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iPad Options

Although the new iPad Pro is quite impressive, it’s way too big for my purposes. Recently, I took advantage of the price reductions to buy an iPad Air 2. I was able to get the 128GB Wi-Fi model for $100 less than what the basic (32GB) Pro model costs. That savings was used with a…

Cool Tools – Doxie Portable Scanners

Doxie has an impressive collection of portable scanners at affordable prices. Any one of them can make a family archivist’s digitizing dreams come true.

Doxie Go Wi-Fi Scanner

Doxie Go Wi-Fi Scanner

First, there’s the Doxie Go Wi-Fi [$224] – a battery-operated document scanner with builtin wi-fi and apps for Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad. The scanner’s internal memory can save 1,800 scanned pages and 7,200 photos before syncing and an SD card can be inserted for even more memory. It scans full-color pages at 600dpi in approximately 6 seconds.

The desktop apps make it easy to organize, save and share your scanned documents. This includes ABBYY OCR technology to create searchable, multi-page PDF documents. The iOS app does not include OCR features at this time.

You can also purchase a case [$27] to protect your scanner as you travel.

Doxie Flip scanner

Doxie Flip scanner

Doxie also offers the Flip [$130], a portable flat-bed scanner that looks like a Flip-Pal clone. The software supporting the Flip also supports saving, organizing and sharing your scans, but instead of OCR features the Flip software has “stitching” features – just like Flip-Pal. A carrying case [$19] is also available.

I find I’m using scanner apps on my iPhone more often, especially for household scanning – receipts, statements, etc. I’m still looking for a sturdy – and affordable – copy stand that sets up and tears down easily. The scanner apps are quite sophisticated, but still a little iffy in my shaky hands.


LightPaper [Android – $1.99] is an impressive Markdown editor for Android devices. It can save files locally or online at Dropbox and supports Bluetooth keyboards.

Wunderlist – Public Lists

Wunderlist icon

Are you a list maker? Me too. It’s gotten even worse since I discovered Wunderlist. This amazing platform allows me to indulge in my list fixation in ways I never though possible. Wunderlist supports Windows and Mac desktops as well as iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices. There’s a web-based version too. It costs nothing…

Is Your Dropbox Up-to-date?

Now that I have so much more room on Dropbox, I decided I was going to set up all my Scrivener projects to sync with my iPad so I can work on them whenever and wherever. There was just one problem . . . nothing was synching. I did a little poking around and discovered that…


Scrivener for Mac is on sale in the App Store for $22.99!

Pencil, meet Paper

Paper by FiftyThree [iPad – $6.99 for all in-app purchased tools] is one of my favorite apps for the iPad. It is an art journal where you can draw, write, paint and create just about anything your imagination inspires. Those results can then be shared in a number of ways. I have created my own…

Cool Tools: Travel Router

We’ve been on the road a lot lately – with more yet to come. Although most of the places we’ve been have provided wi-fi in the room, it’s neither fast or secure. For that reason I keep my old AirPort Express router in my bag. It’s been very useful for creating our own – secure…