I have yet to actually try the Home software version. From the videos I have watched, it looks okay, although I am not a fan of being forced to use ScanSnap Cloud if I want to scan to any of my cloud accounts.
I have read many posts discussing the limitation in licensing the new version if upgrading from ScanSnap Manager/Organizer. One post seemed to say there is only a single license for upgrades vs five licenses for those who acquire the software with a new iX1500.
Has anyone tried to contact ScanSnap tech or customer support to see if they have accommodations for upgrades? I just upgraded my still working S1500 to an iX500 less than six months ago. Now, I am getting the feeling Samsung is going to retire the iX500 in favor of the new iX1500 in the product lineup.
If you try shopping for an iX500 at any online retailer, my experience was the scanner was either more expensive than the iX1500 or was simply out-of-stock.
On the (somewhat) good new side, for anyone who might want to upgrade to an iX1500, B&H Photo is currently selling it for $419 with no sales tax outside of NY/NJ. (Check state use tax laws for your state.)
Additionally, right now Fujitsu is offering a $50 rebate on new iX1500 purchases. This could make your cost as low as $369.
I still haven’t decided what I am doing yet. I really love ScanSnap, but this pattern of upgrades leaving existing customers out in the cold has got to stop.
There is no reason at all why the Home software should not support the S1500/S1500M. I actually liked the wireless upgrade of the iX500 for my iPad and iPhone, so that was a voluntary purchase on my part…but these purchases should NOT be forced on those who do not wish to purchase a new scanner.
I also would have like to sell my S1500, but this policy has seriously deflated the value of that device on the secondary market.
Below is a link to the rebate form for anyone who may be considering a new iX1500.