Fujitsu SV600 ScanSnap Document Scanner
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- Speedily and intuitively create searchable PDF files
- Contactless overhead document scanning solution
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- Software for WIN & Mac OS (by download)
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Scansnap SV600 document scanner Contactless overhead document scanning solution; Format A8 up to A3; Document thickness up to 30mm; USB 2.0 (cable in the box); Software for WIN and Mac OS (by download): CardMinder, Quick Menu, ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap; Software for Win OS only: Organizer, Rack2-Filer Smart with Magic Desktop, Acrobat XI Std.; Black Background desktop pad included
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The SV600 is proving very useful for documents that are too large or too stiff to go through a sheet feeder and, above all, for books. The ability of the scanner and the accompanying software to straighten scans of books, even where there is a deep crease near the spine, is most impressive.
One thing that concerned me before I bought the scanner was that the maximum thickness for books was specified to be 30mm, however I have been able to scan books up to about 50mm thick satisfactorily.
I have also found that the scanner is able to scan documents considerably larger than A3. The specification indicates a maximum of 432mm x 300mm. However I have been able to scan documents slightly over 470mm x 340mm.
I briefly tried the finger-removal facility but found it too cumbersome. Instead, I have found that it is very useful to hold a sheet of glass down over the book (to hold it in place and to reduce the curvature as much as possible) or document (to flatten out any creases). The glass I have is about 500mm x 380mm x 3mm. This seems to do the job effectively. I found that setting a pause of 5 seconds between the completion of one scan and the start of the next in practice allows enough time to lift the glass, turn the page and put the glass back down again.
I have encountered a slight drawback with the software. After you have finished scanning a batch of pages you are asked to choose whether to work with the flat image "as is" or whether to work with it as a book in order to straighten the curved image and, if desired, to split left and right pages into separate images. The problem is that if you inadvertently choose the wrong option there seems to be no way to go back, so you have to start the scan again. If you have just scanned several pages of a book this can be rather annoying!
About a week after purchase I encountered a problem with the automatic update of the software. I found Fujitsu's UK telephone support staff to be extremely helpful.
Its quick to scan and the menu is great with easy options like scan to pdf, scan to powerpoint etc We can even scan straight into Evernote which is really handy as all the images are then available on our phones and tablets. It has a function that will scan multiple business cards and upload them straight to outlook - perfect for when we are exhibiting.
I wouldn't say that this is a replacement for an ADF scanner but rather something to have as well for those who scan irregular or delicate documents. Anyway its really easy to use and comes with all the relevant software and that makes it perfect for us.
So I did some experimenting....
For a start, scan in low light. Draw the curtains !
The scanner itself is fast and great quality but the automatic software can't be trusted. So I turned all the auto setting off except auto doc size - which does work flawlessly.
Thanks to the large depth of field, I found you can place a layer of sponge underneath the mat that is supplied with the scanner. This helps to allow magazines and book content to rest flatter with the spines sinking down into the sponge.
The next bit was to aquire a large price of toughened glass to lay over the whole scanning area. This is 5mm thick and weights down originals so they are flat relative to the scanner. The glass is invisible to the scanner too....no reflections or anything are picked.up.
I then got books where the text was fine but images distorted horribly.I found another auto setting - to straighten text - hidden away and unchecked that.
And that was it. The scanner actually scanned reliable and accurate scans that were identical to what I was seeing. No more distortions. ....just great scans.
I'd have given it a one star but having switched off the fancy features ironically I've got a great scanner that was well hidden and about to get ebayed.
It's fast too. The timed scan feature. Is great and I'm steaming through loads of scans quickly and accurately.
Keep trying and don't give up,
Generally I feel the hardware is excellent, however the software leaves a lot to be desired. It would have been nice to have a Linux driver, as SANE does not work with this scanner. Other faults include the fact that it is an extremely tedious process to remove fingers from scans and the software does a terrible job of correcting wavy text. Due to these problems I have had to resort to 3rd party software. For the removal of fingers I use the free open source software Scantailor and for cleaning up wavy text I use either Omnipage of Abby. I don't mind using 3rd party software; however the scanner is extremely handicapped by not saving in an uncompressed format such as TIFF or PNG. This means that there are inevitable quality losses when editing the JPEG files. Not having an option to scan in a lossless format is unacceptable for a scanner of this price (Even my cheap £50 scanner has a lossless option) If it was not for this failing I would have overlooked some of the other problems and given the scanner 5 star.
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