I want to scan inages (passport to A5) and to resize them so that you get a good size image when viewed on a PC. I've just bought Data Becker Instant Photo Scanner but it keeps chopping bits off the image and no two attempts at a scan give the same result. In work I've got HP Director and it's great but I don't think its available as a stand alone package. At home I've a HP PSC500 3-in-1.
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However, if you need to retouch images to remove scratches etc.,you will need a photo-editing program. Serif Photoplus 5.5 is free from click here The Serif forum click here (having server problems at the moment) is a good place to get help on using it. You need to register your email address on downloading the freeware, but you can unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive emails about upgrade options from Serif. The upgrades are worthwhile if you are serious about image editing.