How to get the Fujisu Scansnap 300M and Evernote Working Together


As I mentioned in my Tools of the Trade post, Evernote is one of the workhorses in my paperless office.  It took me a little while to figure how to get it working seamlessly with my other workhorse, the ScanSnap 300m, because the instructions I found online were a little misleading.  If you go to the Evernote blog, they explain how to use a twain-compliant scanner with Evernote on the mac.  Unfortunately, this is not how the 300m works.  If you attempt to use those instructions, you won’t get to far because Image Capture will not recognize the ScanSnap and just leave an error message up that states “No Image Capture device connected.”

Do not fret though, it is simple to get the ScanSnap and Evernote working in harmony.  The first thing you must do is ensure that you have the latest ScanSnap Manager installed, which you can find on the Fujisu website.  At the time of this post, the most recent version is V22L11 – and I can confirm this version works.  Once installed, you must make a simple change.


With the ScanSnap Manager running, right-click on the icon in the dock and unselect “Use Quick Menu.”  Now you will be able to use profiles, which are a much more powerful way to utilize Evernote anyway.  Now that you have disabled the quick menu, you must add Evernote as an application that the ScanSnap Manager can recognize.  Once again right-click on the dock icon and open up Settings….

In the Application tab, click the Add or Remove … button and select Evernote from you Applications directory.  Once you complete this, click the drop-down at the top of the ScanSnap Manager where it says “Select a Profile:”  In this menu you can add a profile called Evernote.  Make sure the Evernote is selected in the Application drop-down and select any options in the other tabs you require and then save the profile by hitting the Apply button.

This completes the setup portion, now all you need to do is left-click on the ScanSnap icon in the dock and a menu will pop up with all your profiles, select the Evernote profile from the list (which will remain the default until changed).  Now whenever you hit the button to scan on the 300m, it will scan directly into Evernote!  If you have any other Evernote / ScanSnap tips, please drop me a line in the comments below.

  1. #1 by susan on February 8, 2010 - 6:17 am

    perfect! thank you!

  2. #2 by David D on February 22, 2010 - 3:59 pm

    Amazing instructions! Just got the ScanSnap today, and this was exactly the information I needed to work seamlessly with Evernote. For the first time in years, my desk is completely paper and distraction free!

  3. #3 by brianr on March 12, 2010 - 12:21 am

    Just followed these instructions for my ScanSnap S510M and it was flawless!

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