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ScanDrop: A cloud scanning product that doesn't get "the cloud"

ScanDrop wants to consider itself a leader in the cloud game - but by releasing a Windows-only version, it shows that it's still missing the point about what the cloud is all about.

The irony is almost laughable.

A company called OfficeDrop - which defines itself as a "leader in cloud storage and document scanning services" today released free scanning software called ScanDrop that allows users to turn their household scanners into a "cloud scanner," meaning that the scanned documents can be instantly uploaded to Google Docs. (emphasis is mine)

A cloud scanner. Nice. And free, too? Sign me up.

Oh wait. Despite the heavy usage of the word "cloud" in describing what the software does, this software is actually not cloud-based but instead is tied to the desktop - installed to the client so the scanner can process the documents there before uploading to the cloud. And, of course, just like the old days before we talked about the cloud, there's no Mac version.

D'oh!

What is this? 1999? How is it that a company like this is going to make a piece of software that allows users to unleash the powers of the cloud, bask in the freedom "anywhere" computing, make platforms and operating systems irrelevant - and then throw in a "Sorry, not on the Mac" after thought in parentheses at the end of the press release. Talk about a "#FAIL" moment.

If any of you Windows users out there want to try it out and chime in with your two cents, have at it. That, of course, is assuming that you've recovered from the McAfee Meltdown earlier this week. Meanwhile, we Mac users will keep using the old school method of scanning, saving and then uploading to our documents and files into Google Docs.

Hey, it still works for me.