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Fujitsu ScanSnap On Windows 8 – Your Experience?

Windows 8Windows fans can rejoice because the latest and greatest, Windows 8, is now out and available for purchase.

As I do with every new major operating system release, I thought I would take this opportunity to get your feedback on how it is working with the Fujitsu ScanSnap.

Longtime DocumentSnap readers may remember that there were some issues with Windows 7 and the ScanSnap that were eventually cleared up, but it looks like Fujitsu is ahead of the game this time.

Online Update

If you have a newer ScanSnap (the ScanSnap S1500, ScanSnap S1300i, ScanSnap S1300, or ScanSnap S1100), your best bet is to do an Online Update.

To do an Online Update, go to Help > Online Update in the ScanSnap Manager software.

Specific Models

Fujitsu has provided Windows 8 compatibility pages for each model. Here you go:

It looks like things are mostly good-to-go, with the exception of some weirdness installing from the DVD. The pages for each model gives the workarounds for those.

Your Experience?

I haven’t seen any reports of any issues. However, if you have some, I have a feeling this workaround for an older Fujitsu scanner will probably do the trick.

Do you use a Fujitsu ScanSnap with Windows 8? Please leave a comment and let us know how it is working out for you.

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Video: How To Scan With The ScanSnap In Black And White

ScanSnap S1300i Black & WhiteWhether it is to save space or speed things up, sometimes you want to scan a document in black and white vs. color or grayscale.

This video shows you how to do it with any Fujitsu ScanSnap using the ScanSnap Manager software that comes with it.

View the video below, or click here to watch it on YouTube. If you are able to, I recommend that you watch it with HD turned on.

This video on scanning in black & white with the ScanSnap is part of a series of quick videos on paperless tips and topics. View more in the series here.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap And Background OCR on Windows

Windows BackgroundSometimes when you have a bunch of documents to scan, having to wait for the OCR to complete between each group of documents can feel like it is slowing you down.

With the Fujitsu ScanSnap, there is a way to have OCR run in the background so that you can just keep feeding in your paper, and let the searchable PDF magic happen afterwards.

I have done a video about batch OCR with the Mac Fujitsu ScanSnap before, but it is possible on Windows too. This post will show you how.

Configure ScanSnap Manager

The first thing that you want to do is set up ScanSnap Manager. Right-click on the ScanSnap icon in your system tray (at the bottom right of your screen) and choose Scan Button Settings….

Right-click System Tray

Right-click System Tray

At this point, you can either modify an existing Profile or create a new one. Whichever way you do it, go to the Application tab and set the Application dropdown to ABBYY Scan To Searchable PDF.

Application Tab

Application Tab

Next, set your Save and Scanning tabs however you normally set them. The Save tab will be where your scanned documents end up.

On the File option tab, you will find that things are generally grayed out. Don’t worry about the fact that Convert to Searchable PDF is unchecked. As strange as it seems, that is what you want.

File option tab

File option tab

What we are doing with these steps is telling the ScanSnap to scan our documents to the ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap software which is what will be doing the OCR-ing. By passing our documents off to FineReader right away, we can let it run in the background and get back to scanning.

Configure ABBYY FineReader

There are a few minor things we need to do on the ABBYY side. To configure it, click your Start button, navigate to the ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap group and launch ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap.

FineReader Start Menu

FineReader Start Menu

Once we start that up, we have some options that we can configure. Let’s start with the General Options tab. Make sure that Delete scanned images after recognition is checked. As scary as that sounds, we don’t want it to keep around both the non-searchable and the searchable PDF. We just want the searchable one.

If it makes you feel comfortable, feel free to leave it unchecked the first few scans to make sure that everything is working OK first.

ABBYY General Tab

ABBYY General Tab

Next, we want to go to the Scan to Searchable PDF tab, and uncheck Open PDF after recognition. We don’t want our images to keep popping up after every scan. We just want the files.

