Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a "contactless" USB scanner for books and other documents beyond the capabilities of sheet-fed scanners (see article below), a WiFi surveillance camera, an iPhone weather app, and an iPhone mount. Don't miss the next issue.
TAKE THE LAST STEP FROM LESS PAPER TO PAPERLESS
First, you bought a desktop scanner to eliminate paper from your office. Then you bought a network or production scanner to eliminate paper from your law firm. Then you bought a portable scanner to prevent bringing paper to your office after a trip. What's left? Well, you probably walk by it every day — the out-of-print books and magazines in your law firm's library that you'd like to keep. Oh — and maybe a few hundred business cards and fragile documents such as old wills just a few items that sheet-fed scanners don't handle well or at all.
ScanSnap SV600 … in One Sentence
Launched last week, Fujitsu's ScanSnap SV600 is an overhead USB "contactless" document scanner.
The Killer Feature
Scanning a book sounds like a grueling task. You'll probably want to create an uplifting playlist and don headphones, but the ScanSnap SV600 has a number of technologies to make this chore less time-consuming.
For example, the scanner detects page turning. Thus, once you position a book, you just turn pages. The scanner automatically scans each pair of pages without you having to press a button. Alternatively, you can time the interval between scans. The SV600 also automatically flattens "book curves" for better quality digital versions. Perhaps most impressively, the scanner omits fingers from scans in the event you don't yank away your hand fast enough after turning a page.
Other Notable Features
The SV600 weighs 6.6 pounds. Its base measures 8.27 x 6.1 x 15 inches. It scans documents ranging in size from 1 x 1 inches to 17 x 11.8 inches at resolutions up to 600 dpi. Each scan takes about three seconds. Scanning technologies include straightening (deskew) as well as automatic color, orientation, and size detection. You can save documents in JPG or PDF formats (including searchable PDF).
Fujitsu's engineers incorporated several other technologies designed to make scanning more efficient. Most notably, you need not scan one item at a time thanks to multiple document detection technology. This obviously works best with small documents. For example, you can scan several business cards simultaneously.
What Else Should You Know?
The SV600 requires a PC running Windows XP or later. Fujitsu has a reputation for generous software bundles. The SV600 includes Adobe Acrobat Standard, ABBYY FineReader (traditional OCR), Rack2-Filer Smart (document management), CardMinder (business card OCR), and of course Fujitsu's own ScanSnap Manager (scan settings) and ScanSnap Organizer (document management). The SV600 has an MSRP of $795. Learn more about ScanSnap SV600.
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