Pull off a great scan

In addition to tools to help manipulate images, most scanners now come with software to help with electronic filing. The most common type of software is an OCR package. OCR (optical character recognition) allows the PC to look at the text document you have scanned in, interpret the shapes of the characters and recognise them as the correct letters of the alphabet. This information can then be stored in electronic form and the documents accessed and worked on in your word processor.

Some scanners, including the one we have used here, the Epson Perfection 1200U, also bundle some document management software, which will automate the scanning process and help you organise the resulting files.

  • Hooking up your scanner

  • Installing the software

  • Calibrate your monitor

  • Image is everything

  • Word for word

  • Interpolated resolutions

  • Top 10 scanning tips

  • Join the newsletter!

    Error: Please check your email address.
    Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
    Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

    Adele Dyer

    PC World
    Show Comments

    Cool Tech

    Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

    Learn more >

    SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

    Learn more >

    Toys for Boys

    Family Friendly

    Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

    Learn more >

    Stocking Stuffer

    Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

    Learn more >

    Christmas Gift Guide

    Click for more ›

    Most Popular Reviews

    Latest Articles

    Resources

    PCW Evaluation Team

    Edwina Hargreaves

    WD My Cloud Home

    I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

    Walid Mikhael

    Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

    It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

    Ben Ramsden

    Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

    Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

    Sarah Ieroianni

    Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

    The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

    Ratchada Dunn

    Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

    The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

    George Khoury

    Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

    The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

    Featured Content

    Product Launch Showcase

    Latest Jobs

    Don’t have an account? Sign up here

    Don't have an account? Sign up now

    Forgot password?