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If you’re afflicted by dozens of accumulator boxes of old ancestors photos, Epson has a band-aid that will browse the prints from two to three rolls of blur in about a minute. Seriously. Advanced and back. In aerial resolution. Dated and named. It’s the Epson FastFoto FF-680W bifold photo scanner.
It’s additionally a certificate scanner and chews through (figuratively) abstracts faster than you can abolish the basic from the abutting assemblage and get it straightened. The $530 bulk may assume aerial to some people. It is. Get over it. The bulk of time you’ll save is huge. A scanner like this may accord you the afflatus to assuredly cut into all those shoeboxes of your parents’ images.
Epson got into the sheet-fed photo-also-documents scanner business in a big way with the Epson FF-640 at $650 artery and followed it this year with the Epson FF-680W. Both attending like baby fax machines. They’re not and if you assignment in a baby office, you’ll charge to accomplish a label, “This is NOT the fax machine.” The brand of the FF-680W is 12 by 7 inches, but aback you accessible up the achievement guides all the way, it’s about 2 anxiety advanced to back.
It is the absolute accessory for scanning boxes of old photos. You can bung in a assortment of images of altered sizes and it does a acceptable job scanning them and befitting the edges straight. If you’ve apparent addendum on the backs of photos (along with the book processor’s information), you can abduction that as able-bodied in a distinct pass. I ran several endless of 36 4-by-6 prints through, at 300 dpi, scanning both sides. There’s a warmup period, the scanning time itself, and again some time to address the scans to disk. A 36-exposure cycle of prints took about 20 abnormal to scan, and about a minute absolute to balmy up afore and save to deejay after. Compare that with scanning on a accepted flatbed that lets you put four 4-by-6s on at a time. It will booty you at atomic bisected an hour per roll, you may not get the photos scanned in the adjustment you think, and if you aloof cast the photos over to abduction the backsides, they’ll be scanned in a altered adjustment from the fronts.
Fully continued (for letter/legal documents), the FF-640 is about 2 anxiety deep.
There are a agglomeration of accretion and whistles you’ll acquisition useful. You can browse at 300 or 600 dpi, jpg or tif, although abounding photo prints of the accomplished two decades came off accelerated printers with resolutions of 300 dpi. Earlier prints were fabricated with the acceptable enlarger action (at aerial speed) and will account from 600 dpi. You can additionally actual for book crumbling and red-eye and accept the advantage to abundance both the uncorrected and adapted scans. If you alone save one scan, accomplish it uncorrected. Again it’s easier for you to accomplish corrections on your PC. It additionally scans prints as advanced as 36 inches but the max acme charcoal 8.5 inches. Epson software makes it accessible to upload additionally to Dropbox or Google Docs. The affiliation is now USB 3, but you can additionally affix via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
For a user like me, whose ancestors has prints dating to 1874, whose ancestor was a able columnist for 20 years, and whose ancestors attempt bags of rolls of blur and changeless had bifold prints made, the Epson FastFoto FF-680W is a winner. I’m drowning in photos. I accept a big (11-by-17) flatbed scanner as able-bodied for big prints, kids artwork, bi-weekly headlines, etcetera. For all the altercation of scanning speed, the absolute acceleration to do an envelope of prints is the time to put the prints in order, characterization the aback of the aboriginal book with annihilation you wrote on the book envelope, bung duplicates, apple-pie the dust off the anniversary book (at atomic the edges) with a microfiber cloth, again scan, and again aback you’re satisfied, bung the prints but not the negatives. I would put it at 30 account to do a acceptable job, possibly longer.
I accept a film-and-slide scanner as well. Here’s my advice: Accelerate blush negatives and slides out for scanning, at prices as low as 25 cents each. Unless you amount your time at zero, you appear out ahead. Your flatbed scanner has blur and accelerate templates. The affection is appropriate but doesn’t bout up to a committed blur scanner. That’s for color. For atramentous and white, dust spots appearance up in your scans; a able browse boutique with apple-pie apartment additional retouching experts is the alone way to do B&W negatives right. If you’re lucky, the prints you appetite were already continued to 5×7 or bigger.
FastFoto 680-W has added buttons. From top: power, WiFi affix / Wifi, bifold augment apprehension skip, apathetic approach (after jam), stop, scan.
To do the best job scanning, and accomplish the images advantageous to added ancestors and to get the photos organized in the order-taken aural anniversary cycle of blur (the book cardinal is generally on the back), FastFoto software lets you actualize filenames and binder names affiliated to the accountable and date (date, month, or year, depending on how abundant you recall). It’s a acceptable time to abandon alike prints and, already you’ve got the scans stored online as able-bodied as on your PC, abandon the aboriginal prints, extenuative the negatives in the photo-finisher’s envelope or in archival abrogating sleeves. Either way, you’ve bargain ataxia by about 90 percent.
As for the certificate scanner part: The earlier FastFoto FF-640 was quick to browse but the OCR software wasn’t actual good. Now, with the FF-680W, it’s a lot bigger at axis scans into abstracts and again extenuative in searchable PDF format, acceptation you can chase that document, or groups, for specific words. In added words, in amid bouts of photo-archiving, you can browse important documents, alike unimportant documents. For example: Afore sending out anniversary cards, we now browse anniversary envelope to accomplish abiding we don’t accelerate out two cards or none. Similarly, we browse admission cards’ envelopes and, afterwards they’ve been untaped from the refrigerator in January, the cards themselves. Maybe this is Type-A behavior, maybe there’s no need. But now that we’ve got 16-terabyte adamantine disks available, the amount to abundance is about zero.
What abroad can you do: Browse every acclaim agenda in every wallet you and your ancestors has. They browse perfectly. There’s a adjustment to accompany the fronts and backs of cards automatically. For scrapbookers, you can the tickets from antic contest and plays.
Bottom line: The Epson FastFoto 680-W is a scanner that a lot of homes can use. Now, the document-scanning is good, too. You can absolve the amount by adage aback you’re done, you’ll put it on eBay and compensate bisected or two-thirds of your investment. Odds are added acceptable it will booty a year, at least, alive off and on, to go through all your old photos. At atomic the photo-scanning allotment will be quick.
If you’re on a budget, you can acquisition refurbished FF-640 scanners for $400-$450; generally “refurb” agency a new assemblage got alternate afterwards ablaze use, but it can’t be awash as new. Used (non-refurbished) FF-640s should be beneath $400 and you can consistently adjustment replacements for the abrasion parts, such as the rollers. But don’t get the FF-640 if you appetite to scan and OCR documents; for that, you’ll appetite the latest model, the FF-680W.
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