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ScanSnap On Yosemite – Your Experience?

yosemite240So OS X 10.10, called Yosemite, is out.

Whenever a new release of an operating system (Mac or Windows) is released, there is always that nervous period where you try to figure out if there are any glitches with the software and hardware that you are currently using.

I will probably be installing Yosemite this weekend, but (as I do with every OS release) I want to put this post up to collect your feedback. I’ve searched online and haven’t seen any concrete problems yet.

ScanSnap Yosemite Compatibility

The short version is, all modern ScanSnap models are supported.

If you want further details, here is the support page for each model:

  • ScanSnap iX500: Supported. See this page and the instructions below.
  • ScanSnap iX100: Supported. See this page and the instructions below.
  • ScanSnap SV600: Supported. See this page and the instructions below.
  • ScanSnap S1500/S1500M: Supported. See this page and the instructions below.
  • ScanSnap S1300/S1300i: Supported. See this page and the instructions below.
  • ScanSnap S1100/S1100i: Supported. See this page and the instructions below.
  • ScanSnap S300M: Supported. See this page.
  • ScanSnap S510M: Not Supported. See this page.

Preparing Your ScanSnap For OS X Mavericks

If you have a ScanSnap iX500, iX100, SV600, S1500/M, S1300/S1300i, or S1100/S1100i the best way to go is to do an online update.

To do that:

  • Right-click on the ScanSnap icon in the Dock
  • Go to Help > Online Update
  • Follow the instructions

If you want to see this in video form, I’ve created a short video.

ABBYY FineReader For ScanSnap

If you check out the links for each model, you will see that all ScanSnap software is supported, but under ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap, it has this slightly disturbing message:

A problem of failing installation is confirmed. Update Schedule: last week of November

I haven’t been able to determine whether ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap doesn’t work on Yosemite, or if it just has problems installing on Yosemite.

I haven’t seen any reports of people having issues. I’ll update this section when I upgrade, but in the meantime if you have already upgraded, please leave a comment and let us know how it is going.

Your Experience?

So, how is your ScanSnap and related software working on OS X Yosemite?

I’d appreciate it if you left a comment either way. I’ll update this post as new information becomes available.

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ScanSnap Receipt – Initial Overview

ScanSnap ReceiptI mentioned in my recent ScanSnap iX100 Review that while the scanner is good, what made me fall out of my chair was the under-the-radar inclusion of a new software feature called ScanSnap Receipt.

This is something that ScanSnap users have requested for a long time – the ability to scan a receipt and have the ability to categorize and export the data for taxes, expense tracking, and the like.

The new ScanSnap Receipt application ships with the ScanSnap iX100, and it has started appearing via Online Update for ScanSnap iX500 and ScanSnap SV600 customers as well. I am told that it will be released for the ScanSnap S1300i in October.

One unfortunate note: Fujitsu has confirmed to me that ScanSnap Receipt is only available for the United States market. If you have a ScanSnap that is purchased outside of the US, ScanSnap Receipt will not appear for you in Online Update. Not cool. I’ll update this if this ever changes.

Getting Receipts Into ScanSnap Receipt

ScanSnap Receipt is a separate application and is not built-in to ScanSnap Organizer, their document management application. The con of this is that if you use ScanSnap Organizer to manage your documents, everything is not tied in. The pro of this is that if you do not use ScanSnap Organizer, you still have the benefit of receipt management and extraction.

There are essentially three ways to get your receipts in to ScanSnap Receipt:

  • Scan a receipt and select ScanSnap Receipt in the Quick Menu.
  • Set up a ScanSnap Manager Profile for ScanSnap Receipt and use that to scan.
  • Drag or import PDFs or JPGs in to the ScanSnap Receipt application itself.

Let’s take a look.

Quick Menu

When you scan a receipt and have the Quick Menu enabled, it does a pretty good job of automatically detecting that it is a receipt and you should see ScanSnap Receipt in the Recommended section.

ScanSnap Receipt Quick Menu

If for whatever reason it doesn’t auto-detect that it is a receipt, not a problem. Just find ScanSnap Receipt in the list.

A nice touch – if you use Quick Menu and you have the ScanSnap Receipt application running, it will keep scanning subsequent receipts to ScanSnap Receipt. You don’t have to keep selecting it.

