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Ray Kloss
Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.

Anybody used these and have some good/bad experience?


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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

Derek Cross
For sheetfed scanning I’d recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100i A4 Sheetfed Scanner.
Derek

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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

David Tapley
It sounds to me like he can’t destroy the books he wants to scan. But if he can, he could use a band saw to remove the spine and then feed short stacks of pages into a Scansnap (I use the s1300i) — that will work well.


Assuming he cannot destroy the books, an option that is more like the Evernote app he is used to is PDFpen Scan + — this is the one I use for most applications. It’s not free, and I forget what I paid for it, but it was not too expensive. It includes OCR which might be a welcome feature. I would use it before Evernote for the reason the OP stated.

I have not, myself, used a hand scanner, but those I know who have used them report variable results. I think I’d go with PDFpen if I were in this situation and could not wield a bandsaw on the books.

David


> On Jan 13, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Derek <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> For sheetfed scanning I’d recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100i A4 Sheetfed Scanner.
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>> On 13 Jan 2018, at 19:10, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.
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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

Ray Kloss
This is for a hand held scanner to bring to a library

> On Jan 13, 2018, at 4:19 PM, David Tapley <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> It sounds to me like he can’t destroy the books he wants to scan. But if he can, he could use a band saw to remove the spine and then feed short stacks of pages into a Scansnap (I use the s1300i) — that will work well.
>
>
> Assuming he cannot destroy the books, an option that is more like the Evernote app he is used to is PDFpen Scan + — this is the one I use for most applications. It’s not free, and I forget what I paid for it, but it was not too expensive. It includes OCR which might be a welcome feature. I would use it before Evernote for the reason the OP stated.
>
> I have not, myself, used a hand scanner, but those I know who have used them report variable results. I think I’d go with PDFpen if I were in this situation and could not wield a bandsaw on the books.
>
> David
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>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Derek <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> For sheetfed scanning I’d recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100i A4 Sheetfed Scanner.
>> Derek
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>>> On 13 Jan 2018, at 19:10, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>> Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.
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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

Ray Kloss
I think the idea of a iphone or ipad app that will just drop the documents into Dropbox it s great idea. I am looking for a hardware solution, but it really is an application and software solution since I have all the elements with me.

Thanks. I have Readdle’s Scanner Pro and that seems to work unless someone has a recommendation for one they like for me to try out.




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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

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On Jan 13, 2018, at 16:06, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
Thanks. I have Readdle’s Scanner Pro and that seems to work unless someone has a recommendation for one they like for me to try out.

I’ve used PDF Scan Us for this in the past and it works well. Also, the notes App included in iOS is excellent. 

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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

Neil Laubenthal
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Buy Scanner Pro or ScanBot for the phone for a few bucks. I do about 98% of my scanning that way now.

The ScanSnaps are also great but they won’t do books as they’re all sheet feeders.

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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

James Arnold
Scanning is built into the Notes app in IOS 11. That might be all you need.
James
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> On Jan 13, 2018, at 6:23 PM, Neil Laubenthal <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Buy Scanner Pro or ScanBot for the phone for a few bucks. I do about 98% of my scanning that way now.
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> The ScanSnaps are also great but they won’t do books as they’re all sheet feeders.
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>> document scanner to scan pages of books
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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

John Ferman-2
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I have two VuPoint portables marketed through Brookstone. One takes pages fed through a slot. The other a wand to be dragged over whatever. Both needed service but VuPoint has refused to fix ( their name is on them in very small print). Further, their driving apps have never been updated so with iOS 11 they will be dead. I would avoid VuPoint like the plague.

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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

Lynda Cook
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I’ve tried several wand scanners and found them lacking in many ways. I now use the phone for most applications, but also have a Flippal which works quite well. I’ve been able to scan large pages and merge them into a single doc with good results.

