is among the most important applications that I run on my Windows computers. I use it every day, for nearly all of my document and photo scanning, as well as most of my document and photo imaging, including OCR via its built-in OmniPage capabilities.

Disclaimer before going further: I have no affiliation with Nuance and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer.

I've been using PaperPort for around 20 years on every version of Windows since Windows 95. With the Windows 10 release date coming up in two days, I thought it would be worthwhile to document my experience with PaperPort on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, including some tips for successful deployment on W10.

First, my experience with the various builds along the way: I did not install PaperPort on the initial Windows 10 Technical Preview of Build 9841, released on 30-Sep-2014. But I installed on every build after that, from 9860 through the current 10240. The platform is physical hardware, not a virtual machine. It is a relatively old laptop with mediocre specs by today's standards:

Intel Core2 Duo T9300 2.50GHz
4GB RAM DDR2 PC5300
Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB (with the read performance firmware upgrade
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You're welcome, Dana. I'm hoping for a PP15 (or maybe just PP14.6) that Nuance certifies and officially supports for W10. It's even possible that Nuance would certify PP14.5 for W10. I'll post here as soon as I learn anything official from Nuance about PP in W10. In the meantime, there's been some discussion about it in the Google PaperPort Group (and its PaperPort wiki). You may want to check in on that. Regards, Joe
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In a comment above, I mentioned that the Patch 1 update did not work with the PaperPort Professional 14.5 that is included with Nuance's own OmniPage Ultimate bundle. I am pleased to report that Nuance has finally fixed this, although there is still a glitch in the process such that, in some cases, the Common Software Update Manager does not perform the update, even though it detects its existence. The solution, once again, is to get the installer from a direct download link. I just published an article here at EE explaining the method:
How to install the Patch 1 update for the PaperPort Professional 14.5 bundled with OmniPage Ultimate

The article also shows a list of the support tickets that Patch 1 fixes. Regards, Joe
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In a previously published article here at Experts Exchange, I explained how to achieve duplex (double-sided) scanning in Nuance's PaperPort software with a hardware-capable duplex scanner, that is, a scanner which has an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) capable of scanning both sides of a document. A recent question here at EE prompted me to write this additional article, which explains how to achieve duplex scanning in PaperPort with a simplex scanner, that is, a scanner whose ADF is capable of scanning only the front side of a document.

As with the previous article, this one applies to the three most recent versions of PaperPort, i.e., 11, 12, and 14 — yes, Nuance got superstitious and did not release a version 13.

Here are the steps to achieve duplex scanning in PaperPort (either Standard or Professional) with a simplex scanner:
 
  • Click the Scan Settings button on the Ribbon in PP12 and PP14, or the Scan or Get Photo icon on the toolbar in PP11. You will now have the Scan or Get Photo pane:

Scan-or-Get-Photo.jpg 
  • Select a Scanner and a Scanning Profile.
 
  • Tick the Show Capture Assistant box.
 
  • Place the document in the (simplex) ADF and click the Scan button.
 
  • In PaperPort Standard, you will get this:

front-side-PP-Std.jpg 
  • In PaperPort Professional, you will get this:

front-side-PP-Pro.jpg 
  • Remove the document from the output tray, turn it over so that the last page is on the top, place it in the ADF, and click the Scan Other Side button.
 
  • In PaperPort Standard, you will get this:

after-Scan-Other-Side-PP-Std.jpg 
  • In
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This article provides the solution to a question posed here at Experts Exchange. The asker of the question has many JPG images in many folders, and all of the folders are subfolders of one root folder. For each folder, the asker wants to create a PDF file containing thumbnail images (sized to 240 pixels wide) of every JPG in that folder. This is commonly known as a contact sheet or montage.

Let's begin the article with an illustration showing the results of this solution. Here's a Windows/File Explorer screenshot displaying a folder with four JPGs, which were the input files in a test run, and a single PDF, which was the resulting output file from the test run:

Create-Montage-PDF-from-JPGs.jpg
In that test run, all of the JPGs in the folder fit well on a single page in the output PDF file. But if there are too many images to fit on one page, the asker wants the resulting file to be a multi-page PDF. Also, the file name of each JPG should be shown below its thumbnail. All of this needs to be accomplished with a fully automated, unattended method, capable of being run by the Task Scheduler without user intervention.

