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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. 101
    Jan Wells says:

    I STILL have NO idea how to transfer the scans to my computer! no software that is on the computer works! And Abbyy won’t open, plus it’s a trial. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 102
    Kevin says:

    When you plug in the usb cable and turn on the unit – you must use the batteries. – on windows based xp – It acts as a hard drive and will set it up plug “n” play as such – if everything is working NORMAL – it will ask you what you want to open the file up with. – look with ” START ” then click on ” MY COMPUTER ” and look for an unusual drive – in my cas it is J – and 2 folders are labeled DCIM and MISC – the scans are in the DCIM file – other versions may be different .

  3. 103
    Kevin says:

    A way to use rechargeable lithium batteries – Please – you may need some electronic experience – I use 1 14500 trust fire in mine. Works great but you have to adjust a little – first – the battery is 3.7 volts – a little above the safe zone of 3.0 volts – so – 3.1 is ok. How we get 3.1 is easy – by using a wood dowel , a 1 amp rectifier diode , 2 flat head screws – now secure the diode with the screws at each end – the white band [ negative ] will be placed at the + end so mark this so you put in in right later – once this is done you have a dummy battery with a diode – the diode drops voltage .6 volts when properly biased and their by lets the use of the lithium battery at 3.1 volts. The reason I chose the li battery is they hold a better shelf life then nimh rechargeable and have a closer voltage then 1.25 nimh. Thus – you only need 1 battery. I also use this in my hiking camera that takes 2 aa [ but now just 1 lithium ] . The trustfire battery is a smart one that drops out at 2.75 volts so you don’t ruin the battery. I got 2 for about $4.25 shipped free but you will need a proper charger which are about $5.00 also shipped free from Deal Extreem.com. Have fun.

  4. 104
    Kevin says:

    I made a mistake on comment 102 – you DO NOT need to have the batteries in while running off the usb cable – sorry for the mistake.

  5. 105
    Andrew says:

    Thanks for clarifying Kevin.

    Finally, does someone have scan samples not taken from magazines or books? The color examples above show patterns that are most probably caused by how the magazine was printed, not because of the scanner. This patterns nonetheless might make buyers think that the scan quality is poor. I hope someone would scan something “real” like a clean table or artwork (not printed) behind a glass picture frame, then share the links.

    To avoid unnecessary scan movement, I suggest guiding the scanner with a straight edge, such as the edge of a book.

    Thank you!

  6. 106
    MrTeatime says:

    Ok, I bit the bullet and bought one (mainly so I could scan and OCR a favourite book of mine which is likely to never be released as an eBook).

    The book itself has text ending ~15mm from the edge of the page, and I found it very hard to consistently capture the text up to this edge, making scanning the book very frustrating.

    Thankfully, I’d previously ordered a 1mm thick, A4-size sheet of Lexan (aka “polycarbonate”) from a UK eBay auctioneer for less than £3, including shipping. Covering the page with this allows me to perform full scans of a page and, though I think the scan is worse quality than without the sheet, after running it through ScanTailor’s (automatic) clean-up and contrast enhancement, the difference in quality becomes thoroughly unimportant with respect to OCR.

    In fact, using Google’s open-source “Tesseract” OCR engine, I quite often get a completely error-free OCR of each page scanned with the Lexan sheet, which is a much better result than I was hoping for! Tesseract does *not* appear to (correctly) identify italics etc, however, even when using the “hocr” output method.

    Its entirely possible that using a thinner sheet of Lexan (I saw some that were 0.75mm thick) would get better quality scans if you are more interested in image quality than OCR’ing.

    I’ll see if I can put up some sample scans from my copy of Moby Dick (which is public domain), with and without the Lexan sheet, and show the OCR’d output from it later.

    I’ll also see if I can sort out some scans of “real” things for Andrew, though I don’t have any paintings handy (though I do have an Egyptian papyrus that someone bought me as a gift, which might be interesting to scan :))

    All-in-all, I’m very pleased indeed with my purchase :)

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  8. 108
    al says:

    The error light only turns on if I scan too fast. I didn’t figure this out at first. I kept getting errors. It thought it was caused by scanning surface. I tried different surfaces and still got errors all the time. I almost wanted to return it. Then it occurred to me that if I scanned just slower, I would not get any error. Now I’m happy. But this should be noted prominently on the box.

