Paul would like to scan documents, organize them, and save them online. Leo says he can pick up a scanner and scan his documents. To organize them, Leo recommends using Evernote. He can scan directly to it, and then Evernote will categorize them automatically. Another option is Neat Receipts, a software utility that will work with his scanner to scan and organize receipts.
Neil has a ton of family photographs that he'd like to digitize and share with the family, but he's not very computer literate. That's why Leo says to get a service to do it for him. Or he could get a computer and a negative and slide scanner. The Epson V600 Photo Scanner can do it, and it's $229. He'll want one that does 600 DPI or better and does negatives, slides, and prints.
Chaz is using an Epson XP410 scanner to scan documents for his iPad. He wants an app that would allow him to assemble PDF files into one master file. Leo says that if he uses the desktop, he can combine all the scans into one PDF with the Epson software.
Bernie is scanning slides into his computer and wants to organize them in groups. Leo says that the best way is to create an album first. Then scan them into that album. Picasa will let him do that, as will iPhoto. He can rename all the files, but that's a bit complicated. Picasa does have a batch file name utility, then he could sort by that. For iPhoto, he can create an album that will allow it to stay in order. Then he can reorder them within that album.
Pat has a Hotmail account and she's concerned that Microsoft is moving her to Outlook.com. What concerns her is that everywhere she goes online, they know her email address and they put ads in her email. Leo says that's the curse of a free email account. So Pat will have to pay for email to avoid that. What about anti spam utilities? Leo says that also will scan her email for key words to block certain messages. Pat shouldn't fear that someone is reading her mail. The NSA is reading all of our mail anyway. It's all done electronically.
Jim is collaborating on a book and he photos that need to be a TIFF file. Leo says that TIFF is an uncompressed image format. It's a very high resolution image and it's preferable when printing. He can scan them that way as well. He can use Irfanview to convert them.
Frank came across his parents old photo albums and slides and wants to know if he really saves money by doing scanning them on his own or using a service. Leo says that using a good digital camera and shooting the pictures on an easel is the cheapest way to go.
However, using a service can be beneficial because they'll use the negatives and clean them up too. Scan Cafe is great because they'll send him a box that he can fill and send back. They'll also do Super 8, 8mm, and home videos too.
Isaac says that Epson has a scanning feature in it's AirPrint App which would enable people to scan images via WiFi.
Ross owns an auto shop and he'd like to start scanning documents to manage them in the computer. Leo says that optical character recognition (OCR) is a key feature in order to glean the data from the scanned forms. Leo recommends OCR scanning software from Nuance.