One of the experts (Eirman) participating in that question recommended a terrific (and free!) utility (Snap2IMG) that can produce such contact sheets, but as a JPG file, not a PDF. Also, the utility presents a GUI, which (Eirman noted) could likely be automated with a scripting language like AutoHotkey, but it does not support command line
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This article was inspired by a question here at Experts Exchange. The requirements stated in that question are (1) reduce the file size of a large number of JPG files in an extremely large number of subfolders; (2) perform that function without user intervention; (3) store the compressed files back into themselves, that is, after compression, each file overwrites itself.

The solution presented in this article meets those requirements. It is based on the excellent software package, GraphicsMagick (a fork of ImageMagick). GraphicsMagick is free (in every sense of the word), distributed under the MIT License.

The first step in the solution is to download and install GraphicsMagick from SourceForge (the latest release as of this article's publication is 1.3.21). The download folder looks like this:

GM-binaries.jpgSo the choices are:

GraphicsMagick-1.3.21-Q8-win32-dll.exe
GraphicsMagick-1.3.21-Q16-win32-dll.exe
GraphicsMagick-1.3.21-Q8-win64-dll.exe
GraphicsMagick-1.3.21-Q16-win64-dll.exe


As you can see in the file names above, there are two issues to consider with respect to the correct edition for you. The first is the so-called Quantum Depth. There are two possibilities — Quantum Depth of 8 (Q8) and Quantum Depth of 16 (Q16
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Thanks for this article, Joe! I haven't taken a look yet but... Do you know if there is a switch to preserve the file date and time of modified files?
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You're welcome, NVIT — glad you found it helpful. I'm pretty sure the off-the-shelf product can't do it, but there's a third-party patch that claims to provide a preserve-timestamp option for the mogrify command:
https://sourceforge.net/p/graphicsmagick/patches/45/

I haven't tried this and am curious about it, so if you give it a spin, please post your results.
Thanks, Joe
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PaperPort is a popular document imaging/management product from Nuance Communications. It is in widespread use by both individuals and businesses.

The current version of PaperPort is 14. The previous version was 12 (yes, Nuance got superstitious and skipped 13). Both of these most recent versions come in two editions, Professional and Standard. All four products — PP12 Standard, PP12 Professional, PP14 Standard, PP14 Professional — have the ability to create a searchable PDF file without any other software needing to be installed. PP12 was the first release that could do this (and it was carried forward into PP14).

Prior PaperPort releases require Nuance's OmniPage (a separately priced OCR product) to be installed in order to create a searchable PDF file that PaperPort calls a PDF Searchable Image file (because it contains both the raster image and the text created by OCR). The reason that PP12 and PP14 can create a PDF Searchable Image file is that it contains the OmniPage OCR engine under the covers — via the OmniPage Capture Software Development Kit (CSDK).
 
Sidebar on PaperPort Version: If you are running PP12.0, I recommend that you upgrade (free!) to PP12.1. This EE article explains how to do it:
PaperPort 12 - Free Upgrade to Version 12.1
If you are running PP14.0, PP14.1, or PP14.2, I recommend that you upgrade (free!) to PP14.5 (there was not a public release for either 14.3 or 14.4). This EE article explains how to do it:
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Wow.  I reinstalled Paperport 14 on a new computer build, so I knew that printing to Paperport can create a searchable PDF, but spent about an hour stumbling around trying to figure out / remember how to do that.  Of course, now I feel a little stupid because it seemed obvious once I followed your instructions.  Somewhere along the way I had a setting so that printing to Paperport created a horribly OCR'd document, then replaced the actual document with gibberish text.  It's stopped doing that, and I don't want to go back and figure out how I made it do that and how I made it stop.  But, people who find your article are lucky people.  Nuance was going to charge me $10 for this "simple" answer since I purchased more than $90.  I don't know how many people your article helps, but I know it's a beautifully done article that left me feeling enormous gratitude.
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Hi Don,
You're very welcome. And thanks to you for joining EE today (welcome aboard!), as well as reading and endorsing my article — I really appreciate it! I'm glad you found it helpful. Regards, Joe
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In a previous article published here at Experts Exchange, Signature Image with Transparent Background, I explained how to create a graphic image of your scanned signature with a transparent background. As discussed in that article, having the transparent background is crucial so that the signature may be placed on a document without overlaying the surrounding text.

