I’ve been after a hand fed scanner like this for some time. I’ve used a few at work and find them both convenient and better than using a full fledged printer to scan documents. So I decided to take the plunge and get my own. Looking around, most reviews seemed to choose the Doxis. However the price hike isn’t to be scoffed at. It’s quite large. So reading reviews I came to the conclusion it justifies the expense and bought the wireless option.
This piece of kit is wonderful. It’s easily the best hand fed scanner I’ve ever used. It’s just so user friendly and easy to use. I love the idea of scanning whatever without the need for a PC. You just scan away and upload the scans later. A few years ago I scanned hundreds of old photos onto my Mac and then a few months later lost the lot due to me not backing them up and didn’t try again. The scanning exercise took days. I did the same in an hour with the Doxie. At first I thought it wasn’t doing the job because it was so quick. Once you’ve scanned loads of items you can just trust it’s all on the storage card. So I’ve established that I like it. Read on.
First off is the build quality. You can feel it’s good. Metal weighty exterior with functional and well placed buttons. It feels like good quality. Thats an easy thing to say but hard to justify. We’ve all know that feeling we get, when holding something that feels well made. In addition the packaging and guide are equally well done and keeping with the stylish presentation of both the web site, scanner, and documentation. Even the quick guide card included is well presented and stylish. If you go to the web site this style of presentation is kept consistent. It’s a little something that gives you confidence in the product. The downloadable apps are the same, although they could have done with a little more functionality. Example would be more export options or sync to cloud. Minor gripe at most. Like the scanner itself the app gets the job done with no effort.
The wireless method of doing the transfer works well. I’m not sure how convenient it’d be for everyone to use a wireless network link established with the Doxie to do the upload. All I can say is it works for me. It’s also got apps available for Mac, Windows, iOS. Covering all my bases anyway.
One last note that really surprised me is the customer support. I didn’t need any help but the company reached out to me twice to make sure I’m ok. Each time with links and information that could prove helpful. Again it’s a little touch but it matters and adds to the overall impression I get.
So in all I am very surprised by just how good this product is. Both in how it works and it’s support and presentation. I’d definitely say the cost is worth what you get. It’s the best hand fed scanner on the market.
One aspect on the Mac that has always been a problem is the lack of support for MS Project. There are a few alternatives but they are prohibitively expensive for personal use. QuickPlan is nowhere near as feature rich and capable as MS Projects, but it is cheap, and I find that it meets the majority of my project planning needs. Resource management and project scheduling are all easy to configure and control and visually quite stunning, something MS project struggles with at times. I’ve been using it for about 4 months now and it’s become my planning staple. I often plan out team activities and dump the output to PDF. I find this doesn’t have any problems especially when you consider most business users won’t have MS project licenses and so could see an MS project anyway. Of course you forfeit the ability to save to Sharepoint or Teams but having a PDF for reference is easily good enough. The other advantage is having the QuickPlan app on the App Store. If you’re a heavy Mac user and looking for an excellent Mac project management tool then this is the one to have.
Visual Studio Code is a butterfly that’s been an ugly catepillar for way too long. I’ve tried it a few times over the years but always been disappointed. However, after a long road we finally have a fully featured and adaptable code editor. The ability to edit remote files via SFTP, and/or SSH. Plus the ability to configure the numerous coded syntax checkers and code validation tools plugins is excellent. You’ve the option of leaving it as light or heavy as you wish. I started with just using the basic client without any plugins and still found it light and user friendly. Over time I added plugins as needed and have built up a test solution and validation/verification tool which I doubt I could find as feature rich anywhere else.
Integration with Team Foundation Server and GIT is absolutely a dream come true. So easy and helpful. It’s hard to consider that this was derived from a windows code editing suite. It works and fits so well with C on a Ubuntu Linux server, an apache PHP web server, C# application development, and Bash/Java scripting. It fits with any coding language I’ve tried. Definitely my client of choice.
Desk3 Blogging Tool
Desk3 is a rather simple but effective blogging tool. It’s an editor that allows you to create blog posts simply and then upload them to your blog with ease. Yes you can do all this without buying the app but it makes the process smoother and simpler. It’s elegant and effective.
Setup is rather easy. Desk3 is designed for use with wordpress. So setting it up to access your website blog is just providing the login details.
The idea is that you can edit and create blog posts offline and then when your ready upload them with a click. Your current edits are always saved locally and in the iCloud. Change records are kept too so you can always revert to a previous version.
I also like the look and feel of this. No complication or fidly menus. In fact this caused me some initial jitters because it seemed spartan but I soon realised that its all handled behind the scenes without we having to worry about it.
So end result is you only think about content of the blog.
Recommend this for anyone starting a wordpress blog. Of course you’d need to have a mac too but if you do then this is a must.