Flatbed Document & Image Scanners:
Looking for a Scanner? A Scanner, like a Digital
Camera, is an Image Capture Device. Do we choose by Brand, Interface
(Serial, Parallel port, USB, FireWire or SCSI), Price or Type (Flatbed +
Transparency or Slide Adapter, Sheet Fed, Hand Held, Slide only, Barcode
or Drum). What we choose depends upon our needs. For the main purpose of
this discussion, we'll focus on Flatbed Scanners and
see where our needs take us. As always, this page will serve as a List of
Brands, News Links and related Scanner Info.
The key to a good Scanner includes:
- Color Bit Depth (48 bit is better than 24 bit
depth) - Higher Number Is Better!
- Resolution (1600 DPI is Better Than 1200 DPI) -
Higher Number Is Better!
- Optical Resolution (Hardware)
instead of Interpolated Resolution (Software).
- Included Software - Get good hardware, however
- A bundle is always nice!
- Balancing Price & Performance With Features
= Value! Even though a Scanner is an Investment, only buy what you
need. Buying anything more is a waste. Scanners are changing too like
everything else with Computer Technologies!
Scanner News & Info:
- Visioneer Strobe XP 100 reviewed by PC Magazine (1/21/2003).
How Scanners Work: Desktop Flatbed Scanners (7/23/2002).
Scantastic! - Flatbed Scanners (7/20/2002).
Magazine Editors' Choice Winners HP ScanJet 5400c; Canon CanoScan
- Top 10 Scanners: Microtek
ScanMaker 4800 (7/9/2002).
Register: UMAX steps up US scanner scam
5 flatbed scanners - Hardware Reviews - CNET.com: Epson
Perfection 1650 Photo Scanner (6/12/2002).
A few scanning tips - Scanner Help - Basics 101
High End Professional Quality Scanner Reviews ONLY!
"How Scanners Work": Focusing On Flat Bad Scanners
Low Cost Micrographics Film Scanner and Viewer: Scan all your
microfilm images directly to your PC. Press one key to print to a
Magazine.com -- How to Buy -- Scanner
Before You Buy a Flatbed Scanner: Watch Out
For Ad PopUps! Ugh!
- Top 10 Scanners: Epson Perfection 1650
Photo Scanner (6/12/2002).
Top Ten Flatbed Scanners:
Large Format Scanners
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CMA - Scanners:
Scanners: DTP Scanner Product Line Discontinued End Of 2001.
Inc. - Flatbed Scanners & Film Scanners: (Formerly Acer!?!)
Epson Perfection 1650 Photo Scanner
- HP - Hewlett-Packard
Worldwide Network: Film Scanners
- Nikon USA:
Coolscan Film Scanners - Professional quality scanners geared to users
at any level, from photographers, to digital artists to pre-press
3D ScanTop Home Page: 3D ScanTop Scanner, MSRP:
- Pacific Image
Electronics: High Quality Film Scanners
Ultimate In Office Imaging:
Professional Film Scanners
and Digital Cameras by IBM in the U.S.:
USA: Microtek ScanMaker 4800
PhotoShop - For Professional Digital Imaging
| Graphics Editor: Express 7.0
- I.R.I.S. -
Leader in multilingual ocr and document management:
- Jasc Software:
Paint Shop Pro - For Affordable Digital Imaging
The Imaging Power Tool
Software and Scanning Tips for the best image quality from your
- The leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions:
Home Of - PaperPort (Document Management) & OmniPage Pro (OCR)
EasyPicture photo editor software:
- Scanner Software:
Translations!: ISIS — Image and Scanner Interface
ISIS: A defacto standard and key enabling technology for
Stands for "Scanner Access Now Easy"
and is an application programming interface (API) that provides
standardized access to any raster image scanner hardware (flatbed
scanner, hand-held scanner, video- and still-cameras, frame-grabbers,
Standard for image acquisition devices: Technology Without
An Interesting Name! REALLY!
Prices - CNET.com:
Foto Club - Scanners On Sale:
PACKARD - Buy HP Computers, Printers, & Supplies ONLINE Here:
Depot Your Online Technology Superstore - Computer Scanners at Tech
Depot (Office Depot)