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What are people saying about PaperScan

Genie au Travail Extract from the policy :
"Transfer of a license to another owned computer is not allowed."

If I understand well, if I purchase a new computer, I will have to purchase a new licence if I want to continue to use the program ?
Nov 4 2011 at 5:17am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

If you purchase a new computer you will just have to contact us and we'll send you another license for free. We do this to prevent people to give away licenses and to install the software on other people's computers.

About the OCR you are correct, it is only included in the Pro version.

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 4 2011 at 5:26am Copy Link
Roberto this software looks like a very first version but very capable.

i touchet the trial a little, and i can say about the file compresion is the same compared with pricey products as foxit phantom (i have a love-hate relation with foxit).

some filters allow to get extra quality from old docs (gamma gets the best contrast in soft areas). Another filters are not too much useful for me .. like.. sepia? :)

the remove puch holes dont worked for me, because my scaner fill the holes with some white/gray colour (im agree, its near imposible to detect that).

the Autodeskew sometimes crops one side of the image, i wish the software allow to move the image to avoid the cut.

the speed using this app is fine, the export is confortable too.

the last (and please, this is constructive.. dont delete this post), the full prize of this app is the same as your huge competitor (foxit phantompfd bussiness).

but with the BDJ offer, i think the price is more competitive and its worth the money.

good luck with sales.. i bookmark your product and see you in the near future if my hate about foxit company is grow :)

i recommend here to try your product. I wish to know about you before pay for the bloated phantom app.

best regards!
Nov 4 2011 at 6:13am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Roberto,

Thank you very much for your review! We released PaperScan Pro and Free Editions on January 17th 2011, so yes it is still a young software :-) even if we have more than 70 000 free users already.

Since we want to create a truly useful tool for the customers, we added a section in our forum for specific requests and we try to implement them when possible step by step.

We really appreciate the constructive remarks and thanks again for the recommendation :-)

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 4 2011 at 6:34am Copy Link
Lifetime Upgrades Hello Orpalis publisher

This tool does look very useful so I have a couple of questions.

1. If I wished to purchase the pro version, is there a discount offer as well? If not, and I purchase from your website, do you still offer lifetime upgrades for major and minor versions?

2. If the home version is purchased during the deal and later decide to step up to the pro version, is there any type of discount?

Thank you.
Nov 6 2011 at 2:37am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

There is a 50% off discount as well on the Pro version (if you click on the Buy Now link you have the choice between the 2 versions).

For any version the minor and medium upgrades are free. Only the major upgrades will come with a cost.

If you buy the Home version and decide to buy the Pro later you will have a dicount corresponding to the price you paid for the Home version: for instance if you buy the Home version during the deal at 24.99 USD and later you want to buy the Pro version, you will pay 124.01 USD (149 - 24.99).

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 6 2011 at 4:43am Copy Link
S B This looks like a nice product, but there are some details I haven't found.

1) Which OCR engine does the Pro version use?

2) Can the OCR be interactive, with the user adjusting words where the OCR isn't quite sure?

3) Which languages does the OCR handle?

4) Can the transforms, filters, and conversion settings be automatically applied?

5) Can the transforms, filters, and conversion settings to be applied be named and saved so they can be reused easily?

6) How much can the scanning and conversion process be automated?

Thank you very much!
Nov 7 2011 at 12:23am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

PaperScan is powered by GdPicture imaging technologies ( The OCR engine is based on Google Tesseract OCR ( The languages supported are the same than in Tesseract.

There is a batch image processing tool to process several images with the same parameters.

For the other questions, I'll let the developer answer, as I don't want to be misleading.

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 7 2011 at 12:41am Copy Link
Brian H Hi- I find your product very interesting! I love scanning/editing/saving documents and also do lots of work in graphic arts. It looks like you have a lot of features, but I have to say your price for "pro" version seems high to me, for such a new program. I currently use Paperport (am a long-time user) and am ready to make an upgrade to their newest version. They are quoting me $99 for upgrade, as previous user, and their program has been around now for a long time. How do you see your program comparing to Paperport Professional, and do you offer anything they don't currently have in their most recent version- I believe it is v. 14 now. Thanks. :-)
Nov 7 2011 at 1:57am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Brian,

Thank you for your interest!

Here is what Loïc said about the difference between PaperScan and Paperport last time we had a promotion on BitsDuJour:

"PaperScan advantage is the easy way to handle acquisition & document manipulation. Since we are document imaging experts, we provides very good filters to increase image quality. IE: Punch hole removal, autodeskew, We can also create searchable PDF document. Also our colour image manipulation should be faster. Also, are a flexible & dynamic company and we will be happy to provide new features, for free, on simple demand."

Also I would like to add that even if PaperScan is a relatively new software, it is powered by GdPicture imaging technologies (also owned by our company ORPALIS), which have been around since 2003.

I suggest you to dowload the free 30 days trial to test it :-)

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 7 2011 at 2:26am Copy Link
Michael K I understand the need for developers to try to prevent unauthorized copies but it seems rather restrictive and expensive for the user to not allow installation on a PC and laptop since so many legitimate users have both.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.


Nov 7 2011 at 2:41am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Michael,

Other companies (like Paperport since we were just mentioning it earlier) have the same licensing model: one license per computer. Selling licenses with unlimited installation is just impossible to manage.

But you're right, a lot of people have both a laptop and a PC so installing the software on all the computers owned can be useful.

We're going to add multiple licenses packages to allow the use of several computers.

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 7 2011 at 3:22am Copy Link
HJ B 1. Does this product permit the efficient correction of OCR errors? If so, can you give us a brief summary of that process?

2. Can this product be used in association with the native scanning interface of the scanner? If so, is that transparently, visibly or both?

3. For people who have the pro version of Adobe Acrobat, can this product work in conjunction with that or are they actually competing products. If they are competing, are there any clear advantages that this has over Adobe Acrobat pro, which has a scanner interface?

4. I have a scanner and several computers all on one LAN. It appears from prior comments that your policy would require a license for each of the computers. Is that correct? Notably, Adobe Acrobat permit two or three computers to on one license.
Nov 7 2011 at 4:14am Copy Link
Eddie Tex According to the product comparison, it appears that the home edition does not support "Image processing during batch acquisition: Auto-Deskew, Rotation, borders removal, Holes punch removal, negative."

Is it that it can't be done in batch acquisition but can be done individually to scan after acquisition? Or is this feature only available in the professional edition?
Nov 7 2011 at 6:02am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

To HJ B: Loïc tried to submit an answer to all your questions but for some reason they are not published.

To Eddie: It's just for the batch acquisition that it's not available in the Home edition. You can use each feature manually after acquisition.

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 7 2011 at 6:27am Copy Link
John Leblanc I don't need OCR to extract text but only to make scanned PDFs searchable. Is that a PRO only feature?

Do you integrate with online cloud services (to load / save) documents (i.e. Evernote, google Docs, Microsoft Skydrive,, etc).
Nov 7 2011 at 6:50am Copy Link
Loïc Carrère Hi There,

I will try to provide some answers.


5) Can the transforms, filters, and conversion settings to be applied be named and saved so they can be reused easily?

6) How much can the scanning and conversion process be automated?
Paperscan automatically remember the filters applied during scanning. I am taking about the batch image processing feature that you can reach by clicking the "batch image processing" button of the scanning wizard.
Therefore, you can:
1- Start a scanning session
2- Select your filters (IE: autodeskew + autocrop)
3- Exit PaperScan
4- Take a coffee or a tea (or do something else)
5- Restart Paperscan
6- Start a new scanning session

At step 6: Paperscan will automatically select the filters selected in step 2.

@Michael K
If you have several computers used for personal usage, you can contact our sales team which can provide up to 3 access.

1. Does this product permit the efficient correction of OCR errors? If so, can you give us a brief summary of that process?
No, this is not supported.