  9. 109
    John Parkyn says:

    Hello,
    I see that many many comments have evaporated. Is there somebody – I’m thinking of our excellent moderator – who can summarize the main points (do’s and dont’s) re operating this scanner?

    Thanks

  10. 110
    Andrew says:

    Thanks MrTeatime, those samples were very helpful. I just got an st415-vp last Saturday. On the first try, there was a streak which was brighter than the rest of the scanned image. But this was solved by the calibration feature. I wonder if the st410 also has one. With lcd monitors typically at 96 dpi, I’m happy with the resolution and quality of my scanned images.

  11. 111
    doodool says:

    the overall performance is alright but if you wanna buy one of these definitely checkout http://www.justdeals.com they have the vupoint scanner on sale for only 50 dollars

  12. 112
    John Parkyn says:

    Hello:
    At present, I’m watching the Home Shopping Channel in Canada (thehomeshoppingchannel.com) … They’re featuring the EasyScan Scanner… Looks pretty good. No mention of OCR. It comes with 1GB SD card, software, carrying case. Cost $89.46 Canadian. Returnable within 30 days. Looks like the VuPoint, but is it the same as the VuPoint? If it’s different, which product is better?

    THanks.

  13. 113
    John Parkyn says:

    You can find videos for the EasyScan scanner and the VuPoint Wand on YouTube.

  14. 114
    Denis says:

    I just bought the VuPoint Magic Wand, and installed software, tried sending to computer. Works fine for the stage of learning yet that I need to master (steadying scanner etc. The problem I have is that the printer yields only a portion of the entire image (fom upper left) and regardless of my trying to adjust the print size on the printer options, I still get only that portion (about 15%) of the original picture scanned. The entire picture is of course in place as a file on the computer, but regardless of printer-adjusted size, I get only that 15% block printed. Any ideas?

    Denis

  15. 115
    Donna says:

    Hello;

    Thanks for the info. I received my vu-oint for Xmas. Doesnt seem to work at all. Everything come out black although at the very end of the pg, I can see that there is some color of what I was trying to print/copy. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

    Thank you and look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Donna

  16. 116
    Kevin says:

    You may need to do a white balance as instructed. I had the same problem and then looked at the instructions – did the white balance and worked fine after that.

  17. 117
    dave says:

    I have loved this gadget- color and quklaity excellent and simple to transfer- BUT it now no longer starts up- I canl;t find where battereis are and am unsire how to recharge them- have connected USB to computer and hope that is solution
    – mine might be an older version -says 415 vp

  18. 118
    cobinrox says:

    The batteries for the model in this review are underneath the large silver blob which is actually the cover for the batteries. Hope that helps.

  19. 119
    Linda says:

    Just received by VuPoint Magic Wand – cannot get the microSD card to register on the screen to even begin to do the white scan…please help. Looking from the top of the wand(led screen facing up), the SD card is inserted with the contacts also facing up………….

  20. 120
    Kevin says:

    Have you formatted the sd card ?
    May be in upside down – however I don’t see that happening – you may have a bad micro sd card – try it in your computer first?
    The scanner will format it for you as you may know by reading -

  21. 121
    Donna Hammel says:

    Would anyone be willing to actually TALK to me with a real live phone with some help using my VuPoint ST415 scanner? Basically I just need software help. Nothing fancy. the ABBA that came with it is not working

    Donna Hammel

  22. 122
    Arthur says:

    Having problem pairing my EVO-HTC
    4G smart phone with Vupoint magic wand scanner, instructions say, 0000 or 1234, please help.

  23. 123
    NiVonne says:

    I have this scanner and am struggling to get multiple pages into one file. I hate it that the scanner automatically puts each page into individual files, especially when you are scanning a journal article or book. Has anyone else run into this problem and/or have suggestions about how to manage this? Thanks in advance!

  24. 124
    Andrew says:

    @NiVOnne:
    I think most scanners work like that (one file per page/scan). You will need software like http://scantailor.sourceforge.net/ . You would also like to align or post process each page before combing them.

