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Subject: Re: OT: Cheapo scanners for OS X
From: "Lee A. Dralle" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 3 Jul 2003 09:48:21 -0700

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    Before tossing your SnapScan, you may want to give a try to Vuescan at . Ed provides better support for scanners in OSX than most
manufacturers. I believe your SnapScan is supported.



On 7/3/03 9:19 AM, "Gunnar Swanson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> So after having my IBM Deathstar drive give up, recovering all the
> files, and starting over with a new drive I decided that God was tired
> of discussing international relations with various individuals and had
> moved on to telling me that it was finally time to switch to OS X
> instead of waiting for "next week" to arrive. For those on the list who
> were discussing making the change I highly recommend it. Once you get
> rid of the tacky desktop patterns and such it's an aesthetic
> improvement over recent Mac systems and it takes no time to get used to
> finding stuff on the Dock instead of in the Apple menu. I don't know
> yet about long-term stability but I would have had ten System 9 crashes
> in the time I've been on 10.2.
> I had found OS X to be a minor pain when teaching in a university
> computer lab but once I was on my computer with my files and none of
> the weird lab server protocols and passwords that nobody had bothered
> giving to me I've found it to be a better interface. I need to find a
> really old Mac and see what I think about how they look. Up until now
> I'd missed the stability of OS 6.0.3 and longed for the look of the
> pre-7 icons. (Too bad that the belt I beaded with OS 5 icons fell
> apart.) The 3Ded tools in Adobe programs are less distinct than their
> old ones in addition to being uglier but that isn't controlled by the
> OS.
> Anyway, the only hardware problem I've had is that my Agfa SnapScap 310
> won't work. The available drivers are Classic-only. I went to scan
> parts of my (speaking of classic) Keith Bright "Body Type" poster for
> Andresen Typographics with Jay Silverman photos of women posed to form
> letters. (Except for M which is formed by two chubby guys in speedos.)
> I was going to put a couple of the images on the web as a follow-up to
> Caroline Archer's "Body Type" thread.
> Rather than try some sort of SCSI-revival voodoo I'm just going to buy
> another scanner. As you might be able to tell by the fact that I've bee
> happily using a SnapScan 310, I don't care about a high-end machine.
> Does anyone have experience with cheeapo USB scanners?
> My slide scanner is a PrimeFilm 1800. If any of the really cheap
> scanners with slide adaptors would match that quality I'd consider
> spending a bit more to get one more piece of junk out of my studio to
> be a step forward. Otherwise getting occasional reasonable flat-bed
> reflective scans is the goal. It doesn't need to be networked and I
> scan little enough that a couple hundred bucks more for the speed of
> FireWire isn't worth it for me.
> Gunnar
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> Gunnar Swanson Design Office
> 536 South Catalina Street
> Ventura, California 93001-3625 USA
> +1 805 667 2200

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