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Old 03-11-2008, 01:44 AM   #1
RJ Emery
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Default Replacement Scanning Software

I have a Brother MFC-8840DN printer/scanner/fax machine. It came with bundled scanner software, in particular ScanSoft PaperPort SE version 9. I found that under W98, the software was actually more robust than under XP Pro SP2. For example, under XP, I cannot set 8.5x11 as the default page size, nor can I establish a custom page size.

I purchased Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard in part because I thought it would provide its own driver for the Brother 8840, but I soon discovered it defaults to PaperPort SE for the scanning.

Under both W98 and XP, the PaperPort driver produces PDF file sizes that are unnecessarily huge. By comparison, the file size of an entire issue of Scientific American in searchable PDF format is often less than a single page scanned with PaperPort SE.

What scanning software could I purchase that would replace PaperPort SE and be more robust, feature rich and produce smaller overall file sizes?

OCR to WordPerfect capability is also sought.

RJ Emery, Eastern USA
WordPerfect 8 User on XP Pro SP3 System
OCR ScanSoft PaperPort SE v9 on
Brother MFC-8840DN Printer/Scanner/Fax
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