ABBYY Scan Tab

ABBYY Scan Tab

That’s it! Now hit OK and we should be good to go.

Test It Out

To test it out, try scanning a document through the scanner. Once the scanning part is done, scan another one. Both scans will be queued up by FineReader and once it launches, the OCR part will start and both documents should be OCRed.[1]

When everything is all done, you should have your OCRed documents in the location that you had specified on the Save tab of ScanSnap Manager.

Scanned Documents

Scanned Documents

For some annoying reason, ABBYY puts “_OCR” at the end of each filename, but I figure that is not a big deal because I’ll likely be renaming the files anyways later.

Once you get the hang of batch scanning, it can be really nice. If you have other tips for scanning timesavers, feel free to leave them in the comments.

(Photo by heartbeaz)


  1. The initial startup might take a while, but that may be because my Windows computer is a piece of junk. Even if it does take a while, it doesn’t matter. You can keep scanning.  ↩

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Fujitsu ScanSnap On Mac OS X Mountain Lion – Your Experience?

Mountain LionIf you are a Mac user, you probably know that the latest version of Mac OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion, has been released today via the Mac App Store. As I have done with Lion and the fun that was Snow Leopard, I am providing this post as a way to share our experience with the Fujitsu ScanSnap on Mountain Lion. Is it working OK for you?

ScanSnap Mountain Lion Compatibility

I haven’t been able to find a general ScanSnap Mountain Lion page, but there is one for each model. Here’s what I’ve found:

  • ScanSnap S1500/S1500M: Supported. See this page and/or instructions below.
  • ScanSnap S1300/S1300i: Supported. See this page and/or instructions below.
  • ScanSnap S1100: Supported. See this page and/or instructions below.
  • ScanSnap S510M: Will be supported by the end of July. See this page and/or instructions below.
  • ScanSnap S300M: Will be supported by the end of July. See this page and/or instructions below.

Preparing Your ScanSnap For OS X Mountain Lion

If you have an S1500, S1500M, S1300i, S1300, or S1100, the best way to go is to do an online update.

To do that:

  • 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.

View the video below, or click here to watch it on YouTube. If you are able to, I recommend that you watch it with HD turned on.

If for whatever reason you can’t online update, this Fujitsu page has the drivers for manual installation.

ABBYY FineReader and CardIris

It looks like the new security restrictions in Mountain Lion can cause ABBYY and CardIris to have a problem when updating to new versions. This Fujitsu page has a workaround.

Adobe Acrobat

I haven’t been able to find anything specific on Acrobat 9, but the comments on this Roaring Apps page do not make me hopeful. If you have any information, please leave it in the comments.

Your Experience?

I am not going to have a chance to install Mountain Lion for a bit. How is it working for you with your ScanSnap, both the scanner and the included software?

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 S1300i Now On Amazon

ScanSnap S1300iThough the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i was announced in June, and I reviewed the S1300i in early July, helpful DocumentSnap reader John has pointed out to me that it is now available from Amazon.com.

I mention this because I get a lot of questions from readers asking when Amazon will be carrying it, and I had promised to do a post about it.

At the time of this writing, Amazon themselves is out of stock, but it is available from third party shippers. If you click Add to Cart on the Amazon seller as per the screenshot below, Amazon will send it when they have it in stock (hopefully very soon).

Amazon S1300i

Amazon S1300i

If you order it through Amazon and it ships, feel free to leave a comment and let us know.

PS- If you buy the S1300i through that link, you’ll be buying me a beverage, so thank you so much. If you don’t want to do that, not a problem, Just hit Amazon directly and do a search and you’ll find it.

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Software Review – ScanSnap S1300i And Friends

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i ClosedA few days ago, I wrote a hardware review of the newly-released ScanSnap S1300i. Today I will cover some of the new software that is being released along with the new scanner.

