...scanners that let you scan exactly what you want from a page: words, sentences, paragraphs, images. These are "line scanners" (scan a line at a time, not a whole page).
How They Work
Inside the tip of the scanning pen is a highly sophisticated electronic eye that helps simplify your life. This eye enables you to scan different types of information from the printed page into your scanning pen.
The scanning pen processes this information via Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and performs other subsequent tasks so you can use that information more easily. You can:
Transfer to PC, PDA, or Smartphone. View stored information on the integrated LCD display and easily transfer data to any PC, PDA, or Smartphone via standard USB or infra-red connections.
Edit. Use any Windows application to work with the text you have scanned and transferred.
Listen to scanned paragraphs.
Scan only the text you actually need. These are line scanners. One feature of a line scanner is you can see what you're scanning while you're scanning. You don't end up scanning extraneous material. You scan only what you need for your project, archive, or other purpose. When doing research, you typically need only an excerpt from a page rather than an entire page. So just scan the citation you need, and you don't have to stop to make notes about why you made a photocopy or scanned a whole page.
Typical uses of a page excerpt scanner include:
Take notes from a book as you're reading it.
Save captions, quotes, and citations.
Save a passage, not a whole chapter.
Build a bibliography.
Archive from hardcopy to electronic storage.
Import hardcopy data to a Windows application.
Conduct research more efficiently: college research papers, legal work, engineering applications, scientific research.
Save family recipes and other information that would otherwise be lost on paper.
A page excerpt scanner may may be corded, wireless, or mobile. A corded or wireless scanner is a "peripheral" whose output goes directly to the computer. A mobile one is self-contained; it operates without needing to communicate with your computer during the scan.
A peripheral scanner scanner typically connects to a PC, but some types connect to Android devices and some models connect to a Mac. The typical peripheral scanning pen has these features:
Drag-free cord (if corded; obviously a Bluetooth model has no cord).
No batteries required (if corded; obviously a Bluetooth model has no cord).
The typical mobile scanner has these features:
Long-life batteries (and most models will accept rechargeable, even if externally charged).
And both are likely to have these features:
Lightweight and compact.
Easy setup and use.
Handsome styling (not the old bulky plastic-looking gizmos of yesteryear).
USB connectivity (pretty standard today), or even wireless.
The typical page excerpt scanner comes with a charger, software, and user manuals. Don't be intimidated by the manuals, there really isn't that much involved in using a scanner.
Page excerpt scanning is easy, but a few tips will help you do a better job.
Move your hand at a slow and steady speed. It helps to keep your wrist straight and just swing across the page with your arm. It's the same motion you need to highlight a line of text on a page using a yellow highlighter. So there is a technique to it, but you very likely have already mastered that technique.
If a paper starts to curl, roll it up in the direction opposite the curl then unroll it. You can also try dragging it gently across the edge of a desktop (just don't crease it).
If it's an important document, "frame" it the way photographers frame an important shot. But instead of adjusting the shutter speed, adjust your scanning speed. Do the first scan at your normal speed, then do one very slowly, then do one a bit slower than normal.
When saving the scan to your workstation, remember that you are saving a file. This is not any different from saving a paper file in a folder, except you're saving it electronically. So save to a smartly named folder and give it a meaningful filename. For example, Finance/BankStatements/2012/Statement2012-01-28. Don't use spaces in folder or filenames.
Keep your scanner away from smoke and dust. These can get on the lens or photoeye.
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