2. Can this product be used in association with the native scanning interface of the scanner? If so, is that transparently, visibly or both?
Yes you can use the scanning interface provided by the TWAIN driver of the scanner by clicking on the "Advanced Device Options..." button on the scanning wizard form.

3. For people who have the pro version of Adobe Acrobat, can this product work in conjunction with that or are they actually competing products. If they are competing, are there any clear advantages that this has over Adobe Acrobat pro, which has a scanner interface?

PaperScan is a totally different product than Adobe Acrobat pro. There is almost no sense to make a comparison. To get more info about the PS features, you can read the product description on the top of this page or have a look on the official product page located here:

4. I have a scanner and several computers all on one LAN. It appears from prior comments that your policy would require a license for each of the computers. Is that correct? Notably, Adobe Acrobat permit two or three computers to on one license.
We also deliver up to 3 access, on demand. (See my first reply to Michael).

I hope I provided some clarifications !

With best regards,

Loïc Carrère
Nov 7 2011 at 6:50am Copy Link
rob voe Can the Pro-Version also apply OCR to Photos (.jpg format)?
Thanks Robert.
Nov 7 2011 at 6:50am Copy Link
HJ B @Loïc Carrère

Thank you for your responses.

1. In your most recent answer, concerning use from multiple computers to one scanner, you state that "We also deliver up to 3 access, on demand. (See my first reply to Michael)." I am not clear what that means. Will the purchase of one license allow that, or must there be three licenses to permit a three computers and one scanner to use the the program on a LAN?

2. You state "PaperScan is a totally different product than Adobe Acrobat pro." and so you do not attempt to compare the two. In fact, a subset of the Acrobat functions permits control of a scanner and the scanning and ocr of documents. My questions are: "A. Can Paper scan work in conjunction with Acrobat (as each of them can work in conjunction with the native interface); B. How does the Acrobat scanning and ocr capability compare to that of PaperScan? ". "I suppose I should go further and ask: If I have Acrobate X Pro is there an advantage to me also getting PaperScan?"
Nov 7 2011 at 7:21am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

to Robert: yes, the Pro version also apply OCR to any image format (.jpg, .png, .pfd ...).

to John: in order for the PDF to be searchable, you need to save it as PDF/OCR and this option is only available in the Pro edition.
At the moment we do not intergrate PaperScan with online cloud services.

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 7 2011 at 7:27am Copy Link
Jeff Carbello I have reviewed this software a few weeks back and I suggested some features in the developers forum and reported a bug. Within one week they added some of my requested features and fixed the bug. Pretty responsive company.

I found the product excellent and the home version at this price is a very good deal for the features. Unlike other products in this area of document scanning, every feature worked perfect as advertised.

There manual deskew is very nice using a graphic live rotation of the document in the GUI. But I found the auto-deskew worked 90% of the time.
Nov 7 2011 at 8:10am Copy Link
Loïc Carrère @Robert: YES.
Nov 7 2011 at 8:25am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

to HJ B,

for 1, To install PaperScan on 3 different computers you will need 3 different licenses. When you order a license, you receive one key only. If you need one or two other you will have to contact us.

for 2, If you have Acrobate X Pro and need other features, try PaperScan to scan using WIA or apply our image processing features before or after OCR (also please keep in mind that we are using different OCR engine than Adobe). Indeed, PaperScan has nothing to do with Adobe Acrobat, neither in its target nor in its price range :-) ).

To Jeff: Thank you for you review on our product! :-)

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 7 2011 at 8:36am Copy Link
lisba f Is there a web place where I can see what languages the OCR works with?
Nov 7 2011 at 10:41am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Lisba,

In a previous post I said that the OCR worked with about any language since it's based on Google's Tesseract.I made a mistake: the language supported so far are:
Unfortunately you can't see that on our website, but on the software's interface only. We're going to add this in the description of the product, and we're also going to add a lot of other languages.

About the imported pdf with pages upside down, this is really strange because I just checked with some files and it is working fine. Maybe the rotation parameter was checked in the batch processing. You can send us your file on our platform support here:
so our tech team can have a look at it.

For your last question, once the files are scanned/imported you have to have to make the changes manually, as the batch processing only works during the document acquisition.

Hope this helps!

Best Regards
ORPALIS - Nov 7 2011 at 11:29am Copy Link
B Josephs Looks like great software - sure can't beat the price.
However - one problem. According to a post in the forums:

when using WIA drivers, the page size defaults to legal size and can't be changed. It seems that one would need TWAIN drivers for this functionality. Is this something that is going to be fixed? HP has been very sluggish releasing TWAIN drivers for Windows 7 x64 9at least for some of the older MFP's)
Please respond as I don't want to miss this deal over something that should be fixed shortly...

Thanks Orpalis and BDJ!
Nov 7 2011 at 2:30pm Copy Link
Phred E nowhere here can i tell if i'm logged in
Nov 7 2011 at 4:15pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Phred, you're logged in if you just see a "post" button at the bottom of the comments. Also the login link at the top right of the page changes to "My Bits"
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 7 2011 at 4:16pm Copy Link
Phred E Elodie,
You seem to have interesting software, and we're provided with a one-time licence - until we rebuild our machines.
So that we can get a renewed licence free from you... you have to still be in business.
This software lasts as long as you company exists, therefore, unless you have your licence algorithms registered in escrow with a substantial alternative business, probably a legal firm. Have you done such a thing?
Nov 7 2011 at 4:16pm Copy Link
Loïc Carrère Hi Josephs,

This feature is on our roadmap and should be implemented within a couple of months max.

A new release will be published within a couple of days introducing some nice annotation tools.

Kind regards,

Nov 7 2011 at 4:17pm Copy Link
jboothco It's the "eleventh hour" I know, but I am unable to get PaperScan Pro to work for me. I tried it a while back when I saw that it was going to be offered and have tried it again tonight. I am unable to use it with TWAIN at all and sometimes not with WIA. It crashes. If I select acquire image, the program simply crashes and disappears. Sometimes WIA works, but I could not set the page size which seemed fixed at some very small size.
I have a Canon LiDE 210 running with Windows 7 32 bit. It works fine with PaperPort and with other scanning programs, just not with PaperScan. At this point, it is too late to get support prior to being able to take advantage of this offer. I didn't see that it was offered until late this evening.
Hopefully, the problem will be resolved and this offered comes back again.
Nov 7 2011 at 7:01pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

Please excuse us for not responding right away, but we're in a different time zone (France) and it was the middle of the night for us :-)

To Phred: Honestly, I don't know what our CEO dit about this, but I'm sure it's been taking care of.

To John: We just ordered your scanner to make some tests and see what's wrong. If you create a ticket on our support platform here:
We'll have your email to get back to you when the tests are done.

I would like to thank you all for your remarks and interest in PaperScan and we hope to renew this deal in the future.

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Nov 8 2011 at 1:35am Copy Link
Loïc Carrère Hi,

Almost all reported problems have been fixed on our new 1.4 release.

See change log here:

kind regards,

Nov 11 2011 at 8:42am Copy Link
Andreas Hoffmann Summary after a few weeks: Paperscan fails to work with 2 out of 5 scanners. Support didn't gave a concrete answer/help/idea within 13 days! Only auto-mails from the ticket-system to close my ticket!
No more to say...
Dec 8 2011 at 4:12am Copy Link
Loïc Carrère Hello there,

Our latest update includes support for a better on non compliant TWAIN & WIA scanners.
You can use this link to get the latest download:

See the change history:

@Andreas: I was hopping for an update from your part here. As I remember we provided solutions to all your issues...


Mar 12 2012 at 9:43am Copy Link
Mark Stewart Do I read the policy right that the license is attached to a single computer and cannot be transferred? The "lifetime" upgrade is only for the life of the computer?
Apr 10 2012 at 7:57am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Mark,

If you have several computers used for personal usage, you can contact our sales team which can provide up to 3 access. So if you change your computer you won't have to pay for a new license.