In that article, I mentioned putting the signature on PDF documents via the Stamp feature in Adobe Acrobat. I recently received a message from an EE member who thanked me for that article, but asked me to explain exactly how to create such a Stamp in Acrobat. This article shows how to do it.

I don't know how far back the Stamp feature goes in the history of Adobe Acrobat releases, but I do know that it exists in Acrobat X and Acrobat XI, both Standard and Professional. The screenshots in this article are from Acrobat XI Pro on a W7 Pro 64-bit system.

In Acrobat, open the PDF file that you want to sign with the transparent signature image which you created after reading my previous article. The right side of the Toolbar in Acrobat will look like this (may vary somewhat depending on your Acrobat version):


Toolbar-right-side.jpg
Click the Comment tab and you will see the Annotations section, including the Stamp tool:


Annotations.jpg
Click the drop-down on the Stamp tool, then Custom Stamps, then Create Custom Stamp:


Create-Custom-Stamp.jpg

You will get this browse-for-file dialog:


Select-Image-for-Custom-Stamp.jpg
Click the Browse
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PaperPort
I. Introduction

In a previous article (now deprecated), I discussed how to upgrade — at no cost for licensed users — Nuance's PaperPort Version 11 (hereafter, PP11) and PaperPort Version 12 (PP12) to the latest "point" releases, namely, 11.2 and 12.1. At the time of that article's publication, PP11 and PP12 were the two latest versions. Now the latest version is PP14 (yes, Nuance was superstitious and skipped 13), and its latest "point" release is 14.5.

I decided that adding PP14 to the previous article would result in a long, unwieldy article. In addition, a user of one version is not going to be concerned about the other two versions, so I decided to create three separate articles for PP11, PP12, and PP14 users. This is the PP14 one.

The earlier point releases of PP14 — 14.0, 14.1, 14.2 (there was not a public release for either 14.3 or 14.4) — are known to have bugs that were fixed in 14.5. This article provides links to 14.5, as well as other useful information on upgrading.

II. Comparison of Standard and Professional Editions

For PP14, there are two consumer editions – Standard and Professional. The feature comparison matrix is available in the Files section of this PaperPort wiki:
http://sites.google.com/site/wikipaperport/files

Here is a direct link to the PDF:
Comparison Matrix of PP14 Standard and PP14 Professional

III. Links to Downloads

The links are to a direct download
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Hi Joe,
I installed 14.5 with no problems but Nuance will not verify my old registration number for version 12. Did I miss something?
Thanks, Jerry
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Hi Jerry,
First, welcome to Experts Exchange! Thanks for joining today and reading my article. Now, to your issue.

A PP12 license is not valid for PP14. You must purchase a license for PP14. Once you have a PP14 license, you may use its serial number to upgrade to PP14.5 at no charge, and then you may install Patch 1 at no charge. But using your PP12 serial number for a PP14 installation will not work.

