Epson scans to the cloud, Mars next?


posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM EDT


With its latest two Perfection LED scanners, Epson has extended its reach to the cloud with document capture software that the company claims can scan directly to remote services like Google Docs and MS SharePoint.


The elegant Epson Perfection V37 ($89.99) and the Epson Perfection V370 Photo ($119.99), which adds film scanning to the mix, feature the same basic specifications:

• 4800x9600-dpi optical resolution
• Epson MatrixCCD sensor
• 48-bit color and 16-bit grayscale bit depth
• Maximum scan area of 8.5 x 11.7 inches
• A high-rise 180-degree lid for large objects
• ReadyScan LED technology, which eliminates warm-up time
• Hi-Speed USB
• Four customizable buttons
• Compatibility with the newest releases of Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows
• One-year limited warranty

In addition, the V370 includes a transparency adapter than can handle 35mm slides and film strips.

The bundled software includes:

• Epson Scan with EPSON Easy Photo Fix technology
• ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR
• ArcSoft MediaImpression
• ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe




Epson didn't disclose how the scanners deliver scanned documents to cloud services. The specifications for both scanners don't mention any WiFi capability. And the only physical connection is a USB port.

But Document Capture Pro does allow you to set a destination for the saved document. That turns out to be the trick.

"The scanner features a USB port that connects to your computer," Epson explained. "Once you scan a document and save it on your computer, you can use the  Document Capture software to move/share your documents to the cloud with your Wi-Fi connected computer."


Both models are available now directly from Epson and will be available at Staples in mid-November, the company said.