Kaiser Baas iPad Photo Scanner
Kaiser Baas, www.kaiserbaas.com/au
Easy to use; image quality
Connection sometimes drops out
There are entire generations of iPad owners who started their photo collections in the days before digital cameras. And that means drawers and boxes filled with memories that are captured on bits of paper.
While the nostalgia of flipping through photos appeals to many, the reality is that the inks and pigments fade and the paper can be damaged. Digitising those photos is simplified with the Kaiser Baas iPad PhotoScanner.
The PhotoScanner gets its power using a USB cable that connects to your iPad’s charger. The iPad dock port can handle any of the three iPads Apple has released and will keep the iPad charged while scanning.
Once you’ve installed the free i-Scan app there’s a simple calibration process to follow and the PhotoScanner is ready to go.
Photos are fed in through the front of the unit and come out the back. There are guides to ensure that photos feed straight through so that the need for post-scan processing is reduced. This worked well with photos that we fed through in a variety of sizes in both portrait and landscape orientation.
You’ll need to allow for space behind the PhotoScanner as there’s no tray to collect scanned photos or documents.
We started testing the PhotoScanner with a number of 10cm x 15cm photos. Each photo took about 15 seconds to scan and store on our new iPad. The PhotoScanner pulls images in at 300dpi – not as high as professional scanners but it’s well and truly good enough for preserving photos digitally.
Once an image is scanned, i-Scan sends it straight to the Photos app. From there, it can be easily imported into photo- editing software on your Mac or PC, or edited directly on your iPad using your preferred editing app. This is important as i-Scan is purely an input tool. Given that many of our old photos aren’t in pristine, straight-from-the-photo-lab condition, this is important.
Although it’s called a PhotoScanner, another important use is document capture. We scanned a variety of documents including bills, sheet music and letters. In every case the document was clear and readable, making it handy for converting documents when travelling.
However, scanned output could only be directed to JPG format. The ability to scan to PDF so that multiple pages could be captured would be handy. We sent scanned documents to
Mobile OCR for iPad – a free app that converts documents to text. The scans were good enough for accurate optical character recognition.
Before testing, we were caught wondering whether the PhotoScanner would be a useful tool or one of those “good idea but where would I use it?” gadgets. However, the scan quality and performance make it a viable tool for the office.
One problem we did encounter was that our iPad lost connectivity to the scanner from time to time. Not only did this mean we needed to reconnect for scanning but our iPad stopped recharging.
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Overall, though, the Kaiser Baas iPad PhotoScanner is great looking device that converts your iPad into a powerful imaging and document workflow tool.