Dec 1, 2010

Network Aware Sheetfed Scanner

I'm hoping someone out there has done something like this before and can help me out.  I want to set up a sheetfed (where I drop a stack of papers in at once) scanner at home.  I want to have that scanner either connected to the home network (ethernet or wireless) or connected to a headless linux box on the network (via usb presumably).

I want it set up so that I drop in a multipage document, hit some single button - ideally a button on the scanner, but I'd accept something I could trigger over the network on the linux box.  At this point, the scanner goes to town, makes a pdf (or any image) with all the pages currently in the tray, and then drops this PDF on the network via NFS / Samba / FTP / whatever I can run from linux.  I'll come along later and organize / rename this file, but until then I don't want to have to go to a computer, open up some application, scan, preview, save, ...

I'm willing to buy whatever scanner and/or other devices, up to a few hundred dollars.  I'm happy to write a little code, install libraries, etc.  I don't need anything fancy like OCR.

I've heard of some products that do stuff like this when hooked up directly to a windows / mac machine that is already running, but I don't leave my windows/mac machines running.  I do however have a small linux machine that is always on.  I've also seen a scanner that will do this completely over the network, with a fancy touchscreen interface and such, but it was north of $1,500 which is out of my price range for this.

Any ideas?   Pointers?  I've searched around on the Google for some sage advice, but I think I'm running the wrong queries.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Not quiet what you want but I came across this one http://www.neatco.com/landing-pages/tax in a Mac Magazine. According to the advert in the magazine it can scan some 50 documents at once, despite being Mac based it does seem like it could suite many work environments, If you've not heard of them perhaps check them out. I hope it helps.