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Umax AstraSlim scanner - anyone using one?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Bert Coules, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE scanner
    under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup procedure
    with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load. The Umax UK
    site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of having to junk a
    perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's OS, so wonder if
    there's a workaround.

    Many thanks,

    Bert
     
  2. John McGaw

    John McGaw Flightless Bird

    On 1/4/2010 4:11 PM, Bert Coules wrote:
    > Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE
    > scanner under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup
    > procedure with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load.
    > The Umax UK site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of having
    > to junk a perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's OS, so
    > wonder if there's a workaround.
    >
    > Many thanks,
    >
    > Bert


    If the drivers truly did load why not try rebooting and then scanning from
    some TWAIN-enabled software bypassing the scan software. I've been
    operating this way for years since most software provided with scanners are
    not worth the trouble IMHO. My word processor and graphics program are both
    happy with just the TWAIN.
     
  3. Andy

    Andy Flightless Bird

    "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote:

    > Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE
    > scanner under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup
    > procedure with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load.
    > The Umax UK site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of
    > having to junk a perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's
    > OS, so wonder if there's a workaround.
    >
    > Many thanks,
    >
    > Bert



    Scanners are so old school. Obsolete!

    The resolution is too low.

    Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
    fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.

    You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod. Then it's
    a page, click, page, click, page, click procedure rather than a page,
    scan it for 10 minutes, page, scan it for 10 minutes procedure.

    I didn't realize people still used scanners.

    Imho,

    Andy
     
  4. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    Andy,

    > The resolution is too low.


    For whom? Not for me.

    > Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
    > fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.
    > You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod.


    And this space-consuming, Heath Robinson setup is supposed to be superior to
    a beautifully small, low-profile, well-designed bit of desktop gear?
    Thanks for the suggestion, but no thanks.

    Bert
     
  5. MJMIII

    MJMIII Flightless Bird

    "Andy" <a@b.c> wrote in message news:Xns9CF6B29BE1DB6Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    > "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote:
    >
    >> Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE
    >> scanner under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup
    >> procedure with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load.
    >> The Umax UK site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of
    >> having to junk a perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's
    >> OS, so wonder if there's a workaround.
    >>
    >> Many thanks,
    >>
    >> Bert

    >
    >
    > Scanners are so old school. Obsolete!
    >
    > The resolution is too low.
    >
    > Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
    > fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.
    >
    > You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod. Then it's
    > a page, click, page, click, page, click procedure rather than a page,
    > scan it for 10 minutes, page, scan it for 10 minutes procedure.
    >
    > I didn't realize people still used scanners.
    >
    > Imho,
    >
    > Andy


    Andy. Go fuck yourself!
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     
  6. Trev

    Trev Flightless Bird

    "Andy" <a@b.c> wrote in message news:Xns9CF6B29BE1DB6Cotd@216.196.97.131...
    > "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote:
    >
    >> Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE
    >> scanner under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup
    >> procedure with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load.
    >> The Umax UK site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of
    >> having to junk a perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's
    >> OS, so wonder if there's a workaround.
    >>
    >> Many thanks,
    >>
    >> Bert

    >
    >
    > Scanners are so old school. Obsolete!
    >
    > The resolution is too low.
    >
    > Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
    > fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.
    >
    > You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod. Then it's
    > a page, click, page, click, page, click procedure rather than a page,
    > scan it for 10 minutes, page, scan it for 10 minutes procedure.
    >
    > I didn't realize people still used scanners.
    >
    > Imho,
    >
    > Andy


    Why would you want a 12 mega pixel copy of your expenses claim
     
  7. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    John,

    > If the drivers truly did load...


    Based on how quickly the "installation" was over, I very much doubt if they
    did. But I'll try your suggestion, thanks.