My suggestion is to purchase PP14 at Amazon — it is inexpensive these days. The Standard Edition is $22:
https://www.amazon.com/Nuance-Communications-Inc-6809A-G00-140-Paperport/dp/B005CELKLM

The Professional Edition is $37:
https://www.amazon.com/Nuance-Communications-Inc-F309A-G00-140-Professional/dp/B005CELL1G

Both of those are for 14.0, but then use the instructions in this article to upgrade for free to 14.5. Actually, since you already installed 14.5, you may be able simply to use the serial number from the 14.0 purchase to register the installed 14.5. In either case, install Patch 1 after that, as described in this other EE article:
How to install the Patch 1 update for PaperPort 14.5

I also recommend installing the PP14 Scanner Connection Tool, as described in yet another EE article:
PaperPort 14 Scanner Connection Tool - Fix Scanning Problems in PaperPort 14

Regards, Joe
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I. Introduction

In a previous article (now deprecated), I discussed how to upgrade — at no cost for licensed users — Nuance's PaperPort Version 11 (hereafter, PP11) and PaperPort Version 12 (PP12) to the latest "point" releases, namely, 11.2 and 12.1. At the time of that article's publication, PP11 and PP12 were the two latest versions. Now the latest version is PP14 (yes, Nuance was superstitious and skipped 13), and its latest "point" release is 14.5.

I decided that adding PP14 to the previous article would result in a long, unwieldy article. In addition, a user of one version is not going to be concerned about the other two versions, so I decided to create three separate articles for PP11, PP12, and PP14 users. This is the PP12 one.

The earlier point release of PP12 — 12.0 — is known to have bugs that were fixed in 12.1. The links in the previous article for 12.1 no longer work. This new article provides working links for 12.1, as well as other useful information on upgrading.

II. Comparison of Standard and Professional Editions

For PP12, there are two consumer editions – Standard and Professional. The feature comparison matrix is available in the Files section of this PaperPort wiki:
http://sites.google.com/site/wikipaperport/files

Here is a direct link to the PDF:
Comparison Matrix of PP12 Standard and PP12 Professional

III. New Links to Downloads

The new links are to a direct download
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I. Introduction

In a previous article (now deprecated), I discussed how to upgrade — at no cost for licensed users — Nuance's PaperPort Version 11 (hereafter, PP11) and PaperPort Version 12 (PP12) to the latest "point" releases, namely, 11.2 and 12.1. At the time of that article's publication, PP11 and PP12 were the two latest versions. Now the latest version is PP14 (yes, Nuance was superstitious and skipped 13), and its latest "point" release is 14.5.

I decided that adding PP14 to the previous article would result in a long, unwieldy article. In addition, a user of one version is not going to be concerned about the other two versions, so I decided to create three separate articles for PP11, PP12, and PP14 users. This is the PP11 one.

The earlier point releases of PP11 — 11.0 and 11.1 — are known to have bugs that were fixed in 11.2. Although the links in the previous article for 11.2 still work, Nuance informed me that they may soon stop working. This new article provides working links for 11.2 that Nuance says will continue to work after the other ones have been taken down. This article also provides other useful information on upgrading.

II. Comparison of Standard and Professional Editions

For PP11, there are two consumer editions – Standard and Professional. The feature comparison matrix is available in the Files section of this PaperPort wiki:
http://sites.google.com/site/wikipaperport/files

Here is a direct link to the PDF:
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This article discusses the PaperPort 14 Scanner Connection Tool, which Nuance provides at no charge in order to fix scanning problems in Windows 8. Furthermore, users of PaperPort 14 in Windows 7 and Windows 10 have reported that the tool works in those versions of Windows, too.
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This did not help.  Since the last auto-update in Windows 10 PaperPort Professional 14.5 won't recognize one of my two scanners.  Neither your site nor the manufacturer's latest drivers have been of any help - especially baffling as Nuance is the software bundled with the scanner.  The Xerox DocuMate 152i is no longer listed as a compatible scanner.
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Hi Gregory,

First, I see that you joined EE today — welcome aboard! I'll do my best to try to help you.

Do you have Patch 1 installed? If not, I recommend doing that, as PP14.5/Patch1 is the only Windows 10-compliant version of PaperPort. This EE article explains how to get it (at no cost):
How to install the Patch 1 update for PaperPort 14.5

Reinstall the Scanner Connection Tool after installing Patch 1. If it still doesn't work, read this other EE article:
PaperPort 14 in Windows 10 - A First Look

Perhaps some of the Tips in there will help.

