Brother ADS-1500W Scanner Review: Useful Scanner With Crippling Software?

The ADS-1500W is the first Brother Scanner I’ve used and my test left me with some strong opinions about it’s usefulness in maintaining a paperless lifestyle with Evernote.

You can’t beat the price — roughly $200 for a scanner of similar size and better advertised features than the $260 Fujitsu Scansnap S1300i. As I was pulling the ADS-1500W out of the box I was most excited about the 20 page document feeder and WiFi capabilities. But after using the scanner there is no way I would trade in my S1300 for the ADS-1500W, even if someone offered to pay me the $60 difference.

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7 Strategies to Future-Proof Your Digital Life

One of the reasons some people are hesitant to adopt a paperless lifestyle is because they fear the potential data loss associated with a hard drive failure or some other mishap. Or they worry they’ll press the wrong button in Evernote and their entire digital life will be instantly deleted and lost forever.

These are legitimate concerns only if you haven’t take steps to safeguard you data in the event of a computer crash, flood, fire, or even theft.

Over the years I’ve developed a data backup system that gives me confidence moving forward with my paperless lifestyle. You can decide for yourself if this system is sufficient or overkill! You may decide to adopt some of these backup strategies and not others. Find what works for you.

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Epson Workforce DS 560 Review: Capable But Uninspiring Network Scanner?

When I first took the Epson Workforce DS-560 Scanner out of the box I couldn’t help but notice the strong resemblance to the excellent Fujitsu Scansnap iX500. I’m assuming Epson looked closely at the iX500 when designing their DS-560. It’s not a bad scanner, but it feels a little “me too” and not particularly innovative. Unlike the NeatConnect Scanner, I wouldn’t cringe if someone used the Workforce DS-560, but there are only very specific circumstances in which I’d recommend this scanner over the Scansnap iX500.

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How to Get Your Stuff Into Evernote: 14 Time-Saving Strategies

Evernote makes it easy to add things to your digital filing cabinet, but before you start dumping in information, make sure you have your default Notebook setup. For me that’s my “Inbox” Notebook.

As you  become comfortable with Evernote over time, you’ll find yourself adding all sorts of things — I’ve snapped pictures of my drivers license, insurance cards, and added all of that information to Evernote for quick retrieval. I scan my kids artwork, greeting cards, and hand-written notes and letters. When I get a new electronic item or appliance, I throw away the owners manual and instead download it from the manufacturers website and add the file to Evernote.

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Scannable by Evernote: This App Has Changed My Paperless Workflow!

Evernote recently released Scannable, a standalone document scanning app for the iPhone. The scanning function built directly into the iOS Evernote app isn’t particularly speedy and I found that unless the lighting was perfect the image quality was no where near what I could obtain from my Scansnap. For this reason I rarely did any “iPhone scanning”.

As with everything that Evernote releases, I decided to try Scannable to see if it could become part of my paperless workflow. I don’t allow just any old thing into my process!

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NeatConnect Scanner Review: Overpriced and Gimmicky?

Over the years as I’ve written about the process of going paperless and scanner selection in particular, I’ve been asked about the “Neat” family of scanners. The company makes three scanners — NeatReceipts, NeatDesk, and their newest scanner, NeatConnect.

After testing the NeatConnect scanner and the integrated NeatCloud file management software, my advice is to stay away. We’ll talk about why in a minute but I can understand why this model has two out of five stars on Amazon.

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