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Portable Scanner Solutions for Research?

Cliff posted more than 11 years ago | from the I-am-now-officially-a-Mac-head dept.

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Fished asks: "Lately, I'm finding that I need to do a lot of research in Libraries -- remember those? I'm tired of feeding dimes to the copiers, and would like to buy some kind of portable scanner to go with my Powerbook. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find one that will work. Back in the eighties, this were as common as dirt: they were small, four inch wide scanners that you could run over the page. Also, while I've found three portable scanners for PC's (from Antec and Pentax) even if I could somehow get them to work with Mac OS X, they are sheet-fed, which is useless for scanning pages out of books. Does anyone still make the old-fashioned Hand Scanners, and do they make them for Macs?"

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Copyright (0, Funny)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427166)

Watch out, the next thing you know the DMCP will be attacking scanners too, hand-held or not.

Re:Copyright (0, Offtopic)

cdf12345 (412812) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427178)

DMCP? Wtf?

Fucking Macintosh Bukkake Slurpers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427273)

Yeah, right. A Fag-intosh user in the library instead of being down at the nearest Starbucks, seeing and being seen as the hipster he/she/it is.

You worthless pieces of shit make your own mothers (and I use that term loosely) puke.

Re:Fucking Macintosh Bukkake Slurpers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427358)

+1 Use of the word Bukkake in subject

Re:Copyright (5, Informative)

zamokzam (218601) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427291)

I've used (and use) the HP Capshare but I find it too badly designed, ergonomically and electronically (almost a study in bad design), to make for pleasant scanning. Nowadays, I generally use a Sony Vaio notebook and a USB scanner, a CanoScan 670U. The Canon scanner is powered via the USB 1.1 port so I needn't bring a brick to the library, and I can choose exactly the type of scan necessary for the material I'm using (everything from B&W text through 600dpi full color). I don't think the scanner weighs two pounds, it's only about an inch thick, and the scan area is 8.5"X11". And it cost under a $100 at CompUSA.

Here's one gripe I have about slashdot. (2, Offtopic)

Wakko Warner (324) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427322)

People who spew ridiculous tripe about some law or another without even getting the spelling of the law right. It's DMCA.

Here's some more shit that bugs me:

The RIAA controls the music industry, not the MPAA.

The MPAA controls the movie industry, not the RIAA.

Hilary Rosen doesn't care too much if you steal a copy of "Moulin Rouge". Jack Valenti doesn't care too much if you steal a copy of NSync's "No Strings Attached". (see above.)

Copyright law is not trademark law. Trademark law is not copyright law.

Neither have anything to do with patent law.

Bills on the floor in the House or Senate are not laws yet. They do not affect you yet. They may never affect you.

I'm sure there's more, but that's all I could think of on short notice.

- A.P.

Re:Here's one gripe I have about slashdot. (0, Flamebait)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427354)

Speaking of gripes, why don't you check out my self-correction underneath. My gripe is people who don't take the time to read the whole thread, just up to the part that ticks them off or somehow irritates them.

Yargh, talk about short notice- if you spent as much time reading as you did flapping your fingers on the keyboard, you might learn a thing or two.

Re:Here's one gripe I have about slashdot. (3, Funny)

GMFTatsujin (239569) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427392)

DMCP = Dynamic Master Control Program? Your user cannot help you now...

fristy pr0st! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427169)

second today, suckaz!

That's Annoying (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427170)

Here I am, staring at an empty page waiting for a first post that actually says something...

1st post (0, Offtopic)

MaxVolume (597522) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427172)

Yes I remember those. A usb update of them would be sweet. Or how about a beowulf cluster?

Digital Camera + OCR (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427180)

That'll do it, yes sir.

Re:Digital Camera + OCR (3, Insightful)

nackrm (571581) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427285)

While the digital camera thing would work, I doubt anyone would seriously want to go through the hassle of getting OCR to work right. For that you'd have to almost set up a tripod to get perfect uniform pictures. While I haven't tried anything like this, I can imagine all of the problems with the recognition of text. Reading or printing the images when done should be fine for most people. That or you could always try to find an online version of the text you use, but I'm sure you've already tried this route, since not everything is online (yet).

