Basic but flawed iPhone camera scanner hides its best features
As great as the cameras are on our iPhones, the only reason to use them as document scanners is when you have no other choice. There are just too many inherent problems -- from the difficulty of focusing evenly, to how hard it is to just line up the paper edges consistently. Then, of course, if you do get it perfectly straight and perfectly lit, the instant you tap the iPhone screen you introduce a judder. Scanner 2 PDF aims to be that best scanner, and specifically to do one particularly important job well, but if it's got the features then it falls down on the execution.
Diminutive scanner purports to allow computer-free scanning
Sometimes, people need to scan things, but having a computer at hand to do so isn't exactly feasible. Maybe it's the home of a relative that lives on the outskirts of civilization with no Internet, looking to organize family photos. Maybe it's an office filing room that's too small to set up shop. Maybe it's the cabin of an airplane, and a traveler just wants to scan a page from Skymall. In this situation, the solution is generally to move items that need to be scanned to a location that has a scanner. With DoxieGo by Apparent, users don't have to worry about transportation; they can just throw the scanner in their bag and go. But can this ultra-portable scanner really make life that much easier? Read our review and find out.
Battery-operated scanner helps users save time, space and effort while on the go
In this day and age, there's a significant amount of pressure to go paperless, and downsize the amount of things that one collects over the years. However, what is a person to do with years of receipts, tax documents, business cards and forms that could be needed in a number of urgent situations? Enter the ultra-smart scanner that promises to help users pair down their paper clutter while freeing up some space on their desks. But can a small scanner really live up to the expectations set by larger, more familiar desktop scanners? Find out in our review.
New business-grade scanner capable of hitting speeds up to 30ppm, 60ipm
A new scanner was unveiled by Epson America this week, that looks to give businesses and professionals a new high-speed desktop scanning solution. The WorkForce DS-520 is a sheet-fed scanner that's capable of reaching speeds up to 30 pages per minute (ppm) or 60 images per minute (ipm) in black and white, color, and grayscale modes.
Perfection scanners aimed at professional crowd, features dual lens optical system
Epson is gearing up to release two new professional-level photo scanners in November, with the Perfection V800 Photo and Perfection V850 Pro. The scanners offer a number of scanning options, allowing users to scan photos and negatives -- including 35mm slides, medium format and film strips -- with the help of height adjustable film holders.
Epson introduces WorkForce DS-40 document scanner
Epson announced this past week the introduction of its first portable document scanner, the WorkForce DS-40. Enabling users to scan documents with a Wi-Fi connection directly to a PC, Mac or mobile device -- as well as offering one-touch scan-to-cloud capabilities -- the DS-40 offers full functionality while being small enough to carry in an average computer bag. The scanner can be powered by battery or USB source, and is able to scan a variety of original documents up to 8.5 by 36 inches. Featuring auto-sizing and text enhancement correction tools, the WorkForce DS-40 allows for integration into workplace infrastructures with the availability of a TWAIN driver, offering broad third-party software compatibility. The Epson WorkForce DS-40 is priced at $180, and is anticipated to be available this summer.
Portable scanner features transparent scanning window, removable lid
Scanner maker Apparent, makers of Doxie, have unveiled a new "ultra-mobile" flatbed scanner that features a removable lid and transparent scanning window, known as the Doxie Flip. The device is said to offer flatbed-quality scanning to just about anything that is basically flat -- including notoriously hard-to-scan items like books, scrapbooks, photo albums where the photos are not easily removed, coins, stamps and other items. The unit is cordless and battery-powered, saving to SD card media.
Units bridge gap between mobile scanners, workgroup printers
Printer and accessory maker Brother has debuted a new line of scanners aimed squarely at small-office and home-office (SOHO) users, combining the compact footprint and price point of a portable scanner with more advanced functions normally associated with desktop workgroup devices. The flagship of the line is the ADS-1500w, which offers simplex or duplex color scan speeds of up to 18 pages per minute (ppm), a 20-sheet capacity feeder, Internet connectivity and mobile scanning compatibility.
Adds one new camera, corrects lens and white balance issues, more
Alongside other OS X and security updates on Thursday, Apple also released updated drivers for Epson scanner and fax models, as well as a small update to its Digital RAW Compatibility file for iPhoto and Aperture. The RAW Compatibility update follows on the heels of the recently-released version 4.08, and adds support for only one camera, the Olympus PEN E-P5, but also restores lens correction to images shot by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, and addresses a white balance issue with some Nikon images modified by third-party apps.
