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Post Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:25 pm

A3 Scanner (anyone use one?)

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As my old scanner doesn't work with Windows 7, (10 years old) I am thinking of getting a new one. Looking into A3 but the prices for a decent make (epson) is from £1000 -£2000! Why don't I get an A4 and stitch larger scans together :D

Anyone have and use an A3 scanner?
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Post Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:47 pm

Re: A3 Scanner (anyone use one?)

David-Foster- wrote:Anyone have and use an A3 scanner?

Not me David. I've always managed fine with an A4.

Are you regularly doing something that needs A3?
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Post Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:57 pm

Sometimes bigger than A4 and even bigger than A3 so have to scan this in 4 pieces and stitch. I will be able to manage with A4, if the cost hadn't been that higher for A3 I would have just got one.
I have seen old SCSI models on ebay for £200, not sure whether to try one of those. I have a SCSI interface on a Windows XP machine that I use with my plotter.
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Post Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:03 pm

Other option is to get in touch with a local architect as some have big scanners for inputting plans. £1-2K will get you a hell of a lot of scans. I had an A0 full colour done for £6.....

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Post Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:36 am

our photocopier (and past copiers) are bigger then A3, normally okay although they more designed at removing the backround of white.
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Post Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:57 am

David, I'm about to invest in a Brother A3 scanner/fax/printer. Good value at $au499. Cheaper than epson or cannon, but just as good.
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Post Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:28 am

Cheers Graeme, nice idea. Have used older ones years ago to archive architectural plans. I am not entertaining spending £1000 though, the wife would kill me. £200-£300 and it's nice having the equipment to hand, especially if you are working on a job late at night.

Thanks Shane, top idea. I hadn't entertained the multi function devices as I had the jack of all trades master of none notion :D , how can they have all those functions for less than the price of a single function? After reading up though it looks spot on. £299 and I get an A3 printer into the bargain.

Investigating further...
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Post Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:00 am

David, I've always had an A3 printer until recently. Whenever I print client proofs, I always did them in A3.

It looks much more impressive from a clients perspective.

A secondary consideration is that people can't fax it or scan it in normal A4 scanners, so you are less likely to be shopped around
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Post Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:56 pm

Hi David,
I had the same trouble when I switched to xp I now use a Mustek A3 scanner, it cost £80 when I bought it quite a few years ago. Just had a look and they retail around about £130ish.

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Post Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:46 am

Shane Drew wrote:David, I've always had an A3 printer until recently. Whenever I print client proofs, I always did them in A3.

It looks much more impressive from a clients perspective.

A secondary consideration is that people can't fax it or scan it in normal A4 scanners, so you are less likely to be shopped around



What a brilliant idea Shane ;-)

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