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Find the chocolate chip cookies

photo: flickr/mrs magic

Yesterday, I scooped up a 4-inch thick file and walked it over to my desk. It was a file of recipes.  How appropriate, since we are going on a paper diet.

Excitedly, I grabbed my hubby. “Watch how fast and painless this is!” I said as I slid a stack of 36 pages into the scanner. “Go ahead, push the button,” I giggled. He didn’t even have to think about which button to press because there’s only one; it’s labeled SCAN and highlighted by an inviting blue light. He was amazed that the scanner sucked those pages through so quickly.

As if that wasn’t enough entertainment for him, I asked him to put my system to the test. “Pick a phrase, any phrase,” I insisted, handing him the pile of recipes we’d just scanned. He chose Creme de Menthe Chocolate Chip Cookies. OK, fine. I put “menthe” in the search box, and in the blink of an eye, the recipe rose to the top of my list of more than a thousand scanned documents. It went right to the page where that recipe was found and even highlighted the search word on my screen.

I told you this was going to be easy.

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  • Daisy

    I have many recipes on my computer. I’m still working on organizing them; many titles are not good index-wise. Is that a word? It is now.
    I can find them more quickly than in the loose paper files.

  • Denise Reynolds

    Daisy, I know what you mean. Recipes can be categorized so many ways: by course (Dessert), by main ingredient (Apples), by name (Apple Pie), by source (Aunt Susie’s Apple Pie) etc. Being able to pull them up any way you want is a big benefit of storing them on your computer instead of in a recipe box or paper file.

    You’ve motivated me to scan some more recipes today!

  • Dave

    Great stuff! What are you using to search? Some sort of desktop search software (ie. Google Desktop), or the ScanScan Organizer software that comes with the scanner?

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  • denisereynolds

    Thanks, Dave. I use Evernote: works with PC, Mac and mobile devices. Provides anywhere, anytime completely searchable access to the PDF files I have auto-OCRed via my ScanSnap settings. I'll be sharing the details here soon. ;)