HP CapShare (5, Informative)

ChaoticPenguin (580349) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427181)

Several years ago, HP ha a product called CapShare. A really cool handheld scanner that has an on-device LCD screen that you can perform simple functions like editing, rotating, etc. with. You can then transfer via infrared to your laptop or, better, to a printer! Unfortunately, this product has now been discontinued. I used it for a while, and it was great, except for one thing -- most of the pages that I need to scan from the library are bound -- and the words near the spine tend to become unreadable...

Re:HP CapShare (1)

qurob (543434) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427225)


I seen one of these about 3 years ago. It auto-stitched the image together, it was well ahead of its time.

Re:HP CapShare (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427362)

The CapShare was great, it's downfall was the cost was too high for the target audience, college students. The technology in it gave us the current generation of optical mice.

I'll have bubble gum pink please. (1, Funny)

Spamuel (246002) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427182)

If they do make them for Macs, I'm willing to bet they come in six different colors. :)

Re:I'll have bubble gum pink please. (1)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427349)

Oh funny. Let's all make jokes about marketting gimmicks from three years ago. "Food, Folks and Fun, hahaha. Oh Ronald McDonald, when will you learn?"

Seriously, dude, they moved to an all white and chrome motif a while ago. Get over it.

Re:I'll have bubble gum pink please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427382)

hmm, you sound just like Compaq when it comes to colors...about 2 years behind.

Go to apple's website and tell me how many fruit-flavored colors you find. Apple made the leap into colors as an experiment. They ditched colors, but still came away from it with the best looking computers around.

Logitech (4, Insightful)

DBordello (596751) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427183)

Logitech use to make them. I am not sure if they still do (doubt it). It was black and white and about 6in wide. I never really liked it much, the software sucked at combining multiple swipes into one fluid page. It was TWAIN compatible. If you do manage to find one, I am sure it will run on the linux distro that I know you have on your Mac :)

Re:Logitech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427373)

I think Logitech went out of the scanner business several years ago.

nth post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427186)

nth post, where n is greater than or equal to 1.

Use a digital camera. (4, Interesting)

scott1853 (194884) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427188)


Seriously. My GF has used ours to take pictures of the monitor when 98 locked up while she was writing letters.

A 2MP should probably work just fine, and if you have a laptop with you, just upload them, erase the card and grab another x pages.

Re:Use a digital camera. (4, Interesting)

CreepyNinja (615245) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427215)

Damn straight, just cut out the middle-man.

It is interesting to see that scanner prices have dropped with better and better digicams going on the market. It's portable, you have less resolution lost, and it's faster thanks to firewire.

Re:Use a digital camera. (0)

qurob (543434) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427259)


C'mon mods...

Consumer Digital Cameras SUCK for taking pictures of books and printed pages!

Besides, you can't do things like OCR them afterwards

Re:Use a digital camera. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427293)

OCR software works with tiffs or jpegs just like the ones from digital cameras. Might want to convert to b&w first though

Re:Use a digital camera. (0, Redundant)

edrugtrader (442064) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427299)

why can't i do OCR on them afterwards??? either way the end results is an IMAGE

Re:Use a digital camera. (1)

ichthus (72442) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427378)

Um, yes you can. Most will work with any [popular] image format, and if not, save it to a TIFF.

Most OCR progs only scan at 100 - 150 DPI. 1 megapixel is more than adequate for an OCR engine.

Re:Use a digital camera - i second this (5, Interesting)

Splork (13498) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427309)

yes, i've done this as well. 1600x1200 is way more than enough for a page of text. I haven't tried running the image through OCR software, but given that canon has twain "scanner" drivers for their cameras i'll bet it would be easy.

For glossy paper and to avoid annoying the others around you it is best to not use the flash. if you're in a low light situation, get a small tripod and a book stand.

For a very good affordable 2mp camera today i recommend the canon powershot A40 [powershot.com] ; search on my simon [mysimon.com] for good prices. Any 2mp camera will probably work for your needs; but why buy a crappy one?

