Scan Your Documents Straight to Google Docs or Evernote

Last Updated Jan 21, 2011 11:46 AM EST


Trying to go paperless? Looking for an easy way to make paper documents available online? All you need is a scanner and some time, right?

Traditionally, a lot of time: You have to run your scans, save them as PDFs, sign into your cloud account(s), then manually upload each one.

ScanDrop sends your scans directly to Google Docs or Evernote. This time-saving software, now available for both Windows and Mac, is free while still in beta.

How does it work? Take a look:


So what's the catch? If you stick with the free version of ScanDrop, your destination options are limited to Google Docs and Evernote. The former doesn't let you search PDFs, while the latter does only if you're an Evernote Premium subscriber.

By signing up for a premium account with service provider OfficeDrop, you get both online storage and searchable scans. Plans start at $9.95 monthly.

Although my Brother all-in-one wasn't on OfficeDrop's list of compatible scanners, it worked just fine. (The software promises to support most TWAIN-compliant models.) Better than fine, in fact: it literally took just two clicks to scan a document and upload it to my Google Docs account.

I'm loving ScanDrop. If you own a scanner, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. [via Lifehacker]

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