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VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner Review

By: cobinrox
on July 19, 2010 12:19 pm

I have an e-book reader I’m finding that I want to put everything that I have that is on paper into the device: books, magazine articles, users/owners manuals, cheat-sheets, blah, blah and blah.  But after spending several hours scanning an out-of-print book that was falling apart using my standard Epson desktop scanner a few weeks ago, my enthusiasm faded.  It just took too long per scanned page and I had to sit in front of or very near my desk for several hours.  Plus, it required booting up my PC, logging on, waiting for boot up, firing up the scanner software, yada, yada and yada.  And yes, I DO happen to be the laziest person on the planet.

I also spent some time looking through several DIY book reader web sites (diybookscanner.org, for example) and while those devices could speed up the scanning time, building such a contraption is out of my technical skills and patience level.

I bumbled across Julie’s review of the DocuPen and I thought that would be a nifty compromise to the long scan time of the desktop scanner versus the mechanical finesse required to build a DIY book scanner.  But then I bumbled on to the price of the DocuPen (and yes I also happen to be the cheapest person on the planet).  Then the VuPoint Magic Wand hand scanner($99) started popping up here and there.  For $99 I hoped it would make the new Great Compromise.  Think it did the job?

BASIC SPECS

Here are the fru-fru specs from the VuPoint Solutions web site:

  • Model PDS-ST410-VP
  • Sensor     A4 Color Contact image Sensor
  • Resolution     Standard Reso: 300x300dpi (default); High Reso: 600x600dpi
  • External Memory     Support Micro SD card up to 32GB (Micro SD card not included)
  • File Format     JPEG
  • LCD     Scanning status display
  • Auto Power Off     Off/ 3 minute/ 5 minute
  • Scanning Speed     Approximate scanning speed (standard letter size)
    -High res. with color – 13 sec.
    -High res with mono – 6 sec.
    -Standard res. with color – 3 sec.
    -Standard res with mono – 2 sec.
  • White Balance     Auto
  • USB Port     USB 2.0 high speed
  • Power Source     2xAA Batteries
  • Battery Life     Approx. 180 color or 200 monochromatic scans
  • Dimension(LxHxW)     10” x 1.2” x 1.1”
  • LCD Display Size     0.787” x 0.59”
  • Weight     7.5 oz (with batteries)
  • Support System     Driver free to download for Windows® XP SP2/ Windows® Vista/ Windows® 7™ and
    Macintosh 10.4 or above ( direct plug-in, driverinstallation not required)
  • Accessories     USB cable, 2x AA alkaline batteries, OCR software CD, Pouch, Cleaning cloth, user’s manual

HARDWARE TOUR

Next, let’s take a tour of the device.

First it is about a foot long and about an inch wide and deep.  It has an indentation on each of its sides, providing a good grip when scanning.

Both edges of the Magic Wand have a concave grip

Magic Wand scans up to A4 size, or about 8.5 x 11 inches. The little white arrows on the sides of the unit give you a visual cue for where the scanner light starts and ends. This is a nice touch; it's very helpful when scanning larger books or documents to help you position the scanning surface. A subtle, but very helpful feature.

It is powered by two AA batteries and I’ve been running the thing for three or four days now and it’s still going strong.  This is in part due, I believe, to the way that a scan is performed: you first hit the scan start button, do the scan, then hit the start button again.  Additionally, the scan light only illuminates when the little rollers on the bottom of the device are in motion (more on that in a bit).

Battery cover slides off easily. Also in this photo note the little silver button just to the left of the batteries -- this is the power on/off and scan start/stop button.

On the top of the device are two buttons that allow you to choose between color or black and white and 300 or 600 DPI.  The on/off switch and start/scan switch (one switch doing two jobs) is also on the top of the scanner.  An LCD screen gives you indication of the number of scans you’ve performed, and the mode and resolution chosen.  Two LEDs indicate when a scan is in progress and if an error during the scan was detected.

Left-hand buttons select color/BW and 300/600 DPI resolution. The LCD shows current mode, number of scans taken, right hand side SCAN LED illuminates during a scan; ERR LED illuminates when a scan error is detected.

A USB port and micro ScanDisk port are along the side. There is additionally a “Format” button that can be pressed to reformat the memory disk, though I never used it.

USB and microSD ports and Format recessed button. (Blury image courtesy of my Canon 200SX whose macro mode is "in spec". Ahem. Review on that coming soon.)

On the bottom of the unit you’ll find the meat:  the scanner and, equally important, a set of rollers.  The scanning will only take place while the rollers are in motion, a notion that is very important to remember as we go through this review.

Bottom of the unit sports a set of roller wheels and the scanning light. The scanning light only operates when the roller bar is turning (and of course, when the unit has been powered on and the scan start button has been pressed). This photo was taken by spinning the roller bar outside of the camera's view.

The wand also comes with OCR software.

OCR scanner software included with Magic Wand. By the way, this is actually a scan of the CD. Note the grain of the desk showed up in the scan too.

To perform a scan, turn the Magic Wand on with the on/off button for a few seconds until it turns on; then press the on/off button again to start a scan, do the scan thang, then turn the on/off button again to stop the scan.  Wash, rinse repeat.

Preparing for a scan. Yellow stickie note was used to help identify the resulting scan. This scan was performed horizontally (i.e. from the book binding center to the edge of the page) on a right-hand page.

By default, the scanner turns on in color mode and in the 300 DPI resolution.  Pressing one of the two option buttons allow you to easily change these modes.

Overall, the design is pretty sweet.  It’s small and narrow, has a nifty ergonomic indentation along the sides to help you with the grip during a scan, and has a limited number of buttons to futz with.  The LEDs and display offer simple and intuitive feedback.  If the ERR LED lights up, it indicates that the scan was not successful, although the scan is nonetheless saved off as a file.  That’s one of the annoying things I found during scans:  I couldn’t tell what it was that would cause a scan error and I wish that it would not save the scan when an error did occur because those extra files with errors in them would require editing out later.  Some of the scans that were reported as an error actually looked ok, so I would often times end up with near-duplicate scans of the same page when editing.   Below is a screen shot of the contents of the micro drive when connected through the USB port on a PC after several scans:

List of scanned files. Unfortunately there is no easy way (other than viewing all the files) to determine which of the files were scanned with an error.