Re:Use a digital camera. (1)

DarkSword (99944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427368)

Yep, I use my CoolPix 880 to take pictures of printed material. They actually have a setting for taking pictures of printed pages.

They didn't work... (1)

stankulp (69949) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427190)

...worth beans then, I doubt they are any better now.


Try a digitial camera in macro mode. I bet it would work.

Re:They didn't work... (1)

denisbergeron (197036) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427257)

>Try a digitial camera in macro mode. I bet it would work.

Then, try a mpeg of the page and then try the little utility on slashdot some week ago to combine video picture to echeance the quality, after that you just need a good OCR :-)

Re:They didn't work... (3, Informative)

Iguanaphobic (31670) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427347)

Fuji S602Z in Macro mode and Textbridge 8.0. Take it as a 6MP tiff file (19MB) at 6in. to 12in. from the page (distance didn't seem to matter) and I got it all. Worked on my copy of Unfinished Tales printed in 1966.

Re:They didn't work... (3, Informative)

dildatron (611498) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427396)

You are right about that. It is harder than you think to move at a perfectly constant speed so the image scans in without stretch or distortion. Not to mention, scanning to 4" wide swaths and stitching them together (even with good software) takes time. I had two of these scanners, and while they were neat I certainly hope I never have to use one again. If there was any demand for them, they would be plentiful. Fortunately, good ol' supply and demand took care of them and they are now happily scanning our landfills.

Small Flatbed (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427193)

I have seen several versions of small flatbed scanners; not much bigger than my notebook. Although not designed for portability, they are light and compact. As long as you can find a place to plug thenm in, I think this would be a perfect solution. Plus, they can be had for under $70 retail.

Re:Small Flatbed (3, Informative)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427287)

Cannon makes a nice small flatbed, called the N656U. That's the one I have anyway, they probably have a newer model now. What's great is that there is no external power source required, just that supplied by your usb port (would this kill the laptop battery), anyway, just a suggestion, you might want to check it out.

Digital camera? (1)

Paul Neubauer (86753) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427206)

Perhaps not ideal for your purpose, but could a digital camera, with 'macro' feature be used rather than a scanner? The camera would still connect to the computer, and be useful as a camera as well as a scanner substitute.

Re:Digital camera? (1)

fgb (62123) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427229)

I don't think you would need a macro feature. Most digital cameras I've used take good pictures a foot or so away; which is what you would need to grab a whole page. You use macro mode to get really close (1" away) pictures.

Re:Digital camera? (1)

AragornSonOfArathorn (454526) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427310)

I have a Ricoh RDC-7 [ricohzone.com] digital camera and it has a nifty document capture mode, where it takes pictures as B/W TIFFs. And with 3.3MP, you get a lot of detail. It takes decent regular pictures, too. Also does video.

You could probably send the document TIFFs thru an OCR, but I've never tried this myself.

obviously google can answer this question (3, Insightful)

Leimy (6717) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427218)

why do people post this stuff?? Search Ebay... google... you have an internet connection... I know you do you lazy bastard!!!

Jesus Tits (4, Funny)

kuroth (11147) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427220)

Try Google [google.com]

What's next? "Ask Slashdot: Getting Drops Off My Cock After Pissing"?

Re:Jesus Tits (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427261)

I wipe it off on his face.

Re:Jesus Tits (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427274)

"Ask Slashdot: Getting Drops Off My Cock After Pissing"

In this case it can only be a woman - the evidence is overwhelming - apple powerbook, libraries, can't work google/ebay. Must be a woman. Gotta be.

Re:Jesus Tits (0, Offtopic)

g_bit (253703) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427370)

You're disgusting. You know you don't have to be obnoxious to make a point. What'r you 13 years old?

Re:Jesus Tits (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427386)

I can't believe you said that to him and *not* the guy that said "I wipe it off on his face". Fuck, you're twisted.

Handheld scanners!? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427222)

Handheld scanners were useless for scanning books. Most books are too wide for a handheld scanner and you have to stitch together your scans - a VERY awkward process. And even if you can scan the whole width of the page, the roller used to detect when the scanner was moving would go off the bottom of the page of the book before you scanned the final line of text!

