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
Scanning with WIA/ICA
- Go to File > Create PDF >From
Scanner > 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
- This will open the Scan to PDF options dialog
- Select the scanner and the setting you wish to use.
- Once you have selected all of your options click on either Preview
- Preview - generates a quick preview using the scanning options
that will be displayed on the right of the dialog
- Scan - will use the selected options to scan and then create
a new PDF or append the image to an existing PDF depending on
the option selected.
WIA/ICA Scan Settings
Scan to PDF Options
Profile - Allows you to
add, edit, or delete scanning profiles
Scanner - The scanner to be
Source - What scanning input
to use when scanning the document/image (i.e. flat bed or feeder)
- 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
If "(Conversion)" is listed
next to the color option, then this option is not supported by your device.
PDF Studio will convert the scanned image to the selected color space
for you as a part of the scanning process.
Page Size - Size of the document
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
- Lowest acceptable resolution = 200 DPI (equal to “high” fax
- Conventional resolution = 300 DPI
- Highest conventional resolution = 600 DPI
Color documents (and color compression)
- Lowest acceptable resolution = 150 DPI
- Conventional resolution = 200 DPI
- Highest conventional resolution = 300 DPI
- Archive resolution = 600 DPI
Brightness - Adjusts the brightness
of the scanned document. Increase the value to make the document/image
Contrast - Adjusts the contrast
of the scanned document. This affects the differences between light and
dark on the document/image
Insert At - Where to insert
the new image. Choose from the following options:
- Beginning Of Document: Inserts the scanned pages before the first
page of the currently opened document
- Current Location: Inserts the scanned pages in front of the current
page being displayed of the currently opened document
- End Of Document: Appends the scan at the end of the document.
- New Document: Creates a new document using only the scanned pages
- Interleave – When scanning multiple images, this option can be
used to insert them at every other page. This is especially
useful for scanning two-sided documents.
- Reverse Interleave: Insert the scan in the current document at
every other page in reverse order starting after the last page of
- Multiple documents - Use this option to create multiple documents
when scanning multiple pages. When selected a dialog will be displayed
to set the following options.
- Pages per PDF - Number of pages before creating the next PDF
- File Name Pattern - The file name to be used when creating
the PDFs. Each file will have the number of the document appended
to the end of the file name
- Save files To - Where to save the created files
- Save as Default - When checked this will make the selected
options the default going forward
Page Size - What size to use
when creating a new page to hold the image.
- Size to Image – The new page will be created the same size as the
- Same as Document – The new page will be created the same size as
the current open document. If the document is empty or if the Insert
At choice is set to New Document the new page will be created at the
same size as the scanned image.
Compression - What compression
to use when saving the image into the PDF document.
- JPEG - Lossy compression (recommended compression)
- Quality (for JPEG compression only) – If using JPEG, the compression
quality can be adjusted from 1 to 100%.
- 1 = high compression, very low quality
- 100 = low compression, very high quality
- Generally, 80=high quality, 50=medium quality, 20=low quality
- Flate - Lossless compression format
- JBIG2 B&W - Lossless compression format that only supports
Auto deskew images - When checked,
if the document’s text/images are slanting too far in one direction or
is misaligned, PDF Studio will attempt to auto-rotate the document so
that the alignment is corrected.
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