    I don’t know of any scanner that could automatically do what you want. Otherwise, the pages will accumulate in memory (not good for a compact scanner), or a saved file will be appended with new pages (not good if you made a mistake, you’ll have to go back to the first page, specially with this compact one which is much less stable than flat beds). I guess there is also no way to tell a scanner that you’re scanning the same book.

  25. 125
    Kyp says:

    You sure did a lot of work for a lazy guy. Thanks for all the great info. Thanks to all contributors even the ones that had issues and asked questions. Every comment/question posted here has helped to better understand this product.

  26. 126
    Linda says:

    What’s the difference between models 410 and 415.?

  27. 127
    Kevin says:

    Their more models now as you can see at this site with specs.
    http://www.vupointsolutions.com/browse.php?cat=scanner&page=PDS-ST410A-VP
    Unforgivably my 410 does not have a time/date setting [ small left of the sd card ] just a format hole. The 410 is no longer in production. I suggest the 415 but go to the site above to see whats new. If you wait long enough you can find them new for about 50.00. Mine was 99.95.

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    Janie says:

    I have a vupoint magic wand scanner and I love it. The only problem is I don’t know how to erase the card after I download the pics to the computer. can you help me?

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    Kevin Cramer says:

    Treat it like a hard drive. In Windows XP – right click on the start , then
    click on explore , then click on my computer and look for which drive is the sd card , you can right click on this to format it or just click on it to open up the file and delete which ever items you wish, it is eaiser to just format it. Hope this helped.

  31. 131
    Kevin Cramer says:

    Also, their is a format button on the device – read the instructions to clear the sd card even when the device is not attached to the computer.

  32. 132
    Karen Serecka says:

    I am so interested in buying this scanner however I’m not sure if I will be able to use it for my project. I have diaries from my grandfather from the years 1910 thru 1980 which I wanted to scan & put on CDs for my relatives. I tried using the “old” way & used my desk top scanner but it is way too slow to get all done. I thought this would be a good scanner but if I am reading correctly it only scans 8×10 pages and nothing smaller. Is there anything I can do to make the scan “think” the book pages are larger? Am I reading this correctly? Thank you

  33. 133
    Kevin says:

    If your doc’s are smaller than 8 x 10 you can ” crop them ” after loading them into something like Microsoft photo editor.

  34. 134
    Joann says:

    I recently bought one of these and it worked great at first but now anything over a 4 X 6 photo has one side of it washed out. Has anyone else had the same problem or is mine just messed up? For instance: I tried to scan a B&W chart that was 7″ by 7″ on a flat piece of paper laid out on my kitchen table. The first 4 inches of it came out fine but the rest is kind of like faded. Any ideas?

  35. 135
    Georg says:

    Scans work great. The only problem is that when I try to print a file, I get blank pages. I do not need the OCR, I just want to print the page. I’ve tried Corel, pasting into word, Presto Page manager etc, but the print problem is still there. Is there a way, just to print the file (on the screen) without using software to convert an item that is perfectly visible on my monitor? And yes, same thing with the Abbey software.

  36. 136
    Cobin Rox says:

    @Joann: could your scanner tube/window on the bottom of the scanner be smudged or scratched?

    @Georg: that’s weird, when you are viewing your scan on your computer, what software is displaying it? Since the files are just jpgs, you should be able to open MS-Word, and do an Insert File, then navigate to the scanned image files to pull them in.

  37. 137
    gino says:

    Before buying it I would like to know if there’s a way I can use it WITHOUT BATTERIES… Is it possible to plug it to an external power supply? Does it work and scan without batteries if it connected to the pc with the usb cable? If you use batteries, what is the minimum mAh it can work with?
    Thanks a lot to all the people that already have one and can help me on this!!

  38. 138
    Kevin says:

    I stated earlier on that you can use it without batteries but that was not the case after trying it for a second time so no . I use 1 3.7 volt lithium and a dummy battery which you can make out of a piece of aluminum tube from the hardware store or a wooden dowel with 2 small screws at each end with a wire from end to end, I have also tried 2 – 1.25 v at 2.5 amp nimh batteries but doesn’t appear to work as well with the lower voltage. The lithium batteries have low current – you wont get as many scans but I have not been able to kill the batteries under normal use. Another solution if you wish is to take 2 dummy batteries but don’t short them together – 1 screw only per dummy battery – 1 at the west end of one dummy battery and one at the east end of the other dummy battery – attach a wire to both screws – 1 red and the other black – assuming you know a little about electronics – use some type of adjustable power supply to dial in a 3 volt supply. I can go a little further on explaining this if you need.