Users can find appropriate versions through Software Update
Apple has updated its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility add-on for iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3.x with an update to version 4.07, which adds support for two new Panasonic cameras and a Sony Alpha model. In addition the company added support for some new Canon printer and scanner models. The Raw file update is for Lion and Mountain Lion only, while the Canon drivers update stretches back to Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.1 or higher).
Includes Presto Pagemanager 9, Bizcard Xpress software
Kodak, continuing its journey back from bankruptcy, has introduced a ScanMate i940 scanner specifically aimed at Apple users for the North American and European market. In addition to featuring increase image accuracy and precision capture, the unit now comes bundled with NewSoft software for Macs, including Presto Pagemanager 9 for scanning images and doing OCR on the scanner as well as Presto BizCard Xpress business card-scanning software.
IRIScan all-in-one mouse and scanner
Quite often, in our electronic world, it is necessary to make digital copies of documents or pictures. The IRIScan all-in-one mouse and scanner makes doing this super fast and easy. Electronista has one to give away; read on to learn more about this mouse and find out how you can enter to win.
Update improves printing for 10.6 through 10.8 users
On Thursday, Apple updated its set of drivers for various HP and Brother models for users of OS X from 10.6 up to the present 10.8.2. The updates, available through the Software Update mechanism or through a direct update from Apple's support pages, provides the latest drivers and bring in support for new and existing models for printers, scanners and all-in-one units from the two companies. Both require a minimum of OS X 10.6.1.
Wireless printers have paper cartridges at front, sits flush to wall
Canon has refreshed its printer and scanner lines with an improved design aesthetic and a number of functional improvements. Three Pixma printers, two of which are classed as "All-In-One" printers, and a CanoScan scanner have been listed by the company as being close to release in stores, with wireless connectivity being the main focal point, besides the redesigns.
Entry-level Doxie model scans at 300DPI, runs on AAA batteries
Scanner manufacturer Apparent today unveiled the Doxie One, a new pared-down version of the Doxie line of personal paper scanners aimed at homes, families, and small businesses. The portable scanner is capable of scanning anywhere in the workspace with no computer connection required to scan.
Computer-optional scanner can process 100 documents per charge
Optical character recognition pioneer I.R.I.S has announced the availability of IRIScan Anywhere 3, a cordless, battery-powered, portable scanner enabling mobile users to digitize documents, receipts, and photos without a connected computer.
Adds new models, updates others
Apple late today release updated printer drivers for Canon and FujiXerox printers, scanners and AIO units via its Software Update mechanism. The Canon update brings almost all of the company's drivers up to v10.42.1.0 and adds some new models as well, while the FujiXerox update changes the version on a handful of the company's many supported printers to either v2.1 or v2.2, leaving most of them (including some new-model additions) at v2.0.
Pitched as ideal for teachers and students
Apparent Corporation, makers of IntelliScanner, has added a re-priced, academic version of its Doxie portable USB-powered document scanner called Doxie U. with the same features as the consumer version. Both the consumer and education versions are low-cost, lightweight, single-page document scanners designed for quick and easy scanning to PDF format and optional upload to a number of cloud services, including Evernote, Flickr, Google Docs and several others, or simply saving PDFs to disk.
The great Scan-tini?
After scanning more than 2,700 pages using the Canon ImageFormula P-150M "Scan-tini" personal document scanner, MacNN Reviews Editor Ilene Hoffman is ready to weigh in on whether this lightweight, compact, USB-powered scanner (which includes self-loading software for Mac and Windows and can scan up to 20 double-sided pages at a time) is up to the heavy-duty jobs. Able to scan at up to 600dpi and 24-bit color, can this pricey-but-portable scanner put a dent in your office clutter without the size and bulk of a traditional model? We'll find out in our exclusive review.
