[BALU] Digital Scanning

Kris Kirby kris at catonic.us
Sun Oct 3 05:59:31 CDT 2010

On Sat, 2 Oct 2010, Dan Willson wrote:
> If these are binders that can be taken apart and fed into a sheet 
> feeder, lease a Canon Imagerunner copier and save everything out as 
> OCR'd PDFs to a server. Because if the books are mission critical, why 
> let them go off-site?

The iR series only speaks TWAIN, and at the first jam the job *stops* 
and you have to put the printer back into scan mode. If your scanning 
workstation isn't next to it, the iR isn't worth the trouble, even if it 
can do 11x17 captures (but only one at a time, and that's the maximum 
capture range). 

There has got to be a better solution for large, flatbed scanning using 
an "all in one" of gigantic proportions. Sadly, my opinion of the 
ImageRunner line is that they just need a pass in general. The above 
scanning flaws, coupled with plastic, non-durable parts and screwy 
paper-feeding[1] issues remove them from consideration in my world. 

Kris Kirby, KE4AHR
Disinformation Analyst

[1]: Load two cassettes of 8.5x11. Start copy job. One cassette runs out 
of paper. The printer will NOT continue printing from the either 
cassette or the external paper input shelf. Other printers (HP, Xerox) 
do this, provided the media is the same. Also, opening one cassette 
disrupts the paper path for the other cassette, so if either is opened, 
a page or two is now botched. It reeks of "built by consultant."

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