  39. 139
    Tiffani says:

    I recently bought an officially refurbished VuPoint scanner. But I can’t get it to work! At first all my scans were just solid black images. So I tried the calibration, which didn’t want to work at all, and when it finally did and I tried scanning with it again it was still very dark, had light streaks across the image (even after cleaning it) and was completely unreadable! (I was scanning a white sheet of paper with text.) So I tried doing the calibration, once AGAIN. I followed the instructions on the sheet, the green and red lights came on…and they just stay there…the red one never goes off so I can do the calibration. Am I doing something wrong? Or is there a problem with the scanner? (Also, when doing the calibration, do you keep holding the C/BW button, or let go of it after pressing scan? I’ve tried it both ways though and the lights never change.) Could anyone here offer me any advice or help?

  40. 140
    gregory says:

    I just bought a new magic wand, and I need it to scan an enormous library archive (many thousands of pages) into my laptop. I am driving over 150 miles to the library on monday, and need for everything to run as smoothly as possible. My biggest concern is that The ABBYY OCR software says it is only compatible with Windows. I use a new MacBook Pro, and need to drop each book or reference material into individual word files (could be between 150-400 pgs each). Do I need to buy additional software for maximum efficiency? If anyone has used this product for an enormous text only job like this, I would greatly appreciate your advice. Thanks

  41. 141
    John Parkyn says:

    I received notification re: the IRIScan Book 2:

    http://www.irislink.com/c2-2005-189/IRIScan-Book-2.aspx

  42. 142
    S says:

    Hi,

    I just purchased a vupoint magic wand. I manage to scan a few images… like 10 or something. And dint use it for a week. Trying to use it today.. and it wont start up! I had put in new batteries that came with the scanner. it reads on the computer when attached but thats about it.

  43. 143
    Rich says:

    How do you delete what you have copyed so far?

  44. 144
    Rich says:

    How do you delete scans off smart card?

  45. 145
    Andrew says:

    @Rich:
    You mean micro SD Card? Eventually you’ll have to connect that card to a computer to copy the scanned images. You might use a USB cable or card reader. Once the card is connected to the computer you can do the usual file management stuff, just like with a normal disk.

  46. 146
    Fred says:

    Hi- I would appreciate some advice. I am really a novice at this. I have had no problem scanning and opening a jpeg image. However, I would like to edit the image- especially crop the passages I need to create a source page. What software is good that I may either download, or is probably on my computer where I may edit the image in the easiest way possible.

    The ABBY software I have found to be confusing.

    Fred

  47. 147
    Eric says:

    I just scanned 20 some images and went to upload them to the computer I get a message saying I need to format the sd card. Now I have viewed the images on a digital photo frame, but I want to put them on the computer so I can clean them up. Can anyone help.

  48. 148
    twk5 says:

    I’ve had my scanner for about 6 months and love it. I was reading through the posts and didn’t see this (hope I didn’t miss it – if so, sorry for the double post), ** Tip 1 – The scanner can scan in both directions, so, if you want to scan something that is close to one of the edges (aka a page number) hold the scanner upside down (as it were). Then the rollers will be “behind” the scanning window and allow you to scan to (and pass) the edge of the page / book. granted your document will then be upside down, but you can fix that with a photo editor. ** Tip 2 – try and scan on a flat (smooth) surface, if it’s not smooth you can get distortions on the scanned image. I use newspapers or sometimes a piece of poster board to scan on a textured surface. Tip 3 – you can scan documents up to 25″ long (600 DPI mode) or 50″ long in 300 DPI mode. I like to scan newspaper articles and you can get a whole column in one swipe. ** Tip 4 – be careful with the white balance. If you are not paying attention, you can accidentally be in the “white balance” adjust mode and think you are getting errors in your scan when in fact you are setting the white balance mode. If you do this, your subsequent scans will (at least in my case when I was newspaper scanning) be dark and difficult to read. It’s easy to fix (the scanner settings) by using a white piece of paper (or the supplied card) and following the directions (scan back and forth a few times untill the light goes out), fixing your scans will need Photoshoping or something. ** Tip 5 – If you scan a large document and try to OCR it all at once you may get poor results (or if you have scanned 2 or 3 columns and try to OCR them as one the software will try and make it a continuous (across the page) document. You may need to zoom in (to make the letters “bigger”) and OCR small blocks of text at a time. ** Tip 6 – the weaker your batteries, the slower you will need to scan to keep from getting a error. ** Tip 7 – If you scan a lot of newspapers (like say a Sunday paper) you can get ink transfer to your hands and the surface you are scanning on – black ink smudges – don’t scan something like this on a light colored surface (like a table cloth) as the stains are difficult to get out sometimes :)

