Drivers & Installation
The installation is easy. OP -215 comes out of the box ready to work. Installation can be as simple as plugging in the supplied USB cable. However, you also have other options.
The OP -215 receives power through the same USB cable as it uses for data. You can also get additional power from an optional AC power source (although it is not available at this time) or from a second supplied cable that plugs into the scanner power connector on one end and a second USB port on the computer, from the other. Canon says that using the power supply or second cable will increase the speed of scanning, but in the tests did not identify a big difference. Since different USB ports can provide different levels of power, you may or may not see a difference in your computer.
You also have the option whether or not to install the software. You can use the Canon CaptureOnTouch Lite utility stored in the scanner memory. Connect via USB cable, and the computer will view the memory as a USB drive. Depending on how your computer is configured, it will then start the utility automatically or stop running it manually.
Canon P-215 Scanner II Drivers
Another alternative is to install the full version of CaptureOnTouch, which gives you much more control over the scan settings. You can also install a TWAIN driver, which will allow you to scan directly from most Windows programs; Nuance PaperPort 11 for Document Management and Optical Character Recognition (OCR), NewSoft Presto! BizCard 6 SE for scanning and managing business cards, and connectors for Google Docs, Evernote and Microsoft Sharepoint.
OP -215 offers 600 pixels per inch (ppi) of optical resolution, which is much more than you need for document scanning. Its default setting is 200 ppi, which is usually sufficient. In the tests, the effective speed was 6.3 ppm and 12.6 ipm. This is an acceptable speed, even for a personal desktop scanner. For a portable scanner it is incredibly fast.
Despite the lackluster results in business card testing, the Canon imageFORMULA P-215 is more than a little impressive. It's fast, especially for scanning to the searchable PDF format, which offers an ADF and double-sided printing, and its text recognition is remarkably accurate. The combination makes it a standout winner, both as a capable personal computer scanner and even more so as a portable scanner that does not force you to compromise. So, did you like the Canon ImageFORMULA P-215? So check out the drivers that we have put together for you!