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Can you scan documents over a network?

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Hi,

Our company is trying to reach that "ever elusive" paperless office.  We have a question out at the moment asking about software, but this has raised another question...

"can we scan documents via the Local Area Network on one PC to a scan program on another pc?" (exactly like printer sharing but in reverse - (it seem logical that it must be possible considering the communication is equally quick receiving and transmitting).

Any ideas? - It either that or we have sheet feed scanners on all the pcs!
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Yes sure Zylabs stuff is about the best Ive seen, It was developed for the security industry, when the auditors are called in to companies (like barings bank) they throw all the paperwork into it and its indexed and searchable.

Was also used on Saddams paperwork too :) great peice of software

http://www.zylab.com/news/pressreleases/20001130.shtml
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I work for a local insurance company, we use a system revolving around Sharp printer/scanners and Sharpdesk software.  We use sharp's multifunction printer/scanner/fax machines in various departments, then install Sharpdesk software on PCs.  The documents can then be loaded in the tray and you can select a user/computer to send them too... It supports sending them in various formats, including tiff and acrobat pdf files.  It supports Duplexing, etc.  When the documents are sent it pops up the Sharpdesk interface which is designed to show you a preview of newly scanned documents and place them in their appropriate folder for storage.  Our experience with this system has been very positive.

Ryan

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by:essentialhealth
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Thank you - I have had a look at the Zylabs site and it sounds as if they are talking about what we need.

Is their any place where we can download a demo version to check?
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>>download

unsure but there is a contact info section on the website, and they do have demo CD's cause Ive got one somewhere, Im sure they will send you one if you ask :)
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Hi Ryan

Sharp desk also looks ideal - same question "is their anywhere to download a demo so we can try it out?)
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I was still hoping for a link regarding the Sharp software (can anyone help?)

Thank you PeteLong I have been in contact with Zylabs and they have forwarded a demo cd and details of their services.  (The product sounds absolutely ideal, however, the price starts from around £8,000 and is outside our budget for this project).

If you are aware of similar products with a smaller price tag could you let us know (or email details direct to jon@essentialhealthltd.com.

Many many thanks, and I hope to conclude this question shortly.
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I don't think they offer a "trial" downloadable version of sharpdesk... but to give you some basic info on their various software packages, depending on your needs:

http://www.sharpusa.com/products/docsolutions/sharp_desk/
~ More of a personal doc filing system (sent to desktops)
http://www.sharpusa.com/products/docsolutions/liberty_doc2net/
~ Network Filing System (sent to network storage)

You need to probably contact a local sharp authorized dealer.  Theres a zip code finder at the bottom of the above link to find one.   The software only works with sharp equipment, so that may be a drawback for you, but it actually works well for us having an authorized dealer/experts that know the equipment should there be a problem with it.  The authorized dealer might also might be able to let you try out a sharp system to see if its what you need or not, some  offer lease deals, so you could lease the scanner for a month and test it on a few users to see if it would work for you.

Hope that helps.

Ryan
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