    Hope these help someone.

  49. 149
    Steve says:

    I got my Magic Wand from HSN. It seems to work in everyway for the Scanning. But I can not transfer it to a computer.
    I attach the USB cable to my computer(Win XP) and turn on the Scanner. My Computer does not recognize it. I select Start and find the Removable Disk and can open the files.
    I first tried scanning into a PDF format. My computer saw the files but when I clicked to Open it said the File does not exist. Tried on another computer and it said to Reboot your computer(expecting it to reset the software) but the computer didn’t reboot with Scanner attached.
    Next I tried scanning and saving as JPEG file. Thought I had success as the Puter recognized the scanner. But again it gave me an error message when I opened files and selected the JPEG file.
    And the ABBYY software doesn’t help. It wants to open a scanner so it says I have no scanner attached. If I do attach it, it says I need a Driver for my uninstalled scanner.
    Back to basics:
    How do I download my images or PDF files to my computer?
    Steve

  50. 150
    Steve says:

    Continued…
    I also tried attaching the Magic Wand scanner to my 1-month old Windows 7 Laptop. A window opens up announcing for a new device that says “USB Device Not Recognized = One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it.”

  51. 151
    Steve says:

    PS:
    I have a newer model Magic Wand II.
    It is very similar but has a Round scan button and is platinum grey—but is marketed in 4 colors.

  52. 152
    farmboy79 says:

    Fred,
    if you haven’t already found a solution to image cropping, an excellent free image editor that is great for cropping images and all other editing chores is paint.NET found here: http://www.getpaint.net/

  53. 153
    Steve says:

    I posted back on March 15 and said I could not get the Computer to recognize the Scanner. After a couple of days and maybe 2 or 3 re-boots, the computer finally recognized it as a memory device. All three computers learned how to “see” it.
    Now it works great. Not bad for general scanning documents and photos.
    However, the other day I was scanning from a book and being a little quick with it and got a Yellow scan fail light. Now this Yellow light will not go out. It comes on every time I turn it on even if I’m not scanning.
    I think the problem is that the scanner needs Re-calibrating of the colors/brightness. But I forgot how to re-calibrate it. The Magic Wand II is recalibrated by pushing 2 buttons at once. I hope this website would tell me how.
    No one answers my posts.
    Steve

  54. 154
    Kevin says:

    http://www.vupointsolutions.com/downloads.php?d=manuals

    Here you will find the manual on how to calibrate your viewpoint. Mine is not listed – PDS-ST410-VP however the PDS-ST410A-VP is still about the same – it has a clock setting , mine does not – that is the only difference…….5.7 How to calibrate the scanner
    NOTE: Perform calibration only when white balance needs adjustment
    1. With the dry cleaning cloth provided, clean the scanning lens located on
    the bottom of the scanner.
    2. Turn on the scanner by pressing the [POWER] button. Place the scanner on the white area of the White Balance Calibration paper
    provided.
    3. Press and hold the [JPG/PDF] button. While holding the [JPG/PDF]
    button, press the [POWER] button and then release both buttons to
    enter into auto-calibration mode. SD symbol will flash and then stop.
    “GREEN” and “RED” LED light will turn on.
    4. Do not move the scanner. Wait until the “RED” LED turns off. “GREEN”
    LED will stay on.
    5. With only the “GREEN” LED light on, start scanning the white paper by
    sliding the scanner across the paper until the “GREEN” LED light turns
    off. (Slide the scanner backwards if necessary).
    6. Press and hold the [POWER] button to power off the scanner.
    Calibration is complete

  55. 155
    Michael Marr says:

    I upload to Dropbox from my computer and then my scans are on my iPad and iPhone. Sweet.

