Expo Notes: Surveying the scanner scene at Macworld/iWorld
By Jim Galbraith
Still chasing that paperless office dream? If so, the floor of Macworld/iWorld offers many options that will let you digitize receipts and documents. The trend at this year’s show seems to be mobile scanning.
The Neat Company in booth #410 is showing off its NeatReciepts, NeatDesk, NeatCloud and NeatMobile apps and hardware. In particular, Neat has put a focus on its Digital Filing System software, sold separately if you already have a scanner. New this year: The ability to take photos from your iOS device and have the NeatMobile App sync your scans with your Mac or other devices via the NeatCloud service (which requires a monthly subscription fee).
Fujitsu has its ScanSnap line of document scanners on display in booth #610. A winner of Macworld’s Best of Show award this year, the ScanSnap iX500 is faster than before and allows you to send searchable scans wirelessly from the device to ScanSnap apps on your iPhone or iPad. From the mobile apps, you can save to services like EverNote, DropBox and Google Drive.
VuPoint Solutions features its Magic Wand line of battery-operated portable scanners. The Magic Wand has no paper feed—instead, you manually guide the scanner across the paper. The scan is captured on a MicroSD card that you can remove and connect to your Mac, or you can connect a USB cable and transfer scans that way. A Wi-Fi model is also available, as is a model with an autofeeding docking station. All currently available models have a 1-inch status LED, but a new version, coming soon, will show you a preview of your scan on a 1.5-inch color LCD.
I.R.I.S. is showing very similar devices, though its IRIScan Book scanners come with the company’s own IRIScan software.