SCANNING EXAMPLES

Scanning actually took me a while to get used to because I kept trying to scan my book excerpts from top to bottom.  Instead, due to the bending that occurs in the center of the book binding (aka a “book crack” hee hee), the scanner works best when running it from the center of the binding out to the end of the pages in a horizontal fashion.  Once I dawned (duhed) onto running the scan sideways it usually became a breeze to scan a few pages here and there.  I am a klutz so it was easy for me to foul up scans a number of times and the scanner would illuminate its ERROR light when that occurred.  There were times when I thought that I had a smooth scan but the ERROR light would still turn on and I’d have to repeat the scan.  I tried to do some research on why some scans just don’t work, but I haven’t found anything to report yet.  I’d just like to know what I’m doing wrong on those occasions and be able to prevent it.  It would also be REALLY nice if the scans that did result in an error were not saved.

My main purpose in using the Magic Wand was to scan a few out-of-print books that I have that are literally falling apart and to scan certain chapters out of technical manuals so I focused my scanning on that type of target.  But I also performed scans on what I thought others might like to see, including a magazine scan; recipes from a cook book; a regular 8×11 paper with a technical drawing; and a few other samples.  All of the resulting images were fine.  No complaints on the quality of the results.  The following examples show some of these results.

A typical book crack (heh heh). It's hard to get some books with large book cracks (heh heh) to lie flat, so the Magic Wand works best when run horizontally. Its roller wheels help to keep the scan at the same height above the page. (Blurry image courtesy of Cannon 200SX.)

Example scan of a standard sheet of paper with some technical drawing on it.

Scan of book with technical diagram, 300 DPI

Scan of same page from same book, at 600 DPI

Scan of a user's manual that had staples in the middle of its binding. While the scan lenghth worked ok, the staples tripped up the scanner so I should have split the scan into two. Note that the ending edge of the manual was clipped off.

Example recipe scanned from hard-back cook book.

Scan taken from a very small hard-back book.

Scan from a magazine. The size of the page was a little large for the scanner and it was difficult to scan vertically due to the binding of the magazine.

Magazine scan attempt 2. Error!

Magazine scan after the page was ripped out and laid flat, then scanned vertically.

Color scan, 300 DPI

Color scan, 600 DPI

The biggest problem I had during scanning trying to get all of the information of a page into the scan on certain books that have the page numbers at the very edge of the pages. The reason that it was difficult to get the page numbers included on the scan is that the scan actually occurs only when the little rollers on the bottom of the wand are in motion.  And, when page numbers are at the very edge of the page, the roller wheels roll off the page first, and the scanning turns off before it can read the page numbers.  Note: this is NOT a fault of the Magic Wand; it is just a matter of book formats.  Some books have page numbers in a nice place, others (in fact most of mine for some reason) have the page numbers way at the edge or nestled deep in the book crack (heh).  This is a little hard to grok, so the following photos attempt to demonstrate the issue.

Example of a book that has page numbers at the extreme edge.

From the bottom looking up, you can see that although the scanner is over the page number and hence would leave you to believe that the page number would appear in the resulting image, in reality the rollers have rolled OFF of the page and therefore have disabled the scanning at that point.

Typical scan of one of my manuals that has its page numbers at the far edge. While the quality of the scan is great, the page number is clipped off.

The reason that this is a problem for me is that when doing a large number of scans from a book (say, for example, that you wish to scan 100 or so pages),once the scanning is complete you then have to go back and “stich” the individual scanned pages into a complete e-book.  You normally will want to take each image, rotate as needed, despeckle (as needed) and do some overall clean up.  Having the page numbers on the scanned images helps you in this process in putting together the final ebook but also helps once the ebook is complete and you need to skip around pages; having the page number on the scan just makes that easier.  I tried several configurations with the wand to attempt to get the entire contents of a page and the page numbers, but on some books this just was not possible.  This is something to keep in mind if you plan on scanning many pages.  My final decision is that when faced with these type of books (i.e. those that push the page numbers to the far edge or binding book crack [heh heh]) is to write the page numbers by hand in the book away from the edges before beginning the scan.

OCR

The ABBYY ScreenShot software that comes with the Magic Wand has an OCR engine and has the following user interface:

The ABBYY software -- the Capture drop down contains "Screen", "Area", "Timed Screen" and "Window". The Language drop down includes "English", "German", "French", "Spanish", "Italian", and "More Languages". The Send drop down includes "Text to Clipboard", "Text To MS Word", "Text to File", "Table to Clipboard", "Table to MS Excel", "Table to File", "Image to Clipboard", "Image to File", "Image to Email".

This version of ABBYY basically takes a screen shot of an image and performs an OCR.  I used the following scanned image as the OCR candidate.  You can see in the second photo how the image is a little skewed, has some bleed-through from the page in the book beneath it, and has a few speckles.  I ran ABBYY against this image as-is when viewed inside of the Windows image viewer program.

Original scan from a cook book, rotated.

Zoomed in view of the file text image; note that there is some bleed-through from the other side of the page and some noise that could use a little clean up. It could also be oriented a little better too. Each of these clean up tasks can be performed in a variety of tools including Scan Tailor, a SourceForge project available for free download.

ABBYY literally uses the screen as a way to capture its text, so if you run it against a full size image, as shown below, you’ll see the less-than-captivating results…

ABBY software works by having you position a grid around the screen image to be OCR'ed. Here, the entire scanned image is shown in a viewer so ABBY will attempt to OCR the entire page . . .

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Results of ABBYY OCR of entire scanned image.  This took about 40 seconds.

So I zoomed in on the page to increase the text size on the screen and re-ran the OCR with the following results . . .

Zooming in on the scanned text produced a better OCR result . . .

1 28-ounce can tomatoes with their juice  1 dried chili pepper, crushed, or hot red pepper  flakes, to taste (optional)  2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2  teaspoons dried parsley flakes  I 10-ounce package frozen peas  Vi cup sliced black olives  xk cup chopped pimiento  1. Place the chicken pieces in a bowl. In a cup, prepare a marinade by combin-  ing the turmeric and saffron with the warm water, stirring to dissolve the  saffron. Add the lemon juice, salt, and 1 tablespoon of oil. Pour the mari-  nade over the chicken, tossing the pieces to wet them. Refrigerate the  chicken for 30 minutes or longer.  2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet (if you have only  a small pan that is nonstick, use it, doing this step in batches and using part  of the oil for each batch). Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving  the marinade. Brown the chicken pieces in the oil, and remove them from  the pan.
Results of ABBYY scan after zooming in on the image.

