Scanning multi-page documents into a single Snagit output (e.g. a .PDF or. .DOC).

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Hi -- tech support told me to post this here...

Hi, I've spent a while looking for an answer to this question, so...

I would like to scan a multi-page document into a single document, but I can't figure out how to. What I wound up doing was scanning the doc one page at a time -- and selecting "Send to Word" as my output. I left the Word doc open, and all of the pages were scanned into it.

How can I toss a stack of pages into my document feeder and have them all be scanned into a single doc automatically? My scanner software makes a separate image for each page, but only the last page seems to be received by Snagit.

Thank you.
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Hi,
Are you using the Scanner capture mode in Snagit?

If not, I **THINK** if you did, instead of sending the images to Snagit, this mode would allow Snagit to go and fetch the images from the scanner.

Then, you could set the output to Word. In the Word output, set the output to Copy Into Document.

Without knowing more about your workflow.. I think this is the best I can do right now. Maybe try this and see what happens and report back. It will at least give us a starting point so we can try a couple of different things.

Others may have different ideas.

Kelly
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Oops... meant to include this:

Setup Instructions
1. In Snagit, select Image capture mode.

2. For the Input, select Advanced > Scanners and Cameras.

3. If you have more than one TWAIN-compliant device connected to your
computer, select Input > Properties > Scanners and Cameras tab. Select the
correct device. Click OK.

4. Select the Output and Effects.

5. Click the Capture button or press the capture hotkey.

6. The TWAIN driver for the selected device displays a user interface to select the
image(s) to acquire. Please see your device documentation for the use of this
interface.
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Hi, Kelly,

Yep -- doing it just the way you suggested, The exact behavior of the HP TWAIN driver sw Snagit handoff:

--Load document feeder.

--Click the Snagit Capture button.

--Each page is scanned and becomes a thumbnail in my TWAIN driver display window. I can click on each thumbnail to get a larger preview. Life is good.

--Then, I click the TWAIN driver Finish button.

--Snagit only snags the final scan.

--As a workaround, I was hoping that the TWAIN driver would give me the opportunity to save the individual scans before I hit the Finish button so I could insert 'em en masse into (e.g.) Word, but no such luck.

Thanks for giving it some thought!

Mike
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Manny Carvalho, Champion

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Possibly this is scanner related. I have an option in mine that says to combine scans in one PDF file. I imagine that if the scanner sends multiple PDF files to Snagit then Snagit has no choice but to see them each as an individual file.
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Manny, I'd be very happy to have a combine option. No gots, though.

I'd settle for Snagit seeing them as individual files, too. Unfortunately, Snagit only sees (or at least only keeps) the last one.
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Looking back at how you do this; I think I understand. You have to click the Finish button after each scan. Otherwise all you get is the one for which the button is clicked.

If you really don't have a combine button the you have to do each scan individually. You can't collect them in the interface and send them all at once. It only sends one file which happens to be the most recent scan - the last one.

Look in your scanner manual on how to combine scans into a single PDF file. There should be a way.

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"Looking back at how you do this; I think I understand. You have to click the Finish button after each scan. Otherwise all you get is the one for which the button is clicked."

Right -- the Finish button sends the last scan to Snagit. No point in having a document feeder if I need to scan the pages one at a time.

"Look in your scanner manual on how to combine scans into a single PDF file. There should be a way."

Sadly, there is not. HP's TWAIN scanning driver doesn't support concatenation (or much else). Since it purports to be fully TWAIN-compliant and s/be passing multiple images upstream, this seems to be a Snagit issue?

Seems like I need to find an app that can handle multiple images returned from the TWAIN driver.
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To me it feels like it's a fault of the scanner software. If it can't combine scans into one PDF file then how can Snagit receive it? I mean Snagit, as far as I know, can only receive one file at a time. The TechSmith folks can correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't think you are sending multiple images but only the most recent. You may scan them and collect them on your interface but I bet you a dollar that it's not sending them all at once. TWAIN is an industry wide standard that allows a computer to communicate with a graphic device. That standard was released in 1992 and only ensures that devices can communicate. That, it is doing. Maybe HP knows how to do this or may provide you with an upgrade of the scanner software.

You could try something like VueScan [ http://www.hamrick.com/ ] that can combine multiple scans into one file.
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"I don't think you are sending multiple images but only the most recent. You may scan them and collect them on your interface but I bet you a dollar that it's not sending them all at once."

I can't say what the HP driver is doing, so I can't take that bet. I know that I have a better chance of figuring it out by reverse-engineering the driver's machine code than I do of getting support from HP, though.

