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Fujitsu puts Mac and Win in new portable ScanSnap doc scanner

Saturday, February 20, 2010

At Macworld Expo, Fujitsu introduced its new ScanSnap S1300 portable document scanner, which, for the first time, will include Mac and Windows support in the same product. Formerly, Mac OS X and Windows versions were available only as two separate ScanSnap products. This enables an owner to move the 3.1 lbs scanner between a PC and a Mac. The user interface of the ScanSnap Manager scanning software is now the same on both operating systems. (See also this press release.)

The new ScanSnap S1300 is a multi-page, duplex color scanner that can take loads of different sizes at the same time, including long document up to 34" long, such as receipts. Other new features include the Mark Text indexing function: when a user highlights text with a standard highlight marker, the scanner/OCR software will automatically index the highlighted text. A new automatic quality setting will increase the resolution on small documents to enable the smaller type to be readable after scanning.

Also new is the ABBYY FineReader feature for creating editable Word and Excel files. The scanner also supports scanning to email, to a folder, and directly to print.

The ScanSnap S1300 scanner uses Fujitsu's own proprietary drivers instead of the commonly used twain drivers. The scanner includes OCR software, both Cardiris 3.6 for Mac OS X and CardMinder 4.1 for Windows. Both support automated business card scanning that can export to Address Book (in Cardiris) and Outlook (in CardMinder).

The ScanSnap S1300 retails for US $295.

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