Version 3.5 ads improved 3rd-party scanner support
The Neat Company has released an update to its Mac scanning software, NeatWorks for Mac v3.5. The software works with both of the company's scanners, the NeatDesk for Mac and the mobile NeatReceipts for Mac. The scanning software uses optical character recognition and parsing technology to scan information on receipts, business cards and documents, then extracts data to create expense reports, complete tax forms, add to contact lists and track spending. The v3.5 update adds more income tax support, with a new tax report function that rolls up tax-deductible expenses by category. It also offers improved export to Turbo Tax, Excel and Numbers.
v2.12.1 improves barcode recognition as well
ExactCode GhbH has updated its ExactScan 2 Pro to version 2.12.1, adding 11 new OCR languages and improved OCR barcode recognition and accuracy. ExactScan allows Mac users to work with scanners that are otherwise unsupported on the platform, bringing 200 custom drivers for various models from Avision, Kodak, Oki, HP, Visioneer and Xerox along with support for hundreds of other models via TWAIN support.
Well-built and flexible, but will it do the job?
Although many homes use all-in-ones to save space, when the need to scan archival material turns serious, so does the need for a flexible, good-quality scanner that can handle a variety of formats. This Epson scanner handles photos, slides and medium-format postivies, but is it good enough when your family's history is at stake? Our Epson Perfection V600 review compares results and offers guidance on getting the most out of this $200 scanner.
Tracks inventory, assets via barcodes
IntelliScanner, makers of handheld barcode scanners for home and business, have added the IntelliScanner Soho 150 to their lineup, aimed at small business owners who want to track inventory, media and assets simply. The scanner features a 4,000-scan capacity storage chip, allowing it to be used wirelessly, and includes software to create inventories or media databases, as well as working with many popular database programs.
New Automator action automates common tasks
Elevated Software Development has announced fScanX 1.4, an update to its document scanning software for Fujitsu scanners. The app provides tools for scanning documents into files, with support for speeds of up to 90 pages per minute. The utility is designed for Fujitsu scanners, including the fi-6140, fi-4340C, and fi-6670. The latest version offers support for flatbed scanners, while integrating a tool for automating scans.
Version 3.0 adds Tax categories, sub-folders
Neat has launched NeatWorks for Mac 3.0 (site not updated) at IDG's 2010 Macworld Expo. The scanning software provides a system for digital filing that allows users to import and organize receipts, business cards, and documents. Users can create expense reports and keep records of vendors, dates, totals and sales tax. Supported scanners include the company's NeatDesk and NeatReceipts (portable) devices, along with HP and Canon scanners.
Converts 35mm film into digital images
PlusTek Technology has expanded its line of OpticFilm USB-attached scanners with the release of the OpticFilm 7600i Ai and 7600i SE. Both new scanners are designed to convert 35mm film and slides into digital images, at resolutions up to 7200dpi. Each scanner in the OpticFilm series uses an LED-based illumination system, which is claimed to provide improved consistency while using up to 30 percent less power. The devices also integrate a Multiple Exposure feature for increasing the effective dynamic range of images.
Portable scanner for Mac
Apparent this week will be displaying the Doxie document scanner in Las Vegas ahead of CES. The new compact portable-scanner is capable of sending scanned documents or photos directly to popular web-apps including Evernote, Flickr, and Google Docs, as well as printing to desktop apps such as iPhoto or Picasa. Features include a Doxie Cloud PDF hosting service which enables users to share documents with other people through Twitter, e-mail or chat.
IntelliScanner Classic barcode scanner
IntelliScanner has announced a new barcode scanner, the IntelliScanner Classic, for organizing books, movies or media. It features AutoFill technology that automatically identifies scanned characters and then fills the correct information directly into the web-based database. When scanning an item, the user receives detailed information such as cover art and release dates, while content can be organized by favorites.
NeatReceipts sale, OS X
In Brief: Neat is running a promotion that drops the price of the portable NeatReceipts scanner down to $99. Softpress is currently offering a free copy of Snow Leopard for any customers purchasing the company's Freeway software, while MyService includes a free copy of the Mac upgrade with any MacBook hard drive upgrade. Meanwhile, Joe Kissel has released two new e-books that provide help for users upgrading to Snow Leopard and using the new operating system.
Epson V500 scanner
Epson on Tuesday introduced the V500, its latest scanner designed for small offices or home-based businesses. The device integrates a 30-page automatic document feeder with scan speeds of up to three pages per minute. ReadyScan LED technology is claimed to eliminate warm-up time when starting a scan or switching between reflective and film scanning.