ScanSnap Manager Profile

If you are not the Quick Menu type, you can set up a ScanSnap Manager Profile for your receipts. Just select ScanSnap Receipt on the Application tab.

ScanSnap Receipt ScanSnap Manager Profile

Drag Into ScanSnap Receipt

You can drag a PDF or JPG image into the ScanSnap Receipt window, or use File > Import. It will then process the receipt and OCR if necessary.

To my utter shock and awe, this works for documents that were not scanned by the ScanSnap. I tested it out scanning with a few mobile scanning apps, both OCRed and not, and it happily imported them all. I was sure it would be locked down the way ScanSnap Organizer is.[1]

ScanSnap Receipt Inbox

ScanSnap Receipt Inbox

For organization, ScanSnap Receipt uses inboxes, and has one called My Inbox by default. Anything you scan or import will go there.

You can create other inboxes for high level organization if you’d like.

Editing Receipts

It would be nice if you could scan a receipt and have all the text detected perfectly and placed in the correct fields perfectly.

Unfortunately with pretty much any OCR solution, that will usually not be the case. There’s often something you need to tweak.

In my experience so far, I have found that it is great at detecting dates, amounts, taxes, payment method, and card numbers.

The Vendor name wasn’t super successful, though that is often a result of wacky logos etc. It’s pretty hard for any program to know exactly which piece of text is the vendor.

Fortunately, it is fast and easy to fix this stuff up.

Editing Text

If you just need to make a quick edit, you can type it directly in the spreadsheet-like view of all of the receipts. If you want to zoom in on an individual receipt, you can double-click it or select it and hit the Edit button.

ScanSnap Receipt Editing A Receipt

In this example, it has detected the date, amount, tax, and card of my unhealthy but delicious airport burrito, but it didn’t get the vendor right.

Of course, I could just type in the correct name, but ScanSnap Receipt has a cool select-and-OCR feature.

Just select a bit of text in the receipt and it will pop up a window asking which field you’d like it placed in.

ScanSnap Receipt Select and OCR Text

I highlighted El Bravo and chose Vendor, and it put the correct text in the Vendor field. Handy.

Checked vs. Unchecked

ScanSnap has a way for you to keep track of which receipts you’ve gone through and edited. There’s a field called Unchecked that has two states: Unchecked and Checked.

By default any receipt that is scanned/imported has a state of Unchecked. Once you’ve edited a receipt, it changes the state to Checked. You can, of course, change that back and forth manually.

This is good to know if you are editing a receipt and all of a sudden it “disappears”. Chances are you have a filter set to only show Unchecked receipts.

Categorizing Receipts

The software comes with a set of Categories and Subcategories that you can modify. There is only one level of subcategories, so your hierarchy is only one level deep.

Combining and Splitting Receipts

I have found the ScanSnap Receipt software pretty smart about automatically splitting receipts. If I scan two receipts with in one shot, it automatically splits them out to two separate receipts in the software. However, if you need to combine receipts or split manually, you can do this.

Combining Receipts

To combine receipts, you can highlight the rows that you want to bring together, right-click, and hit Combine.

ScanSnap Receipt Combine Receipts

When you do, it will bring the receipts together and sum up the amount and the tax.

ScanSnap Receipt Combined

Splitting Receipts

You can also split up a receipt. This is handy if you have different categories, or perhaps part of a receipt is for Business and part is Personal.

For example, let’s take this receipt from Aunt Chilada’s. Perhaps my delicious carnitas tacos was a business expense, but I wanted the “Hand-Tossed Marg.” (whatever that is) to be a personal expense.

I right-click the receipt and choose Split, and I can make those changes.

ScanSnap Receipt Split

Once you do that, the receipt goes back into the Unchecked state and you can go in and review the changes.

Searching and Filtering Receipts

A nice thing about having all these fields to work off of is you can do some slicing and dicing to see (and export) just the receipts you want.

The key is the handy + button that lets you filter by your fields.

ScanSnap Receipt Add Filter

Once you press that, you can add up to three levels of filters. So let’s say we wanted to find the tax deductible travel receipts.

ScanSnap Receipt Filter

Boom. Of course, you can just search by keyword as well and it will search the OCR’ed text of the receipt.

Exporting Receipts

The point of using a receipt program isn’t to do all this work organizing receipts – you presumably want to do something with the information.

