ONE REAL FAST PHOTO SCANNER

Our new Epson “FastFoto” scanner sucked in photos so fast it made us laugh. Put a stack in, and the photos jump through the scanner like they’ve been shot out of a cannon. Typical speed is one a second. Then we asked ourselves the big question: Why get a photo scanner when ScanMyPhotos.com will do it for you?  For instance, they’ll currently scan a thousand 4- by-6-inch photos for $50. No muss, no fuss. So here’s why your own scanner might be more useful: A scanned photo, sent by email or shared on Facebook, is often a spur of the moment thing. Reach your hand into an old collection, pull out a stack and put them in the FastFoto scanner. […]

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THE END OF PRINTED TEXTBOOKS?

If your college textbook is available online, it’s probably a lot cheaper than the printed version. In fact, scanning books to put them online for sale sounds like a good business. Unfortunately, an advanced scanner costs $20,000, and of course there are copyright problems.

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USING YOUR CAMERA TO SCAN DOCUMENTS

“Turboscan” was suggested by a doctor who reads our column. He said it’s good for scanning a document with your camera phone and it worked well in our tests. It’s $3 for Android or iPhone. It lets you take multi-page scans. Crop the results and you can combine three similar shots to get better resolution. When satisfied, tap the app to email the document as a PDF.

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FASTER THAN FAXING

Joy’s 96 year-old friend Ida had a real estate document that needed faxing. Joy’s scanner didn’t work, so what to do? Well, she took a picture of Ida’s document and emailed it.

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SAVE IT AND STORE IT

A $500 scanner sounds like $400 too much. But the “NeatConnect” is so useful we’re going to buy it. This is our ultimate test for any product: can you sell it to us?

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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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SCANNER MOUSE

Ever wish your computer’s mouse was also a scanner? LG is introducing one.

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BOOK SCANNER

Want to digitize your comic books, textbooks and rare books without breaking their backs? Plustek has come out with the OpticBook 3800. We found it offered for $250-$280 on the web.

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SCANNING YOUR PHOTOS

GoClickFree.com and Verbatim have photo DVDs that automatically back up digital photos. Canon has an easy to use scanner for turning regular prints into digital ones.

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FLEXIBLE SCANNER

Visioneer scanner can be either a desktop or portable unit.

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