If my father was still alive, he would say, “What will they think of next?” And that is what I thought when I read genealogist and technology guru Thomas MacEntee’s review of a mouse scanner, called a Zcan+.
I already own a flatbed scanner for scanning images at home and a portable one for scanning photos and documents in relatives’ living rooms, but this mouse scanner could be something I could use. It can easily scan photos, scan a printed document and OCR (convert) the text, and convert a scanned table into an Excel spreadsheet.
The mouse scanner’s OCR application intrigues me the most. I wonder if this mouse would work for genealogy societies. For example, could it scan obituaries and other printed documents and make the text searchable? I think so.
Right now, the only supplier of this mouse scanner is a Canadian one, who will ship to Canada and the US. The price is $85 Canadian.
Read Mr. MacEntee’s review and find out what else the Zcan+ can do here.