The best for organizing and OCR editing printed books and pages for a Mac
5 December 2012
Summary: This scanner is the best for quick and several pages scanning and is very easily to operate. The scanned PDF's allow OCR to be able to listen to text or edit. The software also allows compression to maintain file size but still be able to recognize the characters during the scan. If you need a scanner to organize larger quantities of paperwork or be able to use editing/listening of printed text, this printer is the ideal for Mac users.
Summary: I chose the ScanSnap because of the good reviews. I was balking at the price, but decided it would be better to spend twice as much money once and get something that worked, instead of nickeling and diming myself to death buying a less expensive one that did not do what I needed it to do, and buying another less expensive one, etc.... Also, for me, pain is a factor.
Summary: I had 15 feet of paper documents, mostly archived, gradually growing, taking up valuable shelf space. Last year I had to search through all of them to prepare for a legal case, meaning days of reading paper to find each instance of a recurring event. Never again! I chose the Fujitsu because of the large number of happy reviews, instead of a more physically attractive alternate with mixed reviews. I made the right choice. Now I scan in 50 or more pages at a time.
Summary: I can only say that I truly LOVE this device. I have not used anything more simple with major advantages. It is a sheer pleasure to no longer spend HOURS scanning a ton of documents in my home office. The best feature, well I'm not sure what the best feature is because there are so many that are extremely useful! I can say I do love the fact that it scans both sides of a document from the beginning without my having to manually complete the process.
Summary: Had the scansnap 510m for years. Loved it, but after such a long time it started breaking down. I found a cheap way to replace the rotor spring and would have to do that from time to time. Eventually, it didn't make financial sense to keep replacing though. So I bit the bullet and purchased the 1500M. It's a serious upgrade and the feeder seems rock solid.I expect it be a workhorse and last for years. Highly recommended.
Summary: For years I've been using a Fujitsu FI-5015c with Windows XP. It worked great. I've migrated to the Mac (MBP 10.7.4 8GB) and learned that getting a scanner to work properly has been the most frustrating part of the experience. After trying 3rd party Mac drivers I gave up on the FI-5015c, shopped around, saw great reviews for the ScanSnap for use with a Mac, I've used it, and I'm not that impressed. The installation process went smoothly.