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What to do with random cables and obsolete computer equipment?

I'm helping a buddy clean out his basement before renovating. We're finding a lot of miscellany including a large storage container of random cords and cables for electronic equipment. Also unearthed in the pile of boxes has been a scanner and inkjet printer from at least 10 years ago. What are the best options for dealing with this stuff? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by adapt on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for a bare-bones color scanner

We're looking for a color scanner with minimal extras -- we just want something that will allow us to scan documents and produce a PDF. We do not want a printer (as those often won't allow scanning if the ink runs out), we do not need wireless functionality, we're not going to use it for photos, and we prefer actual buttons to touch screens. Ideally, we'd like both a feeder and a flatbed option, but that's not required. [more inside]
posted by cider on Aug 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Replacement for Scansnap S1500

What is a good substitute for the Fujitsu Scansnap S1500M? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Aug 15, 2014 - 2 answers

What is the best printer/scanner for Macbook Pro and PC?

After exclusively using PCs for the past 20 years, I just purchased my first Macbook Pro (OS X Mavericks)! I am now looking for a color printer/scanner that will be compatible for both the Mac and a Toshiba PC (Windows 8.1). [more inside]
posted by ainsley on May 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Scanning transparencies

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? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Mar 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Portable scanner feeder, any ideas

Does anyone have any idea for a portable scanner feeder? [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Mar 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Portable document scanner, for long documents

I am looking for a portable document scanner that will scan longer than legal size pages. [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Feb 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for Scansnap Gurus

How can I resize scans as I go? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

What is the best flatbed scanner for a biological laboratory?

I am in charge of buying a flatbed scanner for my lab. I am looking for a stand-alone scanner — as in, no connected computer required. Ideally, we would push a button on the scanner and then the image would be loaded directly onto a USB stick. (I have no idea what to call this type of scanner, which makes make using the Google difficult.) Also required: at least 200mm x 200mm size, and not a document-feeder type of scanner (as we will be using this for petri dishes). Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Jan 28, 2014 - 11 answers

Integrating receipt scanner with Sage 50, Canadian edition

My husband and I have a small consulting business. I would like to scan all our receipts and then download them into Sage 50 so as to save time when doing our monthly accounting. Do you have any experience doing this? What hardware/software did you use? Did you have to do anything special to be compliant with the CRA? [more inside]
posted by angiep on Dec 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Wireless Barcode Scanners w/ on-board memory

I need to (with some urgency) select a wireless barcode scanner that our inventory guys can use to grab codes from a pallet of worth of small boxes. It's got to operate without a constant USB connection, and preferably store the scanned codes locally on the scanner for later transfer to a laptop (USB for that later transfer is fine). Has anyone got similar devices working right now that they're happy with/happy to recommend? I'm in Canada, so bonus points if Newegg or similar sells it up here.
posted by Kreiger on Oct 7, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I disable the hardware buttons on my CanoScan LiDE 600F scanner?

I'd like to completely disable the hardware buttons on my CanoScan LiDE 600F scanner. I never use them, and they are constantly getting pressed accidentally. May need a registry hack. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Aug 18, 2013 - 8 answers

scanner with document feeder, b/w images encoded as GIF or PNG or equiv.

I need to scan a bunch of documents that are mostly simple black/white or grayscale text, lines, etc. I'm probably going to just buy a sheet-fed scanner, and I'd like recommendations for that. I'm hoping for a solution that will automatically generate PDFs with the included scanned images encoded as GIFs or PNGs or similar, since they will mostly be black/white or grayscale, which compresses much more cleanly with these formats. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Sweet spot for scanner price + quality?

I need to buy a scanner that can handle photo prints (up to 8.5x11") and also 35mm slides and the occasional glass plate negative, and I'm bewildered by the number of options. Does anyone have a good amount of experience using a make/model for this kind of work that they can recommend? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Taking the Records With Me When I Leave

Looking for recommendations on digital cameras, flatbed scanners, and associated technology for use in digitizing written documents during archival research.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Aug 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Streamlining the scanning of a bunch of photos

I have a box of several hundred old photos that I would like to scan in relatively high quality and in an efficient manner. What would be the most ideal hardware/software combo for OS X? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Free or Low Cost OCR Solutions?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a free or low cost solution that will let me scan to searchable PDF using OCR? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Android Document Scanner

What are your opinions on Portable Document Scanners for my Samsung Galaxy III phone? I am new to the Smartphone crowd and find the descriptions of the scanners available in Google Play lacking. I need to be able to scan old newspapers and other print media of similar quality. I am hoping for sufficient resolution to convert PDF scans to Word in ReadIris Pro 12.
posted by Raybun on May 2, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I price books using the benefits of technology?

