Doxie USB-Powered Scanner Now Comes in Academic Edition

Posted by at 10:45 am on August 4, 2011

Apparent Corporation, makers of IntelliScanner, has added a re-priced, academic version of its Doxie portable USB-powered document scanner called Doxie U. with the same features as the consumer version. Both the consumer and education versions are low-cost, lightweight, single-page document scanners designed for quick and easy scanning to PDF format and optional upload to a number of cloud services, including Evernote, Flickr, Google Docs​ and several others, or simply saving PDFs to disk.

The academic version is available for $119 — $30 off the retail price — but requires academic credentials to purchase. Multi-page documents can be scanned one at a time and saved to a single PDF. The scanner also supports saving to PNG and JPG, and can handle receipts, notes, photos and most other paper-based documents. Apparent Corporation also offers a free “Doxie’s Cloud” web-based storage service for documents scanned with Doxie, making it easy to make scans available to others (each upload returns a shortened URL for sharing).

OCR can be accomplished by scanning to PDF and submitting the PDF to Picnik or another service that handles PDF-to-text such as Google Docs. Files can also be saved locally and directly to apps such as Picasa, iPhoto or Lightroom. The product also supports Apple’s iBooks, Adobe Acrobat​, Dropbox, YoJimbo, Scribd, Tumblr and other services. It can scan up to 24-bit color at up to 600dpi. It can scan up to 12 pages per minute (at 200dpi grayscale) and handles up to legal-sized paper up to .75mm thick.

The distinctive hearts on the case design (the largest of which is a multi-function button) can be augmented with optional “skins” including zebra print, and is matched with software for Mac and Windows that sports a cartoon “Doxie” mascot to guide new users. It weighs 11 ounces, and requires either OS X 10.5 or higher (Mac) or Windows XP​ or later.

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