thanks to all for the new tips!
this morning tried ScannerCopier (see post #3) which is called Copier when installed
promising - can select area you want scanned, simple clear interface,
it can do a preview but is unable to actually scan with my scanner...
@Steeladept, with PaperPort they do actually have a non-"pro" version hidden away on their website (hate when people arent upfront about prices & what they offer
but seems the norm these days) for 99.99
Definitely didnt see any free version
will try another this evening..