I use PaperPort 7 to do exactly as you say. While I'm not an "office", we
do get a lot of paper here. Many times I need the information, but not the
You can create folders in the PP software to organize your stuff. It is
saved in the PP format, so you need that program to read or print any items
after you've scanned them. It also "Links" to most formats, so you can
"drag" a document or picture into another piece of software for editing.
Example....say you've scanned a photo. You can drag the photo to your
Photoshop Link which will open the picture in Photoshop.
Right now I am using a Microtek 5600 scanner. For years I used an HP 4P.
The PaperPort software also adds a "printer driver" to your list of
installed printers. I can use this feature if I am on the web and want to
archive a web page, or an online receipt. You select Print, then PaperPort,
and the web page is saved into the PP software. I like that feature a great
deal. It saves a ton of paper for me.
Anyway, just one person's opinion.
> I'd like to create a "paperless office" here at home and was hoping
> you could give me some advice regarding which scanner to buy. Between
> letters, bills, and financial statements, I probably receive about one
> hundred pieces of paper per month and my goal would be to scan these as
> come in and throw out the paper. What kind of scanner would you recommend
> for a guy like me?
> I'd also like to know what format is used to store scanned images. Do
> scanners save images as JPG just like digital cameras do?
> Lastly, do scanners come with an application to manage the scanned
> images? For example, let's say I scanned in my cell phone bill. I'd like
> be able to associate keywords with this image (like "phone" or "bill" or
> "cell") so that I can later search for documents using these keywords.
> this make sense? Any help would be appreciated.
> If you need to reach me by email, use dsworde1 AT san DOT rr DOT com