You can export the receipts as individual PDFs, as one big PDF, as JPGs, or as a CSV file.

ScanSnap Receipt Export Options

In ScanSnap Receipt for Windows, you can transfer receipts to Quickbooks Pro 2012 or later. You need to connect it to the company file, map the data for transferring, and then you can move data over.

You can export an individual receipt or the selected receipts, which is where filtering can come in handy. You can slice and dice the data exactly how you want it, and then export.

You may find it helpful to check out the CSV that ScanSnap Receipts puts out. I’ve generated a Mac and Windows one just in case there are any wacky differences.

Other than CSV/image export, there aren’t any reports that you can run from your receipt data.

Storage and Backup

Here’s where things get slightly weird. As far as I can tell, all the receipt images and data is stored in a proprietary database.

On the Mac, this is stored in ~/Library/Application Data/PFU/ScanSnap Receipt.

On Windows, it is in your User folder under AppData\Local\PFU\ScanSnap Receipt.

The ScanSnap Receipt application provides a backup facility that can be found under Tools > Backup. If you are going to be using ScanSnap Receipt, I HIGHLY recommend you:

  1. Make sure that your regular backup routine is picking up that storage folder.
  2. On some sort of regular basis use Tools > Backup to back up your database and keep that file safe.

Proprietary databases make me nervous, so protect yourself.

Workflow And Closing Thoughts

It isn’t 100% clear to me what Fujitsu’s intentions are around ScanSnap Receipt. Should people be storing their regular documents in ScanSnap Organizer and their receipts in ScanSnap Receipt? Is ScanSnap Receipt intended to be more “transactional”, where you dump your receipts into it when you want to get them ready for taxes/exporting?

This is early days (the software has one been out for two days in North America) and as with most things to do with going paperless, I suspect we will all find the way that works best for us.

ScanSnap Receipt isn’t the most beautiful application in the world (Mac design people may not approve), but to me it hits the key areas: it can take a receipt, extract the information out if it, let you clean it up, and then export the data.

I’d like to hear from you, especially if you have been waiting for years for a ScanSnap receipt tool. Does ScanSnap Receipt meet your needs? What features would you like to see?


  1. Having said that, I’ve probably ruined it by saying that. Sorry if this gets killed in a future update!  ↩

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ScanSnap iX100 Review – Wireless Battery Powered Scanner

ScanSnap iX100As Mugatu so famously said in Zoolander, “Wireless scanners are so hot right now.” Today Fujitsu America is releasing their second Wi-Fi scanning model – the ScanSnap iX100.

Fujitsu has sold a mobile ScanSnap (the S1100) since 2011, but it had one limitation – it needed to be connected to a computer via USB. Over time more and more scanners were cutting the cord, and the S1100 was starting to show its age. The [ScanSnap iX500][ix500] was the first wireless ScanSnap, but it is a little big to throw in your bag.

Fujitsu sent me a review iX100 to check out, so let’s take a look.

ScanSnap iX100

Size and Hardware

The ScanSnap iX100 is 10.74 x 1.87 x 1.41 inches (273 x 47.5 x 36 mm) and weighs 14.10 ounces (400 grams). It is extremely portable. In fact, when I sat down to write this review I initially couldn’t find it because it was tucked away in my bag and I initially missed it.

Like the S1100, the iX100 can scan “flat” where your paper goes through the back of the scanner, but it has an exit guide that you can flip up to have it return the paper to you. This is really handy for scanning dual-sided documents as the iX100 only scans single-sided. The video later on in this review shows how this works.

ScanSnap iX100

Being a mobile scanner, it obviously does not have a document feeder, so to improvise Fujitsu implemented what they call “continuous document feeding”.

You put the first page in the scanner and hit the scan button. Then you can keep feeding paper in and it will grab it and keep scanning. It will keep waiting for pages until you hit the Scan button again to signal that you’re done. Again, a nice touch to make scanning faster and easier without a document feeder.

Speaking of faster and easier, the ScanSnap iX100 scans at 5.2 seconds per page. This is two seconds faster than the S1100, and almost as fast as the ScanSnap S1300i which is pretty remarkable when you consider the size.

Like the S1100, the iX100 has a USB port on the side. If you’d like, you can use the iX100 as a USB-connected scanner, and this port is also used for charging the device – this is the first ScanSnap with a Lithium battery.

