Mar 182011
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LI9F1D: (Under construction, ~30% done)

  1. LI9F5Z: Pros thru Cons:

    1. LI9F6Z: BIG PRO: Overall: for most common small documents, maximally easy & fast  (great scanning & good-or-great OCR)
    2. LI9FEY: FAST, including fast OCR
      1. LI9FU7: The limiting factor is adding keywords (if you don’t use the highlight keyword feature)
      2. LI9FV2: You probably won’t need anything faster (the speed here won’t be the limiting factor) if, after your doc is loaded in, you’re going to review the pages (and fix anything, though usually it’s all perfect) and also file/keyword it -that time afterward seems the limiting factor, the scan & OCR seems plenty fast.
    3. LI9FGO: BIG PRO: Respectable scans usually on the first try, doing nothing special.
    4. LI9FAT: PRO: Most small documents
      1. LI9FBU: YES: Standard paper sizes
      2. LI9FJH: YES: longer pages: legal & (I’d bet) even long receipts (which would be tough with a camera or seemingly many full-sized scanners).
      3. LI9FN9: YES: pages torn from a spiral bound notepad! (just feed from the frilly end)
        1. LI9I99: (example in 2011_03_17_08_00_33.pdf)
      4. LI9FOR: YES: double-sided stuff (just afterwords use ScanSnap Organizer Viewer to sort out the page order)
        1. LI9FRY: except it doesn’t seem to give one a way to declare in the PDF that one page is the back-page (not just the subsequent page) of the prior page, if pdf supports that (which I’d bet it does).
      5. LI9IGG: YES (with assist): small staple-bound bookets when bound
        1. LI9IHR: Norton 360 v4 came with a small 48 page booket which I just flattened out (unfolded, but didn’t remove staples) then passed it thru the scanner, which worked as long as I was lightly tugging on the other end so it wouldn’t get hung on the slight hump of the flattened staples: see 2011_03_18_07_16_02_0.pdf ; note I didn’t scan every page opening, just the outer cover and this inner-most unfolded page; however the whole booklet can be scanned without removing the staples if done carefully (1/2 of the pages always kept on 1 side, 1/2 on the other, folded down the crease, feed the lower of the hump first and assist tug on the out-end to get over the hump): here’s the 1st 5 pages done that way: 2011_03_18_09_49_08.pdf !
      6. LI9FCX: YES: credit cards –as quickly scan what’s in your wallet, in case say it gets lost/stolen.
        1. LI9I7G: Example: 2011_03_17_22_07_16.pdf
      7. LI9H3V: YES: even CDs/DVDs/BluRays!
        1. LI9H7C: Just pop-em in: scan in any orientation and quickly use the Deskew to level the text (to 1/10th degree!) then OCR
        2. LI9H83: use it to make a great backup of all your media, all stored on a big hard drive, which also includes the disc images.
      8. LI9FE0: YES: Business cards
        1. LI9ICJ: impressive custom-field iding via the super-OCR of CardMinder
          1. LI9IE0: better called CardMiner as it mines for data on the card!
          2. LI9IEJ: Plus when one clicks on one of the break-out fields, it highlights were on the card
      9. LI9FHY: NO: a software box (Norton 360 v4) even when collapsed down (2 layers). I had to use a flat-bed scanner.
    5. LI9GRN: so far PRO: for non-business cards, smartly uses the computer’s built-in search rather than a proprietary search engine.
    6. LI9HAP: Big PRO: Good-to-great OCR
      1. LI9HBB: Fast.
      2. LI9HBN: Accurate for all level, upright, type, even very small type (example in 2011_03_18_08_18_56_0.pdf)
      3. LI9HCP: Does a great job auto-recognizing columned text.
      4. LI9HDK: Spots hand-written text but the OCR seems to be garbage (example in 2011_03_17_08_00_33.pdf)
      5. LI9HEI: Upside-down text is identified precisely but the OCR is garbage (example in 2011_03_18_08_18_56_0.pdf)
    7. LI9G5O: so-far BIG PRO: except possibly for CardMinder (business cards), produces a keyworded OCRed PDF which is complete & portable on its own, nothing extra — the scanned doc is self-contained.
