Just bought the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M with the idea of getting away from paper and helping to ensure I get through physical mail (which I’m notoriously bad at). It’s day 1 (really day 1/2) and I have two general statements:
- This is a great scanner. Small and compact yet high quality construction. It also does high quality job of scanning and at a high speed (20 pages / minute). This makes me feel very good about the purchase.
- The software that comes with it is VERY basic. Surprisingly so. A few more tweaks here and there and the STP dream would have been much more realized than it is currently. Overall the workflow seems a little hokey and awkward. Too bad as it really takes away from the hardware which is great!
To take point 2 a step further, I must say that the Mac seems to be the forgotten platform when it comes to document processing. A majority of the software vendors only have a PC version and those that have both have very watered down versions for their software. Annoying really. I have VM Fusion so I guess I could run this software but it really kicks my OSX Mojo and adds some annoying complexities into address book management for the business card scanning. As if my ire wasn’t evident already let me just finish by saying the business card software that comes with the scanner is complete shit. I mean it scans in business cards double sided and then has no idea that these images are double sided. Huh? Now you have to manually associate these cards? Actually no … there’s no way to do that either. Dumb asses! Wow.
Usually when things are bad there’s at least one overly priced option that you can break out your cold hard cash and fill in the gap. Not in document processing. Either do it on the PC side or expect to have some compromises built into your workflow.