emengee wrote:I'm considering buying one and was wondering if it would be useful in the following situation:
I'm a math teacher, and a couple of days before I give my students a test, I give them a practice test. I also print out the practice test, write out full solutions, scan in the solutions, and upload them to my website as PDFs. Unfortunately, the scanner in the computer lab is often broken, and so it would be nice to have a smaller scanner to use in my office.
Would the Neat scanner be good for this? My only real desire is to be able to scan in four pages and make a PDF document out of them. And since I do it infrequently, it doesn't have to be that fast. I just want to be able to do this quickly and easily.
I can help! I have this scanner, so I tried it out to confirm if it's suitable for your needs. Good news: it is.
The scanner has a dedicated PDF button on it, and in the official Neat 5 software you can choose "Combine pages into a single item" under Settings, and you can then click Scan > to PDF (or just press the button, which is much easier). A little window pops up after each page that asks if you have more pages. Just keep feeding it pages, then click "done". Your PDF file is saved, and opens after a second or two for you to review it. Easy.
I believe this scanner also has TWAIN drivers that let you use the scanner with any 3rd party program that accepts TWAIN-style scans. For example, Adobe Acrobat Pro, or even PhotoShop.
This thing's perfect for you. It's relatively small (fits in your desk drawer) and is powered by USB so no power cable to worry about, and it isn't terribly slow either.
dumyfou wrote:I'm also a math teacher and have wanted a document scanner so I could do the same thing. What i really want though is a scanner with a document feeder so I can scan all my students' work and have digital copies of everything they've done.
This scanner would work (see my answer above), but for your ideal solution... you'd want something faster and more automated. The Neat Desktop scanner does that, and does duplex (double-sided) scanning. And if you're REALLY dreaming big, get a Fujitsu ScanSnap. There's a few different models and price points, but the S1500 is the most popular and about $400 on Amazon. I have both, either would work for you.
Overall for your needs I'd suggest waiting until Woot has the Neat Desktop scanner. With some vigilance in your woot-checking, you'll probably see it in a month or two, especially during a woot-off.