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After Fujitsu received one of the last macOS updates quite a debacle and their scanner software was not compatible with the Sierra macOS operating system for several weeks, most users of models such as the ScanSnap iX500 must have been very careful with this year's update to Mojave. I have one too iX500 standing on the desk and the functionality of the scanner was one of the first things I tested under Mojave. I use the scanner several times a day to scan away any documents, correspondence or the like (and later with PDF Archiver to archive). A failure of the scanner for several weeks would kill my desk. ;-)
This time, in principle, a new version was not urgently needed, because the old version of the ScanSnap software also runs under Mojave - however, it has been throwing out the notice for a few days that there is a new version that should be installed. This can be downloaded from the Fujitsu support page for various scanner models of the ScanSnap series:
On the left you set your scanner model, then select the operating system and then press the button on the right to go to a page on which you can start the download. There you will also find a new version of the ABBYY Fine Reader, which I did not load because I am not using the software. To load this, you have to type in the serial number of your scanner.
Unfortunately, Fujitsu has stopped supporting some older models with the new software. If you connect these to the Mac under Mojave, they will unfortunately refuse to work. Fujitsu lists the corresponding models under "Discontinued Scanners":
If you want to buy a new feeder scanner, you should possibly switch to the new flagship, taking into account the long compatibility with new macOS versions ScanSnap iX1500 To fall back on. It's the evolution of the iX500 model that I have. The technology is very reliable, fast and works perfectly on every Mac.
To get a stack of sheets of paper as searchable PDFs into my archive folder on the Mac, all I have to do is open the scanner flap, insert the stack of paper and press a button. The software starts automatically and at the end there is a OCR edited, multi-page PDF in the folder, which is also indexed directly by Spotlight. It couldn't be better.
A second recommendation that I would like to throw into the ring here is the Doxie Go feeder scanner. This is battery operated and works with an app on Mac, iPhone and iPad. You can find a detailed presentation of the various models of the Doxie Go here in Doxie Go article.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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