Almost all scanner manufacturers such as HP, Canon, and Epson offer their own version of scanning software to easily scan your pictures documents and convert them into digital format. But most of these scanning software offer limited features and one needs to install third-party software to get the most out of the scanner.
Computer users who have been using scanner(s) for a long time probably know about VueScan software. For those who have no idea about VueScan, it’s a popular scanning program known for producing stunning results from scanned photos and documents. It works as a replacement for the default scanning program shipped with your scanner.
Loaded with tons of powerful features, it helps you scan your documents, pictures, and films and then creates PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and TXT files.
Compatible with over 1850 different scanners and 320 digital camera RAW files, VueScan is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Until a week ago, VueScan software was available only in two editions: Standard ($39.95) and Professional edition ($79.95).
Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, has released Basic Edition of VueScan and is now available as free download. And the cool thing about the Basic Edition is that it fully supports Windows 8 as well. The free version of VueScan works in Guide Me mode. The Guide Me mode gives you step by step instructions when you start and takes you through the basic steps that you need to perform to scan a document or picture. Users can upgrade to the Standard or Professional edition to unlock advanced features.
A 115-page user guide (PDF) is also available from the download page. We suggest you download the user guide along with the VueScan to know all the advanced features and options available in the best scanning software.