Perceptive Software supports many scanner models for use with ImageNow.
Departments are free to purchase scanners from any supplier. Suppliers that have been used in the past include:
Perceptive Software (www.perceptivesoftware.com)
Gov Connection via UMart (www.umart.umn.edu)
Loffler Companies (www.loffler.com)
Mid-America Business Systems (www.mid-america.com)
The scanner you choose depends on the type of documents you will be scanning , the expected volume of documents, and your budget. The list includes a range of models, from small inexpensive desktop scanners to expensive production scanners, and scanners with special features, such as a flatbed.
Types of Scanners
Scanners can be divided into broad types—consumer, desktop, workgroup, and production scanners. For use with ImageNow and CaptureNow software you will need a desktop, workgroup, or production scanner. Read on for what each type provides.
Consumer Scanners — Consumer scanners are typically flatbed scanners used by the general consumer at home to scan photos, negatives, films, and other types of documents. This type of scanner can usually only accommodate single-page and single-sided scanning. Consumer scanners are at the low end of the spectrum in terms of cost, speed, reliability, and software options. They are not suitable for imaging systems such as ImageNow.
Desktop Scanners — Desktop scanners are low-volume with a speed of about 25 pages per minute (ppm) when scanning simplex or about 50 images per minute (ppm) when scanning duplex. Maximum paper size is around 11 X 14 inches, and ADF capacity is usually 50 sheets. Scanners in this class range from about $750 to $1,500.
Workgroup Scanners — Workgroup scanners are medium volume with a speed of around 40 to 50 pages per minute for simplex scanning, and 80 to 100 images per minute for duplex scanning. Maximum paper size ranges from 11 X 14 to 11 X 17 inches, and the automatic document feeder (ADF) capacity is usually 100 sheets. Scanners in this class range from about $2,500 to $3,500.
Production Scanners — Production scanners are intended for high volume scanning and have speeds from 70 to 120 pages per minute (simplex) to 240 images per minute (duplex), and an ADF that can hold 200 to 500 sheets. Maximum paper size can be up to 12 X 18 inches. Costs for production scanners range from $5,000 to $12,000.
Multifunction Devices — A multifunction device combines the ability to copy, scan, fax, and often email documents. Although they are becoming increasingly common, they are not yet supported by most imaging systems--including ImageNow--except in limited ways. For example, a document scanned to a file by a multifunction device must be manually imported into ImageNow and also, manually indexed.