We’re pleased to welcome as our latest long-term TidBITS sponsor Fujitsu, makers of the ScanSnap family of document scanners for home and small business use. They have been stalwarts in the Macintosh world for years, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that the ScanSnap was a key piece in Joe Kissell’s efforts to eliminate (or at least significantly reduce) paper in his life, leading to the publication of “Take Control of Your Paperless Office.”
The ScanSnap line starts with the $199 ScanSnap S1100, a diminutive portable scanner powered by a USB cable and capable of single-sided scanning at 8 pages per minute (ppm). For double-sided scanning, a 10-sheet automatic document feeder, and faster performance in a slightly larger and heavier package, there’s the $295 S1300, which is what Tonya chose last year when she finally buckled under the barrage of school papers and forms (see “Dragging School Papers into the 21st Century with a ScanSnap,” 30 September 2011). And for heavier-duty use there’s the $495 S1500M, a full-fledged desktop scanner that has a 50-sheet automatic document feeder, scans in duplex at 20 ppm, and has the most complete software bundle of the three.
Speaking of software, all three scanners come with ScanSnap Manager and Cardiris 3.6 for scanning business cards and ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap for optical character recognition, and the S1500M adds Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional.
Thanks to their longstanding presence, the ScanSnap scanners have broad third-party software support, so you can scan directly into Evernote, SugarSync, Salesforce Chatter, and Google Docs. The ScanSnap scanners can’t yet communicate directly with an iOS device; to accomplish this task, Fujitsu has released the free ScanSnap Connect iOS app that enables you to move scanned documents and images from a Mac or PC to an iOS device.
Thanks to Fujitsu for their support of TidBITS and the Apple community!