A few scanning tips

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A few other links related to scanning and scanners

If entering from elsewhere, be sure to see the main scantips.com site too.

Shopping for a scanner?

A few brands put some of their User Manuals online in their Support/Documentation section  (Bravo!)   This can be a big help for shoppers, to "see" the software tools provided.   The scanner software is how you will perceive and use the scanner. Scanner manuals won't teach scanning (any more than automobile manuals teach driving), but they do show the controls that are available, and what they do.

Index to Subject Areas below


Flatbed Scanners

  For A3 and large scanners, see the Specialty section below.

Agfa scanners, Duoscan, Scanwise, Snapscan, but Agfa is no longer in the scanner business.
  www.agfa.com

Artec scanners - Ultima Electronics Corp.
  www.artecusa.com
  www.artec.com.tw

Avision scanners
  www.avision.com
  www.avision.com.tw

BenQ Scanners - MiraScan (previous name was Acer Peripherals)
  www.benq.us/Products/Scanner

Canon scanners - Canoscan
  www.canon.com
  consumer.usa.canon.com

Epson desktop scanners
  www.epson.com

Genius scanners
  www.genius-kye.com
  www.geniusnet.com.tw

Heidelberg - high end scanners
  www.heidelberg.com

Hewlett Packard desktop scanners, PrecisionScan, DeskScan
  www.hp.com

Kodak
  Kodak

Microtek scanners - ScanWizard
  www.microtekusa.com - No longer sells scanners in USA
  www.support.microtek.com - Support
  www.microtek.com - Taiwan

Mustek desktop scanners
  www.mustek.com

Nikon
  www.nikon.com
  www.nikonusa.com

Pacific Image ScanAce scanners
  www.scanace.com

Plustek OpticPro scanners
  www.plustek.com
  www.plustek.de Latest drivers here.

Polaroid scanners - no longer sells scanners
  www.polaroid.com

Primax - Primascan
  www.primax.com.tw

Relisys scanners - Avec
  www.tecoimage.com.tw - Try here for scanner drivers (parent)

Trust scanners
  www.trust.com

Umax scanners - VistaScan, MagiScan
  www.umax.com

Visioneer OneTouch
  www.visioneer.com

Reviews - Flatbeds

Scansoft - Buying Guide for Desktop Scanners
www.nuance.com/scannerguide

Film Scanners

BenQ - ScanWit (previous name was Acer Peripherals)
www.benq.us/Products/Scanner

Canon - CanoScan
www.canonusa.com
www.canon-europa.com

Fuji Image Scanner AS-1 APS film scanner
home.fujifilm.com/info/products/digital/scanner

Imacon High-end scanners
www.imacon.dk

Kodak film scanners
RFS 3600

Konica RX-II
www.konicaminolta.com
www.konicaminolta.us

Microtek - Artixscan
www.microtekusa.com
www.microtek.com

Minolta film scanners - Dimage
konicaminolta.com/products/consumer/digital_camera/dimage Japan (English)
www.minoltausa.com
www.minoltaeurope.com

Nikon - Coolscan
www.nikonusa.com - USA
http://www.europe-nikon.com/ - Europe - Japan

Pacific Image - PrimeFilm 1800
www.scanace.com

Polaroid scanners - SprintScan
www.polaroid.com

Reviews - Film Scanners

Imaging Resource
  www.imaging-resource.com/SCAN1.HTM   - Relatively many reviews
  www.photo-forums.com - User discussions

Steve's Digicams
  www.steves-digicams.com/scanners.html   - Film scanner reviews at bottom.

Steve Hoffmann's Reviews, Tech Tips, Tutorials
 www.sphoto.com/techinfo

Pete Andrews
 www.photoscientia.co.uk   - Acer ScanWit 2720S User Review

Popular Photography magazine, July 2001
  7 Top Film Scanners Tested

MacWorld reviews, Oct 2001
  7 Film Scanners Tested

User reviews
  www.photographyreview.com
  www.computingreview.com

Vuescan - Third party scanning software for most film scanners, some flatbeds.
    www.hamrick.com

Don Maxwell's methods to scan slides on a flatbed, without proper TMA.
www.abstractconcreteworks.com/essays/scanning/Backlighter.html

Roger N. Clark's "How much detail can you scan?" and "Film vs. Digital"
www.clarkvision.com

Speciality, High Speed, or Large Scanners

A3 size photo and sheet film scanners, $1000+, approx. 12x17 inches (typically 11x15 inches for film)

  Epson   Microtek and   Umax make these, with model names usually ending in "XL".

  Mustek and   Plustek make some very inexpensive A3 models.