Of course, having a driver that works in your version of Windows (including bit level — 32-bit or 64-bit) is critical. I checked the Xerox website for your DocuMate 152i and it shows that it has drivers for W10, including ISIS, TWAIN, and WIA. You may download them from here:
http://www.xeroxscanners.com/en/us/products/drivers.asp?PN=97-0084-00U

Note this comment at that site: "You must uninstall your current driver and OneTouch software to install an updated driver."

I much prefer ISIS drivers over TWAIN and WIA, and PP14.5 fully supports ISIS, so try that first (nothing wrong with TWAIN and WIA, so try them, too). Also, reinstall the Scanner Connection Tool after reinstalling the scanning drivers. Regards, Joe
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With the recent demise of Windows XP support, you may be a new convert to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Or perhaps you've been on W7 or W8 for a while, but just recently acquired your first scanner for the new OS. In either case, you are likely to be very surprised by an omission in the W7 and W8 Control Panel — Scanners and Cameras.

Note: I initially wrote this article for just Windows 7 and Windows 8, but it also applies to the recently released Windows 10. Please see the two Update sections at the end of the article regarding W10.

In XP, Control Panel has the Scanners and Cameras applet:


XP Control Panel Scanners and Cameras present
It is an extremely useful utility for setting the Properties of a scanner, including Events (such as the Scan/Image button and which program to start), Network Setting (such as a fixed IP address), and Scan To Button (with or without Pin).

In W7 and W8, the Scanners and Cameras applet is missing in Control Panel:


W7-W8 Control Panel Scanners and Cameras missing
This article explains how to run Scanners and Cameras in W7 and W8. Turns out that the app is here:

C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer\ImagingDevices.exe

Strange as it seems, this is Scanners and Cameras in W7 and W8! That is its location even on 64-bit W7 and W8, i.e., it is not in \Program Files (x86). I use it often enough in my document imaging work that I decided to make a shortcut for it:


Shortcut Scanners and Cameras W7-W8
You may add it to the Start menu, place it on the desktop, pin it to the taskbar, or whatever you prefer. When clicking the shortcut, you'll get the
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Joe,

Congratulations; your article has been published!

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Power PDF is the newest product from the Document Imaging division of Nuance Communications. It is available in two editions — Power PDF Standard and Power PDF Advanced. Nuance offers a free 30-day trial of the Advanced edition, available for download here:
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/imaging-solutions/document-conversion/power-pdf-converter/free-trial/index.htm

For whatever reason, Nuance does not offer a free trial of the Standard edition. Everything in this article about Version 1.0 is based on my experience with the free trial of the Advanced edition running in W7 Pro 64-bit; everything about Version 1.1 is based on the licensed Power PDF Advanced, also on W7 Pro 64-bit.

Disclaimer before going further: I have no affiliation with Nuance and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer of several of its document imaging products, including OmniPage, PaperPort, and PDF Converter (the latter is being replaced by Power PDF).

Update on 22-Feb-2015: The initial submission of this article was about version 1.0 of Power PDF Advanced. Nuance recently released version 1.1, but since EE members may still have 1.0, I decided not to delete the information about 1.0, but instead added a section at the bottom of the article about 1.1.

Update on 18-Jun-2015
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Thanks for your outstanding help, Joe!
All the best from Europe,
Willem
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You're very welcome, Willem. Unfortunately, I don't see that great deal on PPA2.0 at the Amazon UK site and don't know if you'll find it any Amazon EU site. Also, no deal on it at the Nuance UK site. Both sites have it at £139.99 — list price. :(  Good luck shopping! Cheers, Joe
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Update 21-May-2015: I temporarily removed the source code to make major changes to the program. Regards, Joe

INTRODUCTION

This article presents a solution to a question asked here at Experts Exchange. The situation is that there's a large number of subfolders (400 in the original question), each of which has a number of PDF files (two in the original question). The goal is to combine/merge the PDF files in each subfolder (in ascending date order) into a single PDF file, storing the combined file in each subfolder. The source PDF files in each subfolder may have any file names and the user should be able to specify the file name of the combined file.

