JUST SCAN IT

The “doxie one” is a portable scanner that needs no computer. Push a button and your piece of paper is digitized and saved to an SD memory card. The device sells for $149 and it can also save the scan directly to the web. The “doxie go” sells for $50 more and runs on a battery.

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SCANNERS LIVE IN VAIN

Our friend Carol has an old printer-scanner combo with the worst scanning software we’ve ever seen. It was enough to tick off the Good Humor man. Carol’s solution was to go out and buy a new Canon scanner. A cheaper and better way is to spend $50 and get some good scanning software, like the new PaperPort 14. This is version 14 of the handiest program we ever saw for organizing scanned documents and digital files. It’s great for organizing tax returns, receipts, letters, etc. You can select documents that go together and combine them into appropriate PDF stacks for emailing. This beats creating a zip file, because the recipient doesn’t have to have all the programs that created those […]

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A BETTER PDF READER

Adobe Reader is the free program most people use to open “PDFs,” which are documents that retain their original look (all the formatting and illustrations) no matter what system they’re viewed on. An alternative we like better is “Nitro PDF,” which is also free.

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HANDWRITING RECOGNITION

The Anoto penDocuments pen will let you fill out a form by hand and save it as a PDF without using a scanner.

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GETTING ORGANIZED

The new PaperPort 12 lets you combine different types of documents into one PDF, fill out forms online, make PDFs searchable, etc.

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OMNI-PRESENT

OmniPage 17 has Kindle assistant, network support and other new features.

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TAKING NOTES WITH YOUR CAMERA

“Cam to Scan” corrects the distortion you get when you take pictures of book pages, documents, or art on the wall.

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TALK ABOUT CHARACTERS

We tested the two leading OCR programs against each other and as these things often turn out, each is better at some things than the other.

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TO PDF OR NOT TO PDF

Two new $99 programs from Nuance and ABBYY take dead aim at Adobe’s $499 Acrobat Professional and offer to do nearly the same thing for much less. (Note: PDF stands for “portable document format” and means that any digital image saved in that format will look the same on a screen or in print regardless of the kind of computer you are using or the software it was created with.)

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