So after zooming in, the scan went much better.  But imagine trying to do this for multiple (maybe even hundreds) of pages.  And you’d still have to go back and do a post-clean up of the text where the OCR was incorrect.  On the plus side, ABBYY has quite a number of supported languages which I found pretty impressive.

For batch processing, you might want to look at a combination of Scan Tailor (to rotate, clean up the images, and convert them to TIFF format) and then FreeOCR .  These two tools could help a little with batch processing many pages.  Following are a few screen shots of running just FreeOCR and its results.

FreeOCR program converts image files to text without the need to zoom in. On the left is the (rotated) scanned image. On the right is the resulting OCR'ed text.

ENTREESY FOUL TRY   I
Vu teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
IA teaspoon salt, if desired
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1% cups long-grain brown rice
1 large clove garlic, hnely minced (1 teaspoon)
l large onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
2*/2 to 3*/2 cups chicken broth
% teaspoon oregano
IA teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vs teaspoon paprika
l 28-ounce can tomatoes with their juice
1 dried chili pepper, crushed, ar hot red pepper
Hakes, to taste (optional)
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2
teaspoons dried parsley flakes
l 10-ounce package frozen peas
lb cup sliced black olives
IA cup chopped pimiento
1. Place the chicken pieces in a bowl. In a cup, prepare a marinade by combin-
ing the turmeric and saffron with the warm water, stirring to dissolve the
saffron. Add the lemon juice, salt, and 1 tablespoon of oil. Pour the mari-
nade over the chicken, tossing the pieces to wet them. Refrigerate the
chicken for 30 minutes or longer.
2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet (if you have only
a small pan that is nonstick, use it, doing this step in batches and using part
of the oil for each batch). Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving
the marinade. Brown the chicken pieces in the oil, and remove them from
the pan.
3. Add the rice to the pan, and "fry" it for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring it
constantly to coat it with oil and toast the grains. Stir in the garlic and onion,
and fry them for 1 to 2 minutes, still stirring. Transfer the rice-vegetable
mixture to a Dutch oven, and then add 21/2 cups broth, the oregano, pepper,
and paprika. Stir the ingredients to combine them, bring the mixture to a
boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot tightly, and cook the rice for 30
minutes.
4. Stir in the reserved marinade (if any), tomatoes and their juice, chili pepper,
and parsley, arrange the chicken pieces on top of the rice, cover the pot,
and cook the chicken-rice mixture over low heat for 30 minutes or until the
chicken is nearly done. Check once or twice, and add more broth if needed.
5. Sprinkle the peas, olives, and pimiento over the top of the chicken, add
more broth or water, if necessary, cover the pot, and cook the mixture for
another 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender, the rice fairly dry,
and the peas hot.
Results of FreeORC conversion, not bad but note all the extra line feeds

Finally, below is an example of clean up and conversion to TIFF through Scan Tailor followed by processing by FreeOCR.

Scan Tailor program -- this is used to clean up images and create TIFF output files. Although this screen shot shows just a single file/page, you can add multiple files and perform actions in bulk. You can easily rotate, "deskew", set margins, de-speckle, and convert your images to TIFF files.

Scan Tailor converts a scanned file to a TIFF file.

E:x¤TREss.— PO ut TR Y 43 1  % teaspoon saffron threads, crushed  2 tablespoons warm water  l tablespoon lemon juice  */1 teaspoon salt, if desired  2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided  1*/2 cups long·grain brown rice  l large clove garlic, finely minced (1 teaspoon)  1 large onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)  2*/2 to 3*/2 cups chicken broth  */2 teaspoon oregano  */s teaspoon freshly ground black pepper  */s teaspoon paprika  1 28·ounce can tomatoes with their juice  l dried chili pepper, crushed, or hot red pepper  Hakes, to taste (optional)  2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2  teaspoons dried parsley flakes  l l0-ounce package frozen peas  */2 cup sliced black olives  */1 cup chopped pimiento  1. Place the chicken pieces in a bowl. In a cup, prepare a marinade by combin-  ing the turmeric and saffron with the warm water, stirring to dissolve the  saffron. Add the lemon juice, salt, and l tablespoon of oil. Pour the mari-  nade over the chicken, tossing the pieces to wet them. Refrigerate the  chicken for 30 minutes or longer.  2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet (if you have only  a small pan that is nonstick, use it, doing this step in batches and using part  ofthe oil for each batch). Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving  the marinade. Brown the chicken pieces in the oil, and remove them from  the pan.  3. Add the rice to the pan, and "fry" it for about 3 to S minutes, stirring it  constantly to coat it with oil and toast the grains. Stir in the garlic and onion,  and fry them for 1 to 2 minutes, still stirring. Transfer the rice-vegetable  mixture to a Dutch oven, and then add 2*/2 cups broth, the oregano, pepper,  and paprika. Stir the ingredients to combine them, bring the mixture to a  boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot tightly, and cook the rice for 30  minutes.  4. Stir in the reserved marinade (if any), tomatoes and their juice, chili pepper,  and parsley, arrange the chicken pieces on top of the rice, cover the pot,  and cook the chicken-rice mixture over low heat for 30 minutes or until the  chicken is nearly done. Check once or twice, and add more broth if needed.  5. Sprinkle the peas, olives, and pimiento over the top of the chicken, add  more broth or water, if necessary, cover the pot, and cook the mixture for  another 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender, the rice fairly dry,  and the peas hot.    
Results of FreeORC conversion after Scan Tailor clean up

Once you have your text, you can then convert it to PDF format.  Of course you can also just convert the raw JPG files to PDF but then you can’t do any searching on the results.

SUMMARY

This is a nice scanner, well thought-out and at a nice price.  (You can even get it at Bed Bath & Beyond, by the way).  For batch scanning it could work out but you want to watch out for books with text near the edges of the page.