REQUIRED SOFTWARE

The method presented in this article requires AutoHotkey, an excellent (free!) programming/scripting language. The quick explanation for installing AutoHotkey is to visit its website. A more comprehensive explanation is to read my EE article, AutoHotkey - Getting Started. After installation, AutoHotkey will own the AHK file type, supporting the solution discussed in the remainder of this article.

The program utilizes another excellent (free!) piece of software — PDF Toolkit (PDFtk). It comes in both command line and GUI versions. The command line version is called PDFtk Server
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Hi

Will the "Combine-Merge-PDF-files-20140826.ahk"  file not be attached again?
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Hi Centex,
I've decided not to post the full program. I'll be rewriting the article as a "design roadmap" with some crucial code snippets, such as how to call PDFtk Server, but will not be posting the complete source code. Regards, Joe
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In a previous Experts Exchange article, How To Rename-Move a Batch of PDF Files Based on Contents of the Files, I presented a program that solved a question asked here at EE. In that article and program, the situation was that a large number of PDF files in a folder had to be renamed automatically (en masse) with a suffix contained somewhere in each of the PDF files.

For example, a file might be named:

D123456.pdf

And inside that file at a fixed location (specific page, specific line, specific column) might be:

John Smith

In this example, the requirement is to rename the file as:

D123456 John Smith.pdf

A more recent question here at EE has a similar requirement, except that the suffix is contained in a specific cell of a corresponding Excel spreadsheet. In this newer question, there's an automated process that creates hundreds of PDF documents from Excel spreadsheets. The problem is that the PDF documents need to be renamed after they are created. The renaming should add a suffix to the current PDF file name, as in the previous question, but the suffix is in a fixed cell location of the Excel spreadsheet from which the PDF was created.

For example, a file might be named:

Order Number 12345.xls

In which case, the automated PDF creation process would create:

Order Number 12345.pdf
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The standard (non-Professional) edition of PaperPort from Nuance Communications (previously known as ScanSoft) is limited to five Scanning Profiles, but in a previous article, I discussed how to overcome this limitation. The technique presented in that article may also be used to address an issue that I've been asked many times by PaperPort users, namely, how to reorder the Scanning Profiles in the Scan or Get Photo pane.

For users with many Scanning Profiles, it is desirable to order the list such that the more frequently used ones are at the top. Unfortunately, PaperPort 12, the previous release, offers no ability to rearrange the order of the Scanning Profiles. PaperPort 14, the current release (yes, Nuance got superstitious and skipped 13), added a little-known, undocumented feature that helps: drag-and-drop of the Scanning Profiles. However, it works poorly, in my opinion, as I find it difficult to drop the profile exactly where I want it.

Also, in both PP12 and PP14, there is no ability to search for a Scanning Profile, so the user must scroll through the list to find the desired profile. This article presents an approach for reordering the list, using the same method presented in my previous article, PaperPort - How To Achieve More Than Five Scanning Profiles in the Standard Edition.

All of the screenshots in this article are from PaperPort Professional 14
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PaperPort is a popular document imaging/management product from Nuance Communications, previously known as ScanSoft. PaperPort is in widespread use by both individuals and businesses.

The current version of PaperPort is 14. The previous version was 12. Yes, Nuance got superstitious and skipped 13. Both of these most recent versions come in two editions, Professional and Standard, although the Nuance folks do not call it Standard – they simply leave Professional off the name, i.e., PaperPort 12 and PaperPort Professional 12; PaperPort 14 and PaperPort Professional 14. In this article, I refer to them as PP-Std and PP-Pro, and all such references are valid for versions 12 and 14.

There are numerous differences between PP-Std and PP-Pro. The comparison matrices may be seen in the Files section at this PaperPort wiki in these files:

Comparison Matrix of PP12 Standard and PP12 Professional.pdf
Comparison Matrix of PP14 Standard and PP14 Professional.pdf

As shown in the documents above, one of the differences between PP-Std and PP-Pro is that the former allows only five Scanning Profiles to be created, while the latter allows an unlimited number. However, it turns out that PP-Std will properly handle an unlimited number of Scanning Profiles. The problem is that it won't let you create them. This is easy to overcome by creating the file containing the Scanning Profiles outside of PP-Std. This article describes two ways to do it.

