Scenario 1: So you just wrote something great the old fashioned way: on a piece of paper. Now you want to share it with your friends, a loved one, your teacher or your students.
Scenario 2: You have a few great printed photos that you think would look great in Instagram. But you don’t have a scanner and taking a picture of a picture is just a huge hassle.
Scenario 3: You are a teacher and wish students could simply scan their homework assignments in and send them to you via a Dropbox-like system. ( Ideal for distance or online-learning organizations.)
The Solution: There’s a new scanner that’s just been released that makes it easy, fast, and cheap to scan just about anything and quickly send it automatically to a storage cloud as well as social networks, iPads, iPhones, Evernote, Google Docs, and more. It’s called Doxie (cute name, no?) and it’s definitely worth checking out. It runs about $119 for an ‘education’ version which is simply a lower price point of the regular scanner for teachers and students.
Disclosure: I was given a Doxie scanner to test out but was not paid in any way to write this review. After using Doxie a bunch though, I just had to share this great device with others.
Here’s some of the ways both teachers and students can use Doxie
- Digitize notes
- Copy and e-mail handouts
- Share course materials
- Convert written paper to PDF
- Send any piece of paper to Evernote, Google Docs, or social networks for instant collaboration
How It Works:
Doxie is a single-page scanner that uses USB for both connectivity and power. There’s just one cord for the entire scanner. Doxie even comes with a nice leather carrying pouch that makes it easy to take with you or store somewhere without worrying about breaking it.
When you first start up Doxie, you’re instructed (by the manual) to install some software from the Doxie website. After that, the controls are simple and straightforward. Big buttons for everything Doxie can do:
As you can see, you can select what dpi you’d like to scan your document in. 300 is pretty standard but the ability to scan to 600 dpi means your photos will still look terrific and won’t lose any clarity. If you send them to Facebook though, they’ll get roughed up but that’s not Doxie’s fault
I played around with Doxie for a few hours and really enjoyed it (obviously) but don’t want you to take my word for it. Check out the scan I did of the back cover of this week’s Time magazine. Notice the intentional rip I did in the top right to prove that this was indeed something scanned
The following images are from screenshots taken on my iMac while using Doxie. It works on PCs too though!