In short - forget about the handheld scanner idea. They do sell line scanners that read in lines of text at a time if you just need short segments. I suppose you could even take pictures of the pages with the new high megapixel digital cameras.

Digital Cameras? (1)

pandemonia (238284) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427223)

Have you considered a small digital photo-camera?

You can find good ones will little lens-distortion (although most cheap lenses tend to have some barrel-distortion) that will take 2-3 megapixel pictures for under $300. 2MP is really enough to do accurate OCRing.

One of the best sources for review and sample pictures is dpreview [dpreview.com] .

maybe a digital camera? (1)

Twirlip of the Mists (615030) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427226)

I know this isn't the best idea in the world, but have you tried using a digital camera for this sort of thing? It has the definite advantage of being portable; besides, you can pull it out of your trenchcoat and pretend to be an international man of mystery as you snap clandestine photos of secret documents... or journal articles, or whatever.

Naturally, this wouldn't work as well as a good flatbed scanner, but it would probably be comparable to the handheld swipe-across scanners you mentioned. And it has the advantage of being a multi-tasker: you can use it for a lot more than just library work.

Just an idea.

Re:maybe a digital camera? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427317)

besides, you can pull it out of your trenchcoat and pretend to be an international man of mystery as you snap clandestine photos of secret documents...

Your idea wins for that statement alone!

Quick-Pen (1, Informative)

DSL-Admin (597132) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427231)

It's a scanner, translator, etc all in one, even has memory upgrades!!! http://www.quick-pen.com/

HP Capshare (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427234)

A few years ago, HP was making a cool but expensive self-contained scanner called the capshare.
As usual, they couldn't figure out how to market it,
but it was might have succeeded anyway. So, they
cancelled it.

Lightweight Flatbeds (5, Interesting)

SJS (1851) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427236)

Why not go with a lightweight flatbed scanner? It'll fit in a backback, and many of them are powered from the USB/fireware/whatever connection as well.

If you put the scanner at the edge of a table or desk, you can scan pages of books quickly and easily with less distortion than you'd get from a hand-scanner. This may help make up for the slightly less convenient form-factor.

Try the discount/clearance table at your local Office Depot / Staples / Office Supply store. I always see "clearance" scanner there.

I've not actually tried this with my TiBook, so YMMV.

Re:Lightweight Flatbeds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427292)

I spend a lot of time in the library doing law research, and I'd quickly bankrupt myself if I had to photocopy every USCA entry, statute, and case that came my way. I've got a small USB-powered Canon flatbed that I take along with my iBook for just that purpose -- it works great, and the scanner -- on clearance at Frye's -- was only $50. The Canoscan toolbox only runs through Classic, which is a bit of an annoyance, but an annoyance is all it is.

Re:Lightweight Flatbeds (2)

1010011010 (53039) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427391)


I think Canon makes a full-page flatbed USB scanner that's powered by the USB connection. That would do the trick.

CanoScan (5, Informative)

aedan (196243) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427248)

Canon make USB powered scanners. They are slim and would easily fit in a briefcase. There are OS X drivers available. I've got at a CanoScan N670U on my iMac and it works fine. There is X OCR software available but I don't have any.

aedan

Re:CanoScan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427335)

I use the CanoScan all the time to research at libraries. They are powered through the USB so you can walk in and only use on outlet (or work as long as your battery will let you). The laptop/scaner combo is amazing, just run everything through OCR and you can search immediately. Save as a PDF and you can use all the pictures as illustrations. Don't go for a handheld, their quality is very poor and hard to use on books. Digital cameras DO NOT work at all.

HP Scanner (1)

Mastagunna (251788) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427250)

A friend of mine has an HP scanner, that is powered only by a USB port. Small enough to carry around, has a locking head unit for portability. I don't know about Mac compatibility, but its just plug and scan in XP.

ditto (1, Redundant)

NMerriam (15122) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427251)

A lot of peoplehave suggested digital cameras -- they work, and well. play with it for a few minutes and get used to holding it steady (or buy one of those tiny tripods) and you can easily reproduce documents with one.