About upgrade policies, only major upgrades have a cost (for instance from version 1 to version 2), but minor and medium upgrades don't. We're currently under version 1.5. Upgrades are not mandatory, and you will be able to use a non upgraded software. Every license comes with a 6 months upgrade protection, which means that if version 2 is released in the 6 months after the license is bought, the upgrade will be for free. This clause exists in our other GdPicture products and it will be added on the PaperScan license agreement.
ORPALIS - Apr 10 2012 at 8:29am Copy Link
Jeff Carbello I wanted to say that I once had issue with license manager, but the company responded very quickly to resolve (same day response). While I don't like license management in programs, it is nice that company offers up to 3 computers as most people have a laptop and PC.

Also wanted to say that this company is very responsive to customer feedback to improve the software. I just suggested some feedback to this company and within weeks they implemented the changes.

Great company and great program. Happy and satisfied user.
Apr 10 2012 at 8:46am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Jeff!

Thanks for your remarks :-)

For those who are interested in the changes implemented upon users' suggestions, you can have a look at our forum, in the "feature requests" section:
ORPALIS - Apr 10 2012 at 9:01am Copy Link
duane User Some important features mentioned above are not available in the featured version. I tried the pro version evaluation and it worked OK but I thought it was too expensive to buy for its features. I would have liked a Word or RTF output.
Apr 10 2012 at 11:21am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson @ Duane

Both versions are available for purchase today. Click the 'Buy Now' button for options.


BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 10 2012 at 11:22am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Duane,

The Word/RTF output could be something to add in our "feature requests" section in our forum!
ORPALIS - Apr 10 2012 at 11:53am Copy Link
Jeff Carbello Why would you want Word or RTF output. The whole point of PDF is that it is the common denominator. I hate when people email me documents cut and pasted into a Word document. What if someone does not have Word how do they see your documents. Also PDF provides features like security and the ability to restrict printing or edit the document. It is truly a better format for document output then Word.

I can understand perhaps wanting the ability to import a word document or page from a Word document to include inside a PDF created with other documents merged into a single PDF.

Perhaps you can explain your need for Word for output and why PDF is not an option for you.
Apr 10 2012 at 12:09pm Copy Link
duane User @Jeff Carbello

Why would I want Word or RTF output? So I could combine scans with additional information that will then be printed to PDF. I think you are overlooking how some people use scanned documents.

I've used Omnipage Pro for a very long time and it OCRs into either format.

I'm sorry that people mail you word documents. Let them know how you feel.
Apr 10 2012 at 5:37pm Copy Link
Jeff Carbello So I could combine scans with additional information that will then be printed to PDF.

You can combine scans today into what is called a multi-page PDF. I scan various documents, import image, and then combine directly into a PDF with PaperScan. There is no need to "print to PDF" since you make the target the PDF. But not sure I understand what you mean by with additional information, so maybe I am missing your point.
Apr 10 2012 at 9:47pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Thank you all for your interest, questions and remarks on PaperScan!

If you have any other question, you can create a post in our forum at

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Apr 11 2012 at 12:59am Copy Link
_*_ Is this policy correct? People who buy your product must install within 6 months, and after the user installs the software it cannot be reinstalled, ever?

This seems like it has to be a typo or something; I hope.
Sep 23 2012 at 4:50am Copy Link
Don Versluys On the offer page for Paperscan, it states this:

"PaperScan is a universal scanning application with a superb OCR engine..."

But, the OCR capability is not available with the offered package.
Am I reading this wrong?
Sep 23 2012 at 6:13am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello M B,

I wrote on the description to install the software for the first time in the 6 months after you bought it just to be sure that the software suits you, because we cannot accept refunds after all this time if it doesn't.

The software needs to be reinstalled for each upgrade, so yes, you can reinstall it anytime, but on the same computer.
If you have several computers used for personal usage, you can contact our sales team which can provide up to 3 access.

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 23 2012 at 11:58pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Don,

The OCR feature is offered in the Pro version. Bot Home and Pro version are eligible for the promotion:

- PaperScan Home will be priced at 24.99 USD
- PaperScan Pro will be priced at 74.50 USD (50% off the regular price)

I see that the Pro price doesn't appear on this page yet, so next time I'll ask the BitsDuJours team to display both prices on the "buy now" button before the promotion day.

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 24 2012 at 12:03am Copy Link
Tazzie @Elodie,

I have followed up on links, scoured the website (I like the style of the website!), and have not been able to find an actual side-by-side comparison of the Home and Pro versions. Where can I find one? A comparison matrix is the best way for me to evaluate up front which version (if either) would meet my needs, especially with a large price difference between the two.

Thanks for your help!
Sep 24 2012 at 2:09pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Tazzie,

Thanks a lot for your comment on our website! It's brand new!
You will find the comparison matrix on the pricing page here:
Do not hesitate to tell me if something is not clear in the matrix!

Best regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 25 2012 at 12:44am Copy Link
Danny This PaperScan software has a multi language interface such as Dutch?
Sep 26 2012 at 12:25am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Danny,

Currently, available languages for PaperScan interface are: English and French. Unfortunately we don't support Dutch at the moment.

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 26 2012 at 12:29am Copy Link
HJ B I have Acrobat X. Does the pro version have any features that are not present in Acrobat X? How do you claim that your OCR engine compares to Acrobat X? Do you have a better OCR correction capability than does Acrobat X?
Sep 26 2012 at 5:17am Copy Link
Tony Martin Does the program support 64 bit Windows 7? I tried the 32 bit and the program never found my Agfa SSCI flatbed scanner. Another universal product does work.
Sep 26 2012 at 5:33am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello HJ B,

I copied the answer Loïc and I gave you for the precedent promotions:

"If you have Acrobate X Pro and need other features, try PaperScan to scan using WIA or apply our image processing features before or after OCR (also please keep in mind that we are using different OCR engine than Adobe). Indeed, PaperScan has nothing to do with Adobe Acrobat, neither in its target nor in its price range :-) )."

Our OCR engine is based on Google Tesseract OCR (

"PaperScan is a totally different product than Adobe Acrobat pro. There is almost no sense to make a comparison. To get more info about the PS features, you can read the product description on the top of this page or have a look on the official product page located here:

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 26 2012 at 5:34am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Tony,

We do support 64 bit Windows 7. I suggest you to create a post on our forum with all the references you have (ex: scanner type, driver versions, files generating the issue, screenshots, hardware/software environment information, and so forth) so someone from our tech team can have a look at this.
Here is the link to the forum:

Thank you,

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 26 2012 at 5:44am Copy Link
Michael Gibson I've enjoyed using the free version. I installed the pro version today as a trial prior to making a decision on purchase, but I can't figure out how to activate the OCR feature. A related comment is that there doesn't seem to be much in the way of a help file.
Sep 26 2012 at 9:00am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Michael,

To use the OCR feature it is really simple: when you save your documents, check the box "Save as PDF/OCR" and select the language of your text. Then when your file is saved on your computer, just open it, hit the keys "CRTL" and "F" on your keyboard and a box will appear on your file. Type the words you want to retrieve in this box.

Unfortunately there's no user manual or instructions besides our FAQ, the glossary and the forum. We made the choice to build a very simple tool with a very simple user interface and we provide help on demand on our forum at
However, we take note of each remark and we'll be working on a basic documentation which will be published on our website when it's ready.

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 26 2012 at 10:26am Copy Link
John Collado Hello.... I own a Mustek ScanExpress A3 USB and would run it on an up to date system with Windows 7pro... will you guarantee that your program will run that scanner?
Sep 26 2012 at 12:29pm Copy Link
Franz meier Dear Elodie,

I'm sorry but once again about the six months:
Am I allowed to change the computer after the mentioned 6 monts? Will you deactivate the software on the outdated one and (more important ;) activate it on the new one?
Otherwise it was too expensive for me as I do change computers every other year...