1. Non-profit bookstore. 2. Books are donated. 3. Books are priced for $1 or $2. 4. Resellers come in and buy books. 5. ??? 6. ??? 7. No profit [more inside]
posted by Folk on Apr 22, 2013 - 40 answers

best iphone scanner apps?

I have a lot of vintage paper. Photo albums, fashion magazines, random ephemera-- and a lot of it can't go in a flatbed scanner. I found an iPhone app called SmartScan that lets me photograph pages and corrects for tilt, but the resulting scans aren't as high-quality as my iPhone 5 is capable of. There are a ton of scanner apps out there, but I want the one that lets you capture the highest-res images. Any recommendations?
posted by nonasuch on Apr 16, 2013 - 9 answers

A good document scanner for business and tax docs?

Dear collective intelligence that lives inside my web browser: I'm looking for a good document scanning and organization solution for my business. Tax docs are getting lost. Bills are getting overlooked. It's a mess. I'm a digital person and sheets of paper just get totally ignored/lost. I use Evernote a little bit, and they recommend the SnapScan line of scanners from Fujitsu. Which look pretty decent. Portable is nice. Anyway, does anyone have any such experiences/recommendations they'd like to share. Thanks!
posted by chasing on Apr 10, 2013 - 18 answers

All-in-one printer/scanner/copier/fax recommendations ?

March 2013 edition ! A non-profit that I volunteer with is looking to buy a new all-in-one machine to do its printing, scanning, copying, and faxing for its office. Non-profit uses windows. Initial budget is $300-500. Other pluses: Dual-sided printing Most of the printing will be in b&w but will occasionally need to print in color (not for photos but for small logos on flyers, etc). What should I recommend to them ? Laser ? Inkjet, no right ? They'd rather not since space is at a premium there.
posted by fizzix on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

I seem to ask a lot of questions about photos lately

Can you recommend some scanning software for me? I need to scan a whole bunch of older photos, and I'd like to do it relatively quickly. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Best practices for scanning slides

My Dad has a collection of nearly 12,000 35mm slides, which I want to digitize. They've been out in the garage for years, and many of them are 30 to 50 years old. I'd like to make them look as good as possible after scanning. Early results are not what I'd like. [more inside]
posted by zompist on Feb 10, 2013 - 14 answers

bulk slide scanner for a mac - without breaking the bank

I'd like to buy a bulk (i.e., 20+ in a stack) slide scanner that will work with recent-model (usb/firewire/thunderbolt) macs. I see prices ranging from $1200 for used Braun scanners, to some real cheapies that look like a mistake waiting to happen for under $200. What's in the middle? Most of the used Nikons in the $500 range on ebay are SCSI only; I'd love something that works with current hardware (i.e., NOT SCSI) and has a pretty wide gamut - something approximating the RAW quality I get from my digital SLR. Is there hope for me?
posted by luriete on Jan 30, 2013 - 4 answers

High-Tech Handheld Scanner

I'm trying to find something I think I saw on TV: a handheld document scanner which requires no contact? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jan 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Solution to OCR many bank statements into excel

Need to get data from hundreds of pages of bank records into a spreadsheet. We have a scanner with a document feeder, but would love some recommendations on software/workflow ideas. [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Sep 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for scanner suggestions

My Doxie Go scanner (and Eye-Fi card) got boosted, and I need to replace it. I was happy with my Doxie, but before buying another, I'd like to see what other options I have, and I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Aug 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Wondering if a new S1500 scanner is worth the expense

Document Scanning -- I have a fairly old Fujitsu FI-4120c scanner I use for scanning double sided documents. I'm wondering whether a newer S1500 is worth a buy? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Aug 15, 2012 - 11 answers

DIY document imaging

How can I convert a color or greyscale scan from a flatbed scanner to a reasonably high quality black and white image, comparable to what a high-end copier would produce? [more inside]
posted by pla on Jul 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Fast Flatbed Scanner with SMTP/Exchange integration

I am looking for a Fast Flatbed SMTP/Exchange integrated Scanner. It should work as a stand-alone device i.e. networkable (so not attached to a PC) and email scans ('scan to email' so digital copies of receipts can go into an expense system) and be easy to use. It should have SMTP/Exchange/AD integration completely so it should be possible to Email to multiple email addressess if necessary. Money is not an issue but it should have fast and responsive scan times. I am really looking for recommendations especially from people with experience with enterprise ready Flatbed scanners in SME business environments. Something sturdy and reliable. Thank you.
posted by tahirh on Jul 8, 2012 - 3 answers

