Planon Scanstik: An office in your pocket

It may be the size of a pen, but the Planon Scanstik, is capable of scanning a full page in colour just as any regular full-sized flatbed scanner would. But this one you can fit it in your pocket. Yes that’s right, you can take your very own scanner with your wherever you wish to go. The Scanstik is perfect for the businessman on the move who wishes to save some documents or even a student who is in a library researching work for an exam. Just think of the possibilities…

ScanStick

You use the Scanstik just like a normal, conventional scanner, tracing the pen over the page you wish to scan. It is fast too – a full page can be scanned in only four seconds.

Once stored in the Scanstik, you then connect it to a computer using the USB port and transfer the files across. The MicroSD memory is capable of holing literally thousands of scanned images in black and white or colour, with a resolution between 150 to 600dpi. The Scanstick includes ABBYY FineReader software for easy editing, along with PaperPort OCR and Crystal Line Contact software to improve image quality.

The full technical low-down is as follows:

Resolution:150, 300, & 600 DPI

Scan: 24-bit Colour JPG, B&W

Dimensions: 8.9″ x 0.5″ x 0.5″ (227mm x 13mm x13mm)

Battery: Re-chargeable Lithium Polymer (charges through USB slot)

Memory: MicroSD card slot (purchase separately)

Connectivity: USB

Image Technology: PlanOn CLC (Crystal Line Contact)

Platforms: Windows XP, Vista, 7 32/64 and MacOSX

Leather Case

USB Cable

ABBYY FineReader SE OCR Software

PaperPort OCR Software

For more information on how you can get your hands on the world’s smallest colour scanner, visit www.planon.com.

PlanOn SlimScan: Never lose a receipt again

We allo know what a nightmare it can be trying to collect all of our receipts together when it comes to claiming our expenses back. Usually your entire desk becomes excavated, your ill-fitting suit turned inside out and you end up with your arms shoved behind the sofa desperately trying to locate that elusive cab fare ticket. If this sounds like a familiar story, then PlanOn’s new SlimScan pocket scanner might just be what you need to save the hairs on your head and calm your blood pressure down to somewhat less stressful levels.

SlimScan

Roughly the same size as a credit card, this micro scanner can be used on a wide variety of items to scan and save for when you need them. Anything from business cards, tickets, notes, and yes, even receipts. They can all be scanned and stored in your pocket, saving the need to carry around items of paper that can easily be screwed up or misplaced.

The 300 bit dpi 24-colour scanner is small enough (2” x 3.1” x .12”) to fit into your wallet, meaning it is always to hand whenever needed. You can print your scans when you like, and organise them into folders for easy access – up to 600 images can be stored, meaning you can keep your receipts all year long. You can even create Excel reports containing all your stored information. How handy is that?

Available now directly from PlanOn themselves priced at $139.99 (or around £90), or from ‘leading retailers’. Keep any eye out for this one – if you are as unorganised as I am, it may just save your blushes when it comes to paying your expenses.

For more information on the PlanOn SlimScan, please visit www.planon.com.

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 scanner review

ScanSnap-Fujitsu

Fujitsu have released a new scanner in the ScanSnap range, the S1300 color scanner. Having tried and tested the scanner, the first thing that strikes you is how small it is. Measuring only 284 x 99 x 77 mm and with a weight of 1.4 kg, it is extremely light and portable. This is now compatible with PCs and Macs.

Fujitsu are the market leaders in document imaging scanners and this evident by their innovation in creating the smallest cross-platform document and image color scanner. It is easy to set up and even easier to use. Within 20 minutes I was setup and most of that time was spent installing the software on the computer. Aesthetically, it looks very professional with a black and silver finish so it is suitable for home and office use. The S1300 has only one button to start the scan. When you open the cover the scanner automatically turns on and when shut it will turn itself off. What is unique about this scanner is its ability to be powered using a USB port on your computer, as well the mains making it portable and useful when on the go.

The time to scan a document is quick. A page took about 10 seconds to scan at 150dpi when attached to the mains although you can increase the resolution to 600dpi which will obviously increase the time of the scan. You can even scan both sides at once so when you want to do a duplex scan the times are halved, compared to a normal scanner. However, when using USB power the time to scan will increase. It can scan about 8 double sides per minute. The scanner has a lot of intelligent features. It can scan business cards and extract the contact information and export to Outlook or a spreadsheet. So for anyone attending trade shows and conferences and returning with a pocket full of business cards, here is your chance to enter those valuable contacts into a database easily.

Check out this video of the S1300:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmXeG8Wpfy0

It can also handle papers of different sizes at the same time so you do not need to feed them manually every time you need to change the paper size. You can put A4 paper, receipts, postcards, and business cards all together in the tray and you will scan all them with no problem. I did not experience any jam and I tried paper of various sizes and thickness. The scanner is so tiny there is not a lot of space for a jam to occur. A very nifty feature is its ability to scan a document to a folder, sharepoint, network or even an editable Word, Excel or PowerPoint file. You can also create searchable Adobe PDFs. You can use your highlighter and add searchable keywords to a PDF. The scanner will correct the orientation of the document if you scan a document upside down and remove blank pages when generating the scanned copy.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is available from the Fujitsu website. At £225, it is not cheap, but it is an innovative and intelligent scanner which produces high quality scans. If you are on the move a lot and looking for a mobile scanner, this would be a very good choice.