  56. 156
    sue sams says:

    Do you know were I can find a company that makes these wands?

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    Kelli L says:

    It would be nice if I could see what I scanned on my computer, Ipad or Iphone. None of these brought up the images when I went onto the ISP address site and clicked on FILE. Sending this piece of junk back!

  58. 158
    root says:

    Instead of going to some mysterious ISP, why not use its micro-SD card slot or USB connection? Many modern gadgets use these interfaces too.

  59. 159
    Kelli L says:

    I did!!! I used the ISP they gave me in the instructions. I even typed in magic.wand like they instructed, but the site did not come up, so that’s when I used their ISP. The site came up but when I clicked on “FILE”, nothing happened. No pics came up! I used the card. I did not use the USB connection, because the whole purpose for me getting this, was to use it as a wireless.

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    gabriel xyz says:

    So you were using PDSWF-ST44-VP (http://www.vupointsolutions.com/browse.php?cat=scanner&page=PDSWF-ST44-VP)
    not the one mentioned here which has no wireless. That was quite confusing.

    Either you received a defective product or the wireless mode is not very user friendly (http://www.vupointsolutions.com/manuals/PDSWF-ST44-VP_Manual.pdf).

    Since you can access the site, it means the wireless is working.
    Have you tried using different web browsers? A lot of things may go wrong depending on your browser/network settings. It can be a script that is not supported or being blocked.

  61. 161
    Kelli L says:

    That’s the reason I returned it – too complicated. I had everything working right and it scanned 2 photos. If something is this hard to figure out, I don’t want it. They made it sound so easy on Home Shopping.

  62. 162
    Jessica says:

    I bought the vupoint wand on e-bay and loved it. But now i have a terrible problem….i put in the micro-sim card and scanned 400 images…it worked great. I plugged into one computer and could read and save the images….i did this a few times. I never deleted the images cuz i wanted to move them to a new computer. A few days later i tried to plug it into the other computer and it would not even recongize it. The LCD screen says the card is “full”. and i cannot get it to recongize the wand so i can delete the images and start over! I dont’ know what to do….please e-mail me at gentelflwr@aol.com thanks!!

  63. 163
    Donna says:

    I have used my scanner for about one-year and sometimes half of the scan would come out purple and the other half was fine.
    Also, I have another problem. I put in new batteries but the scanner will not turn on. Before this happened I would turn on the scanner and the red light would come on. I then turned it off and started it up again and the green light would come on. Do I need to send the scanner to the company? Could a local computer man know how to fix the problem? I really need help.
    Donna

  64. 164
    Dede says:

    I have really enjoyed the Magic wand but I am having a very unusual problem. When I press the scan button the green light come on as it should. Then I scan but the scan light never goes off & the wand does not register that it scanned the item (the number of scanned items never changes).
    I looked at the manuel but I do not see anything to help me.
    What can I do?
    Dede

  65. 165
    Margie says:

    I do a lot of genealogy research and need to scan documents that are 14 x 17, please tell me how to get the scan to show all of the information on the document on the screen.

  66. 166
    ivette says:

    can someone tell me how to undo the deleted photos from the scanner

  67. 167
    Jo Thiel says:

    Where can I get a manuel that I can read that isn’t written in such teeny tiny writing?
    This product has almost 200 comments…not good.
    What is the email and or address of the manufacture of this product…and how can I contact them?
    I didn’t have a USB cable in the box when I bought this from Office Depot…now they want to sell me one…not happy happy happy..
    I have 2 computers and the instructions for each of them wasn’t as difficult as this Magic Wand…sorta makes it not so Magic after all…I ddin’t realize that there wasn’t a place where I could contact the company of this product..not good!

