Imaging for Windows XP

    Kodak/Wang Imaging is a neat program which first came out with Win95 as "Wang Imaging".  Kodak bought it from Wang Laboratories and changed the name so it came with Win98 as "Kodak Imaging".  Kodak later sold Imaging to eiStream, Inc. who started selling it separately rather than licensing it to Microsoft to be bundled with Windows so it disappeared from Windows XP which is a shame as it was a neat little program. You can now buy Imaging for Win XP for an exhorbitant price from     ::Update::  It seems Imaging is now owned by Global360.
    Imaging is a great program for something very specific which is to scan, view, edit, handle and annotate documents like faxes and similar documents.  I am not going to go into much detail because if you are reading this you probably already know Imaging.  Whenever I need to scan a document with several pages I use Imaging and scan it directly into a multipage TIFF file.  Using CCITT Fax4 compression gives the best compression efficiency for text. 
    What I like best in Imaging is the capability of making annotations on documents like forms.  You can type, draw, erase, etc.  These annotations can be left as a separate layer, removed or made permanent. 
    When I installed Win XP I spent some hours getting Imaging to work with XP.  I finally found a solution online but it took some time and tinkering.  I found the solution here.   The thread makes for good reading as there is some discussion about whether it is legal to port your Imaging program from Win 9X to Win XP. 
    Unfortunately the geocities link is dead because geocities disappeared.  I was sure I had kept a copy but could not find it when I needed it so I contacted the author, Ruben Benjamin, and he emailed it to me again, for which many thanks.  (Sure enough, as soon as I received it in the email I found the copy I had saved on my hard disk.)  Ruben has given me his permission to host the file here.  To download it click here.  Run the install.bat file and it will do the entire installation automatically. 
    What the BAT file does automatically and which you can do manually if you prefer is the following:  To run correctly in Windows XP, Imaging requires a number of files.  The following is a list of the 23 files that include executable files, ActiveX control files, DLL support files, and the Help files:
  • JPEG1X32.DLL
  • JPEG2X32.DLL
  • OIENG400.DLL
  • OIPRT400.DLL
  • OISLB400.DLL
  • OISSQ400.DLL
  • OITWA400.DLL
  • OIUI400.DLL
  • XIFFR3_0.DLL
    Once the files are extracted and placed in the correct folders, you’ll need to register Imaging’s four ActiveX control (OCX) files as command components in the registry.  To do so, you’ll use the Regsvr32.exe command line utility.  Open a command prompt, change to the C:\Windows\System32 directory, and enter the following four commands:

  • regsvr32 IMGADMIN.OCX
  • regsvr32 IMGEDIT.OCX
  • regsvr32 IMGSCAN.OCX
  • regsvr32 IMGTHUMB.OCX
    After you register the ActiveX controls, all you need to do to use Imaging in Window XP, is create a shortcut to the executable file.
    I still use Imaging regularly and it does everything I need.  It is a shame that we are forced to stop using perfectly good programs and purchase and learn new programs to do what we were already doing perfectly well.  I try to continue to use my old programs whenever I can.  Netmeeting, and Photodeluxe are others.

Imaging for Windows 7

    In Windows 7 it needs to be done a bit differently because the expand command does not copy the files to System 32 due to Windows 7 UAC restrictions.  However we can manually copy the files if we have admin privileges.  Download and then copy the files as administrator:

  • 1. Copy the contents of "win7 files" folder into Your Windows\System32 folder.
  • 2. Right click on the "install_win7.cmd" and select "Run As Administrator"
    I have not tested this personally as I am still running Win XP (and intend to stay with XP for as long as I can) so if you test it with Win7 your feedback with reports of success or problems is welcome.  Make sure to let me know what version of Win7 you used. 

Kodak Imaging

    A helpful reader tells me
    I have the Kodak controls on a Windows 7 machine.  I wanted to make them work 4.0.  The ocx controls are registered on the machine. I made them work.  They should be registered under the syswow64, and then you can compile them under .net 4.0 with no errors

2011 Nov 24: Added Win 7
2012 Dec 18: Added note on .NET 4