The short version of this blog post: the Fifth Edition of my Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide is now available. This is the Guide that I wanted when I was first going paperless with my ScanSnap.
The long version:
When I was going paperless, I was looking at different scanners and being a bit of a productivity geek, I wanted a scanner that was fast and could support an automated paperless workflow.
In 2008 I bought the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M, which I couldn’t even find in Vancouver so I had to order it from Toronto (insert Canada joke here).
There were great articles online about how different people were using pieces of the ScanSnap, but nothing that brought everything together into one place.
The manual that comes with the ScanSnap is very… comprehensive, but it is more focused on what each setting or button does. That’s great! But I wanted something more about how people actually use the ScanSnap to get stuff done.
After a lot of testing and optimizing and seeing what works and doesn’t work, I decided to create the resource I wanted and in 2011 I released my very popular Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide.
Four editions and five ScanSnaps later, I’m happy to announce that the Fifth Edition of this guide is available today.
By the way, as with all DocumentSnap resources, all updates have been free. People who purchased the Guide in 2011 have been getting free updates ever since.
Here are some of the changes in the Fifth Edition:
- The examples and screenshots have been re-done with Windows 10.
- Based on feedback, I’ve restructured some of the sections to make things flow in a more logical sense.
- I’ve added a “Super ScanSnap Fast Start” section at the beginning so that you can get up and scanning right away and learn extra tricks later.
- I’ve added a big section about ScanSnap Cloud, which is the ScanSnap’s new feature that lets iX500 and iX100 customers upload directly to the cloud without a computer. (Unfortunately, this feature is only available in North America and Japan at the current time.)
- Various cleanups and edits too small to mention.
Don’t Have The Guide Yet?
If you own a Fujitsu ScanSnap and need a little extra help, many people have found The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide helpful. Take a look at that page for some comments that people have made about it.
I get feedback every day that the Guide has helped readers get started using their ScanSnap the right way, so perhaps it could help you too.
Already Own The Guide?
You should have received an email with the update, which is free as always.
If you didn’t get one, let me know and I will hook you up.
Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the Fifth Edition.