Model

Features Fast and convenient way to scan, archive & organize for your personal use
Sensor A4 Color Contact image Sensor
Resolution Standard Reso: 300x300dpi (default); High Reso: 600x600dpi
External Memory Support Micro SD card up to 32GB (Micro SD card not included)
File Format JPEG
LCD Scanning status display
Auto Power Off Off/ 3 minute/ 5 minute
Scanning Speed Approximate scanning speed (standard letter size)
-High res. with color – 13 sec.
-High res with mono – 6 sec.
-Standard res. with color – 3 sec.
-Standard res with mono – 2 sec.
White Balance Auto
USB Port USB 2.0 high speed
Power Source 2xAA Batteries
Battery Life Approx. 180 color or 200 monochromatic scans
Dimension(LxHxW) 10” x 1.2” x 1.1”
LCD Display Size 0.787” x 0.59”
Weight 7.5 oz (with batteries)
Support System Driver free to download for Windows® XP SP2/ Windows® Vista/ Windows® 7™ and
Macintosh 10.4 or above ( direct plug-in, driverinstallation not required)
Accessories USB cable, 2x AA alkaline batteries, OCR software CD, Pouch, Cleaning cloth, user’s manual
 

Product Information

Price:$99
Manufacturer:VuPoint Solutions
Pros:
  • Small, ergonomic, can roll over books with large bindings, affordable
Cons:
  • Can clip off data at end of pages

Comments

  1. 1
    James Chi says:

    Doesn’t seem like the best solution for ebooks to me. The wand seems better for single page one offs of receipts.

    When I make ebooks for myself, I first cut the binding off. For magazines I use a paper cutter for books I have Kinkos chop the binding off. Then I run them through my sheet feed scanner (Fujitsu ScanSnap, $420). The scanner produces PDFs, and for magazines for my iPad I don’t bother OCRing them. It takes 15min. For books, I OCR, proof, and make epubs. Those can take awhile but the scanning is less than an hour of the whole process.

  2. 2
    Andy says:

    Mind if I ask, I noticed the position of the roller is critical for the lights to actually work. With that in mind, are you limited to only scanning in one direction? Or can you flip the device around and change its orientation to ensure the rollers are always making contact with the page?

    To further elaborate, say you were scanning the left side of a book. Can you start from the spine of the book, and scan from middle to left? Or would you have to scan from the left edge for a page, towards the spine?

    Would seem really useful for textbooks since my plain flatbed scanner always curves any words near the spine of any book..

  3. 3
    cobin rox says:

    @Andy – yes you can flip it around. That’s what I did on several attempts in fact to get my book scanned in all the way. The problem is that when I did that for the particular book I was using, the text that was (of course) scrunched near the binding would then be cut off. I also tried scanning top to bottom (vertically) and that would sometimes work, sometimes not; the rollers tended to get caught along the sides of the pages.

  4. 4
    Andy says:

    Kewl ok q; that makes all my spined book scanning easier.

    I just got a little worried with VuPoint’s customer rep’s told me it wasn’t feasible to scan from right to left. I thought it was some sort of mechanical issue where the roller would only shine their lights if rolled in one particular direction. I was also afraid of damaging the rollers by scanning differently from their youtube demonstration’s direction.

  5. 5
    Cobin Rox says:

    Ja, I used the scanner left, right, upside down and backwards. But I gotta say, more than three or four scans in a row was hard to do. I just kept getting scanning errors that I couldn’t figure out.

  6. 6
    vinod says:

    can this device be used as visiting card scanner

  7. 7
    cobin rox says:

    @vinod — you can scan just about anything that lies flat

  8. 8
    Ron Lane says:

    I have never seen a more comprehensive review. Good job and thanks.

  9. 9
    Neel says:

    I wish every technical product was reviewed as thoroughly as your review. Thanks

  10. 10
    Big Joe says:

    Great review. Also one point, if you could slide a (larger than the paper being copied) piece of card stock underneath the page, then it would increase the total area that can be scanned since the rollers must touch something to roll, then you can crop out the excess afterwards.

  11. 11
    phil says:

    I am having a hard time transfering scans to my computer from the wand-I use the scanner for basically receipts and single items that I would like to set up fiole on my computer-can anyone help?-thanks

  12. 12
    cobinrox says:

    @phil — what kind of problems are you having? You should be able to connect the USB port from the wand to the USB port of your computer. You’ll want to make sure the wand is in the ON state when doing this.

  13. 13
    cobinrox says:

    @Big Joe: that’s a great suggestion; I tried it out real quick and has potential. It still cuts off on some pages, but overall the card stock does improve the results.

  14. 14
    matt says:

    I bought a Vupoint Magic wand & it is way better & cheaper than the Planon docupen that I bought last year.

    I have found a way to get around the problem of the Vupoint cutting off the last part of the page of a book because the rollers have gone off the edge of the book. I went to the dollar store & bought a one dollar 8.5 x 11″ picture frame, took the glass out & thru the frame away. I just place the glass over the book page to be copied & since the glass is usually a little longer than most text book pages, the whole page with the page #comes out perfect. I have found that its better to scan the right page of an open text book with the wand vertical to the open book & using the glass on the left side of an open text book scanning it horizontally. It also works best to support the left side of an open text book with another book of about the same size.
    The nice thing about the glass is that its cheap & you can put it inside a hard binder & carry it around in your book bag or briefcase.
    Hope this info was more helpful.

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    cobinrox says:

    @matt: another cool idea. I tried this and it worked great as far as getting the entire page (including the page numbers) in the scan, but my results were slightly blurry (I tried with both the low and high res settings). Maybe i’ll have to try it with a thinner piece of glass. Great idea in any case.

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    Nyxie says:

    I have a question. Can you scan something larger than 8 12 x 11 and then stitch the image together? If you can does the scanner come with stitching software?
    My Mom owns a t shirt store and sometimes has to copy t shirts directly.

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    cobinrox says:

    @Nyxie – you’d probably be better off with a flat bed scanner for a t-shirt, I’m not sure the wand scanner would work all that well on fabric. That being said, your scan width is limited to the width of the scanner itself, but the length of the scan would depend on how long you can keep the roller in tact and rolling.

