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: At first I thought thing thing seemed too expensive. Though I don't need portability, I was originally going to get one of the less expensive portable sized models like the ScanSnap S1300 , not only because they're less expensive but because they take up less space. However, when I looked up the technical specs I found that the S1500 is still quite small when folded up, and I really don't need to carry it around with me.
The dark days of life without this scanner are over!!
Paul L, Amazon
5 January 2012
Summary: This has got to be one of the most useful products I have purchase in a long time. I was concerned by the comments others have made about the quality of the software that comes with this scanner. I must say I am very impressed with this product and the software that comes with it. I am a software architect and I spend a lot of time thinking about software usability. Maybe they have updated the software since some of the other reviews were written.
Summary: I decided to purchase this scanner once I learned Fujitsu dropped Acrobat 8 and started bundling Acrobat 9 Pro. I've had the scanner for a few days and, so far, am very impressed. The footprint is small when open, and when closed takes up even less space -- overall, it takes up a small area on my desk, so I can have it readily accessible without having to get out of my chair. The one-button push approach to the 1500M is very simple.