One thing to note: this software is not exclusive to the S1300i. If you have a ScanSnap S1100, a S1500, a S1500M, or a S1300, the software is available via Fujitsu’s Online Update feature. See here for instructions on that.

Scan To Dropbox

If you use the Quick Menu, there is a new icon for Scan To Dropbox. If you use ScanSnap Manager Profiles, as I do, on the Application tab it will show up as a new destination option.

ScanSnap Scan To Dropbox

ScanSnap Scan To Dropbox

When you scan using Scan To Dropbox, it will bring up a preview window. You can see that in the destination folder, it has created a new folder under your Dropbox folder called ScanSnap. You can change this if you want.

S1300i Dropbox folder

S1300i Dropbox folder

If you don’t want that Preview window to show up every time, you can check Do not show this dialog again on the Preview window, or in the ScanSnap Manager profile on the Application tab, you can click the Application Settings button and un-check Show Preview.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself “I don’t get it… what is the difference between using the new Scan To Dropbox profile and just scanning to a folder in my Dropbox like I did before?”

As far as I can tell, the answer is… nothing. It seems to do the same thing. I can only imagine that this feature is targeted at less tech-savvy users who want to be able to scan to Dropbox, but aren’t comfortable messing around with profiles and folders. If you are a Quick Menu user, I can see how it would be helpful.

Scan To Mobile – Android Style

There has been ScanSnap Connect app for iOS since October 2011, and the then-new Scan To Mobile functionality allowed you to scan from your computer-attached ScanSnap to your iPad or iPhone.

Fujitsu has just released the same thing for Android, and it is available in the Google Play store.

Once you install the app on your Android device, it works basically the same as the iOS apps. See my earlier post on using ScanSnap Connect to scan to iOS for how that all works.

I was able to scan a document to my Samsung Galaxy Player with no problems.

ScanSnap Connect Android

ScanSnap Connect Android

Once you’ve scanned a document in, you can open it to view it, rename it, move it to an SD card or other location, or use Android’s excellent application interoperability to send it to another app.

ScanSnap Folder

This is the feature that I have been really looking forward to playing with, because as I said earlier, it has been hard for me to wrap my head around what the heck it is.

Here is how Fujitsu describes it:

Scan ‘outside-of-the-box’ into virtually any Windows application or cloud service (for PC users). This new feature essentially replicates ScanSnap as a Windows folder which you can open from your favorite software and web applications allowing you to automatically attach/upload the digital files produced by the ScanSnap S1300i for the ultimate in “Scan there!” versatility.

So, yeah. This needs some investigation. By the way, this is a Windows only feature at the time of this writing. Hopefully that changes for us Mac people.

Let’s say you are in an application and you want to scan an attach a document. It can be any application really: a web app, Quickbooks, anything that supports attaching something.

Normally what you would have to do is scan the document to your computer, then in the application, you’d have to find and then attach it.

With the ScanSnap Folder, you can do all this in one step and initiate the scan from the application.

In my example, I’ll use Gmail. I compose a message and then hit the Attach a file link. The normal pop up appears for me to select my file, but you will see there is a new ScanSnap Folder entry. I’ll click that.

ScanSnap Folder

ScanSnap Folder

At first, nothing shows up. No problem though. I’ll put my document in my ScanSnap[1] and hit the Scan button.

A ScanSnap Folder window pops up. I can rename the file, save the file for safekeeping, or make it a JPG. If I don’t want to be bothered with this again, I can check Do not show this dialog again.

ScanSnap Folder Window

ScanSnap Folder Window

When I hit save, my new PDF shows up in my ScanSnap Folder, uh, folder, and I can hit Open to attach it.

Gmail ScanSnap Document Attached

Gmail ScanSnap Document Attached

As I mentioned earlier, this does not just work with web apps. Anywhere on your computer that you can attach a file should be able to do this. I tested it with Windows Live Messenger and was able to send a document to a friend.

