Ian (lovingboth) wrote,

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Scanner help, anyone?

I'm going to be doing a lot of OCR over the next couple of months.

I have an Artec Ultima 2000 USB scanner that's good enough for most things, but it has a very long wait between pages. Doing a full A4 page 300 dpi b/w scan - what the OCR program wants - takes about 40 seconds. Which is ok-ish. But it also takes 55 seconds between the end of one page and the start of the next (it's returning the scanning head to the starting position and calibrating itself...)

Anyone have any suggestions for an inexpensive alternative that they know to be faster? Working bidirectionally would be a huge benefit for a start...

It has to be a flatbed. USB 2.0 or Firewire is ok, SCSI less so.

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