I have an older client who has a Windows 7 desktop with a standalone HP Scanner and a printer. For some reason, when using the copy function (which is meant to send the scan to the printer) the printout is light. It will usually print straight lines and text okay but not print anything hand-written. The parts of the document that are not 'thick' seem to get lost in the translation. Very strange. It also will not auto-crop correctly.
At any rate, I'm wondering if anyone has come up against the more common problem of the HP/Brother/Canon scan software being a complicated mess and can recommend an aftermarket solution.
I have two choices:
1. Use the existing scanner and printer, but better, simpler, more configurable software
2. Recommend an all-in-one unit that is inexpensive and is proven to work well for an extended period of time.
Just so I don't waste anyone's time, I've already searched around a bit and don't need anyone to search for me - I just want to know someone's solutions that have worked for them. It seems to me that a lot of us have had clients or family members say "I just want to push one of two buttons and have one of two things happen" and I want to know if anyone has a easy cut and dry method to make that happen - even if it's just a favorite brand or model of multifunction printer.
I've found Paperscan-Free, which looks like it might work, but this person lives out of town so I don't want to drive out and then test it, if you know what I mean.