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Solution to CardMinder data fields, with the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 scanner

I absolutely love the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 duplex scanner. I don’t want to do a review here of either the scanner or much of the software that comes with the scanner, but I need to post the solution to a vexing problem with the CardMinder software used to OCR business cards and then save and sync the data.

The CardMinder software does a pretty good job with the OCR, but it only gets 4 data fields: Full Name, Company, Phone Number, and E-mail [Address]. But what about the other data on the card? such as the Address, or the Job Title, or the Website? There’s a “ribbon” bar that’s supposed to help you add such fields after using your cursor to box the desired text data, but an error message pops up and disappears so fast that it’s impossible to know why it isn’t working. The user manual isn’t helpful, and neither is the support website. A web search merely pulls up lots of people pointing out this limitation/bug.

But, when in doubt, read the Help file. Sure enough, in the Troubleshooting section there’s an answer, and after you check the appropriate boxes, the data fields will be visible (and filled with OCR’d text if present and sensed properly). The answer:

Items for recognition are not shown

Items for recognition are not shown.
Items to Check / Resolution
In the [CardMinder Options (Itemized Records)] dialog box, select the items to be recognized or exported.
Follow the procedure below:

  1. Click in the CardMinder window.
    The Application Menu appears.
  2. Click the [Options] button.
    The [CardMinder Options] dialog box appears.
  3. Click [Itemized Records].
    The contents of the [Itemized Records] are shown in the [CardMinder Options] dialog box.
  4. Select items.
    The check boxes for selected items are shown as .
    The check boxes for cleared items are shown as .
  5. Click the [OK] button.
    Checked items are set to be exported to another application.
See also
  • Changing the Items to Export to Another Application

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