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

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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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C++ 11 Fundamentals
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C++ 11 Fundamentals

This course will introduce you to C++ 11 and teach you about syntax fundamentals.

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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by:James Gramm
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This worked for me also, PP 14.5 stopped working about a month ago, changed the registry to Chrome and it now opens again.
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Hi James,
Thanks for joining Experts Exchange today and reading my article. I'm very glad to hear that, after a month of not being able to use PaperPort, it is now opening again — great news! Regards, Joe
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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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Card
This tutorial shows how to create a greeting card by combining two image layers and a text layer on a PC using a free image editing app.
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Pen Tablet
All of the resources available today make learning a new digital media easier than ever-- if you know where to begin. This is a clear, simple guide to a few of the basic digital art mediums and how to begin learning them on your own.
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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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Become a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer
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Become a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer

This CPTE Certified Penetration Testing Engineer course covers everything you need to know about becoming a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer. Career Path: Professional roles include Ethical Hackers, Security Consultants, System Administrators, and Chief Security Officers.

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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@Andrea Great thanks for the register solution of PaperPort. Already contacted support, but so far no answer. But after three days searching solved the problem. Yeah I'm happy

I have version 14.5   (14.5.15168.1450)
BUILDID PP-1313-011-15264.1154

Windows 10 Pro version 1709

Used the downloads from this topic include the patch. After install changed the register.  The button "get latest updates" don't work. I use Firefox as well Chrome (standard browser)

And as you mentioned the best buy I ever did to manage my PDF files as well.
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Hi Marco,
Thanks for joining Experts Exchange today and reading my article — Welcome Aboard! As my PP14.5/Patch1 article shows, your BUILDID of PP-1313-011-15264.1154 means that it is PaperPort 14.5 Standard (retail) with Patch1 installed — good news!

> The button "get latest updates" don't work.

Yes, that's the main reason that I wrote the Patch1 article, i.e., because the Common Software Update Manager often does not work. I'm glad that the direct download of Patch1 did work for you. 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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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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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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by:Candice Buchanan
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Thank you! I'm finally able to open it! Much, much appreciation for the assist!
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You're welcome, Candice, I'm very glad that you're now able to open PaperPort. 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), I'll appreciate it. Will also be grateful if you endorse the other article, too, by clicking the thumbs-up icon there. Thanks, Joe

Update: Thanks for the endorsements, Candice — much appreciated!
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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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The update wants a serial number, which I do not have as I lost my software CD that came with my MFC-7340 Brother printer.  Is there a way to install the update without this?
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Hi Becky,
Thank you for joining Experts Exchange today and reading my article — welcome aboard! The PaperPort software that comes with Brother MFCs is an "SE" version, which stands for Special Edition. It is a trimmed-down version that Brother OEMs from Nuance for bundling with their devices and it is not considered to be a commercial/retail edition. This means that updates of the software, such as the 11.2 upgrade discussed in this article, will likely not apply to those bundled SE versions. So even if you had the serial number, it is unlikely that the 11.2 upgrade would work on it.

The other issue is that PP11 is more than 10 years old. As noted in this article, Vista is the latest Windows on which PP11 is supported. My suggestion is to purchase a retail copy of the latest version of PaperPort, which is 14. It is currently $31.61 at Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CELKLM

That's the standard edition, not Professional, but it's probably more functional than the SE version that was bundled with your Brother MFC. You may want to wait for a better price, as I've seen it at Amazon for less. The download (or disk) is going to be version 14.0, but you may upgrade it for free to version 14.5, because it is a retail version. This comment that I posted at an EE question a couple of months ago explains the upgrade process, referring to several other articles that I've published here at EE:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29057949/Window-10-version.html#a42302130

Interesting to note that it was just $19.20 at Amazon back then. Once again, welcome to Experts Exchange! Regards, Joe
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As each individual will have his or her personal way of processing a concept and turning it into a reality, this is simply a record of my own system as a designer.

It may feel daunting or even overwhelming when developing a new idea for a project or task, but it is beneficial to break it into smaller attainable pieces.

Here are four steps that I utilize to evolve my creative process: Keywords, Inspiration Through Research, Sketch/Outline, and Digital.
 

1. Keywords

Brainstorming an idea to find important keywords is an exercise that helps target ideas in more detail.
 
  • First, I choose a word that I identify as a focal point to begin the brainstorming process.
  • From there, I branch out from that word by listing or making a word web that extends out. (I have to remember that I need stay open to any word that comes to mind. This is a beginning step where I do not want to limit any creative possibilities.)
  • Lastly, I filter through all of the words on the word map and circle the top two to five words from the results that will best represent my design. 

