Getting started with ScanToPDF

First install ScanToPDF by following the instructions in our download centre

Please note

If your scanner cannot provide a TWAIN interface then you can still use ScanToPDF if your scanner will scan to folder. This page explains how. To learn all about TWAIN click here

Start Scanning

These basic how to instructions are intended to help you get the ScanToPDF software working with your scanner or folder capture source and creating great PDF documents.

1. Install the TWAIN driver software that came with your scanner.
2. Attach the Scanner to your PC and switch it on
3. Start ScanToPDF
4. Click the File menu
5. Click Select capture source - More details
6. A new window will open with a list of TWAIN sources, a list of WIA sources and a list of folders which can be used to import from folder.  Always use the TWAIN source if possible (see above)
7. Select your scanner from the TWAIN list by clicking it once so it is highlighted. If no TWAIN driver is visible then a WIA source can be chosen if a TWAIN driver is not available.
8. Click the OK button on the bottom right of the window. The window will close.
9. Click Scan on the toolbar. This should initiate a scan using the selected capture source.

Please visit this page for more details about using ScanToPDF

Changing TWAIN settings

1. Start ScanToPDF
2. Click on the Edit menu
3. Tick the Show capture device UI (Scanner dialog window option)
4. Initiate a scan. The capture device window will be displayed, enabling settings to be changed
5. Reverse the tick set in step 3 to hide the UI once more.

TWAIN settings can also be set and stored within ScanToPDF using the Advanced button on the Select capture source window (File>>Select capture source) - to learn more about this method visit this page

It Does Not Scan

1. Do you have a scanner attached to your PC and powered on?
2. Have you installed your scanner software and drivers correctly?
3. Are you able to scan into other programs that use TWAIN. You can download a TWAIN analyser from

Please contact us (details below) if you complete all the steps above and you still cannot scan from your TWAIN device.