WIA/ICA Scanning

WIA (Windows) and ICA (Mac) are application interfaces or drivers included by the operating system that enables software to communicate with imaging hardware such as scanners and digital cameras. When scanning using either WIA or ICA PDF Studio will use our custom scanning dialog that will directly communicate with your scanners that support the WIA/ICA interface.

Scanning with WIA/ICA

  1. Go to File > Create PDF >From Scanner > WIA (ICA on Mac), or Document > Scan To PDF > WIA (ICA on Mac), or click on the small down arrow to the right of the scanning button and select "Scan to PDF (WIA)" (ICA on Mac).
  2. This will open the Scan to PDF options dialog
  3. Select the scanner and the setting you wish to use.
  4. Once you have selected all of your options click on either Preview or Scan

WIA/ICA Scan Settings

Scan Options

Scanner - The scanner to be used

Set Default Scanner - When checked this will make the selected scanner the default going forward

Source - What scanning input to use when scanning the document/image (i.e. flat bed or feeder)

Duplex - If the scanner supports 2 sided scanning, select this option to scan both sides at the same time.

Color Format - Choose between Black and White, Greyscale, or Color when scanning

Page Size - Size of the document being scanned

DPI Resolution - What resolution to use when saving the image into the PDF document. Select a predefined value between 50 - 600 or type in your own custom value up to 1200. When selecting a DPI it's best to follow the below guidelines

Black-and-white documents

Color documents (and color compression)

Brightness - Adjusts the brightness of the scanned document. Increase the value to make the document/image look lighter

Contrast - Adjusts the contrast of the scanned document. This affects the differences between light and dark on the document/image

PDF Options

Insert At - Where to insert the new image. Choose from the following options:

Page Size - What size to use when creating a new page to hold the image.

Compression - What compression to use when saving the image into the PDF document.

OCR Options

OCR - Create Searchable PDF - Check this to automatically OCR the document after scanning

Language - Language to be used if OCR is selected. Click on "Download OCR Languages" to download additional languages.