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I want an application that will:

  1. Use pictures I've already taken of documents
  2. Remove the background
  3. Transform the image to be the right shape for a document
  4. Convert it to PDF

Preferably it should:

  • Run on Windows 10
  • Be FOSS

Essentially a desktop version of Google Drive Scan to PDF.

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  • For which desktop? What OS must it run on? And does your wish for open-source also imply free-of-charge? And it should basically do what unpaper does (those of us not using GDrive might be unaware of what the mentioned "Drive Scan" does – so we'll need your requirements listed explicitly, see How to ask for an alternative to some software)?
    – Izzy
    Jul 27 at 7:27
  • You can check Adobe Lens (for mobile) to combine the process of take photo and convert it to pdf Jul 27 at 14:01
  • @Izzy Updated to address your comment. Unpaper looks like it might be close to what I need from reading their documentation, but it doesn't support JPG files. The drive scan reference is a summary of the ask.
    – Ian
    Jul 27 at 16:15
  • Hm, maybe pipelining could work: imagetops takes an image and turns it into a postscript file, which could be converted to PDF using ps2pdf. Combined: imagetops image.jpg | ps2pdf - image.pdf (if unpaper accepts input from STDIN, replace image.pdf by another - and pipe that to unpaper). Not sure about the quality of that, though – so hopefully there are better options. Luckily, my scanner software directly creates PDF files which I then can process using pdfsandwich, which a.o. utilizes unpaper…
    – Izzy
    Jul 27 at 20:09

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I don't know what you mean by "remove the background" but I use File Converter for conversions. Works on image, video and audio files. I just checked .jpg and it converted to .pdf like expected. It can't crop the image, but that can be done easily in several native Windows apps.

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Try ilovepdf. It contains every tool you need to use PDFs, at your fingertips. All are 100% FREE and easy to use! Merge, split, compress, convert, rotate, unlock and watermark PDFs with just a few clicks.

However, if you're yet to take a snapshot of the documents, you can use google lens on your mobile phone to capture the texts. Then, save and transfer the file to your desktop and convert to pdf.

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