I am not sure that Fujitsu would say this straight-out, but I have to think this is a bit of a response to the “ScanSnap doesn’t support TWAIN!” objection. It seems to me that this almost does it one better. Not only does it allow you to initiate a scan from an application, but it works from anywhere, not just a TWAIN-supporting application.

It’ll be interesting to see how this feature is used.

If you want to customize how the ScanSnap Folder behaves, right-click on the ScanSnap icon in your system tray, choose ScanSnap Folder Settings. You can customize how the scans will be done using a ScanSnap Manager-like interface.

ScanSnap Folder Settings

ScanSnap Folder Settings

One more thing about the ScanSnap Folder – this is a temporary folder. The files will be removed after you attach them. If you are wanting to keep this document that you are scanning, make sure to check the Save scanned images to file checkbox.

Wrap Up

All-in-all, this software update by Fujitsu is interesting, and if you have a S1300i or any 1000-series ScanSnap, I recommend hitting Online Update. Now if only ScanSnap Folder could come to the Mac.


  1. In the name of science, I am doing this with an Online-Updated ScanSnap S1300 to see how this works with an older scanner.  ↩

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Review

When you release a new scanner and the call it the ScanSnap S1300i (when its predecessor was the S1300), you are tacitly stating that this is more of an evolutionary release than a revolutionary one.

In a way, it is refreshing. Instead of throwing in a bunch of buzzwords and an attempted rebrand, Fujitsu is saying “So we have a scanner. People like it. We figured out a way to make it faster. Here you go.”

For me, this form factor of ScanSnap has always been the most interesting. Before the release of the ScanSnap S1100, the S1300 and its ancestors the S300 and S300M were marketed as the “mobile” models.

You could certainly carry them around, and many people did, but many people[1] didn’t use them as a mobile scanner at all. They wanted a fast scanner with duplex scanning, a document feeder, and a lower price point than the ScanSnap S1500.

The S1100 showed that there was a need for a true mobile scanner, and the S1300i is the newest entry in this “middle category” of ScanSnaps.

ScanSnap S1300i

ScanSnap S1300i

Fujitsu sent me a review unit to check out, so this review is split into two parts. Today I will cover the hardware itself, and in Part 2 covers the new software that was released with the S1300i I will have another post covering the software updates that Fujitsu has also released.

The Hardware

If you are familiar with the S1300 (here is my ScanSnap S1300 review if you are not), you know pretty much all you need to know about the S1300i. The form factor and look is exactly the same as the S1300, except that it now says “ScanSnap S1300i” on the top.

You plug the S1300i to a USB port on your computer, and then you can either plug in the AC adaptor to the wall or plug a second USB cable to your computer to supply the power.

The S1300i comes with a printed manual, the installation DVD, an AC adaptor, and two USB cables: one for data and one for power.

Speed

The main selling point of the ScanSnap S1300i is that it is faster than the S1300. Not as fast as the S1500 certainly, but it is 12 pages per minute instead of the S1300’s 8ppm.

I figured the best way to test this out is to run it side by side.[2] Through the magic of video, you can see the S1300 on the left and the S1300i on the right scanning a double-sided piece of paper.

The S1300i is certainly faster, and if you are scanning a large number of documents that can make a difference over time.

Quality

To judge quality for yourself, here are three documents that I scanned with the S1300. All scans were done at 300dpi.

Availability

The list price of the ScanSnap S1300i is $295. I don’t see it on any of the online sites yet, but I will update this post when it is available. It is available on Amazon.

If you have a ScanSnap S1300 and are happy with it, I am not sure that a 1.5x speed bump would be compelling enough to go out and buy the S1300i. However, if you are thinking of buying a scanner in this form factor and price range anyways, the increased speed and new software makes the ScanSnap S1300i that much more compelling.


  1. Myself included.  ↩

  2. Yes, I know the video is tilted. I didn’t notice until afterwards. Whoops.  ↩

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Introducing the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i – and Win One!