    In any case, the software that comes with the scanner does not have the type of “stitching” that you’d need. The type of “stitching” that we referred to in this review was more for putting individual files together, but as individual pages. I think what you would need for your t-shirt operation is something more in the line with the “panorama stiching” capability in Photoshop or other such image manipulation software. Hope that makes sense.
    So bottom line: you can scan images longer than 11 but not wider than 8.5 with the wand; and it does not come with stitching software.

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    Nyxie says:

    Thanks for the info cobinrox. I was going to get her one, but it sounds like she might be better off sticking with her flatbed that she has been using. I may get one for myself for book scanning and let my Mom try it out for her t shirts.

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    Mauro says:

    Hey greetings from Argentina. Great review, i am currently studying for chef and there are a lot of cooking books i would like to have ,but since they cost a lot of $$$ i started to think of this as an option. Also because the library doesn´t allow to take the book home.
    I just have 1 question, the errors that occured during scaning, did they happened when you scaned a lot? i mean, i want to scan 200 pages in a row, considering that i have to carry the scanner to the library would you say this is a good option?

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    cobinrox says:

    @Mauro – wow that’s a great question. I have had much better luck in scanning multiple pages when I use Big Joe’s idea of placing a piece of card stock/tag board that is slightly larger than the page I’m scanning beneath the page I’m scanning. Without the tag board, the file error rate really goes up.

    Another technique I’ve found is to first scan all the odd pages, then flip the book around and scan all the even pages. This saves a lot of scanner time because you keep the book and scanner physically in the same spot for the odd pages and then for the even pages (as opposed to scanning in a page, flipping the book, flipping the scanner and scanning the next page, then blah blah blah).

    Also, to save even more time, I can actually slip the tag board underneath about 5 pages and be able to scan those 5 pages pretty well, without having to move the tag board between those 5 scans. Hope that makes sense. I’ll try and cobble up a video showing what i mean if it doesn’t make sense.

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    BayouGale says:

    I have the VuPoint Scanner and have lost my owners Manual. I managed to find your helpful site. Thanks.
    But I am at a loss as to how to delete files that are on the micro-SC card. I have tried pitting the SD card in the computer to delete files and in my camera. No Luck. Camera says it needs to be formated but will not format it for me. Thanks for any help you are able to give.
    Gale

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    cobinrox says:

    @Gale: not sure what the problem is, but am pretty sure it is not related to the scanner. The memory cards should act like any other external drive to your PC, allowing you to navigate through its contents. What type of errors do you see when you attempt to delete the files? If your PC cannot delete the files, can it at least “see” the files?

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    Gale says:

    How kind of you to answer so quickly. I can actually read and save files to my pc. But then I do not know how to delete them from the micro/sd. I am quite sure it is an operators error. I have just used it to try to see how it works, then said maybe I should clean the sd so it will not have to many files on it. I simply do not know how to erase what I have on it at this time.
    Thanks so much.

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    cobinrox says:

    @BayouG: Hmmm, can you, when viewing the files in Windows File Explorer, right mouse click on the files and then choose the “delete” option? Alternatively, when viewing the files in Windows File Explorer can you press the DELETE key?

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    Felix Unger says:

    I don’t understand why makers of handheld scanners still use rollers. In this age of ultracheap optical mice, it would seem cheaper to use a couple of laser assemblies instead for more reliable tracking. Better still, with 2-dimensional tracking, such pickups should be able to detect horizontal motion as you scan vertically down the page and automatically compensate.

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    Joyce GW says:

    I bought my wand 5 days ago. The first time I formatted and used the scanner I noticed that the create date was Jan 1, 2009. Now five days later the create date has updated to Jan 5, 2009. How do I reset the internal clock to todays date?

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    George says:

    I also just got my wand a few days ago. After micro SD format I used the scanner & noticed that the create date was Jan 1, 2009. Now 3 days later the create date has updated to Jan 3, 2009. How do I reset the internal clock to the correct date?

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    Robert says:

    My VuPoint Magic Wand won’t turn on even with fresh batteries.
    How do I fix it? How can I find the user’s manual?
    Bob

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    Rommani says:

    i am purchasing the magic wand as we speak, how often and at
    what intervals does it require washing and rinsing? Thank you

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    GailRae says:

    Great site! Just bought the Wand but haven’t received it yet. Decided to see what info was available online in case I had any problems. Hands down best site for anything I’ve ever found. Now THIS is what we need for all products! Sure would save a lot of time and headaches. So, I’m thanking you in advance. Kudos for your thorough and understandable info!

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    Pam says:

    I have this scanner and I am getting all kinds of light banding. Not one clean picture. It has light and dark bands across half the page. Whats wrong?

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    Pam says:

    Okay, I’m an idiot. I must have messed up the white calibration, because I did it again and the banding is gone. My fault, I love this thing. It really works well.

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    Marilynn Tonn says:

    Thank you for posting such a helpful site. I’m putting this site in my favorites. I had slight buyer’s remorse and found your site when checking on line to make sure it was a good product. You’ve put my mind at ease and now I can’t wait for it to arrive. The scanner on my 4 in 1 printer broke and I thought this would be a good replacement. It appears this will be more useful than my former scanner. I’m already thinking of all the applications. Thanks again for taking the time to provide such useful information.

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    Jennifer says:

    I have had this scanner for months and it went really well in the beginning. I have done nothing different, however, over half of the scans come out reversed (like a mirror image). Anyone else having these issues? Any answers?

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    Cobin Rox says:

    I’ve actually seen that reverse image problem too, though not on every scan, usually I’d see it occur once and then it’d be fine the next time. Did you try removing and re-inserting the batteries?

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    Jennifer says:

    That didn’t work but thanks for the suggestion! Any other ideas?

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    Strickler3 says:

    I am more interested in scanning old photos of my children. I am ignorant when it comes to technology. Are you able to label each photo and group them in a folder, for example one folder for each year?

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    cobinrox says:

    @Jen: sorry, no I don’t have any other ideas, but maybe some of the others do

    @Strickler: You can’t do the labeling and stuff with the scanner itself, but you can either get software that will help you do that once you have made your scans and then connect the scanner to the computer in order to upload the photos to your computer. You can also just use Windows File Manager/Photo Viewer to do that, too. That’s what I do because I never know what computer I’ll be using and which software is available.

