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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

A little bug bear of mine is how dreadful printer and scanner software is. Especially that provided by the manufactures (not naming any names, HP!)

Having just done a fresh install of Windows 7 on my laptop I just couldn’t bring myself to install the software included with the printer (all 300MB download of it!!) and did a quick search to see whether the world of scanner software has improved since I last visited. And lo and behold, I found Not Another PDF Scanner 2 aka NAPS2. A typical Open Source name for a product which is actually useful.

Ridiculously easy to use. Create/select a profile. Select a scanner. Click scan. Make some minor changes to the ordering/orientation of the pages. Click Save to PDF. And you’re done. Did I mention it doesn’t take 10 seconds to recognise you’ve clicked something and bring up the next page (HP are you listening?!?)

NAPS2 screenshot