Project Cleanup has of necessity been on hold while I’ve been in Las Vegas covering CES. However, before I left town I did make one long-overdue investment that should help me sort out even more stuff and minimise clutter: a scanner.
My previous scanner stopped working sometime around the release of Vista, and clunky operation meant I never used it very much anyway. During my manic sorting, I’ve come across lots of folders labelled “to scan”, and lots of documents that would make more sense in digital form than stashed in my garage. As such, buying a new scanner made sense. I’m perfectly happy with my existing monochrome laser printer, so a standalone USB model seemed like the go.
My criteria were pretty simple: reasonable resolution, a sub-$200 price tag, and the ability to scan a large number of documents at once. That led me to the Canon CanoScan LiDE 200, and one quick big box store transaction later, it was mine.
Canon’s MP Navigator software doesn’t have the greatest interface, but it does have one big advantage: the ability to quickly scan a large number of documents with minimal intervention (effectively after each scan, you just change the document and click Next). So far, I’ve gone through a couple of folders full of assorted memorabilia, clippings and photos, and everything’s worked well. I haven’t yet made the commitment to going fully paperless by scanning finance documents and the like as they come in, but it’s a tempting thought. In the meantime, if anyone’s got any scanner workflow hints, share them in the comments.