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> Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.
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> Anybody used these and have some good/bad experience?
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> For sheetfed scanning I’d recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100i A4 Sheetfed Scanner.
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>> On 13 Jan 2018, at 19:10, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.
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> It sounds to me like he can’t destroy the books he wants to scan. But if he can, he could use a band saw to remove the spine and then feed short stacks of pages into a Scansnap (I use the s1300i) — that will work well.
>
>
> Assuming he cannot destroy the books, an option that is more like the Evernote app he is used to is PDFpen Scan + — this is the one I use for most applications. It’s not free, and I forget what I paid for it, but it was not too expensive. It includes OCR which might be a welcome feature. I would use it before Evernote for the reason the OP stated.
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> I have not, myself, used a hand scanner, but those I know who have used them report variable results. I think I’d go with PDFpen if I were in this situation and could not wield a bandsaw on the books.
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> David
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>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Derek <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> For sheetfed scanning I’d recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100i A4 Sheetfed Scanner.
>> Derek
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>>> Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.
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>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 4:19 PM, David Tapley <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> It sounds to me like he can’t destroy the books he wants to scan. But if he can, he could use a band saw to remove the spine and then feed short stacks of pages into a Scansnap (I use the s1300i) — that will work well.
>>
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>> Assuming he cannot destroy the books, an option that is more like the Evernote app he is used to is PDFpen Scan + — this is the one I use for most applications. It’s not free, and I forget what I paid for it, but it was not too expensive. It includes OCR which might be a welcome feature. I would use it before Evernote for the reason the OP stated.
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>> I have not, myself, used a hand scanner, but those I know who have used them report variable results. I think I’d go with PDFpen if I were in this situation and could not wield a bandsaw on the books.
>>
>> David
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>>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 4:51 PM, Derek <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>> For sheetfed scanning I’d recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100i A4 Sheetfed Scanner.
>>> Derek
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>>>> Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.
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> I think the idea of a iphone or ipad app that will just drop the documents into Dropbox it s great idea. I am looking for a hardware solution, but it really is an application and software solution since I have all the elements with me.
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> Thanks. I have Readdle’s Scanner Pro and that seems to work unless someone has a recommendation for one they like for me to try out.
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>> 1. Some of the app icons on her dock change to the what I'd call a generic word processing icon. Then some will slowly change to their real icon. Also, some of her folder icons are overlayed with the icon of a document page with "docx" on lower portion. And clue why and how to fix?
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>> On Sat, Jan 13, 2018, at 11:10 AM, Ray Kloss wrote:
>> Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have
>> access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are
>> any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is
>> connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can
>> use can be tricky.
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> I have a refurbished VuPoint Magic Wand II, and it's fairly hard to control to keep the angle and speed constant, leading to smeared scans.  Whether this is because it's refurbished and has a problem I don't know.   Worse for books though is that they're meant for flat paper and can't handle curvature or get close enough to the binding unless the inner margins are really wide.
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> But there are lots of apps that can 'scan' via camera to a multipage pdf, at least a few that do deskewing and OCR well, and most have a standard share sheet. Prizmo will do the OCR on device (no data sent to the cloud), and it's pretty good at it, but it's one page at a time.  Even if you have to buy several apps to find one you like, it's cheaper than buying hardware, and maintenance-free.
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> Or just use the camera app to take the pics, then use a desktop app to manipulate them.
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> Good lighting can make a big difference in the results, so depending on what the end use is and if you have to do it on the road, it might be worth buying a small led light with diffuser. Something like the VidPro LED-36X Digital Photo & Video LED Light ($20, 3 AAA batteries) with a sheet of mylar (not aluminized mylar!) as a diffuser.  Or if the book is small, rig some mylar as a diffuser for the iphone flash.  But a broader light coming from the side is better.
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>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 16:06, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> Thanks. I have Readdle’s Scanner Pro and that seems to work unless someone has a recommendation for one they like for me to try out.
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> I’ve used PDF Scan Us for this in the past and it works well. Also, the notes App included in iOS is excellent.
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> Buy Scanner Pro or ScanBot for the phone for a few bucks. I do about 98% of my scanning that way now.
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> The ScanSnaps are also great but they won’t do books as they’re all sheet feeders.
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>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 14:10, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> document scanner to scan pages of books
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> Scanning is built into the Notes app in IOS 11. That might be all you need.
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>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 6:23 PM, Neil Laubenthal <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> Buy Scanner Pro or ScanBot for the phone for a few bucks. I do about 98% of my scanning that way now.
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>> The ScanSnaps are also great but they won’t do books as they’re all sheet feeders.
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>> neil
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>> The three kinds of stress…nuclear, cooking and a&&hole. Jello is the key to the relationship.
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>>> On Jan 13, 2018, at 14:10, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>>> document scanner to scan pages of books
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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

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Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.

Just FYI, Marc Zeedar wrote about the CZUR M3000 book scanner for TidBITS last summer.


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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

Jeff Porten
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I was impressed by the PUP at CES.

https://www.pupscan.com

Best,
Jeff


> On Jan 13, 2018, at 11:10 AM, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Will have need for a document scanner to scan pages of books that I have access to and wondered if the hand scanners by VuPoint or IrisScan are any good. I could take scan with my iPhone, but the App I use is connected to Evernote and getting it out of EverNote into a form I can use can be tricky.
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> Anybody used these and have some good/bad experience?
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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

Norm Beazer
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re the Pupscan

Were you able to judge whether hand movement was likely to be a problem with obtaining an accurate scan ?

thanks


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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

David Ross
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Something like this

https://www.etsy.com/listing/215119151/camstand-mini-smartphone-camera-mount?gpla=1&gao=1

might be a big help. I've seen much simpler setups but I'll leave those search for you. The key being something that allows the phone to be in the same spot OVER whatever it is your scanning.

David


On 1/13/18 6:06 PM, Ray Kloss wrote:
I think the idea of a iphone or ipad app that will just drop the documents into Dropbox it s great idea. I am looking for a hardware solution, but it really is an application and software solution since I have all the elements with me.

Thanks. I have Readdle’s Scanner Pro and that seems to work unless someone has a recommendation for one they like for me to try out.





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Re: Looking for a portable, handheld document scanner

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> might be a big help. I've seen much simpler setups but I'll leave those search for you. The key being something that allows the phone to be in the same spot OVER whatever it is your scanning.

Much less important that one might think. The iPhone does a fantastic job of straightening and un-skewing page scans. I've scanned several pages out of a book and ended up with things that the recipient had no idea I'd scanned with my phone.

Honestly, the biggest issue is getting the book to lie flat without your hand in the frame.

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