As technology grows and provides us with more and more options to organize or work more efficiently, I often feel overwhelmed by too many options. I am also stubborn. When I find something that works, why change it? For example, I own a compact ScanSnap S1300 desktop scanner (since replaced by the S1300i) and absolutely love it. I use it everyday for various paper organizational needs. But I am a designer who also works in a colorful, three-dimensional world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to stick a cool art book into my scanner to capture its inspiring visual brilliance.
Well … in walks the new Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 Contactless Scanner. Yowza.
I must pause here and emphasize the word “contactless.” As in, being able to scan magazines, books, framed photos and grandma’s original recipe book without smooshing covers or pages or having any contact with glass.
At first glance, it reminds me of a traditional green library desk lamp in shape and size. Or, as a huge Pixar fan, I also think of WALL-E’s head and neck. Either way, it is NOT the traditional flip-lidded or printer-looking device. Beautiful aesthetics with satin silver and black design. It comes with all the power and connecting cables, and a handy black mat with rubber underside to provide a nice clean backdrop for your scanning subject(s). Setup took me less than 30 mins. I was instructed to download the Mac software to my computer first, then connect the device.
I jumped right into scanning a fine art book about dragons (who wouldn’t, right??).
1. I place the book between the “LTR” brackets marked on the black mat, pushed the START button, and ScanSnap Manager instantly came up.
2. Cropping options appear, adjust the red dotted line, save and quit. So easy.
Next I tested the double-page spread scanning, which involved the same process as above.
1. After left-side scanning, ScanSnap Manager prompt you to hit “continue scanning” for right-side scan.
2. When you click finish, it pulls up a two-page scan with which you adjust the crops and tell the software where the book spine is located.
3. Here comes the cool stuff. The software then automatically separates the overlapping image areas into 2 different pages. (shown below as page 2 and 3)
4. ScanSnap Page Merger then comes up. You specify which pages to merge and adjust page orientation from the top buttons.
5. Voilà, a beautiful merged file!
With the SV600’s multiple object scanning, it was also just as easy.
1) Scatter elements on black mat.
2) ScanSnap Manager automatically separates the elements into different pages.
3) You correct each page’s cropping and orientation aspects, then save and quit. So darn simple.
I did have concerns, which could also be shared by any other user, about whether using multiple ScanSnap devices would cause any issues, but I’m happy to report there were NO issues. ScanSnap Manager easily recognized which device was being used and went about its functions. I even tried to mess with it by going back and forth from SV600 to S1300 several times and it juggled with me like a champ.
I could go on and on about other wonderful SV600 capabilities, but you’ll just have to find out the rest for yourself.
Below is an overview of some of its features. For more complete details, visit here.
– One button overhead scanning technology
Scans bound material and flat documents
– Scans an A3 size area in less than 3 seconds
– CCD optic with fast LED illumination
– Book curve image-flattening technology
– Erase finger from image function
– Auto crop, de-skew and rotation features
– Auto page-turn detection sensor
– Timed interval scanning mode
– USB 2.0 connectivity
– Searchable PDF, PDF and JPEG creation
– Single scan multiple document cropping function
– Enhance productivity with Fujitsu service and support
The ScanSnap SV600 is amazing. I now have the best of both 2-D and 3-D worlds of scanning however, I am super picky and would have liked a dust cover for the SV600. Its footprint is small and can easily stay on my desk, but I am hesitant to do so without some sort of protective element.
If you’ve been on the hunt for a multi-talented scanner, you won’t be disappointed with this one. It’s a winner!
NCMUG Board Director Amanda Lee Pearson has owned and operated Okini Design for 18 years, offering distinctive graphic design for marketing communication. She also serves as Co-Vice Chairman for the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.