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Hi Joe
Great suggestion 2 comments:
1 My PP 14.5 std stores file in C:\ProgramData\Nuance\PaperPort\14\Profiles.xml (Windows 10)
2. Notepad++ great free app for viewin/editing xml files.
Many thanks
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Hi Michael,
Sorry I'm just replying to your 25-Mar-2016 comment now. I don't recollect seeing it when it first came in and only just now saw it when I received a notification that you endorsed the article today — btw, thanks for that!

> My PP 14.5 std stores file in C:\ProgramData\Nuance\PaperPort\14\Profiles.xml (Windows 10)

You will also find it at C:\Users\All Users\Nuance\PaperPort\14\Profiles.xml in W10. That's because C:\Users\All Users\ points to C:\ProgramData\. In other words, C:\ProgramData\ is the "real" folder and C:\Users\All Users\ is simply a pointer to it — technically known as a junction or symbolic link. So if you look at C:\ProgramData\ and C:\Users\All Users\ in your file manager, they'll show the identical contents, because they are one-and-the-same folder.

> Notepad++ great free app for viewing/editing xml files.

I have Notepad++ installed and agree that it is a great free app, although I use it only for test purposes, since I do all of my text editing with my fav text editor that I've been using forever. But thanks for the tip to our readers! Regards, Joe
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Microsoft Office Picture Manager is not included in Office 2013. This comes as a shock to users upgrading from earlier versions of Office, such as 2007 and 2010, where Picture Manager was included as a standard application. This article explains how to install it alongside Office 2013 — at no cost!
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THANK YOU,  Joe. I was really surprised not to find Picture Manager, and I very much need the damned thing...
Your solution works O.K. Thanks again... You are the man...
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You're welcome, Milan. Thanks for joining EE today and reading my article. I'm glad that the method worked OK for you. Regards, Joe
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This article is in response to a question here at Experts Exchange. The Original Poster has a scanned signature and wants to make the background transparent so that the signature may be placed on documents without obliterating the surrounding text. Here's an example of the problem, showing how the surrounding document is overlaid when the non-transparent signature is placed on a PDF (in this case, via the Custom Stamp feature in Adobe Acrobat):

Signing PDF in Acrobat with non-transparent stamp
The solution described in this article requires a product called IrfanView, excellent (and free!) imaging software:
http://www.irfanview.com/

At the URL above, click the Download link on the left to download IrfanView and click the PlugIns link on the left to download the PlugIns, which are needed to give you PDF capability. Installing the PlugIns is optional – required only if you want PDF support (and the other features that come with the PlugIns). Install IrfanView first, then install the PlugIns. Although I recommend adding the PlugIns to get PDF support, that's for general, future usage. For this situation, you don't need them, unless your scanned signature is in a PDF file, in which case you do need them.

Here are the steps for making your signature background transparent after installing IrfanView:

(1) Run IrfanView and open the file that has your scanned signature.

(2) I recommend cropping the signature by dragging the mouse from the upper left to the lower right and selecting the Edit menu, then
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Joe, two questions:

1) What site do you use to download software like IrfanView? The link you provided led to a page with about a dozen download links. The first of those (Download.com) resulted in a pop-up notice saying "iview440_setup.exe is malicious, and Chrome has blocked it". I found one of the sites which did not trigger that notice but still wanted me to accept a bunch of extra stuff. I unchecked all those boxes but it makes me wonder what is downloaded and installed without my knowledge. Is there a site where you can count on getting only what you are after and nothing more?

2) After installing and using the IrfanView app, I closed it. But then when I went back to open it again, it was nowhere to be found in my Start > All Programs list of apps and folders. I was only able to find it by Start > Search but that led to the .exe file and I had to go through the install process all over again. Is there something I could be doing wrong or is that just what's required each time you want to use the software?
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> What site do you use to download software like IrfanView?

