This is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
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I have written often about Evernote, one of my favorite software tools. I use Evernote several times most every day, both for genealogy and for all sorts of non-genealogy tasks. About two weeks ago the Evernote Corporation announced the release of the ScanSnap Evernote Edition, a desktop scanner designed especially for use with Evernote. Insert a stack of documents into the scanner, press a button, and all the documents are digitized, OCR'ed (converted to computer text), and inserted into Evernote automatically. It scans, senses, and autofiles your photos, receipts, business cards, and documents into your designated Evernote notebooks (which work like folders). It works with either Windows or Macintosh systems. The ScanSnap Evernote Edition does this via either wired or wireless wi-fi connections.
I published the announcement in this newsletter a few days ago at http://goo.gl/y4Z6IM and then wrote, "I ordered mine this morning. Maybe I'll write about it after it arrives and I get to use it for a few days." I can now report that the scanner arrived just over a week ago, and I have used it a lot since then. This is the article that I promised.
I already own and use a Hewlett-Packard scanner, and it has served me well for a couple of years. However, it is a typical "flatbed" scanner: it only scans one side of one sheet of paper or photograph at a time. If I wish to scan both sides, I have to make a scan of one side, then remove the paper, turn it over, place it back into the scanner, and make a second scan. Should I wish to save the scanned images in Evernote, I then have to manually copy the newly-created images into Evernote. If I wish to scan both sides of perhaps 50 documents, the process could take a couple of hours.
In contrast, the ScanSnap Evernote Edition allows me to insert a stack of documents and push a button, and both sides of every document are scanned within seconds. At a scanning speed of 25 pages per minute, digitizing 50 documents or photos requires about two minutes. Documents to be scanned can even be of different sizes; the documents placed in the input tray can be a mix of 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch paper, photographs of various sizes, long strips of cash register receipts from the grocery store, business cards, and more. The scanner's specifications state that it will scan A3, B4, and 11” x 17” documents. I also found that it will scan those narrow cash register receipts up to 34” long.
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