How to Scan Documents from Chrome, Firefox, Safari & other Browsers

Feb 22, 2022
How to Scan Documents from Chrome, Firefox, Safari & other Browsers

Web-based document management systems that use JavaScript/JQuery for the client-side and PHP for the server-side are extensively used by businesses. These systems enable users to scan documents from a browser using the client-side scanner, edit, and then upload images to a database on the server. However, the users might use any mainstream web browser. This article demonstrates how to enable document scanning from Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and other browsers.

Cross-browser Scanner SDK

Unlike web cameras, document scanners are not directly accessible by a web page. To interact with scanners from within a browser, an ActiveX component or a 3rd-party process (such as Windows Service, or a Linux Daemon) is required to bridge the communication between a browser and the scanning hardware.

When choosing the scanner SDK, you will first need to decide the protocol for communicating with scanners. TWAIN is recommended when programming with scanners.

Dynamic Web TWAIN is a browser-based TWAIN scanning SDK that works with Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari on Windows, macOS, and Linux. It enables you to capture images from a scanner or load files from local or server disk. For the images in the TWAIN control, users can perform editing, such as rotation, cropping, etc., and finally, upload to a remote database or save to local. Below is a simple illustration: browser-windows-macos-linux

Dynamic Web TWAIN provides a JavaScript scan library to support scanner communication via all the mainstream browsers on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Dynamic Web TWAIN is:

  • Small: No C/C++ runtime library is used. Even with built-in JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIFF codec, the size of the CAB file is very small;
  • Fast: The core engine of the image processing part of Dynamic Web TWAIN is optimized with assembly language;
  • Easy to deploy: It allows you to copy the related resource files to your desired web server (IIS, IBM Notes, Websphere, Apache, and Tomcat on Windows, Linux, or other platforms).

Dynamic Web TWAIN also provides powerful add-ons to meet your overall image capture needs. You can easily integrate these essential add-ons as your document management needs grow or future-proof your application.

  • Mobile Web Capture: A web document capture SDK for iOS and Android browsers. It helps build document scanning web applications for mobile users to load, edit, save, upload files, and capture images from the camera right in mobile browsers.
  • PDF Rasterizer: To view and convert PDFs to images with JavaScript into popular storage-saving formats such as JPEG, PNG, or BMP or more editable formats such as TIF for greater archive flexibilities.
  • Barcode Reader: A powerful add-on for barcode detection in web applications. With the barcode library, you can quickly get 1D and 2D barcode info from scanned documents, IDs, or invoices.

Getting Started

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