Solved Seeking advice on purchasing scanner

August 8, 2014 at 09:36:39
Specs: Linux x86_64, AMD8-core
Hi all,

O.S. Ubuntu 12.04 desktop

I'm now running Simple-scan and Epson Perfection 3490 photo scanner scanning photos for posting on website. But I found the quality of images saved not good. I'm prepared purchasing a new scanner to do the job. On shopping I found all scanners coming with printing and faxing features, i.e. a combination of scanner, printer and fax machine. Could you please shed me some light on selecting a new scanner. I have no pre-set budget. But Linux driver available is a must.

Besides Simple-scan is easy to use but without editing feature nor setting brightness, etc. Gimp is too advance for my job. I only need scanning the exact size of the old photos including brightness and color settings. Suggestion would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance


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August 8, 2014 at 15:27:16
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There are flatbed scanners about still; although many people now use all-in-one kit (scan/print/copy and some with fax option too).

I have scanned a range of black and white (older) photos and been satisfied with the results; and also more recent colour again fine results. Printing both up to A4 on occasion (for both monochrome - B&W - and colour) has also been fine.

My current scan/copy/print unit is a Canon mp600r; about 5-6yrs old now I think...

this link goes to a review/discussion on flatbed photo scans etc.:

I found it via this trawl:

Perhaps repeat my trawl:

And also (if dropping the word "stand alone" from the search words/string gives you this:

The problem may be finding Linux compatible kit; although I think some Canon all-in-one kit at least has Linux drivers.

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August 8, 2014 at 20:20:54

Thanks for your advice.

I have been looking at HP Scanjet G3110 Scanner and Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner which are available here and inexpensive. Where can I find reviews on them? Are Linux drivers available which is very important to me.



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August 8, 2014 at 20:44:35
Epson Perfection V330 Linux Drivers -

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August 8, 2014 at 22:55:30

I got it (Epson Perfection V330 Photo Scanner). Thanks

I'm now searching review on it.


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August 9, 2014 at 06:28:00
If all you want to do is scan the photos as they are then I don't think you need a photo scanner. That is, unless they have software that can separate photos when scanning multiple at once. I have looked for software like that unsuccessfully.

Most All In One devices have both flatbed and document feeder capabilities, which I find very useful.

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August 9, 2014 at 07:23:05

I'm now running Epson Perfection 3490 photo scanner which has been used for several years. It still works but I want to replace it with a newer model.

I need not only scanning the photos. For the old photos I need to edit them after scanning otherwise the quality of the image is poor.

I can scan multiple photos at the same time running "Simple-scan". It has a crop feature allowing to separate the photos after scanning and save them to respective image files. Unfortunate no setting of scanning feature is available allowing me to select brightness, color tone etc.

All-in-one device models are now flooding the market. Not many flat-bed scanners are available. I'll try to find a scanning software with setting feature to test my old scanner before proceeding further.



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