A few notes on my decrepit old Scanner a 3 or 4 year old MP190 All in one machine
Unlike many on this forum I don't have a whole bunch of stuff to digitise - But in common with all of you, I want rid of papers - especially the ones I can't find just when I need 'em!
My solution seems to be working out along these lines
1. if it is already digital leave it alone - [i use Dropbox to sync across 3 machines and the android app for my HTC phone - So pretty much anything can be gotten hold of fairly quickly]
Paper stuff - I'm using my old scanner because volume wise I can't justify the expense of say £170 for one of those superb snapscan machines - this may change as I get more 'into the project'
I have the MP190 set as follows - I double click the Scan button on the machine and when the software pops up I then choose TEXT/OCR from the drop down menu and set the resolution to 400dpi - this then remains set for good.
I scan the item and when it is completed I select 'save as pdf' the item then goes into a folder I have named 'paperdump'
Evernote is set to watch this folder and the item is automatically synced
The whole process is a little slow but the pdf's are fully searchable in EN - except for the scrappy ones printed on thermal paper - I make sure to give them a descriptive file name though.
The MP190 cost me £30 on ebay a couple of years ago - and I know there are plenty of refurbs about
So far so good
Hope this is useful to someone