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RedPhoenix
08-08-2001, 01:27 PM
I just read some disturbing news to the effect that Agfa has stopped making scanners (http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/main_news.cfm?NewsID=3317). Is that a hoax? Seems a bit... abrupt, especially the apparent "No Comments" bit.

Still, it brings me to a question: does anyone here know if UMAX ever intends to develop OS X drivers? They seem to be the only worthy scanner makers left. Agfa seemed like a good candidate, but if the article is right...

I was also repeatedly told to stay away from HP scanners - there are apparently a lot of returns with them.

RP

tm311
08-08-2001, 06:22 PM
Agfa may be getting out of the consumer market but they are still making great scanners, you just need to shop elsewhere if you are looking for a $99 dollar plastic lightbox. And there Fotolook software is fully OSX compatible and has been all along.

RedPhoenix
08-08-2001, 06:46 PM
Fotolook is OS X-compatible? That's interesting to know, but I wonder...

According to what I could find, Fotolook is only used with their DuoScan line. The consumer-grade scanners get ScanWise, which isn't X-compatible yet. I want a new scanner, but I can't dish out enough money for a DuoScan - they're prohibitively expensive for someone like me.

If Agfa *is* indeed bailing out of the scanner market, will they even try to port ScanWise to MacOS X?

[This message has been edited by RedPhoenix (edited 08 August 2001).]

RedPhoenix
08-15-2001, 11:19 AM
Small update:

I just received an answer from Microtek. They say their OS X drivers should be ready "some time after September".

Whatever *that* means.... :P

dragon_x
08-15-2001, 04:39 PM
I hope my Canon $200 litebox will have drivers in X. It may not be a probox, but I did purchase it at the Apple store and it works great in 9 - didnt even have to restart after installing the software. Maybe Jobs will use this at his next demo for X and get frustrated and toss it across the EXPO hall - then Canon will HAVE TO MAKE DRIVERS - or else they will look like JUNK http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

IIRC - wasnt there some scanner software company that was going to stop making software for the Mac because someone at Apple Computer Inc sent him a nasty email. Then a whole bunch of other insensed Mac users sent him bad emails and then it was posted to XLR8yourmac and I guess he got enough good emails to flood his box - so he gave up and decided to make software again... long story I guess. Maybe it was only TWAIN compatible? I know he has version for Windows http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Linux http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Unix and Mac.... maybe other (Irix?).

I guess my point is that even if YOUR scanner company has stopped making scanners, stopped updating scanning software or disintigrated - you can use this 'UNIVERSAL' software, maybe.

Maybe some one knows what I'm talking about?

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RedPhoenix
08-15-2001, 05:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Canon will HAVE TO MAKE DRIVERS - or else they will look like JUNK <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Don't know about X drivers for Canon. I suppose you could go browse their site.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>IIRC - wasnt there some scanner software company that was going to stop making software for the Mac because someone at Apple Computer Inc sent him a nasty email. Then a whole bunch of other insensed Mac users sent him bad emails and then it was posted to XLR8yourmac