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
For A3 and large scanners, see the Specialty section below.
Agfa scanners, Duoscan, Scanwise, Snapscan, but Agfa is no longer in the scanner business.
BenQ Scanners - MiraScan (previous name was Acer Peripherals)
Epson desktop scanners
Heidelberg - high end scanners
Hewlett Packard desktop scanners, PrecisionScan, DeskScan
Mustek desktop scanners
Pacific Image ScanAce scanners
Polaroid scanners - no longer sells scanners
Primax - Primascan
Relisys scanners - Avec
www.tecoimage.com.tw - Try here for scanner drivers (parent)
Umax scanners - VistaScan, MagiScan
Reviews - Flatbeds
Scansoft - Buying Guide for Desktop Scanners
BenQ - ScanWit (previous name was Acer Peripherals)
Fuji Image Scanner AS-1 APS film scanner
Imacon High-end scanners
Kodak film scanners
Minolta film scanners - Dimage
konicaminolta.com/products/consumer/digital_camera/dimage Japan (English)
Minolta Dimage drivers
Pacific Image - PrimeFilm 1800
Polaroid scanners - SprintScan
www.steves-digicams.com/scanners.html - Film scanner reviews at bottom.
Steve Hoffmann's Reviews, Tech Tips, Tutorials
www.photoscientia.co.uk - Acer ScanWit 2720S User Review
2013 Scanner buying guide
Vuescan - Third party scanning software for most film scanners, some flatbeds.
Don Maxwell's methods to scan slides on a flatbed, without proper TMA.
Roger N. Clark's "How much detail can you scan?" and "Film vs. Digital"
Speciality, High Speed, or Large Scanners
A3 size photo and sheet film scanners, $1000+, approx. 12x17 inches (typically 11x15 inches for film)
Large scanners: Wide Format (like 24 to 54 inches)
High Speed scanners
Wizcom Pen scanner
Scantron - Survey and form scanning
I.R.I.S. Pen scanner
Business card scanners
Scanning Calculator / Printing Resolution Calculator
File Format FAQ
www.faqs.org/faqs/jpeg-faq - JPG
www.w3.org/Graphics/JPEG/jfif3.pdf - Specs 1.02
Exif specifications V2.2
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/ - JPEG2000 based on wavelets.
Adobe Developer Technical Notes - Specs for PostScript, PDF, TIFF, ATM, you name it.
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
Kodak Photo CD
Ted's Unofficial Kodak CD Page
Kodak Q-60 IT8 Color calibration targets
Q-60 Information sheet
International paper sizes
Keith Cooper's using film scanner as a microscope
Understanding and Preventing Plagiarism Strategies and resources for students and teachers
Your own 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. Registration is 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)
10 Big Myths about copyright explained
Cornell Legal Law Institute - law about copyright
Copyright Society of the USA - Duke University School of Law
www.copyrightkids.org See their copyright site for kids