Did you buy a Flatbed Scanner recently?

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  1. camelia

    camelia Registered Member

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    Hello,

    Please Recommend a Flatbed Scanner, Not very expensive

    Now I design websites!!!

    Please Recommend a Flatbed Scanner, Not very expensive, Windows 10, macOS Big Sur compatible

    If you have a good recommendations, could you please share the link from Amazon
    Just to give an idea about the model and price $$$

    Not All in one hardware

    Please keep in mind that I do not live in the United States, I live in Mexico and some store here does not have the same product, but I can always buy a similar item in Mexico

    Thanks
    Camelia
     
  2. Bill_Bright

    Bill_Bright Registered Member

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    I realize you said you don't want an all in one but if on a budget, that may be your best option - or rather, you may have many more options to choose from if you go with an AiO.

    It really would be helpful is you posted your budget too.

    Also, what size?
     
  3. camelia

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    What does AiO.mean?

    Maximum $350US

    Legal size

    Camelia
     
  4. hawki

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    "All-In-One"

    Printer, Fax, Scanner
     
  5. digmor crusher

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    $350 is a very healthy budget just for a scanner. You could find numerous printers for under $150 that include scanners. Just go to Amazon and look at the top rated printers/scanners within your budget. I would suggest a printer AIO as thats probably your best bang for the buck. And realistically probably no one here has much experience with printer/.scanners anyways.
     
  6. Brummelchen

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    No one need a scanner at first to build websites. And you need to be more tech-savvy. Do you have a personal guide?
     
  7. imdb

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    what do scanners have to do with website designing? am i the only one here who doesn't get it?
     
  8. Buddel

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    No, you're not alone. Anyway, I have always used reasonably priced AoIs and have never felt the need for a separate flatbed scanner.
     
  9. hawki

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    Uploading hand-drawn designs, sketches, old print photographs, documents or natural objects such as leaves to create digital art
     
  10. imdb

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    i'd think so if she'd not said this:
     
  11. Bill_Bright

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    Just to make sure we are all on the same page, "legal" size paper is 8.5 × 14 inches or 216 × 356 mm. Most budget scanners and AiO printing devices support standard "letter" size which is only 8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm).

    So if support for "legal" size paper is needed, that will likely require a larger budget. $350 is still a generous amount.

    Much will depend on what other features you want. For example, color or grayscale, automatic paper feed, duplex paper handling and more.
     
  12. camelia

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    :-*

    I need to scan old Mexican magazines, old Mexican stamps and old Mexican newspapers ads for my website

    I can not take a pic of them with my smartphone :p

    Yup you are right :)

    Came
     
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  14. Brummelchen

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    why not? modern phones have nice resolution, and in case of quirks shots you can correct them with photoshop or any other graphics program with a similar feature. a scanner dont remove the folding lines of a paper. whatever.

    for the AiO - i own separate devices, never an AiO (all-in-one device: printer, scanner, fax), i have replaced to many printers beside my epson gt7000.

    newer tests (in germany): canon lide 300/400, epson perfection v39 - both flatbed, means: LED stripe (mine has a bulb)

    LED means flat and small, bulk means higher. the epson is marked as "photo scanner", the canon not. photo scanner are more brilliant for photos, in most cases such devices reach $300 or more.

    if you scan a lot of legal (office) papers you need a scanner with sheet feeder, starts at $200/$300

    the biggest problem of all was the support. in times of win xp / win 7, vendors dropped support for a lot of devices, same for win8 -> win10. even within win10 older devices lost support. so it makes no sense to buy a cheaper outdated or EOL product.

    Lide 400 = business model, see all drivers
    https://www.canon.de/support/consum...ype=drivers&language=&os=windows 8.1 (32-bit)

    Epson perfection v39 (consumer device) drivers
    https://epson.com/Support/Scanners/Perfection-Series/Epson-Perfection-V39/s/SPT_B11B232201
     
  15. Bill_Bright

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    Okay, "legal" size documents. Thanks for verifying.

    I have to say, however, that like Brummelchen, I don't see why you cannot use your smart phone. With a decent tripod with a horizontal arm, you can easily shoot down on to documents (or objects!) of just about any shape and size. And you can easily control other important aspects, such as cropping, lighting and filtering. Or you can even get a bit more professional and instead of using your smartphone, use a high-quality digital camera.

    Another big disadvantage to a flatbed scanner is, what to do with it when not in use? They take up so much room. A smartphone just goes back in your pocket and a camera into a drawer.
     
  16. xxJackxx

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    I would certainly go scanner over camera. No focus issues and the color is not influenced by the room lighting.
     
  17. Bill_Bright

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    Focus issues are not a problem with today's smartphone and digital camera - unless, maybe, the subject is moving.

    As for room lighting - that's my point - there is no control with a scanner. Lighting is based solely on the decision by the scanner maker, and the original image - which you may or may not be happy with.

    For scanning pure text documents, and lots of them, I agree a scanner is probably the best option. But if you want any sort of flexibility, a camera is the only way to go.
     
  18. imdb

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    +1.

    i'm with @xxJackxx on this one. scanners are a must for professionals, it's especially so if you're gonna be using it to scan old magazines and newspapers, as @camelia is planning to do.
     
  19. Bill_Bright

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    I am not saying there is not a place for a good flatbed scanner. But as I noted, if there is a need for "flexibility" - especially for professionals, a camera is the way to go.
     
  20. camelia

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    Yup that is correct :)

    And is easier to scan directly from Ps:

    Scanner.jpg
     
  21. Brummelchen

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    WIA means "Windows Image Acquisition" (StiSvc), however this is done. Controlled by WIA-service. And here, my scanner need to be recognized, if turned off, I need to find (new devices) in device manager. I use the minimalistic epson twain api. I had "Hamrick VueScan" - awfull piece of software, and I had SilverFast (v5/v6) which ain't cheap. Both working, but not perfect with my GT7000. After dropping, I use color correction in my used graphics program (several, also PS and Zoner+RAW).

    And yes, my flatbed scanner needs a place, but it is placed on one side of the table where my computer and UPS (USV) is below where i don't put chair or feet. For a camera holder + light source you need also place, but you can fold it and put it away.

    Pictures taken with a modern smartphone are brilliant, in special when you only need a B/W image from a newspaper.

    In PS to correct the angels/edges of images it is called "transform", menu > Edit > Transform
     
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