  68. 168
    Michael says:

    The device has so many comments because it is so good OR people simply do not know how to read instructions. I’ll give you a pass because evidently you have 80 year old eyes and no eyeglasses and this prevents you from reading the instructions. Or wait, you did read the instructions and it’s difficult? Look, if you have a ten year old child, have them set it up for you.

  69. 169
    CJ Rox says:

    Greetings all-

    The-Gadgeteer is a really a gadget review site, not really a tech-support site although there are a lot of helpful folks who do contribute to solving others’ problems when they can.

    Basically think of the scanner in a manner (ha!) similar to a digital camera.

    A camera has a memory card just like the scanner and, when you are ready to view the pictures, you have to connect your camera to your computer; usually through a USB cable from the camera/scanner to the USB port of your computer. Some computers are obstinate when recognizing new USB devices, though. This can happen just as easily when connecting a camera, a USB stick, a USB drive, or even the scanner wand.

    When the computer does cooperate and recognizes the USB device, it will normally show up looking like an extra hard drive or “folder” and you should then be able to navigate down into the folder to find your pictures/scans.

    Additionally, just like most digital cameras, you can remove the actual memory card and, if your computer is equipped with on, stick it into the computer’s memory card slot. Again, the computer should recognize the card as just another drive or folder.

    As for problems with the scanner such as it not scanning or scan results turning purple, that sounds like a defective device and you’d be best served by returning it. Office Depot, Staples, WallyWorld, etc. are all very good at allowing you to return defective equipment.

    I unfortunately don’t have the latest version of the scanner so can’t comment specifically on its current idiosyncrasies.
    @Dede: That does sound like a defective unit; have you tried removing and then re-inserting the batteries? That’s the only think I can think of other than getting a replacement device.

    @Margie: In the original review, you can see that I was able to scan a pretty long document (the “Iron Gym” thing). To see the whole thing on your computer screen, you’d probably want to decrease the resolution on your computer; or if on a Windows machine use the Ctrl- keystrokes to zoom out; or use another viewer such as Paint or PhotoShop, again to zoom out (not sure if that is what you were asking though).

    @ivette: Depending on how your computer is set up, you may be able to use the “recycle bin” to retrieve the deleted files. Windows 7 also has a feature called “Restore previous versions” when you right mouse click on a folder and you may be able to use that to revert to an earlier version. I’m not sure if it works on USB drives or memory sticks, though.

    @Jo: Yep, you will need a USB cable to connect the scanner to the computer (not sure if the latest version of the scanner comes with a cable) just like you would with a digital camera. Alternatively, depending on your computer, you might have a memory stick slot that you could use: remove the memory stick from the scanner and place it in the memory stick slot of the PC. But you might need a micro-to-non-micro adapter if the memory stick of the scanner is still the micro type.

    @Michael: If I were 80 years old it’s doubtful that I’d have a 10-year old child!

  70. 170
    JaC says:

    I got the ST-415 scanner off Amazon, good price, that’s it. EATS BATTERIES! First I used Sanyo NiCad rechargeables and I managed to make 3 (three!) scans before scanner was dead. Then I used Duracell NiMh 2650 mAh batteries, so scanner made 13 (thirteen!) scans and went dead. I paid a lot for overseas shipment, so sending back the unit is not feasible for me. Toy for children (nice toy), not tool for professionals.

  71. 171
    Ragz says:

    i had not used the scanner for a while. despite having fresh batteries, wheni try to scan it switched off within 2 seconds. the rollers seem to move alright. what else should i be doing?

  72. 172
    Sue Sarsaparilla says:

    I have the VuPoint Magic Wand, model PDS-ST450-VP. I want to scan on the fly when the USB connection is enabled(ie: The Magic Wand is connected to my laptop by USB). When I turn the Scanner on, the USB connects to my laptop(displays in the windows explorer window). On the magic wand LCD it just display’s USB. When I press the SCAN button on the magic wand, it is not engaging/switching to scan mode. Is there a way to scan while the USB cable is plugged into the laptop? Be able to see the images right after I scan too see if there are good scans or not?

  73. 173
    larry schmotzer says:

    May I request some help, I have the st 415 and get an error signal after
    holding down the on off button for 3 seconds.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you, Larry

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