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VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner
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- CONVERT YOUR OLD PHOTOS INTO DIGITAL FILES - Scan documents and photos in color or black and white, storing up to 5,000+ images to the included 8GB SD card as PDF or JPEG files
- ARCHIVE AND ORGANIZE YOUR SCANS - Save your child’s drawings digitally, scan a flyer, poster, or magazine page to share with your friends on Facebook later, archive a friend’s recipe or an important work or school document, and more. Scan up to 800 files with included 8GB Card!
- COMPACT AND PORTABLE - Slide your scanner into the protective case, which slips conveniently into a purse or briefcase so you can scan important documents and photos on-the-go when no copier is available
- INCLUDES BONUS OCR SOFTWARE - Comes with Optical Character Recognition software, allowing you to convert saved documents into text editable and searchable files compatible with popular word processing and spreadsheet software (software is Windows only; not compatible with Mac OS)
- SCANNING SPECS - Plug-and-play device scans documents 8.27” wide and up to 98” long in as little as 3 seconds, with resolution choices of 300DPI, 600DPI, or 900DPI
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VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner - Ever want to put all of your pictures on your computer but didn't have the time to sit there and scan one after the other? Ever thought of buying one those scanners but you don't have any room in your office to store it? Then the VuPoint Solutions “Magic Wand” Portable Scanner is perfect for you. The VuPoint Solutions "Magic Wand" Portable Scanner allows you to scan the documents that matter the most to you, and back them up on your computer. Do you have those documents that you've had for a while and you're afraid that they're going to rip or even get lost one day? We'll now you can scan them and keep them safe. MODEL: VPSPDSST410WM. Features: Scanner for color & monochromatic images, documents, magazines. Sensor: A4 Color Contact image Sensor, Resolution: Standard Reso: 300x300dpi (default) High Reso: 600x600dpi, External Memory: Support Micro SD card up to 16GB (Micro SD card not included), File Format: JPEG, LCD: Scanning status display, LCD Display Size: 0.787” x 0.59”, Auto Power Off: Off/ 3 minute/ 5 minute, Scanning Speed: A4 Size: high resolution with color ≤ 28Sec, High resolution with mono ≤ 14Sec, Standard resolution with color ≤ 8Sec, Standard resolution with mono ≤ 4Sec. White Balance: Auto, USB Port: USB 2.0 high speed, Power Source: 2xAA Batteries, Battery Life: ≥ 200 min. Includes: USB Cable, 2xAA alkaline batteries, Pouch, User's manual. Dimension: 10” L x 1.2” H x 1.1” W. Weight: 0.47 lbs.
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The DocuPen is only slightly Mac compatible; the software it uses to integrate with my Mac has almost no options, and is quite cumbersome to work with (the PC version of the software is much better). It is very slow to download the scanned images to my computer, and just as slow to erase the originals from the scanner. In high resolution mode, you have to drag the scanner quite slowly and carefully, or it will mess up the image. The scans that it makes are are decent, but somewhat uneven and grainy.
The VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand is better in every way. It has a longer scanning surface, so you can easily scan bigger book pages. You can drag it across the page at almost twice the speed as the DocuPen, and the image still comes out great. Downloading and erasing the originals is a snap. The scanner saves each image as a .jpg file, and when I plug it into my Mac via the USB cable, my computer basically recognizes it as a camera. It automatically opens iPhoto and downloads a whole load of images in a matter of seconds, and then I can delete the originals from the scanner even faster than that. This is a VAST improvement over the DocuPen.
Here are a few other helpful hints: When scanning from a book, take a thin sheet of white cardboard (I use the back cover of a spiral notebook) and place it underneath the page you're scanning, all the way up to the spine of the book. Make sure the scanning surface begins as close to the spine of the book as possible, and then drag the scanner from the spine outward. Perfect scans every time!
Once my scans are in iPhoto, I drag the whole batch to an empty folder on my desktop. Then I select the entire batch, right click (or control click) on the entire batch, and tell it to open with Adobe Acrobat Pro (you will have to purchase this program, obviously. It's not too expensive if you're a student). When Acrobat opens, it asks you if you would like to turn all of these files into a single PDF. Just click "yes", and your whole document is brought together. Then just use Acrobat to do an OCR conversion, and you have a beautiful, searchable PDF of your source document. This collation and OCR process takes a bit of time for the computer to process, but it's worth it.
1) The scanning portion of the wand is recessed at least 1/2 inch at the end of the wand, which means that if you're trying to fit it against the inner margin (gutter) of a book, you'll end up losing much of your image. Basically your margin has to be about an inch wide for it to work. You can try rotating the wand, but if you scan over a surface that is not COMPLETELY flat (e.g., an open book), you'll get distortions.
2) Distortions. Again, if the surface isn't completely flat, if you don't scan completely straight, if you jiggle the scanner at all, you'll get distortions. If there are curves to the surface of your page (again, common in an open book), they'll show and distort the image. You'll find that a square picture will come out skewed. So if an EXACT reproduction of a page or image is what you're after, this isn't going to do the job.
3) Going off the edge of a page... This scanner works pretty well if you can scan a flat document on a solid flat surface (e.g., a single piece of paper on a tabletop). But if you're scanning a large book, you have the problem of the scanner "dropping off the edge" once you reach the bottom or side of the book. You may not have reached the end of the portion you wish scanned when the scanner itself runs out of room.
4) No ability to remove "screening." If you're scanning photos or color illustrations from a book or magazine, there is no mechanism to get rid of the moire patterns that result from scanning a screened image. Most flatbed scanners have a "descreening" option that enables you to get rid of this. Since it's just about impossible to get rid of a screen moire AFTER the fact, this greatly reduces the scanner's usefulness.
5) No ability to view the image as it is being scanned. If you want to see how it came out, you have to stop work, plug it in, go look at the picture, then click on the "remove device" icon to remove it, go back, scan again, and so on... It would be helpful if you could plug this directly into your computer and see the scans as you make them.
I haven't quite decided if I'm going to keep this product or just give up and try to resell it (the return-by date being long gone), but again... it depends on what you want it for. If you're a student and you just need to be able to scan in material to study, but it doesn't have to be a perfect reproduction (just "readable"), I think this would be very helpful. But if you need a high-quality image, it's going to be very, very frustrating.
I run linux, and it showed up under /dev as soon as I connected it. It acts like a usb storage device, just mount it and copy the images to your PC.
However, it seems silly to run on non-rechargable batteries, considering it is something you expect to connect over USB regularly.
I'm hoping it consumes little enough power that I don't have to change them ofter.
1. Price is very affordable.
2. Saves a lot of space and keeps you from lugging around a larger scanner.
3. Faster than most common flatbed scanners, if you practice and learn how to efficiently and effectively use the unit.
1. You have to really practice and have the right touch when attempting to scan from books which can't be completely flat. I've found lifting the other side of the book to use as a guide helps somewhat.
2. You can't scan directly into your computer. It won't even let you scan with the USB cable attached to a computer. This means you have to scan the document, and then if you want to preview it to see how the scan turned out, you have to then connect the device to the computer and use a file preview program to see the exact document. That is really a big bummer.
I've been on the VuPoint site and I'm assuming that some of the more expensive models will take care of the issues described in #2, but for me, it's not worth the price increase.