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Consumer Grade Scanners
« on: December 16, 2013, 10:13:49 PM »
I've been tasked with getting a scanner for my (elderly) in-laws so they can scan as many old pics as they feel like in the comfort of their dining room. Oh joy.

I'm thinking something lightweight, with an easy interface if possible. I seriously doubt they'll do any real retouching or even color correction. If they can at least get decent hi-res scan then I can always go back & do that stuff if I feel like. I do love the Epson Perfection line, but they're pretty hefty and I think have way too many bells & whistles in the software. Not too familiar with Canons or HP, any experience or reviews?
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Re: Consumer Grade Scanners
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 10:26:14 PM »
I have a Canon Pixma MP495 all-in-one printer/fax/scanner. Works OK. Pretty easy. Had an HP of the same before this. It worked OK also.
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Re: Consumer Grade Scanners
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 11:43:26 PM »
I can tell you now you're going to end up scanning old pictures for your in-laws.

Just do 11x17 batch scans on the copier at work during lunch and single them out when you get home, it's for the best.
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So,  :drunk3: i send the job to the rip with live transparecy (v 1.7 or whatever) and it craps out with a memory error.

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Re: Consumer Grade Scanners
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 12:13:41 AM »
1. Not the kind of shop I can do that in, fortunately in this case.
2. My mother-in-law is actually fairly competent so if I can keep the process simple, she'll do fine.

I've narrowed it down to either the Epson Perfection V370 or the Canon CanoScan LiDE 700F, both about the same price point and I think will do fine for their needs right now.

I'll surely be the one setting it up & doing Training but at least I'll be able to see how well it does.
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013, 12:46:58 AM »
I do wish you luck (forealz). Let us know what happens.

Too many times I'm the one who ends up doing scanning, cropping, and color corx so if you don't the beers are on me!
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So,  :drunk3: i send the job to the rip with live transparecy (v 1.7 or whatever) and it craps out with a memory error.

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Re: Consumer Grade Scanners
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 01:09:22 AM »
Epson V330 Photo here. Love it.. Scan interface not too bad. They can go default/dumb, if they want. Not pricey... or, as a waiter in Kalispell, Montana once said when we ordered a halfway decent red... "Ooh, that's a bit spendy". But I digress.
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Re: Consumer Grade Scanners
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 12:01:40 PM »
It might be better for your sanity to send them off to a scanning service. I've seen groupon deals for scanning 1000 photos for $30.

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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013, 01:17:27 PM »
I think it's awesome that they are willing to give it a go on their own. I love it when I see older people embracing computers!
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2013, 02:07:58 PM »
I'm proud of them too. My mother uses her computer only under duress and refuses to learn how to use it. Because of that I now refuse to help her at all as it's a waste of our time.
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Re: Consumer Grade Scanners
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2013, 02:15:33 PM »

I'm proud of them too. My mother uses her computer only under duress and refuses to learn how to use it. Because of that I now refuse to help her at all as it's a waste of our time.
That sounds familiar. I got my Mom a nook last year, so she could take it in to B&N anytime for classes and assistance. She has yet to put one book on it, but she does use it for email because she doesn't like to turn her computer on.

I got her a webcam so she can Skype and see her granddaughter, thus reducing her "need" to travel to "feel included" and "be in her granddaughter's life." She has never called me on Skype, despite me keeping a connection open on phone or Nexus 24/7. It's usually I call her, and then say, "go turn on your computer and I'll Skype you," and then hang up. It's usually followed by a return phone call, "do I have to do anything?" No. You never have to do anything. It launches automatically when you boot up. Just answer the call by clicking on the camera icon. Yet 50% of the time she clicks on the phone icon, and then complains she can't see anything.

Also, I don't help my Mom with her computer because she's a total bitch.
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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2013, 02:24:49 PM »

I think it's awesome that they are willing to give it a go on their own. I love it when I see older people embracing computers!
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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2013, 03:24:34 PM »

I love it when I see older people embracing computers!


I'm in love with a 75 year old shoemaker in Oregon, mainly because he doesn't "get" how to use a computer.
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So,  :drunk3: i send the job to the rip with live transparecy (v 1.7 or whatever) and it craps out with a memory error.

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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2013, 03:28:55 PM »


I love it when I see older people embracing computers!


I'm in love with a 75 year old shoemaker in Oregon, mainly because he doesn't "get" how to use a computer.
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Re: Consumer Grade Scanners
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2013, 04:39:18 PM »

I think it's awesome that they are willing to give it a go on their own. I love it when I see older people embracing computers!


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Re: Consumer Grade Scanners
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2013, 06:29:20 PM »

I'm in love with a 75 year old shoemaker in Oregon, mainly because he doesn't "get" how to use a computer.


He sounds like a peach of a cobbler.
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