Yes, the download page provides many links, but I recommend the TUCOWS link to download IrfanView:
http://www.tucows.com/preview/194967

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

And the TUCOWS link for the PlugIns, which are required for PDF support:
http://www.tucows.com/preview/415586

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

In both cases, NNN is the version number (currently 440, meaning Version 4.40).

Install IrfanView first, then install the PlugIns.

There's also a new 64-bit version (started with the 4.40 release), available here:
http://www.irfanview.com/64bit.htm

The download links for the 64-bit core product and the 64-bit plugins are at the bottom of the page. I have both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions installed on the same W7/64-bit system (in different folders) — no problem.

> Is there something I could be doing wrong or is that just what's required each time you want to use the software?

Perhaps you're not telling it to create shortcuts. Here's what I select in the installer:

IrfanView install shortcuts
That gives me an IrfanView program group with shortcuts, as well as a shortcut on the desktop. I keep an ultra-clean desktop, so I move the shortcut into a folder of shortcuts where I have my most frequently used programs. Regards, Joe
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During the review/publication process for one of my previous articles, How to Embed Screenshots in Posts, the Page Editor, lherrou, brought to my attention a new EE feature – the ability to upload files into My Personal Knowledgebase (MyPKb). Furthermore, when those uploaded files are images, they may be embedded in questions, answers, and articles. In fact, all of the screenshots in this article were embedded from MyPKb. Beyond just images, you may embed other file types, which I'll discuss toward the end of the article.

I considered adding a section about this methodology to my previous article, but decided that it is worthy of its own article. In addition, an objective was to keep the previous article brief.

This article assumes that you already know how to capture screenshots into image files (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, etc.) via techniques such as the PrintScreen key (captures all monitors), Alt-PrintScreen (captures just the focus window), the Snipping Tool (built into W7 and W8), Snagit (a popular commercial product from TechSmith), Greenshot (a free, open source product published under the GNU GPL), etc. If you don't know how to capture screenshots, please read my previous article, as well as the two articles it references in its first paragraph.

So, you now have an image file that you'd like to embed in a post (or article). Here are the steps to do this utilizing MyPKb:

(1) On the right side of any question (including a New Question), click the Workspace
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by:Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)
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Great article. Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you for the compliment! Very nice to hear.
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This article explains how to embed/insert screenshots (screen captures/screen grabs) into EE posts. A search found a previous article on the subject and one follow-up to it. But large portions of those articles are devoted to explaining how to capture screenshots. My focus in this article is on members who already know how to capture screenshots but don't realize that it's possible to embed screenshots directly into posts, making it much easier to review the text and images in a question or answer. I've seen members post screenshots in Word and PowerPoint files that are attached, as well as in image files (typically, JPG and PNG), yet these images are also attached rather than embedded. I've even seen images posted outside of EE on image-sharing sites, such as Imgur.

The two previous articles were written before major enhancements to the EE website that include the new formatting toolbar. So both of those articles discuss the Attach File feature for posting screenshots. This article, instead, discusses the new formatting toolbar and its Insert Image feature. An even newer EE feature – the ability to embed screenshots (and other files) with My Personal Knowledgebase – is worthy of its own article.

So, if you already know how to capture screenshots, here's how to embed them in posts. The toolbar above the Post a Comment text box looks like this:

Post a Comment - Insert Image
The icon pointed to by the red arrow is the Insert Image
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Hi Joe,
Print Screen and Alt Print Screen work fine in Windows but have no effect under Linux. Instead there is a tool called import (part of the ImageMagick suite) which can make screen dumps in most any format you want.  Having made, say, a png window dump, how would I embed it? Cheers ... Duncan.
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Hi Duncan,
If you've made a PNG file, embedding it uses the same technique as with a JPG file, i.e., simply navigate to the PNG file. Here's an example of embedding a PNG (this is the same screenshot that was embedded as a JPG at the beginning of the article):
Embedding a PNG imageRegards, Joe
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