Category Archives: Courtroom Technology

Tue, September 16th, 2014 by Graves and Allen

New Portable ScanSnap Scanner iX100

Fujitsu has announced the release of a new scanner to its well respected ScanSnap line, the iX100. The smallest and most portable scanner in the line, the iX100 offers some real advantages to the mobile lawyer. It scans rapidly and uses wireless technology to send quality scans (up to 600 dpi) to computers, iOS and Android devices. The iX100 scans at a rate of 5.2 seconds in normal mode; weighs in at under a pound,and measures 10.75 x 1.87 x 1.42 inches. It can scan color and grayscale.

You do not need access to a wireless network to use the wireless capabilities of the iX100 as it comes with a built-in WiFi transmitter allowing you to connect your computer, Android or iOS device to the iX100 using its own Wi-Fi signal. You can also use USB to scan to a computer. The iX100 works with both the Mac OS and Windows. It comes with ABBY FineReader, ScanSnap Organizer and CardMinder for both the Mac OS and Windows.

Scanning to a mobile device requires installation of a free app, available for iOS and Android. Once the app is installed, it lets you scan a document directly to your mobile device.

When scanning to a computer, the software lets you choose between sending the scanned image to the computer or to a cloud storage service.

Fujitstu designed the scanner for mobility and built it compactly. One of the tradeoffs is the lack of a document feeder,such as you would likely have on a larger scanner. The absence of the feeder is a common tradeoff for small portable compact scanners. It is designed for scanning a few documents at a time, not mass quantities of documents.

The iX100 lists for $229. It has just come out and I do not know if it will be available at discounted prices in the near future. You can always check on line to see. If you have a regular need to scan documents outside of your office and need better quality than you can get from your smartphone, the iX100 is a solid choice.
Photo of a Scanner

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Fri, May 16th, 2014 by Graves and Allen

Transporter

No, this is not about a new sic-fi movie.  It is sci-fact (tech-fact).  I have played with several devices to have my own cloud storage system over the last few years.  I recently moved to another level with the Transporter Sync.  I bought two of these devices for $99 each.  I plugged them into the wall, plugged in an ethernet cable from my router at my home and my office and added two 4TB Seagate USB 3.0 Drives (Costco for $149 each) and for $500 I have my own cloud storage system with physical and geographic redundancy.  I did it on an experimental basis to see how it worked.  I like it enough that I will probably add a third device and put it in another state to give me a third backup server and better geographic redundancy.

I like the Transporter for a variety of reasons.  First and foremost, I like it because it works.  I also like it because it works well and because it is truly plug and play.  Set up could not be much easier.  I told you about the connection process.  The only other thing left to do to set it up is download the software and install it on your computer, then open it up and set up an account and claim your server to connect it to your account.  The software and the devices work hand in hand so that whatever you put on the hard drive connected to one Transporter gets transported to the hard drive connected to the other Transporter(s) in your system.

You can set up different types of folders for different purposes.  For example, one type of folder will store information only on the hard drives connected to the Transporters in your system.  Another type of folder will move it to the other hard drives connected to the Transporters in your system, but also to the Transporter folders on other devices linked to your account.  You can also set up some folders to share with others, if you wish.  All in all, it has proven a reliable and flexible system.

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