Finally upgraded from PSE 7 to 14 and to my horror I find that the really useful scan gear has been replaced by a nasty little wia window that doesn't allow you any leeway with your scan, no multiple selections etc. I gather this has to do with 64 bit... I'm really starting to think that allowing Windows 10 into my life was a mistake.... Not too sure if the improvements in PSE 14 are worth it either. Can anyone help? Many thanks!
I believe this change started with Elements 13. If you have a 64-bit version of Windows, you cannot scan directly into Elements using the TWAIN plug-in. You need to use WIA (Windows' built-in scanning system). On the other hand, if you have a 32-bit version of Windows, you can still use TWAIN for scanning.
If you have a 64-bit version of Windows and you don't want to use WIA, there is a workaround. Use your scanner's software and save your scans to a folder. This folder should be designated as a "Watched Folder" to allow your scans to easily get into the Organizer. This means that Elements will "notice" when you place any new files in this folder and will act accordingly depending on which option you chose when you set up the Watched Folders. Elements will either import the new files or will inform you that they are waiting for you.
1. In the Organizer, go to File>Watch Folders.
2. Make sure that the "Watch Folders and their Sub-Folders for new Files" box is checked.
3. Click on the Add button.
4. Browse to the folder you want Elements to watch.
As a side note -- Each version of Elements is an independent one; you can have multiple versions installed on the same computer. If you prefer the way you do scanning in Elements 7, you can keep this version installed for your scanning projects. Elements 7 works just fine on Windows 10.
Cheers! The advice is much appreciated! The scanner is part of a Canon Pixma MG3250. All was well in PSE 7...So reinstalling it might actually be the easiest fix. As it happens, I don't think much to all the nonsense that W10 has packed onto the computer, and I'm seriously thinking about goind back to W7 which seemed to work quite well, and then if I get silly enough to go for w10 again, it'll be the 32 bit version....
It looks like using Elements 7 for your scanning projects will be a nice compromise.
BTW, as you jumped from Elements 7 to Elements 14, I thought you should be aware of this. There may be other reasons to keep Elements 7 installed. If you use the 3D Transform filter . . . Adobe removed it starting with Elements 8. Then, starting with Elements 12, Adobe removed several features.
Sailor & Sepiana, I found a better variation of Sepiana's watch folder solution for my Canon 9000F scanner & software. The problem is that in the Canon software, I have to launch it, make 3 or 4 click selections and then get into the Canon Scangear scanner driver.
I had 32bit PSE 12 installed before installing to 14. In PSE 12, I set the scanner to save to a specific folder. I have PSE 14 watching that folder and automatically importing anything new it finds.
To scan, I open PSE 12, press ctrl-U and the scanner software opens. I save the file and then open PSE 14 that pulls in the image.
As a bonus, the old but excellent Polaroid 32 bit dust & scratch filter still works in PSE 12. That means I can scan old dusty/scratched photos in PSE 12 and edit them with the Polaroid filter before going into the better editing tools in PSE 14.
By the way, Canon says that Twain is 32 bit only. That is probably why Adobe dropped support in PSE 14 x64.