|Submited By: Conrado Tiu on 01/31/2010|
I am writing my dissertation and I was lamenting to my Chair how difficult it was to do the Lit Review portion as typing quotes and passages from books and texts was both mechanically and visually difficult (holding the book down, typing, finding my place back in the material etc.). He then suggested a pen scanner. He uses the ectaco pen. It is well-reviewed on this site. I was going to get that but it only works for PCs. I have a Mac. So I found all these scanners that supposedly works for the Mac, including this one. I wanted one real fast so the ones that were not sold directly by Amazon were out of consideration (I wanted overnight shipping which costs $3.99 with my prime account). The reviews daunted me as this product only got 3 or so stars. I gritted my teeth and went for it, thinking I could always return it. I got the product and wow! It works! The only thing it didn t do was automatically italicize a selection that was italicized in the original. I am known for reading instructions. So my advise to all the naysayers: RTFM. Now, in my real job as a school administrator, this has already become indispensable in the 24 hours that I got it. We are going through our accreditation and much of our data are on print and not digitized, it was a pain retyping the things I already did. I went through the next materials with the scanner . .. IT EVEN DOES TABLES! The amount of time it saves me is phenomenal. The text reading feature was cute. I can already see all the educational uses I can put this through. I am certainly going to have my teachers use this with their students. I got this from Amazon for $40 less than the others. Certainly a budget and time savings. Thank you IRIS!