Thank you, Franz
Sep 26 2012 at 12:30pm Copy Link
bvssunnydale Hi, I have Acrobat 9 & 10 (different machines) but based on the screen shots it seems to have the ability to "clean up" images (like the dark gutter in the center of an open book scan, or the b&w photo scan). I would think for that alone it would be worth while - but I'm wondering if you consider these features better than the ones already built into Acrobat X? The OCR feature isn't important to me (because I already have it). Thx for any help you can provide.
Sep 26 2012 at 2:50pm Copy Link
Jeff Carbello Great program I use it daily. Its a worthy buy for anyone wondering. I did my research and was very happy on my final decision. Company is also very responsive to support.
Sep 26 2012 at 4:43pm Copy Link
Jeff Easlick I want a program that will allow me to scan/import and create searchable pdf documents so I downloaded your Pro Version. I just scanned a typed document and selected the option to save as PDF/OCR. When I attempted to search the page, however, it was not searchable. Is there something you could tell me to correct this? I am using an Epson V30 scanner and I'm using PDF XChange Viewer Pro to view the saved document.
Sep 26 2012 at 7:50pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Jeff!

Thanks a lot for your nice comment! :-)
I'm glad that you still enjoy the PaperScan features! In the lateste version we added the Automatic Color Detection to reduce the size of the saved documents, I don't know if you had the chance to try it yet:

Thanks again,

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 27 2012 at 12:43am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello John Collado,

There's two different protocols : TWAIN and WIA and PaperScan support both of them. Your scanner device driver is TWAIN compliant to support TWAIN-compliant software so PaperScan will work, it's guaranteed.

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 27 2012 at 12:47am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Jeff (Easlick),

When you selected the "save as PDF/OCR" function, did you select the language of the text? You can choose between: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Also make sure that the text is not rotated or is hard to read because of shadows (it can be the case with sacnned photocopies).
If it still doesn't work, I suggest you to create a post on our technical forum here:
with the following information: scanner type, driver versions, files generating the issue, screenshots, hardware/software environment information.

Thanks a lot,

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 27 2012 at 1:07am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello bvssunnydale,

PaperScan is not created to compete with Acrobat :-)

The idea behind PaperScan is totally different than Acrobat's goal:
PaperScan is made for people who have a scanner, but who don't have a full featured software to go with it.
For instance we have the case of several people who got a used scanner which didn't have a software with it and they didn't know which software to choose from in the crowd of the many scanning softwares available.
Or for people who don't know under which protocol (TWAIN or WIA) their scanner is running. PaperScan works with both.
Or for people who want a very simple software to use (we tried to make it as intuitive as possible) but with still a lot of functionalities in the document processing and management, without paying as much as for an Acrobat license...

To answer your question I don't know if the PaperScan features are better than the one in Acrobat since I don't own an Acrobat license. However I use PaperScan on a daily basis and the features are sufficient for my needs (you can see my blog article about this here: )
PaperScan is powered by the GdPicture imaging technologies ( which are considered very powerful by professional of the document imaging domains

I hope this answered your questions a bit! If not, do not hesitate to ask!

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 27 2012 at 2:05am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Franz,

Loïc, the creator of PaperScan, wrote you an answer but for some reason it takes a while for it to appear on this page.

But to answer your question, of course if you change your computer you won't have to buy a new licence :-)
When you change your computer, you will just have to contact our sales team to explain the situation and we will give you a new key.

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 27 2012 at 2:10am Copy Link
Loïc Carrère Hello,

"Am I allowed to change the computer after the mentioned 6 monts? "
Yes, of course!

"Will you deactivate the software on the outdated one and (more important ;) activate it on the new one? "
We do not have deactivation process yet. This will be automated in our next version during the uninstall process.
For now, just contact our sales team for such purpose. At anytime, we will be to reset your license on simple request.

In all case, you will be able to install the software on 3 different machines, without time limitation. If you reach your 3 machines installations and if X of them are not used anymore, as I said above: just contact us for a reset.


Sep 27 2012 at 3:51am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Thank you all for your participation and remarks! Keep in touch with us the next deal on BitsDuJour!

Best Regards,

ORPALIS - Sep 28 2012 at 12:49am Copy Link
Martyn User I would like to purchase a copy of the Pro version of Paperscan will you offer a discount?
Oct 29 2012 at 3:30pm Copy Link
Danny But what are the differences between Home and Pro?
Mar 12 2013 at 7:19am Copy Link
Joe McCormick I see that on your website you have three versions of your Paper Scan program. Can I install all three of these programs at the same time without them interfering with each other? I can read about the differences between the three programs, but I would rather see them in action.
Mar 12 2013 at 10:09am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello guys,

@Danny, we have a comparison matrix located on the order page:

Yes I know, this is not the good place for that :)

@Joe, Yes you can install the 3 versions without any problem. Anyway, if you are looking for a kind of comparison matrix, just check my answer to Danny. If you have any doubt, just ask, we are here to help!
ORPALIS - Mar 12 2013 at 12:51pm Copy Link
Danny But inconvenient for me to be able to choose between Home and Pro! Home is more suitable for home user (personal, private) and Pro for businesses (business), that I actually leads off by large price differences between these two, I have it right?
Mar 13 2013 at 12:22am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier The Pro contains an OCR engine and annotations, which explains the price. If you don't need these features, you can go with the Home edition.
ORPALIS - Mar 13 2013 at 1:48am Copy Link
Danny @Elodie,

OK, thanks for your quick reply! Will test it, thinking! :-)
Mar 13 2013 at 1:59am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier You're very welcome, do not hesitate if you have any other question during the evaluation!
ORPALIS - Mar 13 2013 at 2:06am Copy Link
Joe McCormick I tried installing all three of your programs on my computer. None of the installs would let me choose my "D" drive for the install location. Everything defaulted to the "C" drive. I could find no way to put your programs on my "D" drive. Do you have a way that I can install this on the drive of my choosing?
Mar 13 2013 at 9:26am Copy Link
Steve Amos Does it work with the ScanSnap S1500 scanner, which is definitely NOT a TWAIN compliant scanner?
Mar 13 2013 at 11:47am Copy Link
Danny And how much will it cost in the future upgrade licence?
Mar 13 2013 at 2:53pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

@Joe, I will ask our tech team if there is a way to install the software on another drive than C.

@Steve, if the Scanner is not TWAIN compliant it works with WIA. PaperScan is TWAIN and WIA compliant, so you just need to change the acquisition standart (in Options/Acquisition Standart/WIA).

@Danny, we don't have the prices for the v2 yet but when we will they will be advertised on our website/social networks/newsletter...
ORPALIS - Mar 14 2013 at 2:22am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier I though again about the question on the differences between the Home and Pro editions, and my answer was definitely not complete.

If the Comparison Matrix ( doesn't speak to you, we have a description page for each edition, which lists all the features available:
"The Home Edition of PaperScan Scanner Software is a light-weight version of PaperScan allowing users with everyday scanning and processing needs to accomplish their tasks via a really affordable application."
"The Professional Edition of PaperScan Scanner Software is the most complete Edition providing professional end-users with all features needed in document (image and PDF) acquisition, processing and efficient storage domains."
ORPALIS - Mar 14 2013 at 2:28am Copy Link
Danny @Elodie TELLIER,

Am this great application to testing! It is promising!

