I might be able to give some pointers.
I've just rephrased your requirements as I interpreted them:
Home office scanning/organizing software to get several years of home-based business paperwork digitized.
- M1 - Scanner-independent: Recognize and work with any TWAIN-aware scanner (I have three, each is best at a different thing)
- M2 - Intuitive: Automagically name and classify the resulting scanned documents (most pdf, some jpeg) using dates/labels/keywords for easy retrieval.
- M3 - Client-based: Purchase, not subscription. Local storage - not the #*@&!! cloud.
- P1 - Stand-alone software: not bundled with yet another scanner I'd have to buy.
- P2- Multiple PCs: Installable on 2-3 computers without extra cost.
Please take a look at an old post I made, where I had very similar requirements - it could have a lot in common with your requirements: EPSON Perfection V330 Photo Scanner + ABBYY and ArcSoft software
That scanner was initially installed under Win7-64 HP. It is currently running fine (after a bit of fiddling about) under Win10-64 PRO.
The software which came bundled with the scanner was quite good for most home use purposes, but was in reality a sort of cut-down version of what you could buy if you wanted something more sophisticated for an office.
Copied from that post, the bundled software was:
- EPSON Scan: for just scanning stuff.
- ArcSoft MediaImpression: for modifying images and making vids out of photos and vid files (not used yet).
- ArcSft Scan-n-Stitch: e.g., for stitching panoramic photos together (not used yet).
- ABBY FineReader 9.0 Sprint: for scanning stuff to documents or files.
- ABBY Screenshot reader: for capturing and OCRing (as required) screen captures
I also later got a Brother MFC-J65IODW A3 lnkjet printer,
(MF="Multi-Function") which came bundled with "Personal" Nuance PaperPort 12
. The software is scanner-independent and is rather good.
I would like to upgrade to the latest version (v14) and probably the v14 "PRO"
version, but am reluctant to shell out the money right now.
Costs and details for Nuance PaperPort
are here:PaperPort - Document Management Software | Nuance
I first learned about about Nuance PaperPort
software in the context of when I was investigating the software that came bundled with the Fujitsu ScanSnap
scanner. Searching on Amazon I found that there are other badge-labelled versions of the Fujitsu ScanSnap
scanner, most seeming to come with the same/similar software bundle.
My interest in the Fujitsu ScanSnap
was initially sparked when I cam across an informative (year 2007) review that mentioned the scanner here: Palimpsest: the guide to a (mostly) paperless life | 43 Folders
That scanner and software would have been updated since, of course, but they were a combination that, in current form, though still not cheap, would seem to be just what you/I might want for a home office.