Using the ScanSnap iX500 to Scan Images

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Using the ScanSnap iX500 to Scan Images

Scanning is what we are intended to do. Our products are the go-to pieces of scanning hardware and software utilized across many fields and disciplines. From law offices to non-profits and classrooms to personal organizing, you can find a ScanSnap in each space. One area you typically will not find a ScanSnap is in the photography field.

When it comes to scanning and digitizing documents, we can often help and do so to great effect. But, when it comes to preserving printed photographs, it isn’t what our scanners are intended to do. While we openly recommend our products primarily for document imaging, we will add that before you invest in an expensive image scanner that you give either your ScanSnap iX500 or SV600 a long look before opening your pocketbook. Both scanners can do a more than an adequate job of digitizing images and, if you’re using an iX500, we even provide some protection for those images you may be too afraid to damage by passing them through the document feeder – carrier sheets. Carrier sheets allow you to scan delicate documents without causing any damage to both the scanner itself or your document.

With my grandfather’s surprise 90th birthday party approaching, my wife and I volunteered to tackle the creation of a slideshow. Now, the man has lived a long life and the pictures my family supplied ranged in age from a few months old to 80 years old. Ruining any images 30 years old or older was not an option. While I don’t lack any confidence in my iX500, I started this project with a small bit of trepidation. Fortunately, I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Here are a few examples:

Grandpa's 90th - Slideshow Picture 77

Grandpa's 90th - Slideshow Picture 69

Each of the originals came in a variety of shapes and sizes – ranging from A3 to as small as a business card – but the automatic image detection accommodated each photo with relative ease. Since I was dealing with irreplaceable images, the carrier sheet and I became fast friends. Additionally, I should add that none of the images you see here received any sort of post-scan processing. These are the images as they were generated by the iX500.

Grandpa's 90th - Slideshow Picture 73

Grandpa's 90th - Slideshow Picture 40

So, while a ScanSnap may not be the first scanner that comes to mind when you’re trying to tackle a photo-scanning project, it’s clear from these examples that using the ScanSnap iX500 (and a carrier sheet!) can serve as a really great substitute to those expensive scanners built specifically for the singular job of scanning images.

Ryan Lack
Partner, Fujitsu Computer Products of America