A Receipts Scanner needed with 'scan to email' functionality

I have been asked to find a receipts scanner. It should be able to work preferably as a stand-alone device (so not attached to a PC) and email receipts to an email address ('scan to email' so digital copies of receipts can go into an expense system), cost a few hundred dollars and be easy to use. So far I am not having much luck - there is the Neat scanners ( but they seem to require a Mac.
posted by tahirh on May 18, 2012 - 6 answers

os x lion compatible scanner

Looking for a decent flatbed scanner compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) under $100. Will be scanning mostly photos but some documents and drawings as well. Available at Amazon preferably. [more inside]
posted by 6550 on May 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Please recommend scanning software for my Fujitsu fi-6130

I have a Fujitsu fi-6130 ADF scanner that I get to keep at home as long as I occasionally use it for work stuff too. I need software recommendations. [more inside]
posted by dogmom on Apr 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for a non-aggravating scanner.

I need a new scanner, and would like to get a decent flatbed, but I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by lkc on Apr 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Best 11x17 copier/scanner/printer (standalone, not tabletop)?

I'm overwhelmed by the task of finding a 11x17 copier which also scans and prints. I'm looking for a reliable product -- and willing to spend the money -- but I don't know where to start. Geeky details-- [more inside]
posted by high5ths on Apr 12, 2012 - 7 answers

AIO that prints and scans both sides

Duplex-scanning colour AIO: Epson WorkForce WF-7520, Canon PIXMA MX892, or ... ? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Apr 11, 2012 - 6 answers

A non-crappy printing solution.

Best home-office printer for an artist/graphic designer? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Mar 5, 2012 - 7 answers

OCR solutions?

Looking for hardware/software that will scan a physical form with handwritten fields and generated accurate delimited text with it. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Smart-er wireless barcode scanner?

Need to find a wireless barcode scanner that can either do simple logic on its own or have a computer tell it if the barcode it just scanned is correct or not. [more inside]
posted by prggr on Oct 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Fujitsu ScanSnap 300m refuses to feed paper.

Why won't my Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M pull in sheets of paper anymore? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Aug 20, 2011 - 7 answers

There shall be only one

I need a new all-in-one machine that is PC and Mac compatible, good for networking, can handle faxes with multiple ring, copier, flatbed scanner, multiple cartridges of paper, ink doesn't cost a million dollars, and is really sturdy. I'm willing to spend up to $500 but I want it to be good quality. Personal recommendations?
posted by bq on Aug 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Kinkos can't do it for me.

What kind of printing service do I need to digitally remove writing on matting around a photo? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Aug 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for a cheap multifunction laser printer for Mac

Looking for a low cost multifunction laser printer compatible with a Mac [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me pick a large(r) format flatbed scanner

I'm planning to buy a new flatbed scanner, and the decision about which one to get is going to hinge on some fairly picky details that don't usually show up in "consumer"-level reviews. If you have hands-on experience with flatbed scanners with larger-than-8.5"x11" scanbeds, preferably models that are still available at retail, can you help? [more inside]
posted by Lazlo on Jul 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Which scanner should we use for slides?

My museum is about to set off on a big slide-scanning project. After finding out how much it would cost to outsource the scanning, we've decided to just buy a higher-end scanner and throw an intern at it. I'd like some guidance as to which scanner to buy. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Jun 29, 2011 - 25 answers

Peripheral needs - printer/scanner/copier

I'm looking for a home office solution for B&W laser printing, scanning, copying (in approximately that order of importance, with the ability to fax coming in a very distant fourth). I'd like to spend less than $350. Network connectivity nice but not critical. Pony optional. Suggestions? Am I doomed to a choice between an endless string of near-disposable crappy all-in-one desktop models and far-out-of-budget business class maintenance contract solutions?
posted by rmd1023 on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

A scanner for art

"Anyone have any recommendations for a normal-sized scanner that is good at scanning artwork? All my stuff is small, so no need for huge." (Asked for a friend. Reposted as the last time asked was apparently a couple years ago.)
posted by Ardiril on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

New scanner, same settings, PDFs 4x bigger. WTF?

New network scanner/copier. Scanned files (PDF) are 4x larger than old model for same settings. What? Why? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Mar 23, 2011 - 9 answers

A Scanner (not too) Darkly

I've got 50+ rolls of slide film that I want scanned. I have a film scanner. What software should I be using to do the scanning? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Mar 4, 2011 - 6 answers

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