Evernote – Using Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner to keep track of drawings and other things not written

ScanSnap S1300My ScanSnap S1300 scanner is probably the thing that I use most with Evernote. There are two choices when you need a portable scanner to take with you, The S1100 is ultraportable and the S1300 has an ADF (Auto Document Feeder) that comes as a part of the scanner so that you can put up to 10 pages in the scanner at one time and it has the potential to scan both sides of a sheet of paper at one time without having to reload the paper a second time to capture the information on the other side of the paper.

The power of ScanSnap is that it has the ability to directly send what it is scanning directly directly into your choice of Notebooks in Evernote. Once the scanned document is in Evernote, all that you need to do is to change the name of the Notebook on the properties page that the output of the scanner will be shown on the screen of the computer the scanner is connected to. To make things a little faster, you can modify the properties of how the scanner works and have it only scan one side of the paper or only in black and white if there are no color images present.

To make things are portable as possible, you have the ability with the S1300 to power it from a second USB port instead of using the AC power supply that comes with the scanner. The trade-off is that the scanner will run a little slower. If you are scanning a stack of papers, then that may not be an issue but something that you need to keep in mind. So far, every time I have used the S1300, I have opted to use the external power supply but it is nice to know that I have a backup power option if needed.

I dont know if it is the scanner or the scanning software, but I have had good luck with scanning on the first try. A few times, I have had problems with the document “slipping” or going into the scanner not exactly straight. During the scanning process, I have noticed that the document appeared to “straighten up” for lack of a better phrase much better than I would have expected. For most of the scans I have used it for so far, I have been able to leave the settings to Auto with the exception of single or double sided scanning and have been pleased with the results.

Having used different scanners over the year, I expected there to be a learning curve. The surprising thing is that I used it without ever reading the manual. The only changes I have had to make is enabling or disabling the function that controls if the scanner is scanning one or both sides of the document that is going through the scanner. There is a profile for each way the scanner can be used (scanning to Evernote, PDF, Email, etc). This is the easiest scanner to use that I have had so far. As with Laser Printers, there are “consumables” or items that need to be replaced periodically to keep the scanner running at the top of its game but most users wont need to do that kind of replacement for a long time and the kit isnt that expensive.

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