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Possibly scan documents using iPhone/iPod Touch iOS devices
Do you have a network-enabled scanner or multifunction printer? (I have an HP Officejet 7410 AIO.) You might find you can use the device's web interface (try http://1.2.3.4, where 1.2.3.4 is the IP address of your device) to scan documents using the Web interface. Log on with Safari app on your iPhone or iPod Touch (make sure you disable pop-ups in Settings app, as my AIO scans documents into a pop-up and common pop-up blockers do not like this).

When your image is scanned in, hold your finger on the image, and save the image. In a minute, your newly scanned photo/document will be in your camera roll until you can get your device to a computer to offload the image. Just another step closer to having an iPhone/iTouch being a complete computer replacement!

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Possibly scan documents using iPhone/iPod Touch
Authored by: Mac Berry on Dec 15, '08 09:23:45AM

Good idea, but in practice things like this (printing from a handheld is another example), fall into the "cool but not useful" category :(

Given that you need to be at your scanner to put the document in it, it's rather unlikely that you'd have no computer to hand. Scanning using a computer has to be easier (try adjusting the scanned area on an iPhone!), and getting a scanned document off a computer onto an iPhone is just as easy as getting it off your iPhone onto your computer.

It's a little like the eject button on my DVD player remote. It's cool to be able to open the tray from across the room, but given that I've then got to get up to change the disk anyway (my remote can't do that), it's a bit pointless!

Mark



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Authored by: chimerical on Dec 15, '08 09:34:18AM

When I first read the title, I had images in my head about scanning fingers for prints, or barcodes for recognition. I suppose in theory, you could use a network scanner and an iPhone with some custom verification application to create a homemade barcode scanner or something along those lines.



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Possibly scan documents using iPhone/iPod Touch
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 16, '08 06:35:33PM

My buddy has an Android phone that can do exactly what you imagined: scan a barcode, and do something useful with it. He can scan the barcode of a book I'm carrying, and up comes an Amazon page where he can buy it, for example.



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Authored by: asmeurer on Dec 15, '08 09:43:11AM

It's not useless. If you need to go straight from device to handheld or handheld to device, this can save a step. And it isn't very unreasonable to consider a situation where the computer attached to the device cannot communicate with the handheld (e.g., you don't have the connection cable, and the computer is not wifi enabled).



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Authored by: Mac Berry on Dec 16, '08 02:18:39AM

I probably should have said "generally useless" rather than "useless". I agree it's not impossible to have a need for this, but it's unlikely for most people. The point I was really trying to make was that it's cooler than it is useful, not so much that it'll never have any use for anyone.

I can't think why you'd ever want to go from handheld to device if the device is a scanner, and a computer doesn't need to be wifi enabled to transfer stuff to the iPhone - it just needs to be networked, which given that we're talking about using a networked scanner here is quite likely.

Of course the computer could be off. Like I say, I was wrong to say useless - more "rarely useful" I think.



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Authored by: rhowell on Dec 15, '08 09:49:00AM

Opening and shutting the DVD tray with the remote is quite useful, for entertainment really, when you have 2 year-olds and/or cats.



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Authored by: Mac Berry on Dec 16, '08 02:21:09AM

It also confuses the hell out of non-techy people if you open the tray just before they press the eject button, but I doubt those were the uses the designers had in mind!!



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Authored by: rycardo on Dec 15, '08 01:58:18PM
I dis-agree with Mac Berry, and agree with Chimerical; this is a useful hint.

My network printer is not near a computer, my iPhone is always in my pocket, and I scan a good number of items. I used to run back and forth.

Not every hint will be useful for every person, but there is a reason Rob publishes the hints he does.

Rycardo

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Possibly scan documents using iPhone/iPod Touch
Authored by: Mac Berry on Dec 16, '08 02:31:07AM

I think you need to re-arrange your office ;) If you scan that much, using the tiny iPhone screen surely isn't convenient, unless you only ever accept full page/default scan areas I guess, and want everything on your iPhone anyway.

Rob, quite rightly, publishes lots of "cool but only useful to a small number of people" hints, thankfully.

I'm not arguing that this hint shouldn't have been published, just that for most people it'll be cooler than it is useful. I've played with it myself, and it works, but it's a lot less convenient than walking to my computer or even using VPN to control my computer from my iPhone.



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