Tag - Scanning
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by the Authors Guild and other writers, ending a case in which the guild had challenged Google's wholesale scanning of books for which they did not own the copyright. In letting stand the lower Second US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, the justices essentially condoned what the Authors Guild called "an unprecedented judicial expansion of the 'fair-use' doctrine." The ruling opens the door for anyone, from students to other large-scale preservation or information projects, to scan books under copyright and make them freely available, as long as it fits the "fair use" conditions.
You've got documents to scan and you've got a phone with a great camera: it is surely a no-brainier that you should be able to use your iPhone for scanning. Yet it's a no-brainier that takes a lot of thought and work on the part of app developers if you're to get something useful out of it. With this latest release, Readdle aims to make Scanner Pro 7.0 more useful than ever and specifically so because of its new OCR features.
There is no iPhone scanning app that will get you the same results you have from a desktop scanner like a Fujitsu ScanSnap or a portable document one like a Doxie. However, even portable ones need carrying around, and desktop ones need a desktop, whereas your iPhone is with you all the time and everywhere. What Scanner Pro 6 does is let you photograph a document, and calls that a scan. There are alternatives, and there have been five previous versions of this one, but developer Readdle adds improvements and one potentially brilliant new feature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.