ScanSnap iX100

Wireless Scanning

While you can use the ScanSnap iX100 as a USB scanner, I expect that most people (myself included) will use it wirelessly.

With no wires connected whatsoever, you can scan to a computer or mobile device. How you do this depends on whether you are connected to a known Wi-Fi network or not.

ScanSnap Wireless Setup

Scan To Existing Wi-Fi Network

If your computer or mobile device is connected to a wi-fi network, you can set up the iX100 to connect to it. There’s a Wi-Fi switch on the back that controls whether it will attempt to connect or not.

ScanSnap iX100 Wi-Fi

A nice touch – the scanner will remember up to five Wi-Fi networks and switch seamlessly between them. I set it up for my network at home, then set it up at a friend’s house, and it switched back when I arrived back home without me needing to reconfigure anything.

Once the scanner is connected to a Wi-Fi network, it can scan to a mobile device running the ScanSnap Connect app (currently available for iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire), or it can scan to a Mac or Windows computer.

This is nice and everything, but what if there is no Wi-Fi network that you can connect to?

Scan Using Direct Connection

If there is no Wi-Fi network that the iX100 knows about, it will attempt to create its own.

This video shows how this works:

Video summary: the iX100 can create its own Wi-Fi network that you can connect to using your iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire device running the ScanSnap Connect app. You can also connect to it with a Mac or Windows computer if the computer has the ScanSnap software loaded on it.

Battery Life

The ScanSnap iX100 has a Lithium battery, and they rate it as being able to do 260 scans per charge.

That is one of those “ideal conditions” numbers, and from talking to the folks at Fujitsu about this, they say with switching between wireless networks and that sort of thing, around 140 pages is more likely in the real world.

I haven’t hit any battery issues yet. If you ever need to charge it, you can plug the included USB cable to any computer USB port or other USB charger.

ScanSnap Receipt

I will talk about software in a bit, but I want to focus in on one particular new feature that almost made me fall out of my chair: the ScanSnap iX100 comes with receipt management software.

ScanSnap iX100 Receipt

Frankly, this has been a hole in the ScanSnap offering for quite some time and it is great to see it being plugged.

Unfortunately, I have been getting reports that ScanSnap Receipt is only showing up for customers in the United States. I’m looking into more details on that.

I will have a separate blog post on ScanSnap Receipt specifically butYou can now have the ScanSnap scan receipts and it will attempt to read the information from them. You can then categorize the receipt information and export. Super handy for taxes.

Update 09/23/2014:I have now written a separate blog post. Click here to read about my ScanSnap Receipt overview.

Dual Scanning

If you have small items to scan the iX100 has a feature called dual scanning that I hope makes it to other models in the future.

If you put two small documents in, the scanner will recognize them as separate documents and either export two PDFs or a single PDF with two pages, depending how you have it set up. Handy for receipts and business cards.

ScanSnap iX100 Dual Scanning

Automatic Image Stitching

Another new-to-ScanSnap feature is the ability to take a wide document, fold it in half, and have the ScanSnap automatically stitch it together as if you scanned one large document.

Essentially, it is doing this without the need to use a Carrier Sheet.

I have to admit, I couldn’t get this feature to work. Maybe I had something set wrong or maybe I wasn’t using the right type of wide document, but here is what the Help says should work:

  • A3, B4, or Double Letter size documents with a double-page spread
    -Documents folded in half that have characters, a figure, or table on the fold line

Scan Quality

The scan quality of the iX100 is the best of any portable scanner I have reviewed. It is remarkable for a scanner this size.

That being said, scan quality is subjective. What I have done is zipped together a group of documents of a variety of types and resolutions. Take a look if you want to see some samples.

Click here to download the iX100 scan samples.

Software

As with all ScanSnaps, by default the iX100 has the more-and-more-useful Quick Menu enabled which makes scanning very easy.

ScanSnap iX100 Quick Menu

It will detect the type of document that you are scanning and recommend some options. You can also add your own applications to it, and hide the ones you don’t use.

ScanSnap Organizer For Mac

As I mentioned earlier, ScanSnap Receipt almost made me fall of my chair. The release of ScanSnap Organizer for Mac finished the job. The lack of a document organizer for Mac OS X has been another sticking point for a long time, so it is great to see them addressing that.

