March 29, 2014 3:30 PM Subscribe
This seems to be a harder problem to solve than I expected. My venerable Umax Astra 4450 scanner has a transparency cover -- it has a large area which lights up to scan transparencies and such -- but it doesn't have drivers newer than Windows XP. Running XP is less and less of an option these days. So, I'm shopping for a new scanner with a transparency cover...and I'm not having much luck. Suggestions?
posted by AzraelBrown to Technology (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I like the Astra 4450 scanner because it's a regular letter-sized flatbed scanner the rest of the time, and I can scan anything transparent that fits in the lighted portion of the cover (glass magic lantern slides, medium-format negatives) that "negative scanners" can't handle.
In fact, I already have a Kodak scanner that does standard slides and negatives, but my transparency needs are greater than this.
Where did the transparency covers go? It seems like the only thing I get when searching for such things are photo-scanners -- nothing that does a regular sheet of paper.
So, does a letter-sized (or A3, that'd solve a less-pressing problem, too) scanner with a transparency cover -- one that doesn't limit options to 35mm in or out of a slide frame -- still exist?
(Yes, I know "Astra 4450 Windows 7 drivers" pops up a lot of results -- they are all incorrect. I tried. Umax support says, no, there will not be windows Vista/7/8 drivers for the 15-year-old scanner)