For those who haven’t been following the Scandock saga, we first featured their Kickstarter on this blog last January. The project creators asked $479 for a thingy that you stick your iPhone in so that you can take pictures of documents using the phone’s camera. Their funding target was $100,000. I promised to chop off my own dick if they reached that goal, and while they did reach their goal, we noticed some very strange irregularities in their funding patterns. My dick remains intact.
PC Magazine reviewed the Scandock. Surprise, it’s a piece of shit.
Part of me just wants to quote the whole review below, but I’ll just put some highlights here:
The program doesn’t give you any easy way to move the files to a PC. It keeps them in its own library, which makes it impossible to simply connect to your PC with a USB cable and copy them. Instead, you have to go through the work of saving each one to PDF or JPG format first, or emailing each one to yourself individually.
For document scanning, you can put a stack of pages on the document bed and work your way through them fairly quickly. I found I could scan about 7 pages per minute with the mat, or about 10 pages without it.
The app doesn’t include an optical recognition (OCR) feature, so any results for OCR will vary not just with the phone you use but with the OCR software you pick. For my tests, using our standard OCR test documents, I moved the files to a PC (with some effort) and used Abbyy FineReader 9.0 to recognize the text.
The results were much worse than with most standard scanners, with the combination of Scandock, phone, and FineReader failing to read either our Times New Roman or Arial test pages even at sizes as large as 12 points without making at least one mistake.