But wait, there’s more!
If you want to use the Epson FastFoto FF-640 to scan receipts, bills, contracts, or other home office paperwork, it can do that, too. You can load up to 100 sheets of 10lb paper at a time, and the FF-640 will scan them at 45ppm.
Now the included Document Capture Pro or ABBYY Fine Reader software come into play — with these apps, you can scan and create searchable PDFs.
Or you can save them as .jpgs if you don’t need the search function.
I prefer to keep as paperless an office as possible, but not only to save space — I like being able to call up receipts from Dropbox when I need to check when something was done or what bills have been paid when there is a question; with the Epson FastFoto FF-640, I can.
The Epson FastFoto FF-640 is an invaluable tool not only for genealogists but for anyone who needs a fast and accurate way to scan photos and documents. The added photo enhancement features make it possible to scan photos that need very little (if any) retouching, and the bonus of the included document scanning software makes this a must-have for any busy home office.
The Epson FastFoto FF-640 retails for $649.99 (it’s on sale right now for $579.99), and it is available directly from the manufacturer and from other retailers including Amazon [affiliate link]. You can view the online user’s guide here.
This is such a great piece of home office equipment that I am awarding it with Gear Diary’s first Editor’s Choice award!
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Easy to assemble, Doesn’t take up a lot of room; It scans the front and back of photos and documents in one pass; Easy to create folders specifically for batch photos with the same subject or date range; Included software for creating searchable documents from scanned bills and receipts; Included plastic carrier sheet for more fragile photos; You can create scans that include the original and the enhanced, so you can choose the version you prefer (or keep a before and after for posterity’s sake)
What Needs Improvement: The only quibble I have is that I wish it could work wirelessly