|Item Weight||6.6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.3 x 11.5 x 6.2 inches|
|Item model number||FI-S1500M|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||PA03586-B105|
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for the Macintosh
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- ADF Capacity:50 Sheets
- Hardware Resolution:600 x 600 dpi
- Scan Speed: 20 ppm Grayscale 150 dpi - A4 Portrait
- Platform Support: Mac
- Software Included: Cardiris 3.6 for ScanSnap; ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap 4.0 Mac Edition
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Included items 1 USB cable (2.0),1 ScanSnap CarrierSheet,1 Safety Precautions,1 AC adapter,1 Adobe Pro 9,1 Set-up DVD-ROM ,1 AC cable and 1 Getting Started.System & Software Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5.
From the Manufacturer
The ScanSnap S1500M provides Mac users an effective way to greatly reduce paper clutter, storage space, and security risk associated with unmanaged paperwork at home or office. Even better, documents canned by ScanSnap take on a higher level of accessibility and usefulness once liberated into the digital realm. Find out how others are freeing up time, space and even money.
The ScanSnap S1500M for Mac scans up to 20 pages per minute in color, grayscale, or black & white at an uncompromising 300 dpi resolution. Stack up to 50 pages into the automatic document feeder (ADF) and press the "SCAN" button to scan both sides of each page in a single pass. The S1500M automatically recognizes the size of each document, detects and corrects for skew, and shows images in their proper orientation with blank pages removed.
Intelligent Paper-Feed Detection
ScanSnap S1500M for Mac is equipped with a multi-feed detection sensor that can be turned on to help you avoid losing images. What's more, an interactive interface allows users to easily and quickly bypass intentional double-feeds such as a taped-receipt on an expense report or even a sticky note.
Simply load a stack of documents into the automatic document feeder and press the "Scan" button. Capable of holding up to 50 pages in the feeder, ScanSnap S1500M scans both sides simultaneously at a speed of up to 20 pages per minute.
ScanSnap Carrier Sheets
The included carrier sheet allows ScanSnap S1500M the flexibility to digitize large double-letter size documents (A3/B4), photographs, as well as magazine and newspaper clippings. Carrier sheets can be scanned in succession or mixed in with paper documents.
Scanning to the Cloud
The ScanSnap S1500M provides users direct scanning to Evernote and Google Docs, as well as Salesforce CRM and SharePoint Online (for Windows). It also brings two additional cloud syncing functions: Scan to SugarSync and Scan to Salesforce Chatter. Now you can seamlessly scan and save your scanned files to the cloud for fast and easy accessibility from just about anywhere.
Intelligent Features for Nearly Effortless Scanning
The ScanSnap S1500M features a powerful set of automated image processing functions including Auto skew correction, Auto orientation, and Auto color detection. These intelligent features work behind the scenes to help ensure scanned content looks great without effort.
Generate Editable Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Files
Need to make a quick alteration, enhance productivity by scanning paperwork with machine-print back into an editable version with the included ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap software for PC and Mac.
Useful Scanning Software Included
The ScanSnap S1500M comes with the tools you need to get the most out of your ScanSnap. Included in the package are several useful applications that work with Mac and PC:
Cardiris V3.6 (Mac)--With Cardiris business card OCR software for Mac adding and managing contact information is a breeze. Scanned business card info can be edited and then exported to Address Book, Entourage, AppleWorks, vCard and other contact management systems.
ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap (Mac and PC)--This popular OCR (optical character recognition) software lets you scan documents with machine print directly to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional--Create and reliably share PDF documents. Combine files from multiple applications in a single PDF file. Easily create fillable PDF forms to collect data electronically. And apply basic document security features.
Scan to Mobile--With the free ScanSnap Connect app, you can link ScanSnap to an iPad or iPhone for viewing on the go.
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Scanner Type: ADF (Automatic Document Feeder), duplex color scanning
- Scanning Modes: Color / Grayscale / Monochrome / Automatic Detection
- Image Sensor: CCD (Charge coupled device) x 2
- Light Source: White cold cathode discharge lamp
- Optical Resolution: 600 dpi x 2
- Scanning Speeds: 5-20 sheets per minute (depending on quality selected)
- Document Sizes: A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Business Card, Letter, Legal and Custom sizes with carrier sheet
- Paper Chute Capacity: Maximum 50 sheets (Letter size at 20 lb or 80 g/m2)
- Dimensions: 11.5" x 6.3" x 6.2" (292 x 159 x 158mm)
- Weight: 6.62 lb (3.0 kg)
Top Customer Reviews
My ScanSnap arrived a few days ago, and I've scanned several hundred pages. It is absolutely fast, no joke. Another reviewer said it's a paper eater (to denote scanning speed). It really munches on paper quickly. Actually, it is so quick, I spend more time preparing the documents (unstaple, arrange, etc.) than running it through the scanner. Plus, Fujitsu did a great job with the footprint. It is a very small scanner. Just a little bit wider than a sheet of paper, and maybe half as tall as the long side of a sheet of paper. The trays also fold in, so it looks like a small rectangular block when it's all folded in. The sheet feeding tends to be pretty straight. It did jam a few times, but they tend to be on thin sheets of paper. In case of a jam, there is a compartment you open up, just like un-jamming an office photocopier. Overall, I am very pleased with the scanner device.
