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Planon DPENR700 Docupen R700 B&W Pen Scanner
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- Battery Operated for Full Portability Purposes. Stores Up to 100 Pages into Memory
- Scans Take Approximately 4 to 8 Seconds
- Scans a Full Page Width Including Text & Graphics
- Free PaperPort Software Included with OCR Capability
- Rechargeable lithium-Ion Batteries
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From the Manufacturer
The DocuPen is a patented, fully portable full-page scanner that is the size of a pen yet weighs less than 2 ounces and is only 8.5 inches long. While traditional pen scanners only read individual lines of text and are unable to scan graphics, the DocuPen scans an entire megabyte of flash memory. The DocuPen meets the need for quick, convenient out-of-office scanning of most any document.
The DocuPen R700, includes a rechargeable feature that allows it to remain perpetually charged without utilizing a separate charging unit. Once a user plugs the DocuPen R700 into a computer's USB port to download the scanned information, the scanner's batteries are automatically recharged.
The DocuPen R700 also features a dual-roller guiding system and optical registration technology to enhance the user experience by creating a smoother scanning operation and a more accurate scan. The dual-roller guiding system includes strategically placed rollers scans. Using optical registration technology, the DocuPen R700, can create a highly accurate scan using its optical timing and registration system.
The DocuPen is capable of storing up to 100 pages into memory and takes approximately 4 to 8 seconds per second. The DocuPen is different from other pen scanners in that it scans a full page width and therefore scans the entire page including text and graphics in just 4 seconds. Other handheld and pen scanners only scan single lines of text and cannot scan graphics, making them much less practical. In comparison, the DocuPen is truly a breakthrough in technological development because it fully realizes the potential of what other pen size scanners tried to accomplish.
What's in the Box
DocuPen R700 with built-in lithium ion battery, ScanSoft Paper Port OCR software, leather case, user's guide, warranty card
Top customer reviews
I have seen some reviews complaining about the scanning quality of the Docupen. I think the scanning quality is quite good for a hand feed scanning device. The Docupen allows you to scan at two resolution levels. The higher resolution level provides better OCR performance. I use a different OCR program then the one provided with Docupen, and I have had very few problems even at low resolution scan levels. I have seen some complaints about the OCR performance from this device. However, based on my experiences, I suspect a good part of those problems concerns the quality of the OCR package being used. If you can live without OCR, the low resolution rate is more then sufficient. In this mode, you save your images in a data base like End Note or File Maker, and they are available for reading.
HINTS: when you use the device, scan the page across the shortest distance. So scan across pages, not down pages. Also start the scan on the part of the page with the most white space. Don't scan from the binding out, scan from the outside in.
All is not perfect with this device. The interface with the computer is clumsy. I am on a MAC so I expect an easer to use interface (YES IT WORKS ON AN OSX MAC!). The major part of the problem concerns the auto power off feature. Its set so fast, that its difficult to turn the device on, and then move your hand over to the PC to initiate the image captures. This is silly on the R700 model because the device is being recharged as soon as you connect it to the USB port so there is no need to conserve power when power is coming down the USB cable.
The wand had 2 MB of flash memory. That's fine for occasional scan use, but for researchers, 2MB is not enough. I would like to see the flash memory bumped up to one or two GB. I would also like to see Bluetooth on the device to eliminate the need for cables. I can always plug the device in to a recharger at the end of the day.
I think they should also consider building a wider wand that would allow the use of a display on the device that shows what was just scanned. That way, you would know that you got what you needed. I don't want to fuss with a computer while I am in the library. Finally, I would like to see the capture rate increased. Faster capture rates would make the device less fussy about the speed you move the wand across the page.
All in all, I am quite pleased with this device. I am looking forward to the next generation of this product.
Scanning was very difficult to control and it was too easy to have areas of compression or where the scan is stretched. I would have thought that a well designed device could compensate for variations in scan speed. I may have been able to practice further and get better results, but I probably have less patience than the others extolling this product. On the plus side, the company has at long last delivered on its promise for MacOS X drivers and deserves business for this alone.
What I now use in place of the Docupen is a photocopier (in the library) and and the incomparably useful Fujitsu ScanSnap (in my office). The result is high quality PDFs of paper documents and journal articles unavailable in electronic format. The quality far exceeds what the Docupen can deliver.
I would recommend this to anyone who needs to make quick scans such as receipts for expense reports. What a time saver!
The pen produces adequate scans to help me view historical documents outside of their storage archives. Copies, while not beautiful, are adequate and permit copies without damage to bindings. The scans cannot equal those of a flatbed, but one can't pack a flatbed in the shirt pocket either.