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    G Rouse says:

    Just purchased scanner and my scans (my mom’s recipe box) 374, were all reversed. I did scan from top to bottom and now I cannot change mirror image. I don’t have access due to probate to rescan so can anyone tell me how to reverse these, please? It would mean so much to me and my daughters.

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    cobin rox says:

    You might be able to use PhotoShop to invert them.

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    Dingo says:

    I’m thinking of getting one of these scanners and I love this website. Question….. Does the software work on an iMac running “snow leopard”?

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    MB says:

    Just got my scanner. How do you scan small pictures without the background showing the full size of the screen? The demo looked easy.

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    Lee says:

    Need to know how to remove scans off the SD card. Clean it up for more space. I hate downloading all those pics every time I download too.

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    cobinrox says:

    @Lee — you should just be able to delete them from the SD drive as if it (the SD Drive) were another external USB drive. Hope that makes sense and what you were asking about.

    @MB: sorrry, I’m not quite sure what you mean, could you elaborate a little more on what you need? If I sort of understand the issue, you could use somehting like photoshop or paintshop to crop out unneeded areas.

    @Dingo — the scanner is really just a USB drive so as long as your Snow Leopard can read USB ports you should be good to go

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    Patty says:

    Hi…I just purchased the vuPoint Magic Wand & I am having trouble setting the time & date. According to the manual I am to press the Time Set button, which I did…but I do not get a display screen that will how “1 XX”, etc.
    When I press the time set button, I get 1 09…..
    I have no idea what to do…please help me.
    Thanks

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    GV HIll says:

    This sounds great for ebooks, but what about 4×6 photos which I want to conver to digital? Any ideas for that type use?

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    cobinrox says:

    @Patty – sorry, a number of people have had that same problem and I haven’t been able to find an answer either. Bueler? Anyone?

    @GV — works GREAT for that type of use, as well as for receipts, for example, I’m on travel right now for work and can easily tuck the scanner in with my backpack, scan in my receipts, read ‘em in over USB and email ‘em back to corporate for by expense report.

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    Patty says:

    Hi…my very good friend has one of these Magic Wands & now I know how to set the date/time…and it makes sense.

    1. Press the time Set button w/a blunt object (paper clip). After I did this, the window on my Magic Wand displayed a 1 on the left side & an 09 on the right side. The # 1 means that this is the first thing you have to do in order to change the year. The 09 in my window means 2009…to get the 09 to change to the year 10 (for 2010) press either the c/bw or the dip button…once you get to 10…press the scan button….then the number on the left will change to #2

    2. #2 is the month…press the c/bw or the dip button until you get the month of 11…which of course is Nov. Then press the scan button & it will advance to #3.

    3. #3 is for the date…press the c/bw or the dip button until you get the present date & for me it is 21…press the scan button to advance to #4.

    4. #4 is for the hour….press the c/bw or the dip button until you get the present hour…it is after 1:00 so I pressed the button until I reached #13…if it were 2:00…I would want #14.
    Press the scan button to advance to #5.

    5. #5 is for the minute…press the c/bw or the dip button until you get the minutes you want…for me it is #43

    6. After setting the Minute, press the TIME SET button again to complete the Time and Date setting.

    Of course if you take out the batteries…you will have to reset the Time Date again.

    I hope I have explained this well enough to understand ….
    Have a good day….

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    Patty says:

    oh, I need to correct something…the dip button should have been dpi….. I read & reread my message before sending it out…and I didn’t see this until now….sorry

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    Naim says:

    Wow it works like something from a batman movie, I just bought one for 50 bucks off http://www.justdeals.com, its very convenient, as a journalist i have use for it every single day

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    Lynn says:

    I have the PDS-ST415-VP model, and every time I try to scan a document or photo, the hue is fushia pink. What causes this, and how can I fix it?

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    MaryAnne says:

    What is the difference between the 2 models, PDS-ST415-VP and the PDS-ST410-VP. I want to get one but don’t know which one! The “410-VP” model is being sold lots of places for about $99, but the higher numbered (and I assume newer) “415-VP” model is not easily found for sale anywhere. Does anybody know what the differences are? Thanks.

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    James says:

    Great write-up. I’m a little concerned about the rollers not allowing scanning of the full page, but it’s a great option compared to a flat bed scanner. Thanks!

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    Steven says:

    I just bought the device today at Bed Bath and Beyond ( weird place to buy computer peripherals, LOL ) . I am a financial planner, and I often meet with clients in THEIR offices and THEIR homes. having the ability to instantly scan their ORIGINAL documents without worrying about possibly losing them or having them stolen is the purpose that I bought the device for.
    HOWEVER, it is absolutely RIDICULOUS that the manufacturer did not offer an option to save the scan in a .pdf format !!!!!!!!!! I did NOT know this when I purchased it, or I never would have!! First of all, saving a 300dpi ( Low Res) Black and White scan of an 8×11 document results in a file size of nearly 1 MEGAbyte !!!!!!! And that’s not even in color!!! If I have to scan a client’s tax returns, (often 15-30+ pages), that would be a file size of nearly 30 MEGABYTES that would be stored on my hard drive!!! Sure, I can convert the JPEG’s to PDFs, but they are a pain in the A@##@ to batch them and convert, etc., not to mention the fact that you then have to re-save the files in the new pdf format !!!
    ALSO, the pdf format is MUCH less memory intensive, and that same JPEG file of nearly a Meg would only take up about 24 KILObytes !!!
    (especially important if you are going to ATTACH the files as an attachment to an email !!! )

    Anyway, sorry about the wordy essay, but I was really PI#@Sed about the storage format of the device. They should have made it with an option to store the files on the microSD card in a .pdf format. I will be trying to find a similar device that does just that.
    Any thoughts ???

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    Kevin Cramer says:

    After reading all comments – very good info but the 410A has a time set button and the 410 does not. Still waiting to here from VuPoint. My guess is that you have to place the time/date on the micro sd with a editor like a spy camera. This is only for the scanners that don’t have the time set mutton near the usb port. I will check back later on this but the great thing about this is if for instance you wish to make a t-shirt print this device will scan a mirror type for you if you scan in the opposite direction. This is a GREAT effect . You can print it out yourself or upload it to CVS or Rite aid to make a cup or shirt or something. Will check back on the time set for the older [ purchased a month ago ] ones.

