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Brad
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2006-08-01, 08:10

I'm looking to purchase a scanner for cataloging some old photos at home. I don't need anything fancy or super-high-res; I just want something inexpensive to get the job done.

Any suggestions on brands or models?

What software would I use with Mac OS X? I seem to remember using an HP scanner with a Mac at work a year or so ago and I disliked its software.

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2006-08-01, 08:37

Canon makes some nice printer/scanner deals which I swore up and down I'd never use back in the day. I've been pretty happy with the one I got though, was about $100.

If you're just looking to scan photos on occasion it will be great. I use mine all the time with no hassles. MP170.

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2006-08-01, 08:42

I have an Epson Stylus CX4800 Printer/Scanner/Card Reader. Works great, I think it's $99 or something at Apple Store or online. it comes with Epson Scan software, which seems to work really well, and includes TWAIN drivers to use the scanner directly from Photoshop etc.

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2006-08-01, 14:56

I have an older Epson Perfection at home; it's ok for what I use it.
I think you can't go wrong with any Canon or Epson scanner, I didn't use one from HP on a Mac, but if the scanner software is as crappy as their printer drivers...
I also like Vuescan ( http://www.hamrick.com/ ), it works with a lot of brands and models, is available for different platforms, and offers very basic and (too) advanced preferences. but it's not free, it's about 50 $.

If you want to use it for photos, there were some scanners bundled with some light version of professional scanner software like silverfast, and there are also some inexpensive models with a negative and slice - kit, and the quality is much better than scans from the prints.
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2006-08-01, 15:38

I've got an Epson CX4200 (got it free when I bought my iMac). I just use image capture to scan. It does the job. Depending on how many photos you want to scan, you may think about getting one of those high volume dealies. BTW, I'm going to be buying a computer on Friday and getting a printer with it. If you want, I can pick something up that you want and give you a nice discount on it. PM me if you're interested.
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2006-08-01, 16:09

At present i use a HP scanner and agree software is not good. Have used Epson Perfection series in the past, and been impressed with Scans and Software on both Windows and Macs.

I used to be undecided.....But now I'm not so sure.
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2006-08-01, 16:11

We have HP scanners at work and the software just sucks. If we could find any other high volume scanners that were reliable we would buy them, but until then we are stuck with HP.
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2006-08-01, 17:04

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BTW, I'm going to be buying a computer on Friday and getting a printer with it.
Let me guess: tax-free weekend shopping?

Actually, we're planning on getting my wife a new MacBook this weekend and we'll probably be getting a free printer too.

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. Keep 'em coming.

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2006-08-14, 11:46

I've got a Mustek 1200UB.

Haven't used it in a couple of years, and never on OSX. Now I know why, they don't support OSX. Bitches. Been searching around, can't find any other software that will support this scanner either.

If any of you happen to know of any, please let me know. I must have just read thru about a million pages of driver info with no luck. Guess I'm going to have to buy a scanner as well.........

edit: glad I didn't have to redo this post. Firefox locked up when I tried to "post quick reply" to this thread. FWIW

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2006-08-15, 07:00

I just brought out an old Canon LiDE 30 scanner from a dusty cupboard last night. It's super light and thin, my father used to carry it around with his powerbook for work. It still works great and the Canon support site had all the drivers required for TWAIN capturing in Photoshop. The interface is straight forward, no frills no fuss gets the job done.
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2006-08-15, 12:25

I saw an Epson Scanner/Copier/Printer/Fax combo thing in the Apple store Manchester on Sunday. I assume it's fully mach compatible since its in the store. And the best bit... It was 59 GBP

Yes, just 59 GBP!

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2006-08-17, 14:48

I have an epson perfection 4490 and it's great, even came with a free copy of photoshop elements!
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Brad
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2006-08-17, 14:59

Thanks again for the suggestions, everyone. We still haven't gotten one yet, but we do want to get one very soon.

I'm not too keen on buying an AIO device, but if you all think they're good, I might give one a try, even if I never use the printing functionality.

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2006-08-17, 15:26

Brad, here at work, about six months or so ago, we got two Epson Perfection 4490 scanners. They were around $149 each, I believe.

I couldn't be happier with them. The images look great, it's very quiet and sleek (a bit tall and "hump" but a rather small footprint) and it's, hands down, the fastest scanner I've ever used in 12-plus years of using scanners.

I've considered getting one for home, if/when the time came that I needed to.

You can launch it on its own, or from within Photoshop. Nice, simple interface with lots of control and front-end tweakery (if you need that).

Here's a screenshot I just now took of the interface and working area.

I don't know if that helps or not. But you can see that it's fairly straightforward, but that there is plenty of tweakability and advanced features available too, via pull-down menus, etc.

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