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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
1. Non-profit bookstore.
2. Books are donated.
3. Books are priced for $1 or $2.
4. Resellers come in and buy books.
7. No profit [more inside]
posted by Folk
on Apr 22, 2013 -
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 -
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.
posted by chasing
on Apr 10, 2013 -
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.
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 (www.neat.com) but they seem to require a Mac.
posted by tahirh
on May 18, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Looking for a low cost multifunction laser printer compatible with a Mac [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jul 14, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
A professor friend of mine is in the market for a new computer and printer, and has enlisted my help. I, in turn, am hoping to enlist MeFi's help. Do you have any recommendations for me? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Dec 14, 2010 -