The reason I gave it an overall 4 Stars is because their software needs some improvements. First of all, there's no Organizer software that provides the added usability of the PC version. If you go on YouTube, and search for S1500M, you will notice they are pitching the S1500 (PC version). In comparing the software capabilities from the video to what I actually got, I really would like the Organizer. As it is, when you press the Scan button on your scanner, it will invoke ScanSnap Manager on your Mac. That piece of software only lets you control what will happen when the Scan button is pressed (Save to a Folder, Send to Word, Quality settings, ...). But, what happens after the scan is not organized for you.
Open the YouTube video address below, then skip to the time 2:10. It talks about Send to ScanSnap Organizer folder. That's not in the Mac version, consequently, the Mac version doesn't get the View, Crop, and Highlight features in ScanSnap Organizer. Why?
Another complaint is that unlike the PC version, the Mac version only comes with Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Pro (PC comes with 9.0), although I think 8.0 is pretty good already.
The Searchable PDF feature is great. The OCR is pretty good. Here's the bad part though, and I think it's related to not having Organizer. To make the scans searchable, you have to turn on the "Convert to Searchable PDF" checkbox in the ScanSnap Manager's "File option" tab. When you load your documents and press Scan, the software will create the PDF, then there's another step to run it through OCR. If you scan in low volume, just a few sheets at a time, you'll be okay. But I scan 50-150 pages at a time. The ten or so seconds to OCR a page adds up to tens of minutes per batch. During the time it does OCR, you cannot continue scanning!!! Believe me, I tried but the Scan button does nothing while OCR is working. That's not good at all. I would rather scan my next batch, then queue up the OCR jobs. That way, I can scan everything now, then go to lunch or leave it running overnight, then it's done when I get back. But with their current setup, you will have to sit by your desk to wait until you can do your next batch. It's kind of like the old days of printing. Can you imagine yourself printing a big document, then being unable to tell MS Word to print the next document until the first one finished? It's kind of like that. Think about it.
Overall, I absolutely love the scanner device. I think it's great. Good job for putting two scanning units to make double-sided scans in one pass. The software is okay. It is missing an Organizer found in the PC version. The OCR is pretty accurate, but when scanning big batches, the OCR process will bottleneck your next batch to scan. If you're like many who are buying a fast scanner because you have many file cabinets of paper to scan, you will find that bottleneck very annoying.
Now, if Fujitsu could fix those limitations for S1500M users, then my complaints disappear and they would deserve a 5 Star rating. If anyone else has similar experience, please add a Note to Fujitsu section in your review. Hopefully Fujitsu will get the idea and work on it.
NOTE TO FUJITSU: Please have a Mac version of ScanSnap Organizer available for S1500M owners. Also, please enhance your software to include a Scan Job Queueing capability, so that people can scan their next job while the software is crunching another job. Kind of like how printing used to be one at a time, but later it could be Queued into a spooler so that users can get on with their job right away. Those would make your scanners unbeatable. Please strongly consider.
* The hardware is really good at what it does: wicked fast, solid quality scanning. I can easily tear through 300-500 pages an evening.
* The hardware workflow deals efficiently with common problems, most notably, reliably detecting & helping you correct when a page misfeeds.
* It folds up into a small footprint on your desk.
* Hardware build quality feels really cheap for a $450 device. Most notably, the paper feed gears are all plastic. Mine already broke in just the first 10 days requiring complete replacement of the scanner.
* It's marketed as allowing up to 50 pages in the sheet feeder, my experience is that it typically can't feed paper unless you go down to 15-20. When I try with more, it makes a horrible noise and jams up. (I'm pretty sure this is what broke the plastic gear.)
Finally, the mediocre software. Speaking as a usability engineer who has also worked in the Mac OS team at Apple, the software interface is remarkably disappointing, especially for a Mac OS app. Saddeningly, most of the kinds of problems I see are ones that could have been cumulatively fixed in just a few man-weeks of a good designer & engineer's time. Here's just a smattering:
* After the first two pages that you scan, the window focus returns to the scan progress dialog. In other words, if you start a scan and go do something else (like surfing the web), the first time you press the space bar or return key, your scan job is aborted without undo, since you've pushed the "Stop" button unwittingly.
* File names can't be saved if you use characters prohibited on Windows (but not Mac). Worse, when you enter the name and it gives you an error (which gives factually incorrect criteria for what characters you can and can't type -- it keeps telling me I can't enter characters that I know I didn't), you lose the entire file name you chose and have to re-create it from scratch.
* The user interface text was clearly written by a non-native English speaker lacking usability or user assistance experience. Buttons and labels frequently even fail to conform to Apple's own naming guidelines. Even though the concepts behind the software are simple, it's often necessary to read the user manual to understand what different functions actually do, because the text labels are so poorly crafted, and rarely relate to the user task at hand. The error messages sometimes are just unbelievable -- I've worked on the design and creation of consumer software for 16 years and I've *never* seen anything this sloppy.
* There's so much low-hanging fruit that could make the software great: why can't it automatically propose a file name based on the first few words of a scan? Why can't the OCR take place in the background, so that you can get your scanning done and do the conversion overnight? (etc)
The documentation is also unbelievably bad: it's not task-oriented, there's factual mistakes where they copied and pasted out-of-date content from the prior model that doesn't apply to the S1500M, it buries the most critical things you need to know in tangents, and is written for an era in which users read a multi-hundred page document from back to back. If I were still teaching undergraduate technical communication, I would use it with my students for comic relief.
All that said, this scanner has enabled me to reclaim my closet and I'm very grateful for it. But it's far from a perfect product, and the flaws are ones that companies have no excuse for perpetuating at this price point, or in this era. Hopefully in 5 years there will be competitors that build fast scanners with reliable quality and well-crafted software -- but this ain't it.