Do You Speak Scanning?

It's strange to think that scanning has its own language, but when it comes to the wonderful world of scanners, it's important to understand exactly what you're looking at. That's why we're here to help you "pick up the lingo" and start speaking scanner--so that you can always be in control of your machines!

Understanding the Language

Whether you're buying a new scanner or trying to better understand an existing machine, it's crucial that you understand the language used to talk about scanning. This doesn't just help you make the best choices when it comes to the device itself--it also helps you take advantage of the various functions and features that your scanner offers, so that you can get the most out of every scanning solution you implement.

Ready to speak scanning? Let's take a look!

  • DPI

DPI means "dots per inch." It's a measurement of resolution referring to how crisp and precise your scanned document will look once it's taken from physical format to digital format. Higher DPI means higher resolution.

  • PPM

PPM, or "pages per minute," is another handy measurement in scanner-speak. It helps you understand how quickly your scanner can handle documents and files--and, interestingly, most scanners have different PPM measurements for color scans and black-and-white scans. This information can help you choose the ideal scanner for your needs or know what to expect from your existing machine.

  • ADF

The Automatic Document Feeder, or ADF, is the tray on your scanner where you put physical documents to be scanned. The "automatic" part of the ADF means that the machine can tell how many papers you've loaded and then scan them all, rather than making you load them one at a time.

So, do you feel like you understand scanning a little bit better? There's always more to learn--and we're happy to help. Contact us today!