I just thought I’d mention that there have been several software updates since my first review of the Xcanex Document Scanner by PiQximaging. The current version of the scanning software (called perfecapture) is 220.127.116.11.
I have installed it and it works fine. I did not do an entirely new install so I cannot say whether the glitches that I described with version 1.0 have disappeared, but I’m inclined to believe so since the developers seemed to take my review quite seriously when they wrote to me and apologized for the inconveniences I had encountered.
They also said that they
have studied the problems you encountered (from your blog post) and ver 18.104.22.168 solves them:
– installer issues when installing as Windows Standard User (not asking admin rights, no icon found)
– software hang and crashes caused by some USB 3.0 ports (marked with ‘SS’)
(Just as an aside: I don’t think I have a USB 3.0 port on my 4 year old PC, so that none of my hangs or crashes can have anything to do with that)
I can say that I still have the scanner on my desk and now and then, when I want to get rid of some papers and store them on Evernote, I flip them under the scanner and within less than a minute, the job is done and the original hardcopy goes into the shredder. It works just fine, although sometimes (when the paper is a bit too crumbled or has bent edges) the scanner does not recognize the edges of the paper 100 percent properly and cuts off a bit too much. (I guess this has something to do with the straightening algorithm which makes sure that your final image is always rectangular.) But in those cases where it matters, it is quite easy to correct this manually by repositioning the edges.
It has also been useful a couple of times when I urgently had to send a scanned copy of whatever document it was to whoever it was: I could do it from home. But for the ordinary scanning work, I still use the scanner/photocopier at work. It is faster, and the quality is better.
Here is a comparison between a 300 dpi scan from the photocopier and Xcanex:
And here are the full page scans, if you want to see more (please note that it was me who cut off the margin in the Xcanex scan):
I have to say that the point of this comparison is not to say that the Xcanex has bad scanning quality. It is actually quite amazing, considering the size of the device. And when it comes to ordinary size text, I would say it the difference is almost negligible for ordinary use. Where the difference becomes more obvious is in very small print in a coloured or grayscale context as in the image shown in the top left of the scanned page. I am not making this a point of criticism, but I thought it is good to show where the difference to photocopier scans is, since many of us have access to those big machines at work.
So while the scanning quality is not a point of criticism here, the following is: The settings menu has now OK button, so you are left wondering: how do I save the changes?
At first I thought it is the big “Calibrate Scanner” button that is filling in while the OK button is on vacation or so, but then I noticed that changes actually seem to be save immediately as you make them and you close the Settings-dialogue with what would usually be a cancel button: the cross in the top right hand corner…
It would also be nice to have an option to scan directly into Evernote, but even without it, it is quite easy to do this: just activate automatic saving as shown in the screenshot above and then tell the Evernote client on your PC to watch the folder in which your scans are being saved and voilà! (That is: if your EN client reliably notices new files in the folder and uploads them to Evernote, which is unfortunately currently not the case, according to my experience).
Another option is to email your scans to your Evernote account, directly from the scanning software.
But I would really like to encourage the Xcanex developers to implement a “save in Evernote” button. It should not be too difficult to implement this using the Evernote API. Check it out here.
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Very informative review. Too many typos. Thank you.
Thanks. Typos are fixed.
I am an engineer who would like to scan textbooks as well academic journals. Therein are photo images, color graphs, equations (of the mathematical sort that frequently contain matrices of all sizes, many math symbols, Greek letters, bold fonts, subscripts and superscrips) and text of various sizes.
Scanning alone shouldn’t be a problem . OCR is a problem, I guess.
OCR: Photos and graphs are essentially the same: an image, provided a caption of text is included. But equations? Text with subscripts, superscripts, Greek letters?
Please advise. What product might be satisfactory? Making copies with a flat bed scanner is difficult and time consuming because of the need to eliminate the shadow and the out-of-focus area between at the binding edge of pages.
You coukd take a look at booksorber at http://booksorber.com
Thank you for the review it made me think before I tried to find a place to buy this, now I’m just wandering if you would recommend this over booksorber if you have excellent ambient lighting and a 13mp camera and booksorber software would this work better or worse do you think
I would be somewhat surprised if this scanner is still available these days when most smart phones can do the jobb with a scanner app. But if it is still available, I don’t think I’d recommend it. Whether booksorber works for you depends on what you want to do. Best way to find out is to try it.