A mouse that scans?

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.

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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