My new (actually refurbished) scanner arrived last week and I've been putting it through the paces here in my studio.
It's an HP Scanjet 8250. It has an automatic document feeder and a flat bed scanning area of 8.5 x 14 inches. This larger scanning area comes in handy because I draw my comic strip 4 inches by 13 inches.
In a previous post, I was looking at modifying the size of my comic strip template and drawing it a bit smaller to accommodate my Umax scanner. I used Scribus to design the template and was all set to go when a Freespire community member pointed out how this HP scanner was at geeks.com for only $65.00. I jumped on the deal!
The scanner is wonderful! And the really great thing is, Xsane supports it. All I had to do was pull the scanner out of the box, plug in to my USB port on my Linux system, power up, and I was scanning! No software or drivers to install. Xsane was already in place to handle the scanner. (and Xsane and Kooka both support the ADF feature!)
Here's the neat thing. I've been using a Umax scanner in Linux for the last year or so. All I did was unplug it, then plug in the HP scanner and Linux did all the rest! The HP scanner was up and running in an instant!
Each scanner just works in Linux! It's true plug 'n play.
Since I run a rack system, I plugged in windows XP to see how the HP scanner would fare compared to Linux.
30 minutes later, I was still installing drivers and software. I had to restart the system a couple of times, as well.
After finally getting all the necessary software installed (some would not install. I have to check with geeks.com for another disk), the scanner worked nicely. But, it did take about 30-40 minutes for software and drivers to install.
So, I'm quite happy with my new scanner. It allows me to scan larger pieces so I can continue to draw my George comic strip 4 inches by 13 inches.
And Linux and Xsane support this scanner, so set up was a snap! I plugged in and was scanning in less than 30 seconds!