Bundled Software

Here is the software that comes with the iX100:

  • ScanSnap Organizer (Windows, Mac)
  • CardMinder (Windows, Mac)
  • ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap (Windows, Mac)

It also comes with the ability to scan to the cloud with Evernote, Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Drive, and Salesforce. You can also scan to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Is The S1100 Gone?

I assumed that the iX100 replaced the S1100, but that is not entirely true. Fujitsu will replace the S1100 with the S1100i, which will be released at some point in the future. It is like the iX100 but while the iX100 scans at 5.2 seconds per page, the S1100i scans at 7.5 seconds. Also, the S1100i does not have the ability to scan wirelessly and does not have a battery.

The S1100i does come with the same software as the iX100, and they have added the dual scanning and image stitching capabilities. I’ll update when it is available.

Pricing And Availability

For some reason it often takes a while for ScanSnaps to show up on Amazon, and at the time of writing the iX100 does not seem to be there. I will update this post when it is available. The retail price is $229 USD.

The ScanSnap iX100 is a great update to the S1100, and has some killer software improvements that I hope will make it to other ScanSnaps in the future. I’ve found it really helpful to have a small wireless ScanSnap to carry around in my bag, and if you are someone who has a need for a mobile wireless scanner, it is hard to go wrong with this one.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap: Stop Progress Window Popping Up On The Mac

ScanSnap in a MeetingAfter you press the Scan button on a Fujitsu ScanSnap, a progress window pops up showing you what the scanner is doing.

If you, for whatever reason, don’t want that to happen, you can turn that progress window off on the Mac.

Over on the ScanSnap Community, they have a helpful tutorial for toggling this behavior:

How to Do Background Scanning on a Mac.

Although active windows are great to show the scanning progress sometimes they can get in the way of your work flow. There is a quick and easy way to deactivate the pop-ups on your Mac just by changing a couple of settings.

I think I still like to see what is going on, but that’s a great little hidden setting if you want to keep things a bit more quiet.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap – Automatically Password Protect PDFs

Password lockWhether you are storing your documents locally or uploading them to the cloud, more and more people are wanting to password protect or encrypt their sensitive documents. There are ways to do this manually, but with the Fujitsu ScanSnap, it can be done automatically.

As usual, how you do it depends on the platform that you are using.

Windows

The Windows ScanSnap Manager software has the ability to password protect PDFs built right in, but the option is a bit hidden.

To do this, you can’t scan using the Quick Menu. You have to set up a ScanSnap Manager Profile. If you have no idea what the Quick Menu is or how to set up a Profile, I invite you to check out my Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide.

Once you are in your Profile, go to the File option tab and click on the Option… button.

ScanSnap Manager File Option Tab

In the window that pops up, there is a Password section. Check Set a password for PDF file.

ScanSnap Manager Password

When you scan using your ScanSnap, it will prompt you to enter a password.

ScanSnap Manager Password Prompt

If you want to use a fixed password for all documents scanned using this Profile, you can check Use a fixed password and enter your password in the Profile.

Once this is set up, any document you scan using this ScanSnap Manager Profile will be password protected.

Mac

Unfortunately, on the Mac things are not so simple. For whatever reason, the Mac ScanSnap Manager does not have password encryption built in.

One option is to use Automator which is built into the Mac. You can scan using your ScanSnap to a folder, and then use this awesome Automator action to highlight and encrypt the documents.

If you want things a bit more automated, I adapted the action to be a Folder Action instead of a Service. I created a folder called ToEncrypt and then told Automator to watch it.

Encrypt PDF Automator Folder Action

If you’d like, you can download my Automator action here.

This works for me, but if anyone has any other clever options for automatically password protecting PDFs on the Mac, please drop them into the comments.

Do you password protect your scanned PDFs? How do you do it?

(Photo by Scott Schiller)

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Scan To Box With Fujitsu ScanSnap

Box LobbyAs far as cloud providers go, Box has carved a niche for itself as a service for business. 97% of the Fortune 500 use it, and from my experience even smaller businesses like bookkeepers, financial planners, and even individuals have started to flock to it.

Unfortunately, the Fujitsu ScanSnap does not have Box integration built in. There is software you can buy to connect the two, but it is easy to set up ScanSnap-to-Box scanning yourself for free using the tools that both companies provide. Here’s one way to do it.