    8. LI9JWY: Notable PRO: Notably compact PDFs produced, still with quality OCR & images.
      1. LI9JY0: More tests needed here, but it’s looking good.
      2. LI9JZG: Most notable: HP OfficeJet J6480 produced box_front_LI9EAI.jpg & box_back_LI9EB8.jpg of total 10.4 MB.  Loading them into Viewer & just deskewing, the combo file 2011_03_18_08_18_56_0.pdf dropped down to ~2MB! Adding OCR, it’s only 2.03MB, 1/5th the size of the HP scan, and yet still has ~90% the same image quality, plus OCR –amazing!
    9. LI9G4P: Medium OR big PRO: software works on Mac & Windows.
      1. LI9G8W: The PDF format should be totally portable (I would bet) if one went back & forth from Mac to Windows (NeatReceipts may not have this)
      2. LI9GA7: CardMinder data may not be so portable, but might: need to check.\
      3. LI9JG2: I read the Mac software might be slightly weaker, lacking keyword filing rules, though the blogger had a fix.
    10. LI9GBN: CON: TEASING & INCOMPLETE: keyword maintenance on PDFs
      1. LI9GDQ: A serious user would probably have hundreds or thousands of keywords (as one for each day, one for each item, to be able to correlate documents on that day or item) but it looks like the keying system gives only a teaster taste of keywords.
      2. LI9GJV: No keyword search (like searching ones contacts from one’s individual or organizational address book) so manually scrolling thru the keyword list will probably become the time killer for over 50 keywords.
      3. LI9GNN: Easy to put bunch of keywords onto one document or give a bunch of documents a keyword, BUT  not easy to fix that if you mess up here or make a mistake…
      4. LI9GLS: No bulk keyword renaming support — serious.  If one needs to delete a keyword from many documents, or rename a keyword used on many documents, one must search for all matching documents and then do the delete/change one-by-one, making it very costly to fix a keyword.
      5. LI9JHY: For serious keyword use, one will probably need additional software: Possibly Qiqqa?  To be investigated.
    11. LI9GTT: Notable CON: impressive software, but driving other scanners: not allowed!
      1. LI9JMV: Fujitsu, please sell the software separate so it won’t have to be crippled & can be fully developed.
      2. LI9GV9: Notable CON: PDFs generated by any other software, it won’t modify (as OCR nor rearrange) nor will it merge into any other PDF doc.
        1. LI9GW5: Not for rearranging: I get popup “ScanSnap Organizer Viewer \ This PDF file is not created from a document scanned with the ScanSnap. The file is opened in viewing mode.”)
        2. LI9H95: Not for OCR: I get a popup “The PDF file is not the one scanned with teh ScanSnap and therefore cannot be processed. \ Reason for error:  The file is not a PDF file that is scanned with the ScanSnap.”
        3. LI9J5F: My guess is this is NOT because the software can’t technically do these things (and probably do them just fine) but the makers don’t want it to. In the OCR case, it might also be it’s not licensed to OCR other scanner’s docs, and for Viewer it maybe Fujitsu just doesn’t want to be helping out other scanners.
        4. LI9J8M: All these problems would/could be solved if only driving other scanners.
      3. LI9JPC: SnapScan Organizer Viewer WILL accept .JPGs from other sources, a possible workaround
        1. LI9JQS: For the box which I couldn’t scan with SnapScan (probably ANY model), I used our HP OfficeJet J6480 flatbed to scan to 300dpi color JPG as box_front_LI9EAI.jpg, then scanned dummy page into the SnapScan organizer (to create  .pdf in it) then opened that in ScanSnap Organizer Viewer & did “add-page” for each .jpg, then deskewed each, deleted the dummy page, then then OCRed, producing 2011_03_18_08_18_56_0.pdf .  This was tedious but worked.
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  2. LI9F5Q: This scanner has etag: “ScanSnap S1100 LGS110” <LGQWJU@eTag…>

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