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

Brother ADS-1500W Scanner Review | DonnieLaw.com

The ADS-1500W is the first Brother Scanner I’ve used and my test left me with some strong opinions about its 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 … [Read more...]

7 Strategies to Future-Proof Your Digital Life

7 Strategies to Future Proof Your Digital Life | DonnieLaw.com

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 … [Read more...]

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

Epson Workforce DS-560 Scanner Review

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 … [Read more...]

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

How to Get Your Stuff Into Evernote

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 … [Read more...]

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

Mobile Scanning With Scannable

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 … [Read more...]

NeatConnect Scanner Review: Overpriced and Gimmicky?

NeatConnect Scanner Review - DonnieLaw.com

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 … [Read more...]

Fujitsu Scansnap iX500 Review: Best Scanner Option for a Home-Based Paperless Lifestyle?

Fujitsu Scansnap iX500 Review - Best Home Based Scanner

The Fujitsu Scansnap iX500 is the scanner I wish I used on a daily basis. I was fortunate to extensively review the scanner and as much as I was tempted, I still haven’t upgraded from my Scansnap S1300i. The iX500 is Fujitsu’s top model in the Scansnap line and can be found on Amazon in the $420 price range. Even though it is substantially larger than my very-portable S1300i, I like the iX500 design better. It just has a more modern feel to … [Read more...]