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Photo Scanners

Does anyone have any recommendations on what scanner to purchase to scan some photos and negatives? Some of the pictures that I want to scan are older than I am and I was hoping that I could scan these pictures and negatives and then use the program called Aperture to fix some of the imperfections on the pictures. The other thing is that the amount of pictures I have to scan are immense. The number of pictures and negatives will be in the thousands. While this seems like an overwhelming task, I want to be able to show my future children all of their relatives that are no longer with us. I don't want to spend a fortune, but if there are scanners that can facilitate doing this quickly I am willing to save up money to make a good investment that can get this huge project done more quickly. If anyone has any suggestions, please post.
posted by nidora on Jan 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Best way to scan books & documents at home?

I need to scan some documents and sections of bound books at home, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do so. If I were only scanning documents, and if cost were no issue, I'd go with the Fujita ScanSnap iX1500. But since I need to scan books as well, it seems that I'll need either a flatbed scanner or a pen scanner. Or possibly a camera with good lighting? But I need the scans to be output as PDFs with OCR, and that's proven difficult with document photography in the past. My priorities are quickness, ease of use (including software), and suitability for documents (vs photos - I don't care about photos). Plus Mac compatibility. Any suggestions?
posted by petery on Aug 27, 2013 - 4 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

Organising ScanSnap output

Scansnap users - details please on how you organise scanned documents ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Bodyscanners are this good?

Is this a real captured-image of human insides? [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Sep 18, 2011 - 12 answers

What high-quality flatbed scanner should I buy?

I currently have an Epson Perfection V30. I'm not too happy about the scan quality. What's a good upgrade? Scan quality is priority #1, low price is priority #2 (the range of $100-$200 is ideal). Don't care about the software (I use VueScan).
posted by danburzo on Aug 12, 2011 - 9 answers

How to scan a notebook's blue gridlines?

I draw and write with a variety of black pens in a Rhodia Reverse notebook. The notebook's paper is gridded with thin bluish lines, which I appreciate to help with ruling, etc., and because I like how the grid pattern looks with my drawings. I'd like to scan the notebook for safekeeping, but find that my scanner will only pick up a fraction of the gridding. I don't know if the gridlines are a true photo blue, but is there any way to ensure that my scans will match how I see the pages? I'm using an Epson Perfection 1660 Photo scanner.
posted by the sobsister on Jan 31, 2011 - 10 answers

How do Airport body scanners work?

At one airport, the scanner always beeps if I pass through without removing my shoes. The same scanner lets my colleague pass without removing shoes. At another airport, our roles are reversed. The colleague has to remove shoes because the scanner beeps, while I pass through without any problems. Both scanners (at different airports within Australia) are the gated type, not the enclosed-chamber sorts. What is going on?
posted by vidur on Jul 28, 2010 - 8 answers

My Epson Scanner is producing weird, noisy, solarized scans of my transparencies. Help?

My Epson Scanner is producing weird, noisy, solarized scans of my transparencies. Help? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jul 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Flatbed scanner for my face?

I'm looking for a (relatively inexpensive) scanner with a good depth of field to scan faces, objects etc. Help?
posted by danburzo on Apr 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Need help implementing a simple barcode system.

I want to implement a simple barcode inventory system, but this has lead to surprisingly complicated questions. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Mar 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find a good film scanner.

I'm one of those film hold-outs. I want a film scanner for for my old and new negatives and slides. But I'm confused. [more inside]
posted by tommyD on Sep 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Has anyone seen a "x"-shaped adf scanner, similar to the one Neat makes?

I'm looking to go paperless, and have been quite impressed by what I've read about the Neatdesk adf scanner. I'm looking for something similar to compare it to(so I don't buy the first thing I see), and I recall seeing some "X"-shaped scanner somewhere in some magazine(Wired is ringing a bell, but I really do not recall), but no amount of Google-fu can help me locate it again. Has anybody seen such a thing? [more inside]
posted by zweldon on Mar 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

How to find a quality film and negative scanner?

Scanning slides and negatives. What level of scanner must I consider to get high res. files from which I can produce sharp, digital prints up to 8" x 10"? Canon offers the CanoScan LiDE 600F for around $140.00 but I'm concerned about the quality of it's scans.
posted by tangyraspberry on Oct 17, 2007 - 7 answers

What Pen scanner should I buy?

