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struggles with old photos.
on 26 August 2011
LED back-light tech used in this scanner has serious issues with certain types of media.
Scans perfectly photographs that are flat, however if you are scanning photos that have been slightly crumpled, the LED light seams to highlight these folds really badly no matter how I try to flatten them. Much better performance from my 8yr old epson scanner - which uses the traditional fluorescent tube backlight.
Also doesn't handle some really old matt photographs well, (circa 1950's). Must be the texture on the photo paper it doesn't like, resolved by using my old epson again.
In general however, for glossy photos and items that are perfectly flat, the quality and speed are really good.
The bundled software is not my cup of tea, its redeeming feature is that it lets you scan lots of things one after another then dump the lot out to a folder - where I can use picassa or iphoto to manage them.
The scanner driver is pretty good at selecting and separating two or three photos placed on the platen and spitting them out as separate files.
Oddly the OSX version of the software scans once and cleverly crops out the pics, whereas the windows version of the software scans each photo one at a time. This makes the OSX version much faster to use when scanning hundreds of photos.
The anti fade feature is also very good for a small number of the really old photos, however its worth playing with the levels for each photo to get the best result.
Whilst the LiDE technology is neat in that you do not need a separate power supply, its drawbacks are huge when trying to scan old photos.