I've collected a mountain of documents over the years, so many that I estimated it will take me at least a year to scan them using my Epson flat-bed scanner. (However, I wouldn't be scanning full-time; just a few hours each weekend.)
So I was excited to read an article about the new generation of high-speed scanners. But it's very confusing, partly because these scanners are very specialized; instead of buying one scanner that does everything, you need to buy a scanner that can be automatically fed loose sheets, another flat-bed scanner for scanning books, etc.
Anyway, does anyone have any tips or recommendations for someone using a Mac?
One feature I love is the standalone scanners that can used without a computer. At the moment, I'm considering getting a NeatConnect or NeatDesk At $400-500 they aren't cheap, but if they can do the job, they'd be worth it.
But what about flat-bed scanners? Do you know of any good flat-bed scanners that are relatively fast and operate without being connected to a computer? And are there any high-speed scanners that do both - function as flat-bed scanners but can also be automatically fed loose sheets?
My goal is to scan all my files into searchable PDF's, and I may scan some images a second time as TIFF's. I should add that I have Acrobat.
Thanks for any tips.