I'm thinking of purchasing a pen scanner to use for my research. The Irispen, C Pen, and Quicklink lines seem to be the most commonly used. Can anyone advise me on which one to buy? [more inside]
posted by historybuff on Aug 27, 2007 - 3 answers

What's the deal with my PC's USB ports?

My new HP printer/scanner/copier doesn't want to play nice with ... well, everything. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter on Jul 19, 2007 - 5 answers

How to get rid of magazines while keeping the articles

I'm trying to find a good solution for scanning and cataloging articles in magazines and books so I can get rid of the hard copies, but find the articles easily. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston on May 31, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I make cheap B&W prints?

I need a cheap way of developing and printing black and white film, but I have neither the space nor the inclination to build a darkroom. [more inside]
posted by ganseki on Apr 22, 2007 - 11 answers

Are there new scanners with depth of field?

Are there any new inexpensive scanners with depth of field like the old Hewlett Packards? I would like to scan small objects like I could with an old Hewlett Packard but it's not working with my new Scanjet 4890. [more inside]
posted by cda on Jul 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Cheap medium-format film scanner?

Is there an inexpensive film scanner capable of processing medium-format negatives (120 film, 6x6)? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Nov 20, 2005 - 4 answers

Which scanner should I get?

I'm looking for a scanner at around the $200 range. I would like a flatbed scanner which can take 35mm and 120 film. Problem is, my eMac doesn't have USB 2.0, so many of the nice scanners they have nowadays won't connect to my machine. So, it needs to be Firewire-compatible. With all that in mind, what model should I get? Will I have to go used? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Aug 29, 2005 - 5 answers

But: does it work?

I found this nifty device: it's a pen that scans text and lets you load it up to your computer. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Aug 29, 2005 - 7 answers

Scan color

A question about film scanners. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling on Aug 13, 2005 - 2 answers

SCSI Scanner on OS X

Is there any way I can get my SCSI Lintype-Hell Jade scanner to work in OS X for free? [more inside]
posted by gwint on Jul 11, 2005 - 4 answers

manufacturer reconditioned...

I am currently shopping for a scanner and cordless power tools. I am considering factory reconditioned models. What are peoples experiences, good and bad, with this?
posted by flummox on Mar 14, 2005 - 8 answers

"Oversized"-Art Scanning and Scanners

I often do line art that is 11" x 14" at original size and I cannot work at a smaller size. Standard Scanners are some variation of the 9" x 11" maximum scanning area, and therein lies the dilemma. Looking for recommendations on "medium" / "B" Size scanners or tips on overcoming this issue with a standard-sized scanner and "oversized"-art. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork on Feb 23, 2005 - 9 answers

digitizing old photos

I have a boatload of 35mm and ASP photos that I'd like to digitize. The options I've found are either expensive or insanely tedious... [M.I.] [more inside]
posted by Tubes on Jan 14, 2005 - 12 answers

Which is better scanner or photos?

Is there any benefit to using a flatbed scanner instead of a copy stand with a digital camera to digitize flat art?
posted by alan on Jan 11, 2005 - 8 answers

Where to go for reviews of flatbed scanners?

Where to go for reviews of flatbed scanners? It used to be that I'd pick up PCMagazine or something like that, but I'm looking for something more photo- rather than business-oriented. Do you have any trusted resources, online or off?
posted by owen on Dec 28, 2004 - 5 answers

Easy Book Scanning

Book scanning. I don't like carrying around several pounds of college textbooks with me when I have a perfectly good laptop. I want to create really nice scans of my books, preferably in PDF so I can search through them and bookmark them. I don't want to rip open the bindings. Google looks like they have the ability to make nice scans. There are countless articles on robotic book scanning, and places to send in your books for PDF conversion. I need to be able to do this at home. Buying a scanner and using that is too laborious (scan, preview, adjust, save, flip page, start over, convert to PDF). [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 9, 2004 - 13 answers

Pen scanners experiences & suggestions?

Pen Scanners: Just started grad school and am considering a pen scanner (like this one from C Pen) to store highlighted text from the many, many, articles I have to read. Does anyone have experience with these tools? Are they useful, or just another distracting gadget? OS X Compatibility? Any recommendations or experiences would be appreciated.
posted by aladfar on Sep 1, 2004 - 5 answers

Are sheetfed scanners made any more?

Are sheetfed scanners made any more? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by benjh on Apr 5, 2004 - 4 answers

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