Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free

Posted on June 2, 2017. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Android, Apple, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

CNet has a post: Available for iOS and Android, the app offers all the extras of other scanning apps minus the limitations and fees.

“Adobe’s including optical character recognition (OCR) for free.” So now you can edit, search, and copy from what you scan. Very useful!

Source: Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free – CNET

Adobe Scan is available here

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HDDScan – free HDD test utility with USB flash and RAID support

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

HDDScan is a free HDD test utility with USB flash and RAID support.

Recommended by TechRepublic.

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Scan Tailor

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , |

So, you scanned something in, but it could use some editing before you commit it to a PDF or try to do OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert it to text.

One free solution is Scan Tailor.  “Scan Tailor is an interactive post-processing tool for scanned pages. It performs operations such as page splitting, deskewing, adding/removing borders, and others. You give it raw scans, and you get pages ready to be printed or assembled into a PDF or DJVU file. Scanning, optical character recognition, and assembling multi-page documents are out of scope of this project.”

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OCR Terminal: Online OCR

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, PDF | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

OCR Terminal: Online OCR will let you Convert PDF to Word, JPEG to Word.

This will allow you to convert up to 20 pages a month for free (more if you pay).

A PDF file may not be usable in a Word (or other word processor) document.  A picture of text scanned in is definitely nothing more than a pattern of pixels to a computer.  These need to be converted to text by an OCR (optical character recognition) program, which basically guesses which groups of pixels look like letters.

Be aware that ANY such program is only making best guesses, and may make mistakes.  You need to proofread the results and compare to the original to find them.

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Scan Your Hard Drives For Errors In Windows XP

Posted on April 13, 2009. Filed under: Hardware, Help, Utilities, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Always useful Internet Fixes has a post on how to Scan Your Hard Drives For Errors In Windows XP.

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VueScan Scanning Software for scanners

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: Graphics | Tags: , , , |

VueScan Scanning Software solves the problem of making your old scanner work with a newer version of Windows, a Mac or with Linux.

Can’t find a Windows Vista driver to use for your older scanner?  Got a Linux system, or a Mac?  This might be the substitute software you need. This is NOT a free program — you can get a trial version to see if it works for you, but you will need to pay for it eventually to enable all the features and remove the watermark on the images.

“VueScan supports over 1200 flatbed and film scanners and 142 digital camera raw file types, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows [Windows Vista, x64, XP, 2000, NT] and Linux. It automatically adjusts images to optimum color balance, which reduces the need to manually do this in Photoshop. VueScan includes built-in color calibration of scanners, producing colors that look true to life. Supporting more than 100 brands of negative film, VueScan offers options for scanning faded slides and prints, batch scanning, IT8 color calibration and other advanced scanning features.”

This commercial program is mentioned here only as a possible resource for those having trouble finding drivers for their operating systems; this site does not normally endorse or promote commercial software.

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Fast, good, cheap — pick one or all three

Posted on May 6, 2008. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Security | Tags: , , , , , , |

NanoScan bills itself as the “fastest online virus scan” in this MakeUseOf article.

“It takes only about 1-2 minutes to scan your whole PC for over a million of potential threats. Please note that NanoScan only checks for problems; it doesn’t fix them. However, if it finds some virus or any other kind of undesirable crapware you can click through provided scan reports and access TotalScan. To use TotalScan you’ll need to register, but the good news it’s 100% free. TotalScan will find those threats and remove them.”

Nano Scan – Features:

  • Detects more than 2.7 million of viruses, spyware, trojans, etc.
  • Access NanoScan virus check right from your personal startpage, i.e. NetVibes, iGoogle or PageFlakes.
  • TotalScan: In case NanoScan detects something use Totalscan to remove it.
  • The first time you use NanoScan you will need to download an ActiveX control or a plug-in, depending on what browser you have.
  • Multi-lingual: Available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian.
  • API (for developers): Integrate Nanoscan service into your website for free.
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