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Photo and imaging software is used to edit and compose raster images; Adobe Photoshop, which dominates the market, has its own topic. Common actions include cropping, slicing, retouching, color replacement, masking and erasing. Other programs include Apple Photo, Corel PaintShop Pro, GIMP, Serif PhotoPlus, Pixlr, PhotoScape, Picasa and IrfanView.

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IrfanView
This article discusses and shows how to use some of the excellent features in a Freeware app called "IrfanView" that (going by questions I've received) many people seem to overlook or just don't know about. Enjoy...
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Most experts at EE want to solve problems, not make their answers look pretty.
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Most experts at EE want to solve problems, not make their answers look pretty
Sure and I'm not for a second advocating that everyone should go around spending time on their questions and answers just to make them look pretty. That would be silly. Some may want to go to such efforts and that's fine too. It's all up to the individual where questions are concerned.

As the very first heading in my article states - "Create nicer looking borders in Articles submitted to Experts Exchange"

Asking and answering questions isn't the only thing that Experts Exchange is about. It's also a learning center. A place to share your knowledge and in turn, also learn from your fellow peers.

So this article is "mostly" aiming at those who write tutorials, how-to's and other types of articles, who may want to take a little bit of pride in how their work is presented to the world. I edit many articles at EE and I wrote this because I've been asked the question many times. Now rather than write the same answer multiple times, I can just point future askers with a link to this article. Make sense?

Thanks for your comment.

Regards, Andrew
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Exploring SQL Server 2016: Fundamentals
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Exploring SQL Server 2016: Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft SQL Server, a relational database management system that stores and retrieves data when requested by other software applications.

File Viewer Plus 3
How many times do you come across a file format that your computer doesn't recognize? Read on for a great solution I've found and been using myself, which is a lot more than just a file format viewer. Enjoy...
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PaperPort installer detected previous installation
You did a proper uninstallation of PaperPort. You even ran the official PP14 Remover Tool. But when you try to reinstall PaperPort, you get the dialog box above, which you can't get past. There is simply no way to install PaperPort! This article presents a solution that has worked for many PP users.
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PaperPort Splash Screen
Sometimes PaperPort will not even open. It displays the splash screen (above) and exits, or it may show an "Application Crash" dialog before exiting (sometimes with a dump, sometimes not). There are many reasons for this problem. This article discusses several of them and offers possible solutions.
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PaperPort Splash Screen
Sometimes PaperPort will not even open. It displays the splash screen (above) and exits, or it may show an "Application Crash" dialog before exiting. There are many reasons for this, but a recent cause that has reached epidemic levels is due to an issue with Firefox. This article offers a solution.
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It worked as described. Thanks to all involved.
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Hi Ronny,
Thanks for joining Experts Exchange today, reading my article, and letting us know that the fix worked for you...very glad to hear that. I'll appreciate it if you take a moment to endorse the article by clicking the thumbs-up icon at the end of it (has 30 in it now). Welcome to EE! Regards, Joe
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Hard Drive Data Recovery
Formatted your external or internal hard drive, and lost entire data. Now searching for a trusted solution to recover lost data from a formatted hard drive. So, read this article & perform steps to recover photos (images), documents, videos, files etc. Also recover permanent deleted, corrupted data.
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When the first reports of the initial sales of Nintendo Switch in the Land of the Rising Sun appeared. In Japan, only 330,637 consoles were sold for the first day. But many large retail chains have already sold out the entire edition of the console and were waiting for the replenishment of stocks.
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PaperPort XP Compatibility Mode
Nuance's PaperPort may display this error message: PaperPort appears to be running Windows XP Compatibility Mode which may result in errors. We recommend disabling Compatibility Mode for the PaprPort.exe program, see Technote 6629. This article provides a possible solution to the problem.
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Hi Christophe,
You're very welcome...and thanks to you for joining Experts Exchange today, reading my article, and letting me know that it worked for you...I'm glad to hear that! If you take a moment to endorse the article by clicking the thumbs-up icon at the bottom of the article (not the one under this comment), I'll be grateful. Welcome aboard to EE! Regards, Joe
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Thanks for endorsing the article, Christophe — much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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LibreOffice Gallery
I was recently poking around with LibreOffice and figured out how easy it is to add great vector clip art to one's own LibreOffice gallery collection.
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When asking a question in a forum or creating documentation, screenshots are vital tools that can convey a lot more information and save you and your reader a lot of time
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Good idea:.
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An update: Skitch is no longer supported and the last supported version generates errors on the latest OSX. Because of that I switched to SnagIt which isn't free, but it's worth every penny.
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Learn the fundamentals of the popular programming language JavaScript so that you can explore the realm of web development.

Pictures from URLs
Traditionally, the method to display pictures in Access forms and reports is to first download them from URLs to a folder, record the path in a table and then let the form or report pull the pictures from that folder. But why not let Windows retrieve the pictures automatically from the URLs?
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excellent article, gustav -- very thorough. Thank you.
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Adults who share images on social media aren’t the only ones who need to worry about their privacy. Our culture’s tendency to share every move and celebration affects the privacy of our children, too.
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Use email signature images to promote corporate certifications and industry awards.
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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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Wow! This are the best instructions for downloading and installing software I've ever seen! Everything described appeared exactly the same on my screen and the program was installed and is working like a dream. Thank you very much!
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You're very welcome, Emilio, and thanks to you for joining Experts Exchange today, reading my article, and saying such nice things about it. I'm glad to hear that you have Picture Manager working like a dream again! I'll appreciate it if you take a moment to endorse the article by clicking the thumbs-up icon right underneath the end of it (not the thumbs-up next to this comment). Welcome aboard! 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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by:Rev. Janine Stock
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Thank you so much.  This should be on the Nuance support page just as it is.  You are wonderful.
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You're welcome, Janine, and thanks to you for joining Experts Exchange today and reading my article. Thanks, too, for the kind words — very nice to hear! 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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Recently, an awarded photographer, Selina De Maeyer, completed a photo shoot of a beautiful event in Antwerp, the Corpus Christi procession around the Saint James church. She took approximately 250 pictures with her two Nikon cameras, but when we went to publish the pictures in chronological order, we discovered that the time was not set consistently for her cameras.

