Playing with the ix500

Bought a Fujitsu ix500 scanner last week. Wow! I don’t know how I had lived without this incredible machine for so long.

The scanning is so quick – 30 pages double-sided in a minute. By default it saves as PDF. But one click and it is converted into a Word document. I scanned a novel (for research purposes) into what used to take me the better half of a day. Now it is finished in just 10 minutes. You have to use destructive scanning though but that is a small price to pay (if the book is commercial paperback, of course) for having the scanning done in literally a fraction of the time.

I had planned to use it for corpus building only but the use of this machine goes well beyond that. Very useful for work, research and teaching.

More on this later.