Large scanners: Wide Format (like 24 to 54 inches)

CalComp
  www.calcomp.com

Contex
  www.contex.com

Cruse
  www.crusedigital.com

Ideal
  www.ideal.com

Vidar
  www.vidar.com

Xerox
  www.xerox.com


High Speed scanners

Bell & Howell
  www.bhscanners.com

Fuji Film
  www.fujifilm.com

Fujitsu
  www.fujitsu.com

Kodak
  www.kodak.com/cgi-bin/webProductTypes.pl?type=Scanners

Panasonic scanners
  panasonic.com/business/office/cat_scanners.asp

Ricoh scanners
  www.ricoh-usa.com

Sharp
  www.sharp-usa.com

Visionshape
  www.visionshape.com

Xerox
  www.xerox.com


Miscellaneous

Wizcom Pen scanner
  www.wizcomtech.com

Alpha Innotech scientific scanners
  www.alphainnotech.com

Scantron - Survey and form scanning
  www.scantron.com

I.R.I.S. Pen scanner
  www.irislink.com

Business card scanners
www.cardscan.com

Film Recorders
www.lasergraphics.com
www.polaroid.com

Microfilm - Microfiche scanners
  www.agfa.com
  www.anacomp.com
  www.mekel.com

3D Scanners
  www.microscribe.com
  www.3dscanners.com

General Information

Identify old Kodak film types
Kodak
Historic Photo Archive

Scanning Calculator / Printing Resolution Calculator
from scantips.com

File Format FAQ
 www.faqs.org/faqs/jpeg-faq - JPG
 www.w3.org/Graphics/JPEG/jfif3.pdf - Specs 1.02
 www.exif.org/specifications.html
 partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/tiff/TIFF6.pdf - Specs TIFF 6
 www.cdrom/pub/png - PNG
 www.faqs.org/faqs/graphics/fileformats-faq - General FAQ
 www.faqs.org/faqs/compression-faq/ - Compression
 www.wavelet.org - Wavelets
 www.cosy.sbg.ac.at/~uhl/wav.html - Wavelet links
 www.jpeg.org/JPEG2000.htm - JPEG2000 based on wavelets.
 Adobe Developer Technical Notes - Specs for PostScript, PDF, TIFF, ATM, you name it.

PowerPoint presentations
www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq PowerPoint FAQ

Video Monitor Gamma
www.cgsd.com/papers/gamma.html - CGSD - Gamma Correction Home Page
www.poynton.com/Poynton-color.html - Charles Poynton's Gamma FAQ and Color FAQ
www.w3.org/TR/PNG-GammaAppendix.html - w3.org Gamma Tutorial
www.photoscientia.co.uk/Gamma.htm - Monitor calibration
radsite.lbl.gov/radiance/refer/Notes/gamma.html - Monitor Gamma Correction

Papers about archiving digital images for museums
 www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/content/still_preferences.shtml    Library of Congress
 memory.loc.gov/ammem/pictel   Library of Congress
 sunsite.berkeley.edu/Imaging   Berkeley Digital Library SunSite
 www.nmnh.si.edu/cris/techrpts/imagopts   Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History

And this part says:   "Thus, we conclude that a scanning process using today's tabletop scanners poses negligible risk to light-sensitive documents."

Care of photographic materials
 www.loc.gov/preserv/care/photo.html    Library of Congress
 www.collectioncare.org/cci/ccicph.html    NSCC
 www.kodak.com    Kodak
 www.photodon.com/phcare01.htm    PhotoDon

Kodak Photo CD
Whatever happened to Photo CD Brian Lawler
ftp://ftp.Kodak.com/pub/photo-cd/prepress/dci346.pdf Kodak "Optimizing Photo CD Scans for Prepress and Publishing" by Brian Lawler
More Brian Lawler essays
Ted's Unofficial Kodak CD Page

Kodak Q-60 IT8 Color calibration targets
Q-60 Information sheet

Wolf Faust IT8 color targets

International paper sizes
www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html

Hanes T-shirt transfer tips
http://hanes2u.com

Keith Cooper's using film scanner as a microscope
www.northlight-images.co.uk/microscope.html

Copyright

Your work is protected under copyright law as soon as you create it - text, images, music, etc. However, formal registration is necessary to support court action to resolve copyright violations, with financial recovery of actual damages, statutory damages and attorneys fees.   Recommended.   Copyright is very inexpensive, and there is one simple form. Honored in 100 countries via the 1989 Bern Convention. See Library of Congress link for all details.

The USA Copyright Office - Library of Congress
www.copyright.gov (see the FAQ there)

Copyright FAQ
www.aimnet.com/~carroll/copyright/faq-home.html

10 Big Myths about copyright explained
www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html

Cornell Legal Law Institute - law about copyright
www.law.cornell.edu:80/topics/copyright.html

Copyright Society of the USA - Duke University School of Law
www.law.duke.edu/copyright
www.copyrightkids.org   See their copyright site for kids


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