Document Scanning from all mainstream web browsers
on Windows and Mac OS X

Dynamic Web TWAIN comes in several different editions to enable support for all web browsers on Windows and Mac OS X.

Learn more about the editions →

Edition name Supported browsers Supported OS on the Client Side
IE 10+
Microsoft Edge browser
Firefox v27+
Chrome v27+
32-bit and 64-bit
(ActiveX,Plugin and HTML5 APIs)
IE v6+
Microsoft Edge browser
32-bit and 64-bit
Safari v7+
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Note : Supported Windows operating systems include Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8, 2008, 2012 and 10.

  • Technical details

  • Scan
    • TWAIN specification 2.1 and below compatible (ActiveX, HTML5 for Windows, Plugin APIs).
    • TWAIN specification 1.9 and below compatible (HTML5 for Mac API).
    • Optional disk caching mechanism enables high volume document scanning (up to thousands of pages).
    • Supports Auto Document Feeder (ADF) and multiple image acquisition.
    • Supports duplex scanning mode.
    • Supports image preview mode.
    • Supports blank page detection.
    • Built-in wizard mode intelligently manages TWAIN states.
    • Supports setting up image acquisition parameters (resolution, pixel type, bit depth, brightness,contrast, page size, unit, etc).

    • Supports both Native and Disk File Image transfer modes. ActiveX, Plugin and HTML5 for Windows APIs also support Buffered Memory transfer mode.

  • Edit
    • ActiveX, Plug-in and HTML5 editions all provide an Image Editor for image editing and viewing.
    • •     A GUI based and non-GUI editor are both supported.
    • •     Supports basic image editing features such as Rotate, Crop, Mirror, Flip, Erase, and ChangeImageSize.
    • ActiveX, Plug-in and HTML5 for Windows APIs support adding colored rectangles to images.
    • Supports multiple images selection.
    • Supports image swapping.
    • Supports clearing specified areas of an image, and filling cleared areas with color.
    • Supports zooming.
    • Supports text annotation.
    • Supports image de-skewing.
  • Saving
    • Downloads and uploads images via HTTP/HTTPS or FTP/FTPS (no FTPS support for Mac Edition).
    • •      Sample code provided: HTML (JavaScript / VBScript), ASP.NET (C#/VB.NET), PHP, JSP, ASP.
    • Saves and uploads images as BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and PDF files.
    • Supports saving images as multi-page TIFF and multi-page PDF.
    • Supports saving images as a byte array.
    • Supports cookie & session integration.
    • Supports binding cookie during upload process.
    • Supports RLE, G3, G4, LZW, PackBits, and TIFF compression.
    • Upload progress dialogue box allows you to cancel uploads at any time.
    • Supports downloading from HTTP stream.
    • Downloads and uploads file(s) through HTTP/HTTPS or FTP directly (without loading to the control).
    • Supports multi-thread upload and download.
    • Built-in JPEG, PNG, PDF and TIFF encoder enables you to compress acquired images, even if the TWAIN source device can't.

    • Uploads metadata for each image to the server or database (SQL Server, MySQL, MS Access etc.) as part of the image upload process.

  • Load (Open local files)
    • •  Supports loading JPEG2000, PSD, and TGA image formats.
    • •  Powered with a PDF rasterizer SDK, Windows Edition supports loading text-based, image-based and hybrid PDF files.
    • •  Support loading local JPEG, PNG, BMP, single-page and multi-page Tiff files. LoadImage method
    • •  Load DIB from clipboard
    • •  Load image from Base64 binary
  • Security

    (PDF: Entrust Dynamic Web TWAIN with your documents →)

    • ActiveX Control digitally signed by VeriSign.
    • ActiveX Edition marked safe for initializing and scripting.
    • Supports Windows Authentication, Forms Authentication and Basic Authentication.
    • Compatible with Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and Protected Mode.
    • Proxy connections supported, no need for customers to reconfigure their firewalls.
    • ActiveX, Plug-in and HTML5 for Windows APIs support SSL for FTP/HTTP uploading and downloading. (HTML5 for Mac API only includes SSL for HTTP uploading/downloading support).

    • Scanned image data or cached scanned data is encrypted. It can only be accessed by the Dynamsoft scanning service. For any other program, even if it takes the image, it is not able to access any data inside it.

    • Every time the Web TWAIN control is initialized, there is a random ID (working like a session ID) assigned. When an application tries to view the images, it will need to provide the ID. For example

    • Limit the access of scanner device to the registered web scanning application only. It is done by matching the current website domain to the registered domain in the product key.

  • Productivity

    • Greatly reduced development time. The TWAIN 1.9 specification alone is 552 pages long.
    • It could take months for you to get familiar with specification and build a TWAIN plugin from scratch.
    • With Dynamic Web TWAIN, most applications can implement TWAIN support with no more than a few lines of code.

    • Browsers change quickly. The application is much easier to maintain by using Dynamic Web TWAIN SDK.
    • Even greater time savings. By tapping into Dynamsoft's TWAIN knowledge base via our Virtual Developer Service, the total time needed to build your scanning solution could be reduced from months to days.

    • Reduced product time to market. The speed of product delivery is very important.
    • Read case studies and see how Dynamic Web TWAIN helps →