Photoshop Elements: import from scanner needs option to save as PNG

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PSE10

Using WIA Support to scan into the Editor works great, but the image is saved as a BMP. I'd like to have the option to always save the scan as a PNG.
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This is not a function that is controlled by Photoshop Elements. Scanner importing within Photoshop Elements is really just a shortcut to the Windows scanner controls. You may need to contact your device manufacturer for information about how to change the default file format of scans.
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These two dialog windows come from WIA, from Windows itself. Your best bet is to find file format settings by clicking on the Properties button in the second dialog:
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It seems you're speaking in contradictions.

In your reply to my other question about TWAIN in Organizer, you said that Organizer does not use TWAIN, but rather a modified WIA. Organizer allows selecting PNG as the format.

All I'm asking for is that same option in the Editor.
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I do see that. You are correct and I'm not sure why this limitation exists. I'll send this one to the engineers.
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Ken, you mind checking something for me? I don't have access to a scanner currently.

When you scan using the Organizer, a file is created on your computer immediately, hence it is very important to choose a file format up front.

But when you scan using the Editor, no file is created, it just opens up the scanned information into Editor. You can then edit the file and choose whether to save it or not, and when you save it you get to choose the format at that point.

Am I correct on this? That no file is actually save when you scan?

This is important because if this is true, it makes this request irrelevant. If no file is created, there is no point choosing up front what the file will be. When we look at the file type the image has in the Editor, this doesn't really mean anything, you can save it as PNG or whatever when it comes time to save. But you should know the BMP is the Windows default format (the native format of MS Paint) and that any imaging information passed through WIA would also be BMP, which is why Editor reports this is the case.

In other words, this really would be a request to Microsoft to have WIA pass image information to WIA applications in more formats than the Windows default.
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Brett,

You're not correct on that. For comparison purposes, let's choose a common application that we can agree uses WIA -- the Windows Paint app installed as part of Win7.

In Paint:
1. If no scanner is connected, the option to acquire an image is grayed out and unavailable, as it should be.
2. When a scanner is connected, the acquire image from scanner option becomes available.
3. When clicked, that acquisition option correctly finds the only scanner connected to my computer, and displays its name as "Lexmark 4300 Series" in the next window -- the scanning window.
4. That scanning window allows setting the DPI, previewing the scan and initiating the scan.
5. When the scan completes, the image is displayed in the Paint editing window -- no image is automatically saved to disk.
6. When I choose to save the image, the standard Windows FileSave dialog appears with PNG selected as the default format. Other formats, such as BMP, are available, too.

Now, in PSE10 Editor:
1. If no scanner is connected, choosing Import...WIA Support generates an error message box saying that no scanner is connected.
2. When a scanner is connected, choosing WIA Support opens a new dialog box listing the scanner as "Lexmark 4300 Series", but FORCING me to choose a folder into which the scanned image will be placed.
3. Continuing from that dialog box opens the WIA scanning window as in step #4 above.
4. When the scan completes, the image appears in the Editor window as "IMG.BMP", and is the image saved in the folder chosen in step #2 here.

I don't like the current behaviour of PSE10's Editor when using WIA Support for scanning. I much prefer the behaviour exhibited by Windows Paint. If the PSE10 Editor wants to support scanning multiple images, that's OK, but that should be a specific, selectable option rather than always forcing the incoming scan to be saved as a BMP in a folder.

Ken
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Brett,

Thank you, sir. Much appreciated.
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Thanks for confirming this. I'll pass this along to our engineers.
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Cool.