Older ScanSnap Scanners Get New Life in Catalina with unexpected ScanSnap Manager V7

About a year ago, Fujitsu informed owners of older models of the company’s ScanSnap scanners that it wouldn’t be updating the necessary ScanSnap Manager app to be 64-bit, effectively preventing those people from using their scanners in macOS 10.15 Catalina or keeping many people from upgrading their Mac software without replacing their scanners. That was unfortunate because ScanSnap scanners are expensive and the hardware seems to last just about forever.

Unexpectedly, Fujitsu has now reversed course, releasing ScanSnap Manager V7 with support for the previously orphaned ScanSnap S1500, S1500M, S1300, and S1100 models. Even though they’re not listed as being compatible, ScanSnap Manager V7 also reportedly works with the S300M and S510M, so if you have any older ScanSnap scanner, it’s worth trying the S1500M download.

I recommend upgrading to ScanSnap Manager V7 before upgrading to macOS Catalina.

(Featured image by Adam Engst)