ScanSnap S1500M will get you on your way to a paperless office
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

ScanSnap S1500M will get you on your way to a paperless office


If you're striving for a paperless office, Fujitsu's (http://us.fujitsu.com/scanners) US$495 ScanSnap S1500M for the Mac is a product you should add to your must-buy list. The scanner transfers paper docs into digital docs without having to adjust scanner settings -- and is a breeze to use.

The S1500M's new intelligent paper feed detection, which is based on ultrasonic technology, senses multi-feeds. With a new automatic image quality adjustment feature, the ScanSnap evaluates the document size and adjusts the resolution accordingly, as well as identifies a document as color, black & white and now grayscale.

The set-up is a little confusing. After installing the software, I tried launching ScanSnap Manager and got this message: "[Profile] is disabled while the Quick menu is in use." Also, I was told to "load test documents," but I couldn't find any; evidently, you provide your own docs for set-up.

Here's how it works: From the ScanSnap Manager menu, select Settings. Most users will simple choose the [Use Quick Menu] checkbox. You'll choose a Profile setting -- Recommended, Small File, High Quality and Customize -- based on your preferences. By default, the Recommended button is selected. Its settings are Auto for image quality and default for other settings. It's recommended to select this button when you want a high-quality scan of standard documents, and a higher quality scan of business cards, requiring a high level of text recognition.

Also, you can't change the settings for the Recommended, Small File, and High Quality buttons. When you change the scanning settings, the button automatically switches to the Customize button.

Once set up, the scanner automatically adjusts the settings for each page so that you don't have to. It touts scanning speeds of up to 20 pages per minute (ppm) or 40 images per minute (ipm). With the newly designed ScanSnap Manager and Quick Menu, users can choose to scan documents directly to e-mail, save scans to selectable folders, send scans directly to a printer, or to an application bundled with ScanSnap.

The maximum number of sheets that can be loaded on the ScanSnap depends on the type of document you're scanning. If you try to scan more sheets that can be loaded, a file may be improperly created due to an excessive file size or a paper jam or other irregular feeding may occur. To prevent paper jams, hold the document with both hands and fan it out as shown in the figure below.

Supporting Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, the S1500M comes bundled with Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional and Cardiris Business Card software. The software transforms business cards into editable information and can be saved to text, HTML and vCard formats, or exported to other contact managers. The ScanSnap Manager for Mac adds a new auto keyword feature that converts highlighted text into searchable PDF keywords using a standard highlighter pen.

The ScanSnap can scan paper documents, receipts, bills, invoices and business cards. It's the latter feature I find especially useful after I've returned from a business trip -- for example, the Mcworld Expo, at which I collect roughly a bazillion business cards.

Without the ScanSnap S1500M, I'd have to manually enter the data into Address Book or carry the cards home for scanning. Now I can simply scan 'em in with the ScanSnap using Cardiris software. One caveat: Cardiris works well most of the time, but I find myself having to make manual corrections with about 20 percent of the cards I scan into the Mac OS X Address Book.

I've also been pleasantly surprised at how well the ScanSnap S1500M handles photos. It's not a high end photo scanner, but it's been more than satisfactory for moving old family photos into iPhoto.

In fact, when you scan a document ScanSnap Manager provides a window that lets you choose which app you wish to use for the scanning (iPhoto, Acrobat, Cardiris, etc.).

The SnapScan is a great tool for anyone who wants to routinely store documents digitally. It's a breeze to use and, with Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional is a solid bargain.

Rating: 9 out of 10


-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$106.52
Apple Inc.
-0.82
GOOG
$548.20
Google Inc.
-1.13
MSFT
$46.06
Microsoft Corpora
-0.56
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

1st & Goal Review
1st & Goal Review By Andrew Fisher on October 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: FOR THE D&D LOVING QBUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad 1st & Goal is a board gamer’s football game, a football fan’s board game, and well worth a look.   | Read more »
French Developer Pated Unveils Seashine
French Developer Pated Unveils Seashine Posted by Ellis Spice on October 30th, 2014 [ permalink ] French one-man studio Pated has unveiled Seashine, “a poetic journey into the abyss.” Players take on the role of a jellyfish strugglin | Read more »
Agents of Storm: Tips, Tricks, and Strat...
Calling all agents: Would you like to see what we thought of this rather pretty base builder? Check out our Agents of Storm review! Have you downloaded Agents of Storm, been bowled over by the graphics, and aren’t quite sure what to do next? Never fear, for we’re here with some handy tips and tricks to help any beginner get started!   Diamonds Are... | Read more »
Any.DO 2.0 Hopes to Help Manage Producti...
Any.DO 2.0 Hopes to Help Manage Productivity Posted by Ellis Spice on October 30th, 2014 [ permalink ] iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad | Read more »
Base Busters Review
Base Busters Review By Jennifer Allen on October 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: FUN BUT RESTRICTED MIXUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Mixing up two forms of tower defense gaming and collectible cards, Base Busters is a fun mix that’s restricted by freemium elements.   | Read more »
Sumptus - Personal Expense Tracker in Yo...
Sumptus - Personal Expense Tracker in Your Pocket 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Finance Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Sumptus - a personal finance assistant in your pocket. It’s an ultimate expense tracker designed to add expenses quickly and simplify your budget management. | Read more »
Meat Factory (Games)
Meat Factory 0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 0.1 (iTunes) Description: Meat factory harks back to the old days of the game and watch. Easy to pick up and play, but hard to score big. With cute visuals, simple controls and a retro music, Meat Factory is addictive and nostalgic. | Read more »
Medford Asylum: Paranormal Case - Hidden...
Medford Asylum: Paranormal Case - Hidden Object Adventure (Full) 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Uncover the mystery of Medford City asylum! | Read more »
Secret Files Sam Peters (Games)
Secret Files Sam Peters 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: [ After the successful iOS release of Secret Files Tunguska, the acclaimed point and click adventure Secret Files Sam Peters has now found its way onto the App Store, too -- fully optimized for iPhone, iPad and... | Read more »
Woah Dave! (Games)
Woah Dave! 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ***SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE! IT DOESN'T COST A LOT OF MONEY!***Optimized for iPhone 6+! A huge hit at E3, PAX, PAX East, IndieCade and California Extreme.The critically-acclaimed retro-styled arcade neo-classic is here! | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.