Have a quick question: How can I best double pages scanning that keeps this together than each apart?
Mar 14 2013 at 2:35am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hi Danny,

I'm not sure I understand your question, could you please be more specific? Do you want to save several pages in the same file? To do that, once all your documents are scanned, when you save you need to choose the option "save all pages in the same multipage file".
ORPALIS - Mar 14 2013 at 3:10am Copy Link
Danny @Elodie TELLIER,

Yes, I have already discovered! Was too quick to ask! Thanks for your comment! It's a really good software application!!!
Mar 14 2013 at 3:13am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier You're welcome! :-)
ORPALIS - Mar 14 2013 at 3:30am Copy Link
Colin McAllister Paperscan team
Hi. I downloaded the Pro trial and installed, but I can't see where the OCR is - can you advise please?

Inital thought: the interface looks ugly.
There are options at both the top and bottom of the page, although there is plenty of space to put them all at the top.

On both my monitor screens, "zoom in" is on the left - it appears to have "wrapped" onto another line and is partly obscured by the status bar - but there is a zoom dropdown. selector on the right of the screen.

All the zoom selectors would (and IMHO should) easily fit onto the main toolbar at the top. Thanks.
Mar 15 2013 at 1:53am Copy Link
Jeff Carbello I use this program alot and its just great. Did extensive research and tried alot of others and this was always the best. The auto-deskew function, crop, angle rotate, contrast stretch, etc - all are things you might not find in other scanning programs. The company is very responsive to customer suggestions and in fact the annotation feature was something I had suggested and they did a great job adding it. Look forward to seeing more improvements in future like page numbering and some meta-data support like keywords.

Great team and great product. You can't go wrong with a great deal like this. Very satisfied customer.
Mar 15 2013 at 4:03am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello everyone!

I have an answer for Joe:
For the next version you will be able to choose the drive you want for the installation.

@Colin, for OCR, when you save your document you need to choose the option "Save as PDF/OCR".

For your remarks about the interface, I've transfered them to our team for their information.

@Jeff, thank you so much for your support :-) and we haven't forgotten about posting a roadmap for PaperScan! We were busy with the release of our new free PDF compression software the past weeks (for any of you who might be interested:
ORPALIS - Mar 15 2013 at 5:10am Copy Link
Kelly Major I seem to have a problem with the trial. I choose to acquire image and it launches the crappy Epson scan software (is this right?) and it does the scan. The problem is then it is just stuck, there is no way out. I can't close, no save, can't go back to PaperScan Pro window. My only option is to kill PSP.

My printer is an Epson WP-4540.

I must be missing something or doing something wrong. Any advice on how to resolve this?

Thanks! - KEM
Mar 15 2013 at 6:21am Copy Link
HJ B Every scanner I have seen comes with scanning software. Generally that software includes an OCR engine. Adobe Acrobat includes a scanner interface with an OCR engine.

What is the difference between this program (home - no ocr; pro - ocr) and typical scanner software that is bundled with scanners? Aside from price, what is the difference between this software and the Adobe Acrobat scanning facility?

Is this software capable of reaching across a LAN to operate a scanner that is attached to another computer?
Mar 15 2013 at 6:28am Copy Link
Bob Levy I have a Xerox DocuMate 152 and purchased upgraded software:
Paperport 14 and OmniPage Professional 18.0.
As I am always looking for a better (easier and faster) way to manage my scanning activities, can you provide a comparision or reason to use Paperscan?

I also have a PIXMA MP150 flatbed with it's own software.

I would love a simple to use, faster and more flexible solution.

Bob Levy
Mar 15 2013 at 7:04am Copy Link
Dieter Maler Dear ORPALIS,

how do I have to understand
"PaperScan may be used indefinitely" vs.
"Email license activation is required." in conjuction with "You must install/register the software within 6 months, and cannot do so afterwards."
Does that mean I cannot transfer the license to a different machine after 6 months? Or does it just mean the first install/activation has to take place within 6 months but I can deactivate the actual machine and activate another machine later on?

Thank you, Dieter
Mar 15 2013 at 10:29am Copy Link
Rich OBrien I just tried the PaperScan Home Edition. I've used other OCR programs but I can find nothing in PaperScan Home Edition for doing OCR. And when I go to and look at the comparison of features, it says the Home Edition cannot save to PDF or OCR files.
Where are the OCR controls? What good is an OCR program that can do Optical Character Recognition but not save its OCR work?
Mar 15 2013 at 10:44am Copy Link
Dieter Maler @Rich: Elodie explained above OCR was only in PRO version.

I meanwhile tested and OCR (German language) is by far not as good as the OCR built into Microsoft Document Imaging (part of M$ Office), besides when saving as PDF/OCR it saves every single page as single PDF whereas I can save multi-page TIFs with M$DI.

Not what I paid 75$ for when having the better M$ product for free (office is already paid). Sorry@ORPALIS

Yours, Dieter
Mar 15 2013 at 1:46pm Copy Link
DrTeeth You say there is a comparison matrix. All I can find at buttons leading to different pages detailing the features - too labourious to use. A 'matrix' is all products in a table so one can easily see the differences.
Mar 15 2013 at 1:52pm Copy Link
Joe McCormick It seems that one can only do the OCR if the file is saved to a PDF.
Can the scanned images be OCR'd and then save in a .txt or .rtf format?
Mar 15 2013 at 2:30pm Copy Link
Kelly Major Well, I guess since I haven't received any kind of response I'll just uninstall it.

Mar 15 2013 at 2:58pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier @DrTeeth, here the comparison matrix link:
ORPALIS - Mar 15 2013 at 3:43pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier @Joe, the OCR support is for PDF creation purpose only.
ORPALIS - Mar 15 2013 at 3:44pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier @everyone,

PaperScan is on top of all a scanning software. Commercial versions are available under two distinct editions, one optimized for home usage and another one for professional usage. The comparison matrix between different PaperScan editions can be found here:
ORPALIS - Mar 15 2013 at 3:44pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier @Kelly Major, the Quick scan can help to bypass the device's driver GUI. If not (this can append with some TWAIN drivers), you can try to use the WIA protocol. This can be done by clicking Options / Acquisition standards / WIA.
ORPALIS - Mar 15 2013 at 3:44pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier @Dieter Maler, maybe I am missing something but I think you are making confusion between PaperScan and another product because your assertions about our licensing terms are totally false.
ORPALIS - Mar 15 2013 at 3:45pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier @HJ B,

"Is this software capable of reaching across a LAN to operate a scanner that is attached to another computer?"

Yes if the TWAIN driver provides such capability.
ORPALIS - Mar 15 2013 at 3:46pm Copy Link
Danny Why does PaperScan Home version these features "Auto-deskew, rotation, border removal, hole punch removal, negative: batch mode.Automatic blank page removal. " not available? These are also important for home user. Or am I wrong?
Mar 15 2013 at 3:58pm Copy Link
lisba f A question about AutoDesckew.
In home edition there are 2 options of this feature almost (to me) identical. One says Yes (included) the other says No (not included). What's the difference between the two kinds of AutoDeskew?
Mar 15 2013 at 4:12pm Copy Link
Dieter Maler @Loïc Carrère: Obviously you do miss a lot :)
I just cited from the "The Fine Print" tab here in BDJ.

Always a pleasure to see vendors who do not know their own contractual terms ;)
Mar 15 2013 at 5:27pm Copy Link
HJ B The distinction between home edition and office edition is not useful or even valid. Perhaps "light" and "standard" would be more appropriate.

OCR is as important for personal use as it is for business use.

There has been no answer to my prior question, which inquired as to what features are found in this software that is not found i software that typically is bundled with scanners.
Mar 15 2013 at 5:27pm Copy Link
Jeff Carbello @lisabf and Danny - I also was confused by their matrix on these features and suggested that they make the matrix more clear.

Both product versions have these features, the difference is that the Pro version allows you to use these in batch mode and auto apply them. The Home version only allows these to be applied manually via the menu options after each page scan, hence labeled in matrix as post processing.

I have Pro version but always prefer to apply these manually anyways since I don't have scanner that supports batch scanning and I like to see the results and undo if I do not like.