Plustek adds A300 scanner
Plustek has launched a new, large-format scanner, the A300, in its OpticBook series of flatbed scanners. The scanner line consists of four different models geared for scanning books and other bound documents, with technology designed to correct curvatures and eliminating shadows caused by the depth of book scans. The series now includes the OpticBook A300, the OpticBook 3600/3600 Plus and the recently-released OpticBook 4600. The new A300 scans large format (12x17 inches) A3-sized pages at a 2.4-second pace, with support for thick books without requiring unbinding. The device also features automatic PDF conversion and optical character recognition (OCR) technology.
Group effort scanners
Three companies, Fujitsu, FileMaker Inc., and Acordex, have combined resources in order to target the low-cost, high-speed document scanning market. The companies have integrated Acordex's DocKeep Pro with FileMaker Pro 10, to help produce high-speed scanning using Fujitsu's fi-6130 and fi-6140 document scanners.
Intelliscanner mini ships
IntelliScanner (Booth No. 537S) has announced its IntelliScanner mini cubed. The scanner uses barcode technology to automatically organize household items like movies, books and wine. The mini offers personalized asset tags and new software features for managing home assets, managing items for insurance records and sharing items with friends. The scanner is portable, with a rechargeable battery and retains scanned info until it can be synced to a Mac via USB.
Epson sheetfed scanners
Technology company Epson has introduced the WorkForce Pro GT-S50 and GT-S80, its first sheet-fed scanners. The devices can both handle documents up to 6.5 inches by 36 inches, along with rigid ID cards, with automatic paper size detection. A dual-color CCD sensor and mercury-free Led technology are claimed to eliminate warm-up waiting time. The interface is displayed on an LCD panel that allows one-touch scan or scan-to-PDF. Both sides of a document are scanned in just one pass, with functions for automatic de-skew and background color removal.
Computers were supposed to give us the paperless office, but anyone who uses them knows that they create more paper than ever before. While paper can be convenient for storing information, itís not always as convenient to store or share with others in large quantities. To solve this problem, Fujitsu offers a unique portable device called the ScanSnap S300.
IntelliScanner for comics
IntelliScanner has combined a barcode reader with special software aimed a helping comic book collectors organize their collections. Using a database of more than 250,000 comics, Comic Edition automatically downloads information on each item in a user's collection, including the title, date, author and cover art. The software includes support for the iPhone and online collection sharing.
CardScan Executive for Mac
CardScan on Monday unveiled the CardScan Executive for Mac, a set which includes a business card scanner, coupled with contact management and synchronization software. The scanner itself is capable of reading 20 color cards per minute, while the software is able to take information from the scanner, email signatures, files, and more. CardScan Executive for Mac is available at select Apple Stores, Apple's website, and a number of retailers for $260.
Practically everyone hands out business cards. Unfortunately, business cards can be easily lost or misplaced. To save this information, you could take every business card you get and retype this information into your favorite contact manager database. For an occasional card, this method is acceptable but if you need to handle multiple business cards on a regular basis, this method is clumsy and tedious. For a faster and easier solution, use the CardScan Executive.
Epson intros photo scanner
Epson on Friday announced its Perfection V300 Photo scanner is now shipping. The new scanner is aimed at photographers and features a 4800x9600dpi scanning resolution with the ability to scan 35mm film and slides thanks to a built-in transparency unit. Epson also outfitted its newest addition with ReadyScan LED technology, which is more energy efficient and requires no warm-up time when compared to traditional mercury-filled cathode flourescent lamps used in scanners.
Silverfast supports Nikon
SilverFast software has been upgraded to add Mac OS X Leopard compatibility for numerous Nikon film scanners. Version 6.6, first released May 25, bails out Mac owners who were told by Nikon that the company will not provide Nikon software support for Mac OX X 10.5. The updated scanner software will support owners of older Nikon film scanners (Coolscan IV and V ED, Super Coolscan 2000, 4000 ED and 5000 ED) and the most recent revision (6.6.0r1a) adds medium-format capable LS-8000 and LS-9000, on both PPC- and Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.5 and above. The software is available for a range of prices (between $400 and $512 for the Super Coolscan 5000 for example) and requires a minimum of Mac OS X 10.3.
