The answer is almost everyone! From scanning bills and statements in your home office to full Imaging Departments in the largest of companies, digital images are the way of the future. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have room in my house for filing cabinets full of old mortgage, power, auto, insurance and all the other bills and statements that I get every day! Many State, County, and City government agencies have also run into the same problem as they are keeping 100+ years of all different types of paper documents.
A lot of people today want to start digitizing their documents, but don’t really know where to start. If you need some help trying to find out what type of scanner is right for you, there are a few simple questions you can ask yourself. How many documents per day/week do I need to scan? Do any of them need them to be in color? Are any of my documents double-sided? Are any of my documents of unusually large or small size? What paper types and of what quality will I be scanning? All of these questions are important and can help narrow down the size and type of scanner that will work best for you. There are many manufacturers that produce scanners that range from home office/portable to the highest production scanners available. Companies like Fujitsu, Bell & Howell, Canon, Panasonic, and Kodak all provide full lines of scanners to fit most every need. Don’t let this unfamiliar territory intimidate you, there are companies like ImageSource, Inc. that know about and sell scanners to help you out along the way!
If you’re interesting in viewing muliple scanners at one time and location, sign up to attend Nexus ’09. Some of the major manufacturers will be demoing their scanners there and answering the types of questions we talked about above. Good luck and start scanning!