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Hands On: Office Lens 1.01 (iOS, Android)

04/20, 7:20am

Smart document scanning app comes to iOS

Didn't we just do this one? At first glance, if you compare the new Microsoft Office Lens to Evernote Scannable, you might conclude that one is red and one is a sort of cyan blue. Otherwise, they do the same job of scanning documents very quickly, they do the same job of processing them, and they do a very similar job of passing that data on to other applications. In the case of Office Lens, that is chiefly anything beginning with Microsoft, and with Scannable, that is chiefly Evernote.

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Hands On: PDFpen Scan+ 2.0 (iOS)

04/01, 8:33pm

Point and scan feature makes this app quick and convenient

From the makers of PDFpen for Mac and iOS comes the newly-updated PDFpen Scan+ which is a way to quickly photograph documents and turn the text into something you can then copy out, email, or reuse anywhere else. The new version now automatically crops photographs, so you don't end up with hundreds of shots of the edge of your desk. It also increases the speed of scanning thanks to new automated features.

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Pointers: Scanning Business Cards with Evernote (iOS)

03/23, 7:32am

Make this nearly brilliant feature work for you

The first time you use this feature of Evernote for iOS, you will go "wow!". Unfortunately, before you finish using it for the first time, you will also go "oh." For Evernote is practically magical in how it will scan a business card, and cull every last detail off it -- and then it's surprisingly bad at what it does with that information.

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Hands On: TurboScan (iOS)

02/16, 1:52pm

TurboScan turns your iPhone into a high quality portable scanner

Not every household these days has a scanner, and you're quite a bit less likely to run into a person who keeps a scanner with them at all times. This is the main motivation for the recent surge in "scanning" apps in the App Store, or photography-based apps that convert images into PDFs or high-resolution JPGs. We sat down with TurboScan by Piksoft, to see how it stacks up against other similar apps.

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Hands On: ExactScan Pro 2.5.7 (OS X)

02/04, 8:50am

Fast, clever and adaptable scanning software

The day that printers started coming with scanners was the day aspirin sales doubled. You can't get hardware that's less reliable or costly to run than a printer, but what's more galling is that scanners come with software -- and so should be easy to use, but rarely are. Nonetheless, every scanner ships with some kind of app, and OS X's Swiss Army Knife-like application Preview can connect to just about anything. That means many people won't even realize they could change to something better, and will instead just play through the pain, while thinking fondly of a time when all of us will be paperless forever. We look forward to that time too, but for now, the Exactscan suite, in either standard or pro versions, helps out tremendously.

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HP Scanjet Pro3000 s2 announced, includes 50-page automatic feeder

05/02, 3:59pm

Capable of 600dpi scans, 20 color pages per minute at 300dpi

HP has announced the availability of the Scanjet Pro3000 s2 for business users. Said to plug into existing scanning platforms, the sheet feed scanner includes a 50-page automatic feeder for mass document scanning, and is capable of scanning A4-sized pages at 300dpi in color at up to 20 pages per minute.

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MacNN reviews NeatWorks for Mac 3.0 with tax categories

04/29, 9:25pm

Software has excellent database, poor OCR

MacNN has reviewed the latest update to Neat's scanning software, NeatWorks for Mac 3.0. The suite scans receipts, business cards and full-sized documents, using intelligent optical character recognition (OCR) to append metadata to the scanned files. The software has a database for tracking trends and printing reports -- Version 3.0 adds tax categories for the U.S. and Canada, with support for individual tax forms. The company has also added Quick Look integration and workflow improvements, such as keyboard shortcuts, blank page removal, better speed, and an improved report interface.

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