Plustek OpticFilm scanners
Plustek today unveiled several new OpticFilm scanners, the 7300, 7500i SE, and 7500i AI, three consumer models that feature a scan resolution of 7200 by 7200 dots-per-inch. In addition to offering four-scan multisampling and a multi-exposure engine, the 7500i models feature SilverFast's Infrared Smart Removal of Defects technology, which removes defects on the surface of the film in the scanned image. The two 7500i models will sell for $400 and $600 respectively, while the 7300 is priced at $300.
Polk in Apple stores, Yaho
In brief: We've posted a Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M review, Polk Audio products will soon show up in Apple stores, Northwestern students used iPhones to gauge Super Bowl ads, Nielsen has Yahoo!/Microsoft merger metrics, and Tessera has acquired Fotonation ... We have posted a review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M, which seems to be the one exception to various negative assumptions about scanners. It is a small scanner, about the size of a loaf of bread (11.2 in. ◊ 6.2 in. ◊ 6.2 in.), and weighs only 5.9 lb. The paper feeder can hold 50 sheets and it can scan a variety of paper sizes, including 8.5 x 14.17-inches (216 x 360 mm) down to 2 x 2-inches (50.8 x 50.8 mm). At best, the ScanSnap can scan color documents at 600dpi, black and white at 1,200dpi, and Duplex at 0.6 pages per minute to 1.2 images per minute.
ScanSnap S300M debuts
Fujitsu today introduced its ScanSnap S300M mobile scanner (site not updated, similar model shown at right), which it claims is the world's smallest color duplex automatic document feeding scanner for Mac users. The new device weighs less than 3.1-pounds, and boasts a compact footprint of 11.2 x 3.7 x 3.0-inches. Operating via a USB connection, the ScanSnap S300M operates without the need of an external power supply to scan documents on-the-go. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M scanner is slated for shipment after March 15th, 2008 for $300.
IRIScan USB OCR scanner
I.R.I.S. Group has announced the release of the IRIScan 2, a portable full document scanner. The compact, light sheet-fed scanner is USB-powered and fits any laptop suitcase, according to the company. Available in both Express and Executive versions, the IRIScan 2 comes with an extended suite of applications to manage paper documents, including Readiris Pro 11 PC and/or Mac, the latest versions of IRISí OCR software. The software will recognize documents text information and generate a PDF or an editable Office document. The scanner is designed to scan from small-sized paper documents (e.g. business cards) up to letter size documents at resolutions of up to 1200 dpi (color, grayscale or black/white). The scanner has two useful buttons, one allowing you to scan directly into Readiris, the other to launch Cardiris when you scan a business card.
Fujitsu to demo scanner
Fujitsu has promised to showcase its newest ScanSnap Scanner for Mac at the Macworld 2008 Conference and Expo from January 14-18 in San Francisco, CA. The company also said it will announce a forthcoming device to address the mobile document imaging needs of the Mac community. Fujitsu's new ScanSnap S510M is one of the only single-pass duplex automatic document feeder (ADF) scanners available today for the Apple community, according to the company, and comes bundled with ABBYY FineReader 3.0 optical character recognition (OCR) software. Live demonstrations of the S510M will take place at booth no. S308.
Wine Collector 250 ships
IntelliScanner has unveiled its Wine Collector 250, a portable barcode scanner and companion software package for managing wine collections. The scanner and software provide instant wine bottle details using an internet-enabled database and AUtoFill technology, helping users to determine the best drinking time and build custom reports to facilitate collection sharing with integrated iPhone sharing as well as Web 2.0 publishing. Wine Collector 250 is already shipping for $300, with a special edition model that includes a corded non-portable scanner also available for $200.
Brother color MFC lasers
Brother on Tuesday unveiled its first line of digital color laser copier-printers, with the introduction of the DCP-9040CN and DCP-9045CDN. Targeted at small offices and workgroups, the DCP-9000 series uses the same single-pass print engine that is resident in the HL-4000 and MFC-9000 series devices that were introduced earlier this year. The new line of all-in-ones feature up to 21 pages-per-minute print speeds in both color and monochrome, producing up to 2400 x 600 DPI prints. The units connect through Ethernet and USB 2.0, and the upper model features compatibility with USB Direct Interface electronics, such as USB flash drives and PictBridge-enabled cameras. Brother is selling the DCP-9040CN for $600, while the DCP-9045CDN will be available for $700 in December.