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[filmscanners] RE: Umax experience



>Have you tried Vuescan with your PLII

Yes, I bought a copy;amd found it does permit the Umax to work with Win XP.
However it is not a twain driver and does not allow the scanner to be used
from within applications like Photoshop, OmniForm, or OmniPage.  I did
download a newer version of MagicScan for Win 2000; and as I noted ot does
provide a workable twain driver that will work with Photoshop but not
OmniPage or OmniForM for some reason.  The BinuScan application within it
does not work at all with Win XP.

> The problem with the old firmware in PLIII's with XP was that
> it caused
> multiple device manager entries for the scanner. The new
> Magicscan and a
> registry fix on the Umax site caused my scanner to be listed properly
> without the new firmware.

Interesting, I found that to be a known problem with every SCSI flatbed
scanner that I ever owned under both Win 98 and Win XP.  The version of
MagicScan which I downloaded for Win 2000 now produces the multiple entries
in Device Manager like previous versions; but, unlike previous versions, it
now registers in the Scanners and Cameras dialog box as well.  In the Device
Manager, it registers 7 instances of "Umax OL-II SCSI Scanner Device" with
no date and exclamation marks as well as one instance of "Umax PowerLook II"
without an exclamation mark and with a 1/11/2000 date.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of Lloyd O'Daniel
> Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 4:43 PM
> To: laurie@advancenet.net
> Subject: [filmscanners] RE: Umax experience
>
>
> Laurie,
>
> Bummer on the Powerlook II. In general, I agree with everything you
> wrote below. In this particular case, I got lucky. I did research the
> site before I bought and found a Magicscan upgrade version that was XP
> compatible. I had actually been shopping for a scanner for contact
> sheets for awhile. I didn't want to put the $$$ in for a new
> Epson 1680.
> I narrowed my choice to either a used Epson 1600 or a new or
> used PLIII.
> I did take note that, for the longest, Umax's site stated that their
> scanners were not XP compatible. Totally amazing to me that they were
> that slow in upgrading. I bid on 1-2 epsons and did not bid on
> Powerlooks until I knew they had compatible software. Of
> course, I knew
> that I could use Vuescan or (gulp) buy Silverfast. Have you tried
> Vuescan with your PLII?
>
> The problem with the old firmware in PLIII's with XP was that
> it caused
> multiple device manager entries for the scanner. The new
> Magicscan and a
> registry fix on the Umax site caused my scanner to be listed properly
> without the new firmware.
>
> Lloyd
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk] On Behalf Of Laurie Solomon
> Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 11:43 AM
> To: lodaniel@bham.rr.com
> Subject: [filmscanners] RE: Umax experience
>
>
> Lloyd,
>
> I have a Umax Powerlook II, which I like very much; but I have had
> problems getting it to function in twain mode under Windows XP when
> using upgraded Magicscan and Binuscan software.  Upon
> checking the Umax
> web sight, I found no upgrades for that scanner when it came
> to software
> that would work with Win XP; a call to Umax did not help either.  They
> suggested trying the Win 2000 upgrade which enabled the
> MagicScan twain
> to work so that the scanner could be used; but the Binuscan
> PhotoPerfect
> portion did not work. Moreover, for some reason, the MagicScan twain
> would not work with programs such as OmniPage and OmniForm.
>
> My point is that your experience seems to indicate that, as
> is often the
> case with many support staffs, they really do not always know
> what they
> are talking about when they give advice.  In your case as in mine, it
> was not the scanner hardware or firmware that would not work
> with WinXP
> but the damn software, which they do not really keep up
> todate in terms
> of upgrading and which the web site is totally ineffective in
> providing
> good substantive information on.  Their sight when it comes to support
> and upgrade information is lacking.  Their telephone support
> service can
> be expensive as pointed out and generally not all that helpful even if
> you get through, despite the fact that the personnel may be
> very nice to
> deal with and attempt to be helpful.
>
>
>
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