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Fujitsu announces ScanSnap S500M

updated 09:20 am EST, Mon November 13, 2006

Fujitsu ScanSnap S500M

Fujitsu today introduced an enhanced model of its ScanSnap scanning solution: the S500M offers with 20 percent faster scanning speeds, improved automatic paper size detection and a new design that complements the design of Mac computers, according to the company. The single-pass duplex ADF scanner offers a 50-sheet auto-document feeder along with a space saving compact design (only 6.2x11.2x6.2 inches), which is smaller than a laptop computer or keyboard. The USB 2.0 scanner offers dual 600dpi color CCD optical array for scanning both sides of a page as well as automatic color detection and automatic blank page detection and deletion. Additionally, Fujitsu is offering customers the ability to incorporate optical character recognition (OCR) and business card reader functionality into their ScanSnap S500M applications with a mail-in rebate to receive free copies of Readiris Pro v11 software and Cardiris 3.5 software from I.R.I.S. Group ($250 value).

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S500M, which supports Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger, offers scan speeds of up to 18 pages per minute (ppm) for single-sided documents and 36 images per minute (ipm) for double-sided documents.

The new and improved auto-document size detection allows users to automatically scan batches of mixed size documents, reducing operational requirements and improving ease of use. Users can simply drop any mixed sized document batches -- such as receipts or brochures -- into the 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) for automatic detection of page sizes.

Readiris Pro 11 software quickly exports documents into formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and HTML. Designed for speed and accuracy, Readiris Pro 11 can edit, save and share text, while Cardiris 3.5 transforms business cards into editable information and can import contacts from external databases, export contacts to other contact managers and synchronize them.

"Fujitsu has really enjoyed bringing the ScanSnap scanner to the Mac audience," said Victor Kan, vice president, sales and marketing, Imaging Products Group, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "Not only because it has been a successful introduction and gained a nice following from Mac users and aficionados, but also because of the passion the group shows for useful products. Many of them are as excited about ScanSnap as we are, which only adds extra motivation for the document imaging products team to continue to generate quality versions of the scanner. We think the new features and software options on the ScanSnap S500M are additions customers will be excited about."

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S500M is now available for $500 and includes Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard. The company is also offering a mail-in rebate to receive free copies of Readiris Pro v11 software and Cardiris 3.5 software from I.R.I.S. Group, giving customers the ability to incorporate OCR and business card reader functionality into their ScanSnap S500M applications. The mail in rebate form is available online. Additionally, Fujitsu has announced that the ScanSnap fi-5110EOXM will be available for a reduced price of $400.




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