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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm looking to go paperless, and have been quite impressed by what I've read about the Neatdesk
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by GernBlandston
on May 31, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -