IRIScan Book Executive 3 is an extremely compact scanner that fits easily in your laptop bag or in a drawer. Its four AAA batteries and the memory card will allow you to scan all your documents without being connected to a computer. Whether you're at home, at the office, in a customer meeting or sitting in your couch, your IRIScan Book Executive 3 will follow you everywhere
This is a fantastic piece of equipment. I bought it recently and had it up and running within a few hours of its arrival. Image quality is excellent and its fairly easy to use once you get some practise. I was about to buy the previous (older) version, but when I checked back to do so the new one had come out so I had the advantage of buying the latest version! The scans are clear and legible and easily transfer to the computer over a cable or over WiFi. The scanner is extremely portable and so easy to always have available!
I purchased the IRISCan Book 3 Executive Scanner (hereafter IB3ES) to test the feasibility of a book-scanning (e-texting) project, and it worked very well. I scanned several dozen pages from a thick, hard-back book (about 500 pages long), which would have been awkward on a flatbed scanner. The IB3ES slides effortlessly over the page in several seconds.
The actual scanner glass is located slightly to one side, so I found that the best method (especially with narrow margins, or thick books like the one I was scanning) was to position the scanner glass nearest the margin. This means rotating the IB3ES by 180 degrees after each page.
I was very impressed with the Readiris software included with the IB3ES. I modified the settings to automatically process a batch of pages and dump them in MS Word. Having set up the software, the scanning-uploading-OCRing process works as follows:
1) You scan the required pages from the book.
2) Upload them onto your computer. If you use a Windows PC this can be done directly (via the lead provided). You can also remove the micro SD-card from the IB3ES and (using the supplied SD-card converter) insert it into your PC/Mac. I personally used the wireless interface built into the IB3ES. Some reviewers said they found this awkward to set up, but I did not encounter any major problems. Set the WiFi switch on the side of the IB3ES to "ON," then on your Mac go to System Preferences - Network - Wi-Fi and click on Join Other Network; once your Mac locates the IB3ES you can select it. Then in your browser (e.g. Chrome, or Safari) type 10.10.1.1, navigate to the image files on the IB3ES, select the ones you want, and then click on the upload/download image. For larger batches this may involve unzipping a compressed file.
3) Go to Finder and locate the files that you've uploaded. Drag the uploaded files onto the Readiris logo and the software will begin automatically processing (OCR-ing) your files.
So, if like me you scanned, say, 20 pages of a book (in my case with each alternate page rotated 180 degrees), the Readiris software will put them all the right way up and produce a single MS Word document with all the text OCR-ed (to a very high standard, with very few errors, even on the low-resolution setting), and a page-break between each page of your original book.
The main corrections I had to make to the OCR-ed text was to German umlaut characters. I had set the language to English as most of the text was in English. I guess if you set it to German it would cope with umlaut characters.Read more ›
I bought this scanner to take some key paragraphs out of text books. I realise that you have to persevere with a new product but I never got the hang of it. Scans never came out as well as the product makers claim they do. The only use I can see for this scanner is for use with A4 pieces of paper and even then you have to concentrate to get a half decent image. The WIFI capability is a pain to use and is just too fiddly to be a workable solution for an odd scan here or there. The best thing about the scanner was the 1 yr Evernote subscription. I'm afraid my scanner ended up on an auction site last week and sold for a meagre £25. I've had no feedback from the buyer yet so I guessed he/she thought it was as bad as I did.