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Yes, we had purchased 9 neatdesk scanner at work after raving reviews. They were slow, hard to work and used proprietary software which forced you to also convert files you had already scanned. We returned everyone of them and purchased these, was so happy, I bought one for myself at home. Love it, all PDF standard … see more Yes, we had purchased 9 neatdesk scanner at work after raving reviews. They were slow, hard to work and used proprietary software which forced you to also convert files you had already scanned. We returned everyone of them and purchased these, was so happy, I bought one for myself at home. Love it, all PDF standard files, you can use their system if you want, but I don't. Scans are lightning fast compared to anything else on the home market and best of all, not on jam yet after scanning everything. Its a tough buy since its pricey, but my life is completely paperless and all on thumb drives now, do it, you won't sorry. see less
By chatapuggy1 on January 13, 2014
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Check out the forums over at Evernote before buying the Evernote edition. It is very difficult to tell from the promotional materials, but the Evernote edition DOES NOT include the full functionality available with the standard iX500. The software is tied directly into Evernote and the Evernote edition will not work wi… see more Check out the forums over at Evernote before buying the Evernote edition. It is very difficult to tell from the promotional materials, but the Evernote edition DOES NOT include the full functionality available with the standard iX500. The software is tied directly into Evernote and the Evernote edition will not work with the standard ScanSnap manager. You can still scan directly to Evernote with the standard iX5000. I can't figure out why anyone would buy the Evernote edition if they actually understood this. I use Evernote extensively but I think they are hiding the ball because I have not been able to find a clear comparison between the two explaining this. I bought the iX500 regular edition and could not be happier and have no issues sending documents to Evernote or any other program I want. see less
By Courtney H. Bailey on December 21, 2013
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Yes, but it depends. And Yes, maybe.

RE: scanning photos. Yes, the scanner can scan photos, but that's not what it is designed to do. For the best quality scans of photos, such as to make a family photo album or to use in printed brochures (which have the highest quality requirements), you'll need a professional-qual… see more
Yes, but it depends. And Yes, maybe.

RE: scanning photos. Yes, the scanner can scan photos, but that's not what it is designed to do. For the best quality scans of photos, such as to make a family photo album or to use in printed brochures (which have the highest quality requirements), you'll need a professional-quality flatbed scanner, such as the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner [ http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=B11B178061 ]. This type of pro-graphics scanner has the optics and software to capture fine detail and color accuracy. There are many more models and brands, this is just an example that I've worked with.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap is an office document scanner. Using it to scan photos would be like using a small MiniCooper car to move a household instead of a moving van. They're both vehicles that can haul stuff, but moving an apartment down the block is very different from moving a 4-person household across the country. Choose the right tool for the task.

The ScanSnap is great for scanning office documents. Fast, easy, accurate. It's only so-so for photos.
A flat-bed graphics scanner is great for scanning photos. Fast, accurate, detailed. But it's a royal pain to use for office documents and very slow, cumbersome for that type of scan.

RE: harming the photo.
Office document scanners like the ScanSnap have a hopper that holds one or more pages (or photos). It grabs each page, feeds it across an optical source that scans it, and passes the page into an output hopper. Therefore, it grabs the edge of each item and moves it along a path. There's always the chance that it will a) jam the item when it's inside the path, b) scratch it as it's passed along the path, or c) misfeed the item so that the scan is skewed or stretched out of shape.

Suggestion: if I wanted to scan a few ordinary family photos to post on a website (which has low quality requirements), then I'd use the ScanSnap. It's adequate for that.

But if I was trying to digitize historical, irreplaceable photos for a family library or to print in a book, then this is not the solution. You need a pro-quality graphics scanner to do that adequately and quickly. see less

By DesignerOne on February 6, 2014
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This scanner is PERFECT for home use, receipts etc. That is exactly what I use it for. I'm a secretary and have used hundreds of office machines and this one is tops. You will NOT regret this purchase. I scanned 7 years of tax records, 2 filing cabinets of documents and now when I have a receipt, I drop it in my scann… see more This scanner is PERFECT for home use, receipts etc. That is exactly what I use it for. I'm a secretary and have used hundreds of office machines and this one is tops. You will NOT regret this purchase. I scanned 7 years of tax records, 2 filing cabinets of documents and now when I have a receipt, I drop it in my scanner and thru wifi, the receipt is safely saved digitally and then I shred it. Good luck! see less
By QView32 on January 25, 2014
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It will scan anything you can run thru it
By Bob Edwards on October 3, 2013
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Terrific for business cards... I have even scanned my drivers license (thick, laminated card) with NO problem.
BUT, the BEST part is the software that comes with it for managing business cards: CardMinder. You can stick a stack of business cards (not too many at once, depending on how worn they are, 10-20) and it will… see more
Terrific for business cards... I have even scanned my drivers license (thick, laminated card) with NO problem.
BUT, the BEST part is the software that comes with it for managing business cards: CardMinder. You can stick a stack of business cards (not too many at once, depending on how worn they are, 10-20) and it will scan them all, save the images, OCR the information, and create an address book WITHOUT USER INPUT. It does a mighty respectable job of that; it actually kind of amazes me how it figures out which is the company name, which is the person's name, address (including zip as a separate field), phone number, ... I am a computer geek and I was very impressed the first time I tried it. see less

By Longtime computer professional on September 12, 2013
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I only use it with a Mac and it works great. I have scanned photos and it does very good quality (especially with carrier sheet) but still not as good as a digital photo and not quite as good as a flatbed. Hope that helps
By Paul on February 10, 2014
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Yes, it will, but before that you'll need to connect it to a computer to set it up, easy and straight forward.
By Howie on March 10, 2014
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Yes, and here is a link showing how to do so: http://scansnapcommunity.com/tips-tricks/1255-can-i-scan-documents-into-quickbooks-using-scansnap-and-papersaveplus/
By Amazon Customer on April 24, 2013
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Don't let everyone confuse you, Cynthia. Yes, as you've figured out by now, the scanner works on a MAC as well as a PC. People are confusing two different software apps, though. There is a ScanSnap Manager and a ScanSnap Organizer. The Manager software is available for Mac and PC and it is the app that runs from your … see more Don't let everyone confuse you, Cynthia. Yes, as you've figured out by now, the scanner works on a MAC as well as a PC. People are confusing two different software apps, though. There is a ScanSnap Manager and a ScanSnap Organizer. The Manager software is available for Mac and PC and it is the app that runs from your dock or desktop or applications to actually select a profile and manage the operation of the scanner. The other software is the Organizer app, and it ONLY works on a PC - there is NO Mac version of this app. It lets PC users scan documents directly into the app and manipulate and store the documents in folders inside that app. see less
By Dr. Dave on July 23, 2014