Install Box Sync

Box provides a tool called Box Sync that will allow you to synchronize files between Box and your Mac or PC. This is what we will be using.

When you log in to Box, you will see a button on the right that says Install Box on your computer. Click that and download the software.

Install Box Sync

Warning: When you install it, any files you have in the “root” of your Box account (in other words, not in a folder) will be copied down to your computer. If you don’t want that, move those files to a folder first.

Once it is installed and you have logged in with your Box credentials, you will see the Box Sync screen.

Box Sync

Of course, it will look a bit different on Windows but the concept is the same.

Find Your Box Folder

Box Sync will create a folder on your computer, and that is where we will be scanning to.

When you go to the Settings tab, you will see your Box Sync folder listed. Make a note of that because we will need it later.

Box Sync Folder Location

Decide Where Scans Will Go

If you want to just scan documents to the root of your Box account (in other words, not in a folder), you just need to make a note of the above folder and you can skip this step.

If you want your scans to go to a specific folder in your Box account, there is one additional thing you need to do.

In Box, find your folder (in my example it is called Box Inbox). Click the little downward triangle and choose Sync Folder To Computer.

Box Sync Folder To Computer

Once you do that, your folder should appear on your computer inside that Box Sync folder you made note of earlier.

Set Up ScanSnap To Scan To Box

If you use the Quick Menu with your ScanSnap (that little window with icons that pops up after you scan), you can just scan a document, choose Scan To Folder, and choose your Box Sync folder that you made note of earlier.

If you use ScanSnap Manager, you can create a Profile that will send scans right to that folder without your involvement.

To do that, create a ScanSnap Manager profile (in my case I am being original and calling it Scan to Box). On the Applications tab, you can either choose Scan To Folder if you want it to pop up a window allowing you to name and save it, or if you want it to be more automated, choose None (Scan To File) and it won’t prompt you at all.

Box ScanSnap Scan To File

On the Save tab, choose the Box Sync folder that you made note of earlier, or the subfolder that you selected to sync to your computer.

Box ScanSnap Save Tab

Set up the rest of the ScanSnap Manager Profile however you’d like. If you need assistance setting up profiles, you can read the ScanSnap manual or may I humbly suggest my Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide.

Scan Away!

Once my profile was set up, I scanned to my Box Inbox folder that I had selected to sync. You can see the document here.

Box Inbox Computer

The document automatically appears in my Box.com account.

Document in Box account

Here is it using Box’s very nice PDF viewer.

Box Preview PDF

Once you have all this set up, scanning to Box with a ScanSnap is fast and easy. Do you have a different method to scan to Box? Let us know in the comments.

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Fix For ScanSnap Evernote Failed to start up Evernote for Mac Message

Failed to start up Evernote for MacAt the moment, a number of people are having problems using the Fujitsu ScanSnap’s built-in “Scan To Evernote (Document)” functionality. I’ve received many emails, the forums have a number of complaints, and the people who are hit by the issue are getting the following error message:

Scan To Evernote (Document)
Failed to start up Evernote for Mac.

Make sure that the selected application is installed correctly.

For some, a bit of voodoo-like rebooting or re-installing appears to have fixed the issue, but for others nothing has helped.

I stumbled across this blog post by software developer Aaron Douglas: Fix ScanSnap on Mac not opening Evernote properly. In it, he figures out what exactly is wrong and how to fix it (at least until the next Evernote update).

Turns out Evernote is broken. EvernoteHelper.app is an embedded application that runs while Evernote is running (or while it’s in the background) and if you’re set to English, its name is the same as the main Evernote application. Technically, the CFBundleName is being overridden in the InfoPlist.strings file.

If you have no idea what you just read, don’t worry about it. Check out his blog post for the step-by-step instructions. It’s slightly technical, but not too too bad.

One note: awesome DocumentSnap reader Jeff Knouse pointed out on Twitter that in Step 2, you need to be careful to select the entire string all the way to the end. It might not be obvious that there is more that you don’t initially see.

Did this tip work for you? Please leave a report in the comments.

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ScanSnap SV600 And Accessibility For The Visually Impaired

ScanSnap SV600When I did my initial review of the ScanSnap SV600, I focused mostly on the device’s book and object scanning capabilities.

In the comments, a few readers had questions about its suitability for users with visual impairments. How does the SV600 fare with accessibility in mind?

