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    Fujitsu ScanSnap S510

    Well, I'm posting this as a woodworking tool, cause I'm going to use it to archive a bunch of magazines I can't seem to part with. It should also help to reduce the problems I have with paper around here.

    And to top it off, my wife bought it for me for an early birthday present!

    Ah, she's a keeper, that's for sure...

    So I just had to test it out. Had the November 2008 version of WOOD laying on my desk, so I ripped out the staples and used a little sliding paper cutter to cut it right down the middle. Put it back together and set it up on the scanner. Adjusted the settings to 'Best' (although there is one better, called 'excellent', but I haven't used that yet ).

    Pressed the button and let it roll. It scans both sides of the page in one swipe, and a pretty darn fast swipe at that. All 96 (that's 48 doublesided) pages seemed to take only a minute or two to scan.

    Once they were loaded into the organizer tool, I told it to do the OCR (optical character recognition) on it and convert it into a searchable PDF. Yup. Searchable text! Amazing... That took a bit longer, somewhere between 5-10 minutes?

    And that's it. It really was that simple. I hope I finish my current work project pretty soon and that we get some nice rainy days soon so I can get some mags scanned it.

    Heres the pics to prove it!


    The Scanner
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    Demonstrating the Searchability.
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    A view of all the pages.
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    Hey, that's neat! I can see using something like that to reduce a whole stack of magazines to one hard disk, or a few DVDs.

    Gotta be a real space saver. What's the cost for something like that? Also, how big is the PDF file generater, per magazine?

    I'm envious!
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    Very cool Brent! Yeah, what is the cost?
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    That is very cool. What is the size of a scanned magazine? That Wood mag you are showing for example?
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    Well, It is a tad expensive, but both my wife and I suffer from a bit of paperwork OCD, so we figured it'd be a good way to reduce a lot of the paper clutter (AND as a bonus I can archive my magazines).

    The scanner was 400$.

    I haven't used it much yet, but it looks like the quality I like burns up about 1 meg per page. I could probably cut that down some more, if I was willing to give up some quality.

    I figure Disk space is pretty cheap, and if I need to, I can burn Dvd's...

    It's very easy to use though. It's not a 'general purpose' scanner, as anything you want scanned has to be able to be fed through the sheet feeder. And it only works with the fujitsu software. I've got an old flatbed that I can use for other things, and those are pretty cheap.

    All I can say is wow is it fast and it sure is cool.

    Now I need to get one of those heavy duty guillotine paper cutters and start cutting up my magazines to scan....
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    Ok, Just scanned Issu 188 of WOOD Magazine.

    84 megs for 96 pages. Took less than 10 minutes to scan and do the OCR.

    Sweet.....
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    Bravo!
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    I've done 5 magazines so far. Cut the spines off, scanned, and threw them away.

    It's a strange feeling to throw away a magazine. The OCD part of me feels stress. The normal human feels freedom....
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    Wow Brent, thats a real neat piece of technology. Could you post an attachement that is a full page for us to see the quality on the edges. I noticed in the thumbnail view of all the pages of the first one you did that some of the edges seemed croped or faded. Was this just a function of curling at the edge from the original fold? If so can you still read aspects of the articles that are at that edge?
    I too am a packrat when it comes to paper. I would love to get something like this for my office. I build up files and files of documents from clients and this would be a real help to file and sort.

    Does the software have any interfaces to things like MS office? specifically word.

    Thanks for the report I have not seen something that good for a long time in technology sector.
    cheers

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    Here's a sample PDF of the first four pages of Issue 180 of WoodSmith.

    test.pdf

    You can definitely tell that the file has been scanned. There might be wrinkles in the paper, maybe the original had some printing issues. Sometimes the page may not go through 100% vertically, or maybe the operator did a poor job of cutting down the middle

    But to my eye, it's just fine. Printed out it looks just fine as well.

    Oh, make sure to try searching it from your PDF viewer.

    I don't really know what I was expecting. So often it seems like you can shell out some money on some device or tool that doesn't quite live up to your expectations. So I was prepared for this thing to be a pain to work with.

    In fact, it's been quite the opposite. This thing really doesn't have very many buttons or bells or whistles. There are some setting you have to figure out, but really not that many.

    To scan a magazine, I just remove the staples, cut it down the middle, set it in the machine and hit a green button on the scanner. It then gets scanned and placed into a pdf file named for the date and time that it was scanned. From there I can review it to make sure it looks ok, rename it, and set it up to be converted to a searchable PDF in the background overnight.

    I think I'll make up a zero clearance jig for my table saw to help despine the magazines with as clean an edge as possible. I'm envisioning some sort of clamping device with a board riding on top. Should be easy enough to put together.
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