Keep in mind for batch, you need a special scanner anyways that has the ability to feed multiple documents at once to scanner to scan in batch.
Mar 15 2013 at 6:59pm Copy Link
Rich OBrien Don't waste your money on PaperScan without first downloading and trying the software. They say this is OCR software. I can find no evidence that PaperScan Professional can do Optical Character Recognition. Correct me if I'm wrong. I haven't uninstalled the software from my computer.
I used Revo Uninstaller to remove PaperScan Home Edition which has no OCR capabilities. I downloaded, installed and tried PaperScan Professional OCR and even though it says it is the Professional version, it is identical to the Home Edition in that neither has OCR capabilities. I looked on the Help Menu. PaperScan provides no help on its Help Menu. $74.50 may be half price but it is no bargain for software that can't actually do any OCR.
Mar 15 2013 at 8:55pm Copy Link
Joe McCormick To Rich OBrien. I found that the Pro version will only do OCR when you save the scanned file to PDF. In my opinion this is not true OCR. If it was you could save the file in a txt or rtf file. With the saved PDF file, it is now searchable.
Mar 15 2013 at 10:16pm Copy Link
Antoosa Is Paper Scan compatible with Windows 8? If not, will the next version be compatible with Windows 8, and will we be able to upgrade for free?
Mar 16 2013 at 1:00am Copy Link
Gerald Montgomery @Antoosa The Pro version I downloaded yesterday was not working for the OCR Save in Windows 8. But the latest version, (they updated it today) does work. I had to uninstall yesterday's version and reinstall the latest download.
The Home version doesn't include the OCR capability. That was working for me yesterday in Windows 8.
I suggest you try it to be sure that it'll work on your system.
Mar 16 2013 at 11:33am Copy Link
Antoosa Thanks, Gerald, much appreciated.
Mar 16 2013 at 12:14pm Copy Link
Dennis Do you have a verson which offers OMR?
Mar 16 2013 at 7:48pm Copy Link
Danny Those annotations on document are not visible when you open the other PDF reader(s) only but only when opening or reading with PaperScan Pro?
Mar 17 2013 at 2:23am Copy Link
Dennis We receive forms from people, want to scan and process them, but while OCR handles text, most do not handle bubble-marks. Does your software handle optical mark recognition, as well as optical character recognition?
Mar 17 2013 at 4:46am Copy Link
Joe McCormick Here's my update on the Paper Scan Pro program.

I tried the Paper Scan Pro program again this morning. It told me that there was a new update to version 1.8.4. I downloaded the program. When I went to install it, it told me that I had another version installed, which was 1.8.3 and told me to uninstall it which I did. I then went to install the new version. To my amazement the change had already been made to allow me to install the program on any drive or directory of my choosing. Thanks Paper Scan Pro people for making that change.

Previously I mentioned that my scanner did not work in the default Twain 2.2 setting. I had to change it to the 1.9 Twain setting to get the scanner to work. With this latest version of the Paper Scan Pro, I was able to use the scanner in the default Twain 2.2 setting with no problem with my scanner. As mentioned before I also had a problem when running Paper Scan Pro, that if I tried to run my scanner in another program, it would not work unless I rebooted my computer. With the new install I was able to run two other scanning programs with no problems after scanning with Paper Scan Pro program.

Thanks for the new update.
Mar 17 2013 at 4:15pm Copy Link
Danny @Joe McCormick,

You now have PaperScan Home or PaperScan Pro bought? Or wait?
Mar 18 2013 at 8:41am Copy Link
Joe McCormick I did not buy any Paper Scan software. It did not work any better for me then the software that I already have. I have only used the Paper Scan trial programs. If I were to buy, I would buy the Pro version because of the ability to save a file in a searchable PDF. I saw no need for the home version. When the trial period ends I will remove the Pro version from my computer.
Mar 18 2013 at 8:53am Copy Link
Danny @Joe McCormick,

Okay, seems logical to me! But which Scan software do you have then?
Mar 18 2013 at 8:58am Copy Link
Joe McCormick Danny,

I use Nuance PDF Converter 8 and Nuance PaperPort 12.
Mar 18 2013 at 9:59am Copy Link
Danny @Joe McCormick,

OK, but Nuance Paperport 12 has not annotation function as at PaperScan Pro.

And Upgrade price is much too high at PaperPort!
Mar 18 2013 at 10:37am Copy Link
Joe McCormick Danny,
PaperPort Pro 12 does have some annotations, but PDF Converter Pro 8 seems to have more.
Mar 18 2013 at 9:56pm Copy Link
Danny Okay Joe, thanks for your comment! Myself am different to evaluate software. PaperScan Pro is good but very limited languages OCR recognition. Am now deliberation between Readiris Pro 14 and ABBYY FineReader.
Mar 18 2013 at 10:59pm Copy Link
Joe McCormick Danny, I am using Abbyy Finereader version 6 for OCR. I got this version free when I bought my Epson scanner about five years ago, and it works great, I've used it on Windows XP, Windows 7 and now Windows 8. Someday I may upgrade to the newest version 11 but for now version 6 is all I need. It does recognize a whole bunch of different languages. It will also save the file in different formats, such as WordPerfect, Microsoft Word and plain text files. I am not too familiar with the program Readiris Pro 14. I think a few years ago I did use the trial version and wasn't impressed with the results. I just went to the website and signed up to get a trial version of it to see what it can do. Two other OCR programs I used in the past were OmniPage and Type Reader
Type Reader was by far my favorite because of its accuracy in recognizing text. OmniPage, I found to be too complicated for my needs. Version 15 was the last one I used. I think the current version is 18.

Two of the shortcomings that I saw with Paper Scan Pro was that you can only save file a file in PDF format or tiff format or a jb2 which is a format that I am not familiar with. I also could not find a way to import a text file and then save it to searchable PDF.

Keep looking Danny, and I'm sure you will find a program that was needs.
Mar 19 2013 at 11:56am Copy Link
Danny Joe, thank you to the to the fact, I appreciate it! As you can see, it will be nothing!
Mar 22 2013 at 11:36pm Copy Link
Greg Brown Ok, I give up. I downloaded the pro edition and imported a previously scanned document. How do I test out OCR? I have no doubt I missed something, but I sure can't find it...
May 16 2013 at 3:45am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Greg,

To use the OCR feature you need to do as follow:

- Import or scan you document.
- When you want to save it, click on "Save"
- In the saving wizard, select "Save as PDF/OCR"
- When you open your document, to search for words, hit the keys Ctrl+F and you will have the search box displayed on your page.

Please note that to use the OCR you will need a resolution of 200 DPI minimum.
ORPALIS - May 16 2013 at 5:22am Copy Link
Greg Brown Worked perfectly! Thank you for the speedy reply.
May 16 2013 at 6:21am Copy Link
Danny What is that now??? They have Paper Scan Professional promotion removed?
May 16 2013 at 7:02am Copy Link
mix624 Does this mean that I will be able to edit the text from scanned documents ?

If I have a page from a book and need to editthe text because it has a misspelling, will the ocr transform the jpg to text ?
May 16 2013 at 8:02am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier @ Greg, you're welcome!

@ Danny, no, the previous conversation was on the wrong page, which features only the Pro edition. This page features both Home and Pro editions and the promotion is still planned.

@ Mikael, the OCR is just a reading feature, not an editing one.
ORPALIS - May 16 2013 at 9:06am Copy Link
Danny Oh yes I see it! Because I am more interested in a professional version!
May 16 2013 at 9:55pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier We're planning on adding other languages for the OCR and for the interface in the future, but we don't have any date set yet.
ORPALIS - May 17 2013 at 1:27am Copy Link
John Layman This has deal has been a real frustration. Tried throughout the day to buy the Pro version, only to have Digital River crap out a various points in the course of the transaction. Finally made it all the way through, but download of the registration key doesn't work -- land at various different pages. Don't think I've EVER had a trouble-free purchase involving Digital River. Anyway, what do I need to do to get an actual registration key?
May 17 2013 at 7:44pm Copy Link
Danny When opening a document with a PDF XChance viewer there will be no annotation on the document, only visible when opening with PaperScan!
May 18 2013 at 1:01am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Colin,

The OCR feature is to make a PDF searchable, meaning that you can find a specific word in a PDF file.

