If you’re anything like me, you’ve got tons of paper sitting around that would be better served being scanned into your computer and kept in some sort of document management system, rather than in piles around the house or on your desk. A couple of weeks ago, we got the NeatDesk for Mac Desktop Scanner system in for review. The NeatDesk (available on Amazon) is really more than just a scanner, since it also includes the NeatWorks document management software, which in and of itself claims to do a lot, and works with a bunco of other scanners as well (you can buy NeatWorks software on its own.) When the scanner arrived, we were excited to give it a try…but that feeling soon turned to impending doom. If this thing was anything like the NeatReceipts scanner we’ve been using for the past couple of years, it meant that we’d be in for a day full of long, slow scans. You know what? We couldn’t have been more wrong.
Plustek’s BookReader has optical character recognition and auto-document orientation that converts Text to Speech in what they say is “high quality speech with a lifelike voice.” You simply push a button and the device converts printed text with high-speed scanning, which can be saved in MP3 format for later access. Other features include magnifying and bookmark functions, volume and speech controls, font control and PDF reading. What a great gift for lazy parents, visually impaired, or anyone who has neither the time nor inclination to pick up a book. The BookReader can be yours for $700.00.
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