With software, we were able to extract the .jpg files with the date and time once a picture has been shot. This allowed us to see that there were clearly two series of pictures, separated in time. Reordering so many pictures manually was not an option. So we decided to write a little script to correct the date and time on the set that was wrong.

The first item to address was the origination of the camera for each picture.  There is an open source suite called ImageMagick that provides a program called identify. Identify is able to list information for each picture. All the programs we invoke below are run from the command line interface - the shell. If you never heard about the shell, I am sorry to tell you: do not read further, this article will bore you. but if you are familiar, you will know that grep will filter the lines containing a certain pattern from the results of the previous command.

Information returned by identify
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Dear Brad,

Thanks for fixing the typos.

You said:
A volunteer Page Editor may engage you on the content to improve your article further.

I would be happy to know what I have to do to get this done.

Thanks in advance.
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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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Prepare for the CompTIA Network+ exam by learning how to troubleshoot, configure, and manage both wired and wireless networks.

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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by:Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE
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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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Any ideas how to make the fonts vectorized in the searchable .pdf? I am asking this question because I would not like to install a pirated Adobe Acrobat to convert one pdf book into a pdf book with vectorized fonts. What I got from PaperPort did not meet my expectations. the fonts got blurry. I expected them to get clean and vectorized, to be able to zoom in without those annoying pixels.
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Hi Serg,
Thank you for joining Experts Exchange this week and reading my article.

> Any ideas how to make the fonts vectorized in the searchable .pdf?

I do not have great expertise in font technology and am not aware of any way to control the font settings when PaperPort creates PDF Searchable Image files via the methods discussed in this article.

> I am asking this question because I would not like to install a pirated Adobe Acrobat to convert one pdf book into a pdf book with vectorized fonts.

I find that a strange comment — why would you even consider installing pirated software? We do not condone that here at Experts Exchange and, in fact, the Experts Exchange Terms of Use strictly prohibit any posting related to such activities (under Section 6, Code of Conduct). If you know that Adobe Acrobat will solve your font issue, and it is for only one PDF book, then I recommend purchasing just one month of Adobe Acrobat DC. For around 25 bucks, you'll avoid pirating software ($22.99 for one month of Acrobat Standard DC or $24.99 for one month of Acrobat Pro DC).

> What I got from PaperPort did not meet my expectations. the fonts got blurry.

It's likely that the fonts are blurry only when viewing the image layer. If you view just the text layer, the fonts should be fine. For example, I printed the first page of this article with the PaperPort Image Printer in B&W at 300 DPI to a PDF Image (not PDF Searchable Image). The whole page is attached as a PDF, but here's what it looks like:

font in image
The fonts, indeed, are blurry, because that's a view of the image (in Adobe Acrobat). I then used Nuance's Power PDF to convert to a searchable PDF, but told it not to keep the images. The whole page for that is also attached as a PDF, but here's the same small sample as shown above:

font in non-image
The fonts look great, because that's a view of the text (in Adobe Acrobat), since there is no image layer in the PDF.

> I expected them to get clean and vectorized, to be able to zoom in without those annoying pixels.

The fonts are fine in the text, as shown above. They get pixelated only when viewing the image layer. Another way to observe this is to Copy the text from the PDF Searchable Image file (created by PaperPort via one of the methods explained in this article) and then Paste it into a text-capable product, such as Notepad or Word — the fonts will, of course, appear fine. Regards, Joe
image-only-PaperPort-PDF-Image.pdf
text-only-Power-PDF-searchable-do-no.pdf
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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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You're welcome, Roy. I'm glad you found the article to be useful and that you can now create a signature in Acrobat. Regarding your request for advice in developing yourself in the field of education, I suggest posting a question in the Q&A section of EE by clicking the big blue Ask a Question button at the top of all pages. Questions in articles (or videos) should be related to that article (or video), whereas any question is appropriate in the main forum. Regards, Joe
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Thank you for the compliment, Megan — much appreciated! If you take a moment to click the thumbs-up icon at the bottom of the article, I'll be grateful. Thanks, Joe
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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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It worked just fine. But first I had to enter the registry after attempting to open PP14.5 and just got the opening screen and then nothing. I had to change the default browser to "Internet Explorer." It wouldn't come up without that intervention.

Thank you so much. PP finally works well on WIN 10. :-))
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Hi Jim,
You're very welcome, and my thanks to you for joining Experts Exchange today, reading my article, and letting me know that this worked fine for you. I'm really glad to hear that your PaperPort is now working well on W10. Regarding the registry fix, I explained that thoroughly in another EE article:

What to do when PaperPort crashes, hangs, or fails to start - popular fix for Mozilla Firefox users

I'll appreciate it if you take a moment to endorse this article by clicking the thumbs-up icon at the end of the article (not the one underneath this comment). 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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Photo and imaging software is used to edit and compose raster images; Adobe Photoshop, which dominates the market, has its own topic. Common actions include cropping, slicing, retouching, color replacement, masking and erasing. Other programs include Apple Photo, Corel PaintShop Pro, GIMP, Serif PhotoPlus, Pixlr, PhotoScape, Picasa and IrfanView.