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Promoted 09-20-2013 by brisar at 10:20 AM View Original Post
SilkPear.com has DocuCap AM481 Mobile 600DPI Duplex Scanner with Automatic Document Feeder marked down to $49.99 - $10 w/ coupon code W7341O0HN0VV0 = $39.99. Shipping is $6.99. Thanks brbubba
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Edited October 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM by brbubba
DocuCap AM481Mobile, Duplex Scanner with ADF
Use coupon code: W7341O0HN0VV0 for $10 off.
Shipping was $6.99.
http://www.silkpear.com/docucap-a...-with-adf/

Yes, this was posted and removed, probably for self promotion, but I ordered then and just got mine yesterday and so far I'm impressed. I've used two scanners at work, a $1900 Fujitsu one and a $250 HP Scanjet, both with ADF. This trounces the HP on speed, size, quality and the HP doesn't even do Duplex. It obviously doesn't trounce the Fujitsu on speed, but it is pretty darn fast and I gotta say smaller than anything I've ever used. The only downside to that is that it doesn't have a glass bed, so you are limited to scanning paper documents, pictures or business cards (I wouldn't try a passport or drivers license).

Secondly, this comes with two pieces of software. The first is a very basic solution, Scanwizard DI, which includes the driver, but I wouldn't use the software. The other software is a license to ABBYY Finereader Sprint 9.0 software which is extremely impressive. It can do scans to PDFs, word documents, etc. and the OCR is insanely good. I was so impressed with the software that I went out and bought the full version of Finereader. I should also point out that this software entitles you to the upgrade discount rate on the full version of finereader and they are having a 50% off sale right now and if you are a student it's even cheaper.

So color me fairly impressed so far, although I can't comment on longevity as I've only had 24 hours and about two dozen sheets of testing so far. Also I should point out that many different companies sell this same scanner for $$$. It must be made by one company in China and then other companies just rebrand it.

Product page link: http://docucap.com/docucap-am-481/
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Last Edited by outofluckchuck November 21, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Posted in the back pages: "Works great Windows 8.1 64 bit using the ScanWizard DI TWAIN driver"

Drivers & Software:
http://ww7.microtek.com.tw/produc...1&KindID=1
http://inuvio.com/service/downloads/

Troubleshooting:
http://slickdeals.net/f/6360568-need-help-getting-docucap-ab481-scanner-working-on-windows-8?v=1

If you are having trouble with calibration, goto C:\Program Files (x86)\Microtek\ScanWizard DI or C:\Program Files\Microtek\ScanWizard DI
Right click on ScannerFinder.exe and goto properties. In the Compatibility Tab, click on "Windows XP (Service Pack 3).
Right click on ScanWizardDI.exe and do the same thing.
Open and close your scanner cover and retry.

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Tempting, but...

No reviews for the product any where that I can find.

Returns policy for SilkPear aren't very favorable.

Scanner is already considered "Legacy" by manufacturer.

Available drivers don't include Windows 8:
XP 32-bit
Vista 32-bit
Vista 64-bit
Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit

Software upgrade is at least $50.
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Quote from Shigadeyo View Post :
Tempting, but...

No reviews for the product any where that I can find.

Returns policy for SilkPear aren't very favorable.

Scanner is already considered "Legacy" by manufacturer.

Available drivers don't include Windows 8:
XP 32-bit
Vista 32-bit
Vista 64-bit
Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit

Software upgrade is at least $50.
Clearly a risk for some... I don't have Win 8 so I can't test it for you. Software upgrade isn't necessary, just provides some extra features that I found valuable. The included FineReader Sprint is still extremely capable and impressive. For a complete comparison go here, http://www.abbyy.com/finereader_s..._versions/.
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OP. So does the ABBYY Finereader Sprint 9.0 software work with the Scanwizard DI driver or is it a separate driver? Is the Finereader TWAIN compatible?
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OP. So does the ABBYY Finereader Sprint 9.0 software work with the Scanwizard DI driver or is it a separate driver? Is the Finereader TWAIN compatible?
The setup is odd, Scanwizard DI is both software and driver in one package. I actually uninstalled the software once I got setup only to realize that it also removed the driver! If you don't ignore the uninstall warnings about removing files I supposed you could get the software out without removing the the driver.

