This week Fujitsu introduced the ScanSnap Cloud service. You can now scan documents directly to popular cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, OneDrive, Google Photos and Expensify.
When ScanSnap cloud is configured, your Scanner scans documents to the ScanSnap cloud where they are intelligently sorted into categories such as documents, receipts, business cards and photos. You then choose where you want those documents to go. For example, you can automatically send receipts to Evernote, photos to Google Photos and documents to Dropbox. ScanSnap Cloud can also be configured to automatically name files. Think of it like Hazel, but in the cloud.
ScanSnap Cloud is available for the iX500 or iX100. You will need to download the ScanSnap cloud software from their site to enable it on your scanners. There is no charge, but you do have to bring your own cloud account to connect which may charge fees depending on your service tier. If you don’t want to use ScanSnap cloud, you don’t have to, it’s simply an additional option.
There’s a lot of flexibility by being able to use your ScanSnap to automatically scan direct to a cloud service. One of the first use cases I thought about is that it may be a way for multiple users to share a ScanSnap by scanning documents to shared Dropbox or similar account. Both the iX500 and the iX100 can be configured to scan wirelessly so once configured you wouldn’t even have to be connected to a computer to scan documents to the cloud.
Brooks Duncan of DocumentSnap has a more comprehensive review on his website walking you through how to setup an configure the service.
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