ScanSnap IX500 trick... We've been paperless here for a few months now, thanks to our ScanSnap IX500 scanner and DEVONThink software. In general, I've been very pleased with the arrangement – and with a few month's practice, all the steps now seem very easy and straightforward.
There's one little thing, though, that's been driving me slightly crazy: long receipts, such as those giant ones from the grocery store, or the Home Depot receipts with a book's worth of text printed at the end. The scanner would stop after about 18" of receipt, reporting an error. That happened to me for a half dozen attempts until I realized it was simply the length. After that, I started cutting the longer receipts into short sections (never needed more than two), and scanning them separately. But it was a pain in the neck!
A few days ago, after suffering through another of those, I decided to Google the problem. Wouldn't you know it? In seconds I found a ridiculously simple solution. Here it is: instead of just clicking the blue button on the scanner to start the scan, hold it down for a few seconds until it blinks, then release it. That's it! This morning I scanned a 31" long receipt, with no issue at all.
I have no idea why Fujitsu decided to make that a special mode on the scanner. You'd think that decision could be automated. But there it is. The solution is simple enough, and works great...