By narrowing my idea into these keywords, I am ready to research typography and imagery that visually convey the message of the design clearly.


2. Inspiration Through Research

The type of inspiration that I refer to is dependent on the medium of the design itself. My influences and references will come from similar works that have …
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Learn the fundamentals of Angular 2, a JavaScript framework for developing dynamic single page applications.

PaperPort
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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by:Frank Schabel
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Thanks again for all your help . I tried scanning in Irfanview ,which I already use as my default photo viewer. All the scanner dialogues stay on top unlike paperport. I also use use several database programs from Fnprogramvare, Catvids  & Catraxx which  I frequently scan from and they keep all the scanning windows on top too. So I think it is something in Paperport 14.5 that was changed from Paperport 14 but I am not knowledgeable enough to find it since I know nothing about coding. The support person at Epson told me that there are sometimes settings in programs to keep a program on top (which I knew) but that there was not such a setting in the Epson driver. I cant find one in Paperport if there is one hidden somewhere. He suggested using one of the little programs available that let you select an open window to keep on top. I downloaded Turbotop and it will keep the Scanner dialog on top but doesn't remember that setting so you have reset it every time you run Paperport and the scanner. This all leads me to believe that there is a registry setting somewhere that controls this behavior and maybe some one will find it sometime. Meanwhile I'll just have to reduce the size of my Paperport window and keep it to the right side of my screen so that the scanner dialogue will remain visible on the left.
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Hi Frank,
Since IrfanView and those other apps keep the TWAIN window on top, it does sound like a PaperPort issue, although I've never seen it before. In fact, I have a somewhat opposite problem, i.e., the scanning dialog steals focus on every page from an ADF, making it just about impossible to use the computer while scanning with PaperPort. I submitted the following question to Nuance support a few years ago when I was trying to help a PaperPort user with the problem:
This is one of those long-standing PP issues and I'm wondering if you know of a solution. It doesn't affect me much because I have a separate computer that does scanning with PP14.5. But it drives many users nuts and I'm trying to help one right now. The issue is that when scanning a multi-page document, the PP scanning manager (with both Display scanner dialog box and Show Capture Assistant unchecked) steals focus on every page. It makes it just about impossible to use your computer for any other purpose while PP is scanning a large document. Do you know of a fix or work-around?
The response, which Nuance game me permission to share publicly, was this:
Nuance has determined this behavior cannot be changed in 14 and will be investigated for inclusion in 15.
Back to your problem, I'm not aware of any setting in PaperPort or even its registry entries that controls the "always on top" behavior of scanning drivers. Your idea of reducing the size of the PaperPort window so that the scanning dialog remains visible on the left side sounds like a decent work-around. Let's hope that PaperPort 15 solves both your problem and mine. Regards, Joe
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Power PDF Advanced
This article explains how to perform batch conversion of PDF, TIFF, and other image file formats into PDF, PDF Searchable, and TIFF files via a command line interface, using Nuance's latest document imaging software — Power PDF Advanced.
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Hello,

i tried to use the command line but i always get the error message "File open error" although I have write to all directories stated in the command?! It always says "Converting H:\TEST.HTML TO H:\TEST.PDF" which I think means that the Syntax itself is correct but either the Input or Output file cannot be opened?
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Hi Chris,
First, thanks for joining Experts Exchange today and reading my article — I appreciate it!

The input file cannot be an HTML file type. The Help output, even in the latest version 2.1 of Power PDF Advanced, still says this:

-I input file full path. * can be used for filename (*.pdf, *.tif)

As I mentioned in the article, I discovered through experimentation that the input file type may also be GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. But I just tried HTML in both v2.0 and v2.1, and can confirm that the input file may not be HTML. As you saw yourself, it gives an error message that says "File open error." My advice is to open the HTML file in whatever web browser you prefer and then print it to whatever PDF print driver you prefer. Once you have the PDF file, run Power PDF again, this time using the PDF file as the input instead of the HTML file. Of course, you may not even need to do that if you're happy with the file from the PDF printer. Regards, Joe
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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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by:mapline
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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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by:Haleem Abueshah
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thank you brother , you are the best :)
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You're welcome, Haleem, and my thanks to you for joining Experts Exchange today, reading my article, and endorsing it. 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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by:Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE
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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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Photos / Graphics Software

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