Arnie has a bunch of slides that he wants to digitize. Is there something that will take a carousel tray and one by one feed the slide and scan it? Leo says that would be an interesting product, for sure. Leo says he can do that, but taking them to a service like ScanCafe is a better option. Not only is his time worth something, but they'll take the time to clean them up and remove dust. If it's an issue of cost, remember that he'd be buying an apparatus and spending the time. In the end, he's probably paying just as much.
Leslie has a bunch of slides and negatives and wants to scan them all into her computer. She's looking at a pair of scanners by Epson and Canon that can do it. Leo says that it will take a very long time to do that. If she wants to take the time to do it, then she can. But why not have a service do it instead? Her time is worth something and Leo advises a service like Scan Cafe. They would send her a box, she'll stuff it and ship it to them. And it's cheap at $0.22 an image.
Glenda wants to know how she can scan multiple documents quickly. Leo says that a mobile phone is a fast way to capture documents and images. The key to good scans is light, though. Glenda will want to hold it as still as she can. There are tons of apps on both Google Play and iOS that can do it. Leo likes Evernote. It'll even do optical character recognition with the paid version.
Bret has an old scanner that he can't get to work with Windows 8. It looks like Canon doesn't have any new drivers for it, nor does Microsoft. How can he get it to work in Windows? Leo says that the Windows 8 driver isn't much different than Windows 7, and there's no reason why he shouldn't be able to install the Windows 7 driver. A TWAIN driver is generic, and if the scanner supports TWAIN, he may be able to use that.
Peter has been spring cleaning and he's got thousands of photos that he'd like to scan and digitize. Leo says that's a great project. But he'll have to be sure he has several backups. Print photos are tough and time consuming. He can get a scanner and do it, but after factoring in his time, it's better to just use a service like Scan CafeEpson Perfection Series. It may actually be faster and better to use a good still camera to shoot the photos.
Marty is conflicted over whether to scan to the TIFF file format or not. What's the best setting to do scans of images and documents? Leo says that there are two basic categories of image format: Lossless (every bit of data) or Lossy (compressed). TIFF is ideal as a lossless format, as are Bitmaps and PNGs (but compressed). JPEGs and GIFs are compressed or lossy. If he wants to future proof his scans, then lossless TIFF is still the king. Bitmap and PNG will also be around for awhile, though. Image formats will be supported for a long time.
Kerry has a bunch of notes and documents filed and he wants to be able to scan them. What's the best option to create an online library so he can share what he has? Leo says he should get a good scanner that can do Optical Character Recognition (OCR). He can then put them up on a website, or through dropbox and share them.
Jim wants to enter pictures in a photo show and the show wants them as JPEGs at 72 dpi. He has to scan his images to do it. Leo says that 72 dpi is at very low quality and it's obviously an online gallery. But he can scan his images at the highest resolution possible and save it in TIFF. That would be lossless compression. He can always open it in a photo editor and then lower the resolution to JPEG. Leo recommends Irfanview.
Kathy has an Epson Workforce printer and she can print to it, but she can't scan from the front panel and output it to the computer. Leo says she can scan to Google Drive, but to scan to her computer, she would probably need to scan from the computer itself. It works on her Windows computer, just not her Mac. Leo says that may be a driver issue. Epson has an FAQ on its support site, though.
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Terry uses an Epson scanner/printer but he can't export it to PDF. An error occurs. Leo says that a PDF creation program could be an easy workaround that can talk to the printer. But it sounds like a corrupted driver. Terry should go to Epson.com to download and install all the latest drivers.