As per the FAQ [abbyy.com] it appears to be TWAIN compatible. I don't know if it will work with other scanners, I can try it with my crappy Canon all in one when I get home. Also under system requirements [abbyy.com] it says:

Quote :
TWAIN- or WIA-compatible scanner, multi-function peripheral (MFP) or all-in-one device, digital camera or fax-modem. See the list of tested equipment [abbyy.com]
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Thanks. It's all relevant and I've learned through the years that you really have to understand where the driver is. It's the driver which makes it TWAIN compatible or not but the manufacturer can "code" the driver into the software as well.

So it would never show up in "Programs" as a driver but as a software package. I just am trying to determine what kind of versatility I will have have with the software they provide.


In most case cases, I scan to a separate TWAIN compatible application to manage all my documents. I don't want to lose that capability because the software is not TWAIN..


Anymore information would be helpful. As someone else posted, I'm not crazy about the return policy of this vendor and there is not much data on the scanner itself..
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Quote from redeyedog View Post :
Thanks. It's all relevant and I've learned through the years that you really have to understand where the driver is. It's the driver which makes it TWAIN compatible or not but the manufacturer can "code" the driver into the software as well.

So it would never show up in "Programs" as a driver but as a software package. I just am trying to determine what kind of versatility I will have have with the software they provide.


In most case cases, I scan to a separate TWAIN compatible application to manage all my documents. I don't want to lose that capability because the software is not TWAIN..


Anymore information would be helpful. As someone else posted, I'm not crazy about the return policy of this vendor and there is not much data on the scanner itself..
This might help a bit, same product...
http://www.microtekusa.com/us/pro...ID=1&ID=21

http://support.microtek.com/downl...2&byctgy=1

Says that the driver is TWAIN compliant. You might be able to find some reviews on the Microtek.
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Quote from brbubba View Post :
This might help a bit, same product...
http://www.microtekusa.com/us/products.php?KindID=1&ID=21

http://support.microtek.com/downloads/drv_specific.phtml?slct_os=22&x=13&y=15&prod=304&slct_tbl=2&byctgy=1

Says that the driver is TWAIN compliant. You might be able to find some reviews on the Microtek.
FYI. The second link goes to a different scanner driver. I was able to find the drivers to the twin model on the Microtek site here:


http://ww7.microtek.com.tw/produc...1&KindID=1


They are all EU drivers (don't know compatibility with US) and the only server which worked for me was the one from Taiwan. They have listed a Win8 driver but it appears to be identical to the Win7 driver. There is support for other OS too.


I unpacked the Win8 ScanWizard DI software. It appears to have support for X86 & AMD64.
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My $0.02:

Just got the scanner a couple days ago, brand new, shipped in it's own box only (no problem for me), all software installed fine in Win 7

Scanner works fine as well, just as good as my $400 fujitsu 5120c, maybe a little worse image quality, but barely noticeable

One thing however, it appears to pull the papers in at an angle, if you have 2 rollers on each side, it is as if one roller starts eating the paper a little too soon causing it to be angled 1-2 degrees or so, nothing huge and the documents are still viewable in full once scanned

If anyone has an idea, please let me know!

Haven't looked into it further, but I'll probably do later this week when I fill out my ~40 rebates that are due, for now it looks like I'm going to sell my fujitsu scanner

Also tried random papers of different thicknesses and it works great

One "bad" thing is that it does not have a tray, but it's nothing huge

To sum it up, for $50, really solid buy

Someone mentioned TWAIN driver support? I don't know how these scanners work, however I cannot get this working in Windows Fax & Scan for example, it doesn't show up like my brother and fujitsu scanners do, haven't looked into it at all though
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Here is link to another re-badged INUVIO EcoScan iMD

http://inuvio.com/solutions/digit...-scanners/

http://www.scansharp.com/Inuvio-S...coScan-iMD

drivers and manual

http://inuvio.com/service/downloads/

Looks like 100% TWAIN support
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The product description said "Included industry-standard TWAIN driver is compatible with hundreds of software applications."
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Never heard of silkpear or DocuCap.

But that is really cheap for a duplex scanner with ADF and TWAIN support.
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Been looking for a cheap, reliable scanner; we'll see if this is too good to be true, but I'm in for one.
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