"TWAIN is an industry wide standard that allows a computer to communicate with a graphic device. That standard was released in 1992 and only ensures that devices can communicate."

Well, no. It does a lot more than that. I had actually checked it out before my last post. Are you a techie? If so, take a look at this -- page 46 of the old (2001) TWAIN 1.9 standard:
http://www.twain.org/docs/TWAIN19.pdf
Page 48 has the good stuff. [Don't bother if you're not a programmer.]

To be TWAIN-compliant, the scanner must support that functionality.

So, I'll bet you a dollar that Snagit is not set up to capture multiple images from a scanner -- especially since there is no mention made of such a capability. I guess it kinda makes sense, since Snagit seems to be image-based and not document-based. I probably s/be looking for a document-based solution. And that brings me to...

Thanks for the VueScan reminder -- I'd had forgotten about it! I'll give their free trial a look and see if it works, and then report back. Concatenating individual files is no big deal -- I'm sure I have several ways on my machine to do that (software995's PDF suite can do it for sure). It's my inability to use the document feeder that's driving me crazy. Maybe I have something else installed that can do it.

I appreciate you taking the time to discuss this w/ me.
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Well, that's the best I can do. And probably better than HP.

I've never used Snagit to do what you are trying but number 6 here implies that it's capable: http://www.techsmith.com/learn/snagit...

Good luck with it and let us know if you figure it out. I know that I'd hate not to be able to use the document feeder as intended.
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Hey, you responded. That already puts you in the top 1% of HP tech support technicians, based on my experience.

#6 does seem to imply that -- but I can't get Snagit to do it.

Good news: your VueScan tip paid off. Couldn't be easier -- open up VueScan, toss the docs in the feeder, press the VueScan scan button, done -- .PDF auto-saved. Wizard interface that is idiot-proof (I proved it), and a plethora of options on an advanced panel that I also like.

So, my TWAIN driver is compliant w/ passing multiple images. Either Snagit doesn't include that functionality (my vote), or I haven't uncovered the way to use it.

Thanks again for the VueScan reminder! I almost bought it a long time ago -- but HP had revised their software suite to meet my needs. But, their software crashes under Win7 64 bit, so I had to go a different route.
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It's funny in that I just had occasion to write to Ed Hamrick the author of VueScan and he's pretty quick at replying. That's probably a good solution for you.

From my perspective Snagit is probably the wrong tool to use for this. I don't think there are many people that want to capture output from a scanner and TechSmith probably hasn't spent a whole lot of time on this aspect as the product has gone forward. Well, I guess there are enough that they added that feature but like you I'm beginning to think it's a little flaky too. I tried with my network scanner and nothing happened. I'll have to try another machine with it directly attached but I don't have time right now and probably not even the inclination. So, I changed my mind - having noticed a TechSmith KB article about a bug in the scanner input - and I now think that you hit a combination of a under performing HP software and Snagit not liking it's quirks. A combo that leads up to frustration.

I'm glad you found something that works for you. Have fun with it.
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"I don't think there are many people that want to capture output from a scanner and TechSmith probably hasn't spent a whole lot of time on this aspect as the product has gone forward."

Snagit seems to be image-based, rather than document-based. From an image capture standpoint, Snagit works perfectly w/ my scanner -- and I use it all the time to grab documents when the resolution requirements exceed the capabilities of my iPhone and Evernote. Seems like the Snagit designers just didn't contemplate getting a batch of images all at one time from the scanner...

Thanks again!
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When I'm faced with a job like this I use the Acrobat "Scan to pdf" function. Of course this assumes that you have the full Acrobat program and not just the reader.
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Can/will SnagIt ever be able to import/scan from a scanner such as Neat? I use SnagIt for all my stored documents and would be nice not to have to use a different app to manage my docs.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Importing from scanner.
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Dave, can you give an example of what you are trying to do? I don't understand what you mean by "I use SnagIt for all my stored documents and would be nice not to have to use a different app to manage my docs."
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Sending several photos at once to Create PDF.
It is a good idea.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
scottbasilius@basilius.com.


It would be helpful to be able to select multiple snagit images, then export these images directly to a pdf file
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Improving support for scanning multi-page documents is not on our roadmap so I'm changing this to "not planned." But we are interested in knowing how many people would like to do the opposite: select multiple captures and send them to PDF or PowerPoint. If that's something you'd want to do, please Like that thread.
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Thanks, Jason -- that sounds useful. 
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I would like to see this feature. Often I have to copy multi-page articles that I would like to have in a single pdf.

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