This option is activated in the Pro edition. To enable it, once you've scanned you document, you need to save it as PDF/OCR (File/Save/Save as PDF-OCR).

Once your file is saved, when you open it you'll be able to search words within it. To search a word, you need to type the Ctrl + F keys: a search bar will open and you can enter the words you need to search.
ORPALIS - Nov 25 2013 at 7:33am Copy Link
Colin McAllister Hi. Can someone from the company describe the OCR component please?

I downloaded the trial and scanned a document, but can see no OCR functionality. The "help" refers me to a forum and again nothing conclusive about OCR capability.
Nov 25 2013 at 7:43am Copy Link
Joe McCormick Will this program will work with Windows 8.1?

I only see that it will work with Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32 and 64 bit), 7 (32 and 64 bit).
Nov 25 2013 at 2:39pm Copy Link
Tazzie I am sure quite a few people would like to know if this will work with Win 8.xx and will not buy the program without this answer.
Nov 25 2013 at 6:34pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello,

We live in France, so in a different time zone, and we're not working night shifts yet, so you need to take this into consideration.

And to answer your question, yes PaperScan works with Windows 8.1.
ORPALIS - Nov 25 2013 at 11:53pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! ORPALIS has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 26 2013 at 12:11am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Thank you Nico :-)

Welcome everyone to the second day of the promotion!
ORPALIS - Nov 26 2013 at 12:15am Copy Link
Jim Buchanan I know that this is a real simple question and does nothing for my esteem but I'm going to ask anyway. In the fine print it states these two things:
1 "PaperScan is licensed per user, so if more people are going to use PaperScan you will need to purchase additional copies."
2 - "Each license allows installation on a single computer and a laptop."
So my questions are based on 'wanting to clear things up for me and me alone'. They do not reflect anybody else at this time. So here goes:
- If it is licensed per user then technically if the person has more than one computer and a laptop then why not two that he owns and a laptop? To understand that question you have to also contend with the other question and comment below it.
- Is a Laptop a computer? It has a motherboard, ram, drives with memory, USB ports, etc and virtually anything a desktop computer has but is mobile. I can also be plugged into the wall. Now if it is a computer then does it not conflict with the first question.
And then there is WiFi. So you have your 2nd computer synced with your first computer (and laptop) and tell the printer which may be actually plugged into the first computer [via a cord] to scan the document. Is that not against item one? Okay that's over with. That has been on my mind for a while and I just felt ornery enough to ask it..
My next and more worthy question is - Is the pro version also on sale? And does it have the same restrictions?
Nov 3 2015 at 6:30am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Jim

Our EULA applies for each version of PaperScan.
PaperScan is licensed per user, however if you want to register the software on a few devices (laptop, family computer...), you just have to notify to our sales team so we can arrange it.
You can submit a ticket, here is the direct link: https://support.orpalis.c...ts/Submit/
PaperScan does work well with WiFi.
The Professional edition is also on sale (49% off the standard price only today):
Do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything.

Lisa - Orpalis Team
ORPALIS - Nov 3 2015 at 6:48am Copy Link
disenchanted I was testing the demo program for the Pro version.
I wanted to test the OCR capabilities of this program.

After importing a PDF to OCR, it asks for a license key?
Can't go any further.

Is there any way to try the OCR functionality with the Demo program/
Nov 3 2015 at 5:03pm Copy Link
Jim Buchanan Okay, You sold me on the program however, and there always seems to be a forever. I have just tried to order the pro version and after pressing 'continue' in Paypal and being sent back to your registration page telling me that the postal code and province don't match up 3 times I am a bit worried? Did I just get duped out of money for nothing. Yes, I'm ticked. i know how to get my Province and I also know the Postal Area Code. Your program would not accept that I knew. Now with only an hour and a half before I hit the hay I doubt if I'll be getting anything.
{Picture steam coming out of my collar under pressure.}
There is 4 hours and 37 minutes left but it is 11:25 pm here and I'll probably be in bed before long so the time stamp is a little shorter. I'll check back in an hour.
Nov 3 2015 at 7:19pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Jim,

To get support, you will need to log in/ make an account however it takes 2minutes to do so. To get support you can post your issue in here: . At some times during the day, you do not even need to create an account to get support as we have a live help chat ("Live help" option in green on our forums) where you only need to fill in your full name and email to ask a question and get immediate assistance.

We are sad you are not satisfied but we wish you the best of luck finding the software for you!

Hugo - Orpalis Team
ORPALIS - Jun 4 at 7:59am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello

If you are interested in getting yourself our effective and maintained paper scanning software and you are unsure as to whether this is the product for you, feel free to contact us so we can help you. For further assistance or information, please head to our website at You can ask and get in touch with us about our products in our forum section at

Thank you for your interest in our software.
ORPALIS - Jun 11 at 5:39am Copy Link
Sara User From the comparison matrix http://paperscan.orpalis....on-matrix/ free/standard/pro it appears that in case, only the pro edition is of real interest, and since it's available here for more or less the standard price, I'm quite tempted, since currently I don't have a really good scanner software.

As for the OCR (available in pro, whilst without that, cheaper scan softwares are available), I doubt a little bit, and would like to know how you do it. OCR - just like spoken language reconnaissance - is VERY special software, and currently, only TWO software developers worldwide (Nuance and Abbyy) seem to have enough manpower (or is it called personpower now?) in order to do this in some near-acceptable way, and even their offerings are far from perfect; it's simply too complicated a task.

Thus, have you bought your OCR component from one of these (which one, in case?), and in this case, this would both amply justify the (original) asking price, and would be a strong indicator that we should indeed buy your (pro) software here and now; whilst if you have developed your OCR in-house, and knowing nothing about it, I'd think that it's not as good as any one of the two mentioned above, but that'd be just my guess from my manpower considerations above. Also, re OCR, would it be scanned-documents-only, or for any screen texts (e.g. with web origin?), too? Thanks a lot!
Jul 18 at 1:37am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hi Sara,

PaperScan is a desktop and an end-user application entirely built on Gdpicture.NET components.

Regarding our OCR software, we use the component from GdPicture.Net which is also one of our products. We have a very strong OCR plugin that you can try within Gdpicture.
If you are unsure as to how accurate the software is when it comes to exporting a page to pdf format using OCR then we are willing to allow you to test the feature for yourself. You can obtain a trial key after downloading paperscan which won't cost you anything.
For all languages supported by the OCR engine, you can find the list here: http://guides.gdpicture.c...guage.html

In paperscan, you can import documents meaning you can also OCR those files. All you need to do is import them and then save them to PDF OCR format to use the OCR functionality.

We are glad to be able to help!
ORPALIS - Jul 18 at 6:03am Copy Link
Sara User Oh, I see, you do it all in-house (Gdpicture = Orpalis), thank you!

Unfortunately, the standard version is quite, well, should I say "reduced", in comparison with the prof version, so I'd had preferred the only difference between the two being the OCR, and then I would have been quite fond of the standard version and its pricing, also for updates then; other users' requirements may differ, obviously.
Jul 18 at 4:36pm Copy Link
Alan Stevenson Bought the Pro version in 2011, updated it ever since and happy with it. Never used the Home version so can't comment on that, but Pro version worth getting, especially at this price. Email responses to queries are pretty fast, too.
Jul 19 at 1:34am Copy Link
Sara User Quite not so much "traffic" here, eh?