ScanSnap S1300iSo, apparently it is New ScanSnap Friday today! Today Fujitsu is announcing the ScanSnap S1300i which (obviously) replaces the ScanSnap S1300, and you can win one from DocumentSnap. Read on for details on that.

I am hoping to get my hands on a review copy for you, but in the meantime here are the key new details.

Hardware

The ScanSnap S1300i hardware is cross-platform and is basically the same as the S1300, with one key difference: it is 1.5x faster. So, instead of 8 pages per minute, it is now 12 ppm. Nice speed bump.

Software

Fujitsu is also announcing some software updates that will come along with the S1300i:

  • Mobile: There will now be an Android version of their Scan To Mobile app, so you can now scan from the S1300i to your Android device over your local network[1]
  • Dropbox: If you have the Dropbox client installed, you’ll now have the option to scan to a folder on Dropbox through the ScanSnap Manager interface, and there will be a Dropbox Quick Menu option.
  • ScanSnap Folder: This is Windows only. Apparently this will give you a way to scan to a special folder on your computer, and then have that scan be attached to a web application like Gmail or a Windows application like Quickbooks. To be honest, I haven’t quite wrapped my head around this one yet, so I am looking forward to trying it out.

As always, I will keep my eyes open on the online shopping sites and let you know when the S1300i is available to purchase.

The ScanSnap S1300i is available on the online sites like Amazon, so check it out.

Win A ScanSnap S1300i from DocumentSnap!

I am super excited to announce the very first DocumentSnap ScanSnap giveaway: The fine folks at Fujisu have hooked me up with one ScanSnap S1300i scanner to give away to one lucky reader on Friday, June 29 at 12pm PST.

There are two ways to enter, and the winner will be chosen randomly:

Method 1: Twitter: Follow DocumentSnap (@documentsnap) and tweet something like the following:

I want to win the ScanSnap S1300i from @DocumentSnap #dss1300i http://dcsp.me/MBZNef

(The @DocumentSnap and #dss1300i need to be there!)

Method 2: Comment: Not on Twitter? Not a problem. Leave a comment below and tell me about the paper that you want to digitize.

  • Winners will be contacted by DM on Twitter or e-mail for commenters, so make sure you follow @DocumentSnap and/or enter your correct e-mail address in the comment (don’t worry, only I can see it).
  • Only one entry per person please.
  • The winner will be drawn randomly at 12pm PST on Friday, June 29. Entries must be received by then.
  • Due to shipping restrictions, the contest is only open to winners in the United States and Canada. Sorry about that.
  • Good luck!
The drawing is now closed, and the winner was awesome DocumentSnap reader Cindy. Thanks for entering, everyone!

  1. Before someone asks, yes the scanner does need to be plugged into your computer. It works the same as the existing Scan To Mobile functionality.  ↩

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Found: Shoeboxed ScanSnap Profile Maker

ScanSnap ShoeboxedWhile it isn’t terribly difficult to add a new Profile to ScanSnap Manager, it is always nice when companies go the extra mile and make it even easier for their customers.

I stumbled across this video from Shoeboxed, an online receipt and document management company. They’ve provided a ScanSnap Profile Maker, which will automatically create the settings that you need to try it out. Very nice.

Check out the video to see how it works.

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Video: Batch OCR With The Mac Fujitsu ScanSnap

BatchMaking your PDF documents searchable is great, but sometimes it can slow things down. One way to speed things up is to scan first and then OCR afterwards. This is referred to as “batch OCR”.

If you have a ScanSnap and a Mac, you can do this using the ABBYY FineReader software that comes with your scanner, and this video shows you how.

Note that this workflow comes from this comment by awesome DocumentSnap reader Telegard, so thanks to him or her for the suggestion.

View the video below, or click here to watch it on YouTube. If you are able to, I recommend that you watch it with HD turned on.

This video on doing batch OCR after scanning is part of a series of quick videos on paperless tips and topics. View more in the series here.

(Photo by Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake)

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