Serendipitously, Jordyn Russell did a post over on the ScanSnap Community in which she interviewed Terry Blosser, a PSU student and ScanSnap user who also happens to be visually impaired.

Given Terry’s significant difficulty reading printed materials, the SV600 has quickly become an indispensable tool for him. In addition to using the SV600, Terry uses several other adaptive technology programs to assist with reading.

It’s a good read and talks about his workflow scanning and having material read to him. Check it out if you have questions about the ScanSnap and accessibility.

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My Thoughts On The ScanSnap Evernote Edition

ScanSnap EvernoteSince the 2013 Evernote Conference, I have received many many (did I mention many?) e-mails asking me what I think about the new ScanSnap Evernote Edition.

I understand why this is. I’ve written many posts about the ScanSnap, and I’ve written many posts about Evernote, so I am solidly inside the Venn diagram for this thing.

Frankly, I have resisted posting about it because there hasn’t been much information about it. I had to miss the conference this year, and I haven’t tried it myself.

Evernote has now fleshed out their FAQ page, so it is more clear how it all works.

The Hardware

The ScanSnap Evernote Edition is clearly a re-branded ScanSnap iX500 with a more “Evernote-y” look and a green light instead of ScanSnap blue.

The Software

The big change is the software. There is a “ScanSnap Manager Evernote Edition” that I understand the Evernote folks had a big hand in designing.

When you install it, it asks you to choose a default notebook for Receipts, a default notebook for Business Cards, and a default notebook for Documents.

It runs in the background, and when you scan, as far as I can tell it will detect the type of document you are scanning and then upload it to the appropriate notebook in Evernote.

By the way, in the interests of science I installed the ScanSnap Manager Evernote Edition and tried using my iX500 with it. No luck. Drat.

Scanning Outside Evernote

When the device was first announced, my first thought was “what if you want to scan outside Evernote?”

It appears that there is an Advanced menu where you can tell ScanSnap Manager to save your scans to a certain folder. It doesn’t appear that you can set it to scan to other applications, but I could be wrong on that.

My Thoughts

I want to reiterate that I have not tried the ScanSnap Evernote Edition myself, and I have not been able to get Evernote to answer any questions about it.

If your destination for scanning is Evernote 99% of the time, it appears that this is an extremely seamless and easy to use experience. The hardware is certainly a no-brainer, being a rebranded iX500.

Personally, I like the flexibility and future proofing of being able to scan to wherever I want, including Evernote, so I would stick with the regular old ScanSnap iX500. You know your usage best.

Has anyone tried or considered it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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ScanSnap SV600 Supported On The Mac

When the ScanSnap SV600 was released, it was supported on Windows only. You can read my review of the ScanSnap SV600 here where I go through all the features of the scanner.

Thanks to a tip from awesome DocumentSnap reader David, I see that there is an online update for the ScanSnap iX500 that adds support for the SV600.

To Install If You Already Have An iX500

  • Make sure ScanSnap Manager is running
  • Go to Help > Online Update
  • Follow the instructions

If you want to see this in video form, I’ve created a short video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3uKtbgZ45E

What If You Don’t Already Have An iX500?

To be honest, at this point I am not sure what the best course of action would be. I recommend waiting until Fujitsu officially releases it for the Mac.

If you want to live dangerously, I suspect that installing the iX500 software from here and then doing an Online Update would work. However, I have not tried it without actually having an iX500, so you are on your own for this one.

Update 11/07/2013: The SV600 is now cross-platform for Mac and Windows. The Mac software can be downloaded [from Fujitsu][sv600mac].

ScanSnap SV600 On The Mac

I’ve been playing around with the SV600 on the Mac (yay!), and so far, so good.

I started with scanning a book, and it did the same page detection as in my SV600 review on Windows.

ScanSnap SV600 Mac Book

You can see the results of that book here. I scanned a magazine too.

I tried multi-document detection too, and it worked well. I scanned a card that my son made that would never fit in a document feeder, and a postcard.

ScanSnap SV600 Multi-Doc

It detected them as multiple documents. You can see the results here.

ScanSnap SV600 Multiple documents

I’ve been waiting for the ScanSnap SV600 to be supported on the Mac, and now it is (sort-of) here. Hopefully it will be sold as a fully hybrid model soon.

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