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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fujitsu fi-5950 Announcement feat. EchoStone Inc.

On Tuesday, September 21st, EchoStone Inc. President Tom Bojarski was featured in a Fujitsu article announcing the brand new Fujitsu fi-5950.

Read more this document scanner article.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mac Paperless Office

We are no different than PC users, except that most of the things available to PC users aren't available to us. This makes for a slightly more difficult approach to setting up our Mac Paperless Office.  But as Mac users continue to grow, so too do our options.  We all need the same things to start Going Paperless:
  1. Scanner
  2. Storage
  3. Paperless Office Software
  4. Shredder
  5. Paper Organizers
  6. Productivity Tools
Shredder, Paper Organizers, and Productivity Tools: Fellowes offers multiple product lines to enhance any Paperless Office. We can knock out these tools in a single stop.  Which products you select comes down to individual needs and preferences, have fun with it.

For optimal Paperless Productivity, just be sure to pick up an extra computer monitor so you can run dual screens.  This will save you reams of paper and ink, as well as those tireless trips to the printer, by avoiding printing out documents in order to multi-task side-by-side.

Scanner: Though there's a handful of options out there, save yourself the time and just pick up a Fujitsu ScanSnap s1500M.  Fujitsu makes the best scanners in the industry.  It's color, duplex, and has an automatic sheetfeeder.  Not to mention the FREE bundled software I'll go over later. To check out the s1500M visit our online store for Document Scanners.

Storage: We've got the Time Capsule and just about a million other options to choose from.  Just make sure you maintain a backup, whatever you choose.  There's lots of subscription based web data backup solutions as well, like Mozy.

Paperless Office Software: This is where you can get creative. Start by not spending any money and checking out the software that's bundled with the s1500M:
  • ScanSnap Quick Menu - easily scan to folder, email, word and excel with the touch of one button
  • Cardiris - scan loads of business cards and put into Address Book or Entourage
  • ABBYY FineReader - convert scanned images and documents to text-searchable PDF's
  • Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional - your mini document management system
Chances are, this will fit your needs.  Scan your receipts, records, documents, ect., then convert to searchable PDF's, and retrieve in Adobe Acrobat.  It's that simple. Leopard

If you have higher demands and are looking for something more robust, check out:

Mariner Software

If you do this right, you can get all the tools you need for under $1,000 dollars, and be on your way to saving thousands of dollars in no time.

To learn more about setting up your Mac Paperless Office, stop by our company site: EchoStone Inc.
The Discover Paperless and Resources pages is full of useful information.

To check out the s1500M visit our eShop

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sticky Note Landfill: A Cash Trash Heap

We all love Post-it-notes. But at $5 per pack, we can spend a lot of money on those little yellow sheets. Plus, what happens if we lose the note? Does the person get called? Does the task get done?

You'll love virtual Sticky Notes. If you're on Windows 7 or Vista, they are already built in. Below are directions for how to start using them.

For Windows 7:
  1. Click the Start menu
  2. Search "Sticky Notes"
  3. Tap "Sticky Notes" in the left column
For Windows Vista:
  1. Click the Start menu
  2. Click "All Programs"
  3. Click "Accessories"
  4. Click "Tablet PC"
  5. Click "Sticky Notes"
For Windows XP (and others):
Unfortunately, a Sticky Notes application isn't built-in. But here's a free, safe, and simple application I use every day, click:

Sticky Notes for Windows XP

You'll love them and Mother Nature will too. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Commiting to Paperless

"Going Paperless" is more than just "Going Green." It's a commitment to yourself, your employees, your shareholders, your customers, and everyone else your business touches, to save time, save money, and work happier.

Here at Echostone Inc. we understand better than anyone else that commitment is far from easy. You hear terms like "document imaging" or "electronic document management" and can't help but feel lost before you've even started down the paperless path. You may wonder what "Going Paperless" even means, what you can do, and what "it" can do for you.

Over the past 20 years we've seen your problems, heard your fears and frustrations, and felt your pain. This is a big decision in terms of cost, process change, and a new world of unknowns. Please know that you aren't alone. We know what is available to you today, and we've committed ourselves to offering you the absolute best solutions in terms of efficiency, efficacy, and overall value.

We are your partner and a partner to over 350 clients every day. The days of sending you a box with a "Good Luck!" note are over. The "Power of Paperless" is our way to show you how our clients are benefiting from our products, services, packaged solutions and customer service. We've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. We want you to understand it all too; to be an informed and confident consumer when it comes to purchasing solutions to your office paper problems.

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