We've been using the Olympus 30xx series (3 to 4+ Mpix) for the past three years on international trips and have done this a lot to capture paper data. And it's a lot easier to feed into an OCR app than those handheld scanners ever were -- plus you have the complete page if you just need to print out a new copy in the future for reference.

Didn't the RIAA and the MPAA buy a law against it (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427260)

oh, wait, that was the internet sorry.

what would be sweet (1)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427264)

what would be sweet would be a scanner that is made up on a rollable screen, just like those bendable screens HP or someone has been working on (E-ink). That way you'd have something ultra portable, that you could lay flat on the book, would be lightweight, etc. Just would need to have some way to differentiate white from black, and some kind of port to a computer, and you'd be set.

Just bring a real scanner.. (2)

DCram (459805) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427266)

The prices have come down enough so that all you really need to do is buy a flatbed scanner for 100 bucks..much cheaper than a digital camera.. put it in your laptop bag and bring it with you. I know no one would mind. How i know i just dont know :) but I do.

consider a thin flatbed? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427280)

we have a laptop user in the office who has one of these:

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/scanners/csn1240u/ in dex.html

while it is a flatbed, it is very thin and light. and, usb and power are over 1 cord, so no power adapter to carry.

Canon slim flatbed (0, Redundant)

justfred (63412) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427281)

I use a Canon slip flatbed scanner. 676U or 12xxU or similar. It's USB, and about the size of a thick legal pad; has an expanding lid for larger books.

Take Notes! (0, Flamebait)

paul.dunne (5922) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427288)

Get yourself a pen and paper, and take notes from your sources!
(What the fuck is wrong with Ask Slashdot today?)

Linux sux! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427298)

Linux sux.

Re:Linux sux! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427307)

Come on Moderators, Flaimbait, offtopic.

Re:Linux sux! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427379)

I agree. Windows 3.1 is the best OS out there.

Re:Linux sux! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427401)

no way!
Windows 95 is soo much better than windows 3.1!
Why don't you go back to your AOL homepage you jerk.

Re:Linux sux! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427407)

Right on dude

Wafer-Thin Flatbed Scanner (5, Interesting)

Egotistical Rant (42993) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427311)

Some of the thin Canon models (n656U, n1220U, LiDE 20, etc.) are overall about the same size as a PowerBook, and they draw their power from the USB port; no need for a wall wart. No OSX drivers for the earlier models though...poke around Canon's site for details on what's compatible.

Scanning is slow though...I have to agree with others suggesting just using a digital camera of sufficient resolution.

Try Camera (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427312)

I found on vacation last year - I could take pictures of very detailed signs at tourist attractions (E.g. Papal well at Orvieto) and they were quite readable. Saved looking for brochures, etc.
Almost all decent digital cameras have macro mode and tripod mounts.
If you are at all handy, you could rig up a mounting bracket and a folding copy stand to take a picture. Just find good lighting, so you don't annoy other library patrons (or anal-retentive librarians) with repetitive flashing. (of light...)

Digital camera +tabletop tripod (3, Informative)

docbrown42 (535974) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427314)

Here's a couple of things to think about with this setup:
1: dont use the flash (that's why you use a tripod)
2: set the book up at perpendicular as possible to the camera (to get a nice, flat picture)
3: be quiet (turn the sound off of your camera)
4: Dont get caught

Just buy a regular Mac scanner... (1)

qurob (543434) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427325)


And run the program in Classic mode, OS 9.x

Inconvienent, but unless you find what you want, that's native to OS X...

Also, can you plug in at the libarary? I wonder if they make a scanner that is USB powered...

Get a cheap small flatbed scanner like me! (2, Redundant)

FyRE666 (263011) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427327)

I can fit my little Cannon flatbed scanner into my laptop case with no problems - it can scan A4 pages too. I didn't think it would fit to be honest, but it's surprising what will go in that bag, given some "encouragement".

It's USB too, so no need for external power. It weighs next to nothing (compared to the laptop, paper and other crap in there) so I tend to keep it with me - often comes in handy...

