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2006-01-08, 19:35

Hi, if anyone knows of a good/cheap scanner for scanning photos...I would only need one every 3 months or so and only need average quality from the scan (so don't want to spend alot of $). I have an eMac with Mac OS X. I looked on cnet and some I found said software not compatible with Mac. Thanks for any help or ideas.
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2006-01-08, 20:31

There are many scanners that are compatible with OS X. You really shouldn't believe anything cnet tells you about Macs. Many of the HP scanners work. I believe Canons do too. If they don't come with native OS X drivers, you can use Vuescan. Good luck.

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2006-01-08, 20:43

May I suggest your optical mouse?

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2006-01-08, 20:45

Get an Epson - they have excellent Mac-compatible software.
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2006-01-08, 22:33

Epson Perfection 3490/3590 should fit the bill.
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2006-01-09, 08:59

Originally Posted by billybobsky
May I suggest your optical mouse?

Dude, that's awesome. It'd be more awesome if you didn't ahve to take apart your mouse, though.
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2006-01-09, 13:50

I have had great experiences with the canon LiDE scanners, they use a new technology which sources the light from 3 LEDs refracted through a prism rather than using a cold cathode. The advantage os this is that there is no warm up time, and it uses very little power, so is power from the USB cable it connects with - it needs no AC Adapter. Their mac software is easy to use, and I have never had a problem. I Have the canon LiDE 20.
The quality is more than adequate, I mostly scan newspaper and magazine documents, but occasionally use it for photos and it is great!
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2006-01-09, 18:02

I'd second the Canon LiDE recommendation. I've only had mine (LiDE 60) for a couple of months, but am very, very impressed so far.
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2006-01-10, 09:02

Yes, I'd also recommend Canon LiDE (25 in my case). It only cost be about £35 - that's about $65 or something. It works really well, more than adequate for the text and picture scanning I use it for. The OCR software it comes with is a bit rubbish, but I've got Acrobat, so I use that instead.
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2006-01-14, 01:41

Canon all the way... small footprint, thin, power via usb, excellent scan quality, plays nice with Acrobat.
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