First off, Happy New Year everyone! Let's hope 2009 is simply a great year.
Now, those of you who know me know I've promoted the idea of snapping photos of important documents (invoices, RFIs, etc.) on job sites with digital cameras (instead of scanners) for a few years now. I think digicams are a great way to integrate paper-based documents into a digital construction workflow. Most people just instinctively think "scanner" when they think about how to get paper documents into a digital form.
You do need a scanner if you need a highly accurate, high-quality image of a document for record-keeping or printing purposes, but in the case of most non-contract construction docs, that level of accuracy is not necessary. A simple image of a receipt, sketch, or subcontractor RFI will oftentimes do the trick.
Enter the lowly digital camera. Just point and shoot at the document in question, and upload to the collaboration service of your choosing.
Snapter is software that will auto-correct and clean up your digital photos of paper documents and get them ready for sharing. It's great to see tools like Snapter helping people incorporate the digital cameras they already have into the effort of making their projects more efficient. Check it out and let us know how it works for you.