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Old 01-27-2009, 09:59 AM
 
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Hello computer folks, I found a new 11x17 scanner on ebay for 175$, is anyone famliar with this scanner, see specs below, think its a P.O.S.??

I need it to scan drawings not photographs


Mustek A3 LARGE FORMAT Scanner 11.7" X 17" A3 1200 PRO

[SIZE=4]Specifications[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Scanner Type[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Color CIS Flatbed[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Scan Modes[/SIZE][SIZE=2]True Color 48-bit, 24-bit
Gray Mode 16-bit, 8-bit
Line Art 1-bit
[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Scan Area ( H x V )[/SIZE][SIZE=2]11.7” x 16.5” (297 mm x 420 mm)[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Resolution Control:[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Optical : 1200 dpi (H) x 1200 dpi (V)
Software interpolation : 9600 dpi (H) x 9600 dpi (V)
[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Interface[/SIZE][SIZE=2]USB 2.0[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Light Source[/SIZE][SIZE=2]LED[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Dimensions ( L x W x H )[/SIZE][SIZE=2]21.9” x 15.1” x 3.5” (555 mm x 383 mm x 88 mm)[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Weight[/SIZE][SIZE=2]4.3 Kg ( 9.5 lbs )[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Power Consumption[/SIZE][SIZE=2]12VDC, 1.66A, 20W
(Input: 100~120 VAC or 200~240 VAC, 50~60 Hz)
[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Supported OS[/SIZE][SIZE=2]Windows® 2000/XP/Vista; MAC OS X[/SIZE]
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:01 AM
 
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sorry for the messy specs, not sure why it cut and pasted like that
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I set up a Mustek scanner once and don't recall any problems with it. I suspect that the issue in this case is software; whether the scanning software produces a format you can work with, and whether your drawing software can work with the scanned results.

BTW, all you need to do when you copy and paste from a web site is to use the tool at the top left of the message editing box that has two A's with a red X to remove text formatting.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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thanks!

what do you mean, photoshop would not be the scanning software?
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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If I was in the market for a scanner I'd be looking for one with Digital Ice or equivalent technology. This for the most part has just started being available in consumer grade scanners and you will pay more for them but well worth it.

Digital Ice in a nutshell is a noise removal system but it's hardware based. When you use just software for noise removal it can't differentiate between what might be dust or simply fine detail in the image. Is it dirt on the image or the texture of a frabric? A Digital Ice scanner does a first past using infrared to find physical imperfections on the surface of the image such as dust, fingerprints, scratches etc. It can then isolate and remove them form the regular scan leaving the detail of the image untouched. It's fast and superior to software in every way.
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