Digital Camera (2, Redundant)

philovivero (321158) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427328)

They're small. They take often 1600x1200 pictures, which is enough resolution for an 8.5x11 page (or A4, if you're over there).

I used it to "scan" my passport when I needed to get a copy of it to someone in the States once, and then just emailed the "scan" so they could print it out there. Looked better than a fax, and worked better, too.

Back In My Days.... (1)

SniffleBear (604984) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427333)

Back in the 90's, we only used library books for a legitimate bibliography source. The actual paper came from the internet :)

C-Pen - penscanner (2)

ciryon (218518) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427336)

There is a small handheld device called C-Pen [cpen.com] . It is used to capture text, store it and later transfer it to a computer. There is also a model that you use with your laptop to instantly scan a line of text and put it (as normal text) on your computer. OS X drivers are scheduled to be completed by december.

This thing is ideal for working with research in a library.

Ciryon

Pen scanner (0)

SPaReK (320677) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427344)

I seem to remember reading something about a scanner, about the size of a pen, that would allow you to scan individual lines. This was a couple of years ago I think. Don't remember what it was called. Anyone else remember these? Maybe I'm just thinking of some James Bond flick.

I've done this (2, Interesting)

[l0l]Bobo (39241) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427351)

Flatbed scanners have become really slim and rugged. My GF has one that's 8.5x14 and slimmer than her iBook. It's a USB scanner that requires no external power source (it has all it needs from the usb port). If you're already carrying the laptop around, this adds almost no weight or volume to the total. This is what I used for my trips to the library.

The scanner she has is something like this one [canon.com] , and I'm sure there are other ones. Pretty cheap too!

Sheet Fed Solution (5, Funny)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427353)

"they are sheet-fed, which is useless for scanning pages out of books"
Not if you tear out the pages, first.

Anyone who says "Solution" sucks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4427363)

Using the word solution is just a way to say less with more words.

"Need a corporate-frontend business solution that can be reliable and sturdy in today's e-market economy? Dont we all?...Our corporate solutions offer highend practical applications of modern technology to offer your customers the product satisfaction that will ensure you stay ahead of the game."

Pen and paper, dumbass (0, Troll)

realmolo (574068) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427372)

See, the whole point of TAKING NOTES is to summarize, and only write down what you need. Scanning/taking pictures of whole pages? What an incredible waste of time. Take a notetaking class and quit making things hard on yourself.

All that plastic around a scanner.... (3, Funny)

Angry White Guy (521337) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427374)

Is completely useless. It's just packaging. I say to take the damned thing apart, flip the mechanism that slides the laser over and attach a book to it.

Instantly portable, put whatever you want on it ( a book, your junk, whatever) and let it slide across the stationary laser. If you get good at it, you could even make the rails telescopic for even more portability!

I know 499 people have suggested this, (0, Redundant)

Jedi Paramedic (587254) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427376)

and i just wanted to be the 500th. Why not try a digital camera with zoom? It's more conspicuous than a surreptitious sweep of a page with the "mouse" scanners was, but hell - you can see exactly what you're going to get before you take the picture...

HP Capshare REVEALED (1)

qurob (543434) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427377)


eBay Auctions [ebay.com]

They can transfer images to printers via IR, so I'm sure you could hack something together that would be able to use the information. I'm sure it's in a pretty standard format.

You might need a programming book and a PCL/HPGL/PS spec...

Anyone smell a sourceforge project?

I've seen one of these things in use before, they are pretty sweet.

Pens from IRIS (1)

Pramode (590463) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427380)

Check the spec for the handheld IRIS Pens, they come in USB and can be used with MACs: HERE [irislink.com]

Mac X support for even normal scanners a problem (1)

Aladdin Sane (98532) | more than 11 years ago | (#4427390)

In Japan have been shopping for just a normal scanner for an OS X based laptop. Have yet to find small scanner that has native OS X support, and am unwilling to start native mode when scanning. Epson seems to have started releasing some drivers (see May 15th article at http://www.macnn.com/news.php?id=14217), good luck.
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