Paper to PDF with Acrobat 8 and a Fujitsu ScanSnap

I recently got my hands on a Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M (the “M” at the end indicates Mac compatibility) and I’ve fallen in love with scanning again! I haven’t enjoyed scanning this much since the day I bought my first flatbed color scanner, but that was back in the day when you spent thousands of dollars for 300 DPI color.

Anyway, what I’m loving about this scanner is that it’s fast and the paper handling rocks. This little guy scans color/duplex just as fast as my black and white laser printer prints! It’s rated at 18ppm duplex (so 36 page images) in color and really chews through stacks of paper with its 50-sheet ADF. I was impressed by a few test scans, but I’m pretty picky and I thought it would be a good idea to put this scanner through a real test.

I recently moved my office and decided it was time to do some housekeeping/purging, and I couldn’t think of a better (and geekier) way to tidy things up than a paper-to-PDF conversion. Amidst conference calls, emails, and various other projects, I managed to scan 35 pounds of paper today. It’s in a big box ready for the recycler in the morning!

35 POUNDS! Gone!

The only thing I’m bummed about is that I cannot directly control the printer within Acrobat 8 Professional. According to Rick Borstein, this is because the scanner doesn’t support a TWAIN driver. Not ideal, but I can live with it because the driver software that comes with the scanner can be configured so that by pushing just one button I can convert up to 50 pages at a time into a single PDF and have it opened directly inside Acrobat. At that point I can just save the PDF or post-process it with some cleanup, compression, or OCR using the features in Acrobat 8 Professional.

Excuse me while I grab another box of paper from the basement….

[Update: Somehow I forgot to mention that this great little scanner includes a license of Acrobat 8 Professional. The scanner is selling for $425US on Amazon. Acrobat 8 Professional retails for about $450US. You do the math!]