Fujitsu Scan Snap S1500 M
Small footprint; easy to use; fast; versatile; customisable; bundle includes Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional
None significant, considering the versatility and price of the scanner
The Scan Snap S1500 M – M for Macintosh – document scanner is surprisingly light and the size of a box of tissues. Install the software, connect the power supply to the unit and the USB to your Mac and you’re operational.
Flipping up the automatic document feeder (ADF) turns the scanner on and lights up the blue-green Scan Snap Manager icon in the Dock. Control-click the icon to access Settings and other menus. Checking the Quick Menu box gives you a choice of four settings – Recommended, Small File, High-quality and Customise.
Load up to 50 two-sided documents into the ADF, hit the Scan button and monitor proceedings in the progress window. On completion a toolbar appears offering you seven destinations for your scan files. Send them to a folder, either locally, on a network or MobileMe; attach them to an email; send them to your printer or to iPhoto; convert scanned text documents into Word files and spreadsheets into Excel, and send business cards to the bundled Cardiris.
If the standard settings are inadequate, uncheck the Quick Menu box and create your own scan Profiles.
The ScanSnap is designed ideally for quick digitisation of large numbers of standard documents. Anything from A4 width down to business cards is fine.
I tested the unit with pages from an old school magazine. Scanning was completed very quickly and I set it to create searchable PDFs using the bundled Abbey Fine Reader software. Perfect results.
I then loaded a handful of business cards and sent the scans to Address Book, where Cardiris did a reasonable job of extracting essential details into the Address Book database.
Australian Macworld’s buying advice
This powerful, compact unit brings the paperless office within reach. It works seamlessly with iPhoto, and from there with Aperture if you wish. Automatic functions include colour recognition, blank page removal, image rotation and paper size detection.
This review originally appeared in the September issue of Australian Macworld magazine.