The end-of-2015 question "Why can't I try out the OCR feature?" wasn't met with ANY answer; it seems that in downloading the trial, you must choose your version, and then you'll get the full functionality, for 30 days, of that version - it would have been kind answering that user's question though, even if it appears he made a mistake in downloading?

Some time ago, I had trialed the free version - even then, I hadn't been happy with the strong crippling of the standard "home" version, ORC yes/no should be the ONLY differentiation between 79 and 149$ plus VAT, in view of the "standard/home" pricing, which is quite steep at 79$ -, and I found the following notes I did then, whilst not being able to differentiate which are my own, which are probably finds from the web:

"NO multipage save, just single pages (even within these 10) [that probably being my own finding]
Newer versions don't even scan in color anymore [obviously web-origin]
Worthless;unless you pay $149 for full version. But then again, I don't even know if the full version works since I can't test it." [Not me; probably and at the time, you withheld the OCR functionality from your trials? Wasn't it good enough then? cf. a recent post on donationcoder-com re withholding possibly disappointing functionality from the trial in some thread "
How NOT to Conceive Software Trials (and some new ideas around them)"? Obviously, you do much better now!]

From my further research, I somewhere saw your OCR engine (which you now sell to third parties, so it's to be assumed you developed it further, then) is based upon the free Linux one Tesseract (origins somewhere in 1985), then I discovered yourself said so in 2011 here in the conversation, so I installed the trial.

Unfortunately, I've got network problems, and my professional scanner is a network one, which doesn't ping correctly whilst Advanced IP Scanner very well "sees" the scanner indeed; from my main computer, I don't succeed anymore to reach my modem (7 years old, nothing to do with password, I don't even got to the asking window anymore and should probably replace it; in Toulouse vicinity you should currently have even some more, unbearable degrees killing electronics and old people).

In other words, I cannot get my professional scanner to run for me anymore (it's a Canon office machine for copying, printing and scanning), so I tried with some old (other) Canon scanner, a LIDE 70 or some... with does NOT run with W10 anymore, whilst your program (understandably) doesn't run with XP anymore.

Since you said that PaperScan is aimed at people who own a scanner but do not have a real/performant scan software, I had hoped that your software would recognize my old Canon scanner, and run with/for it - your possible OCR intriguing me after all), but that's unfortunately not the case:

Whilst VueScan pretend they offer scan DRIVERS, together with, and incorporated within, their scan processing software, your software obviously depends on existing drivers and doesn't pretend/offer to replace them; that's good to know.

At the end of the day, I'm unable to trial your software since it doesn't "run" (on my quite recent, professional scanner: my fault; and on my ancient, consumer scanner: again, my fault of wishful thinking), in the sense of making some connection with any of my scanners (again: that's my fault here).

But from the "Settings", I became aware at least that even your "professional" version does NOT do real batch scanning (for the processing: I don't know), for flatbed scanners: there's no "1 scan any x seconds" functionality to be found? (And not speaking of some more elaborate functionality which would recognize scans done too early, and in which there would not be any reasonable amount of recognizable text, then - many people do have some, more or less professional, flatbed scanner AND want to do batch scanning altogether though, perhaps at 6 seconds, i.e. in some minimum of time, but then, some scans will arrive too early for them in case -currently, even the x-seconds-apart functionality seems to be missing, though?)

Thus, with my obviously non-professional setting at this very moment, with a deficient modem (which continues in giving me access to the web though, for the time being), I am very unfortunately NOT being able to trial your OCR, and in some 14, 30 days, my network problems (hopefully) being resolved, I then should pay full price in case, i.e. if your OCR is really good, so, and probably entirely by my "fault" = mishap, I will pass on this (possibly highly-interesting) offer, but please, make sure that in spite of my installation of your version 3, I'll be able to trial your version 4 whenever it'll be released, on that some pc! (This implying that I'm not even sure I'll be able to trial your version 3 within 30 days, network problems being those I never came near really coping with, in all those years, MS networks being a nightmare to begin with...)

And some last observation: Most offers here on bits come from 1-man ventures, and thus, the answers (or non-answers) come from people intimately knowing their (self-coded) software; that's a big advantage, for buying, or then, in some cases, even for refraining from buying. On the other hand, sales people simply don't just know enough details in order to always correctly answer, and that's potentially harmful, for prospects as for the vendor's business.

To give an example, somebody in the "history" of this conversation once asked if, in case of Orpal not doing business anymore, license transfer to another computer was always assured anyway; the answer they got (citing from memory): "My CEO has certainly foreseen this eventuality, and will have taken the appropriate measures to prevent your loss of license in that case, but I personally don't know about it." - Nothing ever followed that exchanged.

Don't take me wrong here, I certainly don't insinuate that risk was really otherwise than negligeable in the case of Orpal, you do your business quite well it seems, but, and this is said with all and very due respect, info should never ever given by press spokespeople, but by responsible people, otherwise we're tremendously fast back to what we all have to endure by politicians, our wishful thinking at the end of the day entirely replacing any solid information we'd initially had hoped for. Thank you!
Jul 20 at 8:34am Copy Link
Faisal Humayun The discount code was invalid during the extended offer time.
Jul 20 at 10:59pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Faisal Humayun, I am sorry about the issue. I just contacted the vendor asking for the coupon code to be extend for a while longer. I will let you know about this.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 21 at 3:46am Copy Link
Faisal Humayun @Coralie Carlier - As a user of PaperPort I would like import PDFs which I can perform OCR upon so that I can export these editable files into other formats such as Kindle/Epub/Mobi. Am I able to do this?
Jul 21 at 1:28pm Copy Link
Coralie Carlier Hello Faisal,

With paperscan pro edition you can import PDF files and then do OCR on them. You cannot output to format such as Kindle/Epub/Mobi as of right now. If you have software that converts PDFs into those formats you listed then with paperscan you can achieve all of this. Simply import your PDF file and then save it as PDF OCR format and you will have an OCR'ed PDF file.

I strongly recommend you take a look at our PDF OCR software as it may be better suited for what you want to do. Paperscan can do this but is less dedicated to doing this than PDF OCR. You can find a link to that here:

Do not hesitate to asks us questions on our forums if you come across any problems or things you may not understand. Thank you.
ORPALIS - Jul 23 at 6:43am Copy Link
Coralie Carlier @Sara User

Regarding the user that got unanswered, this is a mistake on our part and we try our best to give as fast support as possible. This may be because we are using bitsdujour. For support with our software, we highly encourage you use our forums. We also have a ticket system where we can guarantee very fast support with any problems you may have. Those methods are our priority.

We are sad to hear you are unable to use paperscan as of right now. As said previously, there are 3 editions being: Free, Home, Professional. The Free edition is available to anyone to use and download for free. For the Home and Professional editions, you can request a trial key to test out these editions. When testing them out, you gain access to all functionalities users who have paid have except you will only have them for a limited time only depending on your trial license key. This trial usually lasts 30days and if you request a license key for paperscan professional edition, depending on your motives, you may be given one of these keys so you can fully test our software with all the functionalities that go with it (OCR Included). This does not have anything to do with the free edition since it does not give full access to the professional edition features.

If you are having compatibility issues between your scanner and paperscan, make sure you have the latest drivers installed for the scanner and it should work.

Lastly, doubting the origin or status of the person answering you as you do not know where it comes from and the answer might be missleading, is understandable on any user's part. We assure you that all the information we hand out has come from the developers themselves and whoever answers you in our company would not do so without giving you the correct information.

Thank you for your interest nonetheless and we hope you find what you are looking for eventually.
ORPALIS - Jul 23 at 7:16am Copy Link
Faisal Humayun @Coralie Carlier - Thanks for your message. And to echo @Sara User - I also have a VUE Smart scanner that didn't get picked up by the software.

Anyway - will be nice to see you promote the PDF OCR - I've subscribed to the newsletter.
Jul 23 at 12:26pm Copy Link

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