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    Kevin Cramer says:

    OK – found out a little more where this is made [ China of course ] but the real model number – TSN410 do a Google search with or without pdf and you will get a large result. More later as I continue to search.

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    Kevin Cramer says:

    Some more info about this item:

    SKYPIX TSN410 CORDLESS HANDHELD SCANNER
    - also known as :

    VuPoint Magic Wand Portable Scanner and Digitalk HandyScan
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.33756

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    DougT says:

    I have an old b&w photo of a 45th ID Company taken in April 1941 that is 8.25″ x 33″. The wand looks like it will handle the 8.25″ but will it be able to scan the 33″ length?

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    cobinrox says:

    @DougT: it sure should; see the example above for the iron gym instruction sheet; that was actually abot two feet in length. The scan got gummed up because of the staples in the middle of the sheet.

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    Kenny D says:

    Help! I just received the vuPoint scanner for Xmas and cannot get the battery cover off. lt won’t slide open. I press down on it and attempt to slide it with my thumb to no avail. I tried just pressing my thumb on the cover by the scanner button and pushing it forward but it won’t budge. It’s scanner model ST415BU.

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    TONNI says:

    HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THE BATTERY COVER BUT KEPT TRYING UNTIL IT SLID OFF.. I GOT THE UNIT FROM HSN WITH NO DOCUMENTATION AND I WAITED TO INSTALL IT UNTIL I GOT MY NEW LAPTOP, THEN COULD NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO WORK IT

    THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT REVIEW. SINCE I READ IT, I ORDERED A LARGER MICROSD CARD AND A STORAGE CASE AND WILL BE TAKING IT ON ALL MY APPOINTMENTS. I AM ALSO A FINANCIAL PLANNER AND NEED TO COPY DRIVERS LICENSES AND OTHER ID AND TAX DOCUMENTS, AS WELL AS FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND THIS MAKES A GREAT TOOL. IN ADDITION, I OFTEN HAVE TO SCAN CHECKS FOR ROUTING AND ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND THIS SAVES A LOT OF TIME AND TROUBLE.

    COULD NOT HAVE UNDERSTOOD THE UNIT AND THE TIME SET MECHANISM WITHOUT YOU. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR COMPLIANCE TO HAVE SCANS TIME STAMPED SO THIS REALLY MAKES MY JOB EASIER.

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    norman palmer says:

    after scanning picture or image with the vupoint scanner it sends the image to the clipboard. Where is the clipboard and how do you get to it.

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    TONNI says:

    I leave all scanned images on the micro sdcard and when i attach to the computer it reads the scanner like an additional data drive and you can save the images whereever you choose to. I happen to have a paperport application on one computer and microsoft photo editor on another so I usually use the paperport for documents and photo editor for scanned photos

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    Vetter says:

    Just got mine for Christmas. Took a liitle practice to get the scanning speed down. This portable scanner is greatness!

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    terry says:

    When I scan the images, nothing is recorded on the card. The count is always on 0. The card is formatted. The power is on. The green light is on. The rollers are rolling and the scan light on the bottom is on. Why will it not record images? I have used 2 different cards.

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    John Parkyn says:

    Do you know if this scanner can handle white text on dark gray / black background?

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    cobinrox says:

    @terry: it only scans when you hold down the scan button and you are rolling the rollers; if it is not doing that then you need to take it back to the store or send it back

    @john: yes

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    John Parkyn says:

    Black on white text … Will the subsequent OCR work.

    BTW, are you on Mac or PC?

    Any Mac problems that you know of?

    Thank you… John

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    cobinrox says:

    @John — you know I kind of knew you were going to ask about the OCR and the black on white text thing! It depends on the OCR software. What you could do to test out whether or not a given OCR algorithm will work is to take a b&w photo of the text that you are interested in and run the subsequent JPG/TIF through one of the open source/free OCR packages. That way you could get a feel for how well your situation will work.

    My normal O/S is a PC, btw.

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    oscar says:

    I agree that the scans are fine. But what type of software can “stitch” several pages of text into one file? I don’t need OCR as a rule, so is my best bet to convert to pdf? And how can that be done?

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    Gloria Burchfield says:

    I have scanned about 200 color and black a white photos with my VuPoint Magic Wand. I now notice white lines on my scanned photos. The CALIBRATION thing??? That did nothing, unless I did something wrong. Instructions were a little vague and the white sheet included for calibration???? kinda lame. If this problem can’t be resolved easily, I am returning to VuPoint.

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    Sheila says:

    I was checking this scanner out at Sam’s Club today. I have many old black and white photos and color photos that I would like to scan. Has anyone had any experience scanning photos with this device? Want to eventually download photos to a webpage for the family.

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    Gloria Burchfield says:

    What causes white lines on my scanned photos

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    cobinrox says:

    @oscar: depends on what you want to do with the final product. Remember, the scans that you do are nothing more than JPG files; just as if you had taken a picture of them. So what do you want to do with all of the JPG files? Probably store them as one large file from the sounds of it. I’d recommend converting each to PDF and then use a product called PDF Free to munge them into on giant file. But you won’t be able to do any searching within the final PDF since they are still, essentially “photos”.

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    Maria says:

    MaryAnne December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm comment 62 stated the following but I do not see the answer given. Please let me know as well what is the difference between the 2 models, PDS-ST415-VP and the PDS-ST410-VP. I want to get one but don’t know which one! The “410-VP” model is being sold lots of places for about $99, but the higher numbered (and I assume newer) “415-VP” model is not easily found for sale anywhere. Does anybody know what the differences are?

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    Maria says:

    The correct comment number was 52
    MaryAnne December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm comment 62 stated the following but I do not see the answer given. Please let me know as well what is the difference between the 2 models, PDS-ST415-VP and the PDS-ST410-VP. I want to get one but don’t know which one! The “410-VP” model is being sold lots of places for about $99, but the higher numbered (and I assume newer) “415-VP” model is not easily found for sale anywhere. Does anybody know what the differences are?

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    cobinrox says:

    @norman: the scanned file goes into the memory card, not the cliipboard so not sure what you mean there
    @sheila: yes, this is perfect (in my opinion, anyway) for scanning photos, be sure to scan at the higher resolution mode to retain quality; you can always reduce the res mode with photoshop or other photo software to reduce the size for the web
    @gloria: re the lines showing up; that sound’s like a defect in the device; you might want to return it
    @maria: sorry I don’t have access to all of the models, can you do a search on google for them at all?

