Canon Introduces New Scanners

To help address the growing business need for document and image scanning, Canon U.S.A. is shipping its ScanFront 220 and ScanFront 220P network scanners, which were displayed at the AIIM Conference & Expo in Boston in April of this year. Both models have decent speeds, able to scan letter-sized documents at up to 26 ppm (pages per minute) or 35 ipm (images per minute), as well as capture black-and-white, grayscale and color images. Supported file formats include JPEG, TIFF, and searchable and high-compression PDF.

According to Canon officials, the new ScanFront 220 and 220P take up less desk space than most competitive models. Both scanners can be controlled via an 8.5-inch touch-screen on which users can preview documents, and both support "scan-to" destinations, including e-mail, "folder," FTP and USB. The ScanFront 220 and 220P are available now through authorized Canon dealers and resellers, though the pricing clearly puts the devices as business oriented models: the 220 starts at $1,995, while the 220P starts at $2,195.

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What they need to do is stop using TWAIN and start using a scanning standard that allows scanning wirelessly over a network and not charging me $1000 for a bloody scanner.

Wireless scanning. Let's break that down shall we?
1. Go to wireless scanner and put document(s) in feed tray.
2. Return to desk and connect to scanner wirelessly (ooh! What will they think of next? ) and start scan.
3. Realise someone else wanted to use scanner and has replaced your document(s) with one(s) they want to scan (they've assumed you've just left them behind like people do with photocopied documents).
4. Return to scanner, find removed document(s) and replace new document(s)s in scanner with your one(s).
5. Repeat from step 2 until conflict of step 3 resolved with other person, possibly involving a stairwell and a strategically placed foot.
6. Return to scanner and collect document(s), ignoring the siren of the approaching ambulance.
7. Repeat from step 1 for extra document(s) that magically appeared on your desk while you were busy with step 3 conflict / step 6.
8. Process scanned document(s) on your PC.

1. Go to PC with scanner attached.
2. Scan document(s). Save to network share.
3. Return to desk. Retrieve from network share. Process.

And what's wrong with Technology Without An Interesting Name anyway? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.