Fujitsu Rolls Out Enhanced ScanSnap for Mac

11.13.2006—Fujitsu today began shipping a new, enhanced version of its ScanSnap document scanner for Mac, the S500M. The new model succeeds the ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM, adding faster scanning speeds and other functional improvements.

The ScanSnap S500M is a document scanner designed for converting paper files to PDFs. It offers a 600 DPI dual CCD array for scanning both sides of a document at the same time and includes a 50-page automatic document feeder. In term of improvements over its predecessor, it now boasts 20 percent faster scanning speeds, up to 18 PPM for single-sided documents and 36 sides per minute for double-sided documents.

Fujitsu also says that the new model offers improved automatic page size detection for scanning batches of mixed-size documents. Other features include:

  • Automatic color detection;
  • Automatic blank page detection and deletion;
  • Automatic paper size detection;
  • Automatic correction for image skew;
  • PDF thumbnail viewing;
  • Integrated automatic document-feed cover;
  • “Always On” Fujitsu ScanSnap Manager software;
  • Bundled with Adobe Acrobat Standard.

With the new model, Fujitsu is also offering a mail-in rebate to get free document management software from I.R.I.S. Group, including Readiris Pro 11 and Cardiris 3. Readiris Pro is OCR software that converts documents into editable formats, including HTML, Word and Excel. Cardiris converts scanned business cards so that data contained in the cards can be imported into databases and contact management software.

The ScanSnap S500M measures 5.9" x 11.2" x 5.7" and interfaces via USB 2.0. It's available now for $495 with support for Mac OS X running on Intel- or PowerPC-based hardware.

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