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    sam says:

    Does the scan resolution deteriorate with the size of the image, say a smaller photo? or is the resolution set for A4. Also, do the rollers make contact with the actual surface, or are they positioned at the ends. I have some very delicate old pictures to scan. Thanks

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    sam says:

    I have just gone and bought a scanner from Maplins (UK), the only retailer here. Its called EasyScan N90HT and looks like the vupoint, for £70. The sales person tried to discourage me, as one was returned for wavy tracking. So here goes…

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    cobinrox says:

    @sam: great questions; i believe it scales the size of the file with the length of the scan; if you have delicate photos I’d recommend what some of the others readers said: put a piece of glass over the photo to keep it safe; and yes, the rollers touch the surface — that (and pressing the scan button at the same time) is what enables the scanning process; the lines can get wavy if you are not careful so take a few practice scans first; good luck with the Maplins, let us know how it worked out

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    sam says:

    Thanks for your reply cobinrox, you are really patient with us. I will try those tips out. So far I am really happy with it. My great grandma comes out really good. Cheers. I’ll keep in touch.

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    Peter says:

    Sounds good, but what’s the difference between the ST410 and the ST415 models?
    Thanks,
    Peter

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    Kevin says:

    The 410 you can’t set the time stamp…I am still working on that….on the 415 it has a time set hole opposite the reset.

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    jenraider72 says:

    I am torn between thisWand or the Brother dsmobile. I think the software may be better w/ the Brother, but not sure. I want to scan receipts, kids’ papers, documents, etc. Wonder which is better for odd/large or long sized documents- say a long receipt or kid’s drawing on a large paper. I figure the Brother is limited to the size of paper you can feed into it-width-wise, and I assume the wand would be more forgiving in that area. I have a lot of paper and receipts and I don’t want to have to sort thru them manually like looking at picture files on pc. I know Neat Receipts has software that auto sorts but reviews for that are all over the place and the price is higher. I like versatility of the free wand, but I just feel like the kind where you feed the document thru may make a better image and has a sorting software. Oh I’m getting yelled at got to go any help appreciated!!!

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    Erica says:

    does the software also allow you to itemize scanned reports, kinda like what tryneat offers?

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    cobinrox says:

    @jenraider: software with the wand is just OCR (and not that great)
    @Erica: no, software is just OCR

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    Micki says:

    Just bought a magic wand scanner, did not buy a micro SDHC.
    Can anyone tell me what size I should buy, and how many pictures will it hold
    It says it will support up to a 32 GB Card.
    Thanks

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    Cobin Rox says:

    @Micki – 32GB will hold about 16000 photos. The problem with super large cards is that you can’t organize them very well; the scanner doesn’t create sub-directories when it stores the files, so you might spend a lot of time trying to search through all the files.

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    @jenraider72 says:

    The Brother Dismobile offers two advantages over a flatbed scanner and at least one disadvantage — no power cord needed, smaller size but you can’t scan books and other non-paper objects.

    The Magic Wand is a different class of product since you can carry it with you to a friend’s house (or to a competing business) and surreptitiously scan all their documents, ledgers, menus, pricing structures and photos.

    I already have a USB hand scanner but this Magic Wand could free me from having to carry an unwieldy laptop into the courthouse.

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    Jan Wells says:

    Hi, I added Abbyy to my computer, and it came up as a “trial”. I don’t know. I couldn’t get the images to upload to the computer by any means. My computer detected an SD card, but it wouldn’t open. How can I upload the scanned docs to my computer? HELP~!

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    Ed Snarf says:

    I want to scan a label from a round bottle or can. Can I just hold the can and keeping the wand face toward the can, rotate it around the can and get a good flat, square image of the label? If someone has a wand, could they please try this and see if it works?
    Thanks.
    Best Regards, Ed Snarf

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    Trendi McVayjay says:

    Yes, Ed Snarf it will do that.

    I’m still mystified at how to set the time on the model without a time set button. Strange design.

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    Maya says:

    When I search for micro “sd” cards for my new Magic Wand, I notice most of the results come back labeled micro “sdhc” and some of them state that they are not compatible with standard micro sd devices. Any advice on the best brand/model of micro sd/sdhc card to use? Did you find a great deal (price) anywhere? Any experience with how many images one can get on a 2gb, 4gb, 8gb, 16gb? Thank you!

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    Jan Wells says:

    HELP! Still can’t upload the images from the want to the computer. What program should i use????? i’m going nutz!

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    Becky says:

    Used the wand on remote for the 1st time at the library & scanned 25 pages or so, got home, loaded to computer & 2 pages were in the reverse image that some users have mentioned. No error lights when I was scanning. Called VuPoint support & was told that I might have lifted the wand off the page briefly while scanning & that will cause the reverse image. I will experiment at home to see if that is truly the case.

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    MrTeatime says:

    Hi there,

    Great review :) Re: the difficulty of scanning up to the edge of a book – could you please put a figure on the closest to the edge you’ve successfully scanned (in mm, ideally :))

    Thanks!

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    Michael says:

    While checking the vupoint website and eBay it appears the ST415 weighs about .8 oz less and it comes in multiple colors. All other specs are the same. I want red.
    http://www.vupointsolutions.com/

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    FR8LADY says:

    I am getting a message of U56. Any comments?

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    Candy says:

    I have a VuPoint scanner and all seems in order except that no lights go on when I scan and when I connect it to my Mac nothing happens, which I assume is because nothing is getting scanned.
    Batteries are fine–all the other features seem to work properly. Should I simply send it back, or is there something I’m missing?

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    Andrew says:

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the very informative review and there seems to be a lot of active users here. I’m drawing portraits lately. I appreciate matt’s idea to use the glass from a picture frame.

    I noticed that it has a usb connection. If you connect it to a PC
    with a usb cable, will it be detected as a scanner and work with graphics applications (not a mass storage device)? If so, does it require batteries when connected to the PC? This just might be convenient feature.

    What is the best website to buy this from if you are in Denmark? I couldn’t find it in ebay and amazon (just imitations).

    Thank you!

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