    Bert
     
  8. Trev

    Trev Flightless Bird

    "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:aNGdnadh_q7kxN_WnZ2dnUVZ8qOdnZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    > Just a quick query: is anyone successfully using a Umax AstraSlim SE
    > scanner under Windows7? My installation went through the driver setup
    > procedure with no error messages, but the software simply didn't load.
    > The Umax UK site has no Win7 drivers, but I hate the thought of having to
    > junk a perfectly good scanner merely because of my new PC's OS, so wonder
    > if there's a workaround.
    >
    > Many thanks,
    >
    > Bert


    What driver do they have ?
    You can install in compatibility mode. This may not work if you decided to
    install the 64 bit Win 7 as there may not be and 64 bit drivers.
     
  9. Andy

    Andy Flightless Bird

    "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote:

    > Andy,
    >
    >> The resolution is too low.

    >
    > For whom? Not for me.
    >
    >> Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
    >> fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.
    >> You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod.

    >
    > And this space-consuming, Heath Robinson setup is supposed to be
    > superior to a beautifully small, low-profile, well-designed bit of
    > desktop gear? Thanks for the suggestion, but no thanks.
    >
    > Bert



    Let's each take an identical set of 100 pages. You scan with your scanner
    and I'll photograph the same pages with my Nikon 12MP.

    Not only will I be a finished in 1/100th the time that it will take you
    to finish, mine will be 8 times higher quality than yours at the oddball
    600x1,200 scan rez, then extrapolated to 3,600x3,600 dpi rez.

    You obviously never comprehended tabletop tripods with a digital camera?
    More portable than a 'puter and scanner on the remote scene! You don't
    need an easel, I just figured you wouldn't think to masking tape a page
    bounding box so the pages consistently drop into the same position, so
    you don't have to move the tripod!

    You and your other two Einsteins are unprofessionally clueless.

    Andy
     
  10. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    Andy wrote:

    > You and your other two Einsteins are unprofessionally clueless.


    And you are quite unwarrantably ill-mannered.

    Bert
     
  11. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    Trev,

    Thank you for the helpful and courteous response.

    > You can install in compatibility mode. This may not work if you decided to
    > install the 64 bit Win 7 as there may not be and 64 bit drivers.


    Unfortunately I didn't decide to install it; the new PC came with Home
    Premium already in place. One possible solution, which I'm looking at for
    other reasons, is to use something like Virtual Box and run XP for the
    several of my standard programs which aren't compatible with Win7. But it's
    a bit of a faff.

    Bert
     
  12. Andy

    Andy Flightless Bird

    "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote:

    > Andy wrote:
    >
    >> You and your other two Einsteins are unprofessionally clueless.

    >
    > And you are quite unwarrantably ill-mannered.



    Excuse me???

    You're the one that insulted me. I gave you gems of gold advice that you
    deemed worthless as if you knew better???

    Screw you.

    Andy
     
  13. Roy Smith

    Roy Smith Flightless Bird

    On 1/4/2010 6:24 PM, Bert Coules wrote:
    > Trev,
    >
    > Thank you for the helpful and courteous response.
    >
    >> You can install in compatibility mode. This may not work if you
    >> decided to install the 64 bit Win 7 as there may not be and 64 bit
    >> drivers.

    >
    > Unfortunately I didn't decide to install it; the new PC came with Home
    > Premium already in place. One possible solution, which I'm looking at
    > for other reasons, is to use something like Virtual Box and run XP for
    > the several of my standard programs which aren't compatible with Win7.
    > But it's a bit of a faff.


    Instead of VirtualBox, you should give VMware's VirtualMachine a try.
    They even have a converter program, which is a separate download, that
    will convert a running WindowsXP install into a virtual machine that you
    can use.

    I've tried both and I like the VMware player better.

    --

    Roy Smith
    Windows 7

    Timestamp: Monday, January 04, 2010 7:14:40 PM
     
  14. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On 1/04/10, Andy posted:
    > "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote:


    >> Andy,
    >>
    >>> The resolution is too low.

    >>
    >> For whom? Not for me.
    >>
    >>> Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
    >>> fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.
    >>> You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod.

    >>
    >> And this space-consuming, Heath Robinson setup is supposed to be
    >> superior to a beautifully small, low-profile, well-designed bit of
    >> desktop gear? Thanks for the suggestion, but no thanks.
    >>
    >> Bert



    > Let's each take an identical set of 100 pages. You scan with your scanner
    > and I'll photograph the same pages with my Nikon 12MP.


    > Not only will I be a finished in 1/100th the time that it will take you
    > to finish, mine will be 8 times higher quality than yours at the oddball
    > 600x1,200 scan rez, then extrapolated to 3,600x3,600 dpi rez.


    > You obviously never comprehended tabletop tripods with a digital camera?
    > More portable than a 'puter and scanner on the remote scene! You don't
    > need an easel, I just figured you wouldn't think to masking tape a page
    > bounding box so the pages consistently drop into the same position, so
    > you don't have to move the tripod!


    > You and your other two Einsteins are unprofessionally clueless.


    > Andy


    Ahem.

    600x1200x8.5x11 = 67.2 MPixel.
    No barrel distortion.
    No pincushion distortion.
    No incorrect white balance.
    No noise due to inadequate illumination.
    No motion blur or else no tripod taking up a few cubic feet of space.
    No many separate steps to be coordinated, just scan and save, scan and
    print, or scan and run OCR, while easily seeing the quality of the
    result.

    HAND
    /S/A. Einstein

    --
    Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
     
  15. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    Roy Smith wrote:

    > Instead of VirtualBox, you should give VMware's VirtualMachine a try...
    > I've tried both and I like the VMware player better.


    Thanks. I'll take a look at it.

    Bert
     
  16. Trev

    Trev Flightless Bird

    "Andy" <a@b.c> wrote in message news:Xns9CF6BBAC3F44FCotd@216.196.97.131...
    > "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote:
    >
    >> Andy,
    >>
    >>> The resolution is too low.

    >>
    >> For whom? Not for me.
    >>
    >>> Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
    >>> fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.
    >>> You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod.

    >>
    >> And this space-consuming, Heath Robinson setup is supposed to be
    >> superior to a beautifully small, low-profile, well-designed bit of
    >> desktop gear? Thanks for the suggestion, but no thanks.
    >>
    >> Bert

    >
    >
    > Let's each take an identical set of 100 pages. You scan with your scanner
    > and I'll photograph the same pages with my Nikon 12MP.
    >
    > Not only will I be a finished in 1/100th the time that it will take you
    > to finish, mine will be 8 times higher quality than yours at the oddball
    > 600x1,200 scan rez, then extrapolated to 3,600x3,600 dpi rez.
    >
    > You obviously never comprehended tabletop tripods with a digital camera?
    > More portable than a 'puter and scanner on the remote scene! You don't
    > need an easel, I just figured you wouldn't think to masking tape a page
    > bounding box so the pages consistently drop into the same position, so
    > you don't have to move the tripod!
    >
    > You and your other two Einsteins are unprofessionally clueless.
    >
    > Andy


    I used to copy slides Using My Kaisser enlarger as a copy stand, with the
    slides on the upturned colour head for built in colour correction. I doubt
    your speed would be better and It Would be a pain to set up for one
    Document.
    Then you still have to transfer and process the images. No it may well be ok
    for slides and negatives and A lot quicker then a Film scanner at 2400 ppi
    Providing you have suitable Equipment And the nasty Zoom lens that comes as
    a kit with the camera Is Not suitable.
     
  17. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 04 Jan 2010 16:33:27 -0600, Andy <a@b.c> wrote:

    >Scanners are so old school. Obsolete!
    >
    >The resolution is too low.
    >
    >Get a 12 megapixel digital camera and capture higher resolution in a
    >fraction of a second, compared to a scanner.
    >
    >You'd need to fashion an easel to hold the pages and a tripod. Then it's
    >a page, click, page, click, page, click procedure rather than a page,
    >scan it for 10 minutes, page, scan it for 10 minutes procedure.
    >
    >I didn't realize people still used scanners.
    >
    >Imho,
    >
    >Andy


    I'm not surprised that almost no one agreed that a digital camera
    contraption is any kind of suitable replacement for a scanner. Nice
    try, though! I'll stick to my scanner.
     

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