Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tech Tuesday - ScanSnap

Several months ago, I requested recommendations for a new scanner. I was basically looking for a scanner that would do everything, including sing and dance. After evaluating my needs, what the equipment I presently own can do, and shopping around, I ended up with the Fujitsu Scansnap S1300. It arrived on Friday.

What convinced me to purchase this little gem were recommendations from Becky Wiseman over at Kinnexions and Denise Barrett Olson of Moultrie Creek Gazette. While the ScanSnap doesn't "do it all", it does a lot and it does it fast. It will scan any size document up to legal size, 2 sides in one pass, turn it into a searchable PDF and it's portable.

There is a document management program called Rack2-Filer that comes with the ScanSnap that looks like it could be pretty helpful. I just need some time to figure it out. If anyone has had any experience with Rack2-Filer, I'd love to hear from you.

We are hopeful here in the Goodrum household that the ScanSnap can help us tame the paper tigers - genealogy and other! So far I am pleased. I'll keep you posted.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated or in any way associated with Fujitsu. I purchased the ScanSnap with my own money. These opinions are solely my own.


  1. Thanks for this post. I will be in the market soon for a new scanner for my laptop. More portable would be a plus in case I want to travel with it.

  2. Congratulations, Michelle, on your purchase of the ScanSnap!! It is an amazing little machine. Like you said, it doesn't do it "all" but what it can do is great. The Rack2-Filer program must be something they have added since I purchased mine so I can't offer any advice on it's use.

    The ScanSnap enabled me to scan all of my genealogy documents and research papers so that I have them with me on my travels. Wonderful, wonderful!!

  3. Lindalee, There are so many great portable scanning devices now.

    Becky, I have to confess part of my motivation on getting the ScanSnap is so that maybe we can be like you in a few years and travel around! Although I have to say, would prefer Fred and Sue's new cozy travel accomodations :)

  4. Glad to see you and your ScanSnap are getting along so well. I'll be interested to see what you think about Rack2-Filer. I'm s firm believer in a good doc manager, but behind the times in the Windows arena.

  5. I'll keep you posted on the Rack2-Filer.