Last week I received my Document scanner. In an attempt to make my home paperless this is the first step. I’m currently working on a Project Page, trying to capture some of the lessons-learned. This post is more about the scanner itself and the choices I had to make.
Note with paperless, in some cases I mean: “turning every piece of paper into a digital format”. Ideally with paperless you want to make sure that paper is never send to your house ;-). That’s the next step.
What scanner did I buy? The Fujitsu S1500. (approx e 400).
Don’t buy it because…
- It does not support TWAIN or ISIS .
I don’t care about this. The scanner software allows you to automatically generate searchable PDF’s with a pretty good OCR engine. The PDF’s are written to a NAS where they are picked up by the document management software.
- You cannot scan to TIFF image files
I don’t care about this for the reason mentioned above
- Depending on the amount of paperwork that you want to scan, you could pick the S1300 (e 250 vs. e 400) instead of the S1500.
I picked the S1500 because of the huge amount of paperwork from the past years that I want to process. For the amount of weekly incoming paperwork the S1300 (and probably the S1100 around e185, has no document feeder!) would be sufficient.
BUY it because…
- It has a good price for a professional scanner
- I don’t care about USB. Using a Belkin USB LAN hub I can put it on the network
- Paperless = Everything stored as searchable PDF. The S1500 does that in a single click.
Strange. Looking at the 2 paragraphs above it might seem that there’s very little reasons to BUY the scanner ;-). I did and so far I have no regrets. It’s fast, quiet, low power consumption.
NOTE: there are 2 versions of this scanner. The S1500 (e 390) and S1500M (e 490). In case you’re wondering that the difference is: NOTHING. The ‘M’ version has the MAC drivers and Scansnap Manager. Fujitsu: What the hell were you (not) thinking?? Idiots.
For the people that moved from Windows to a Mac and don’t want to buy a new scanner: check this post on how to install the Mac software ;-)
Use it anywhere
To use it anywhere in the house I have connected the S1500 USB scanner to a Belkin Lan USB Hub (F5L049, price: around e 60). OS support: both Windows and OSX.
This is basically an USB extension chord over WLAN. On the PC that needs a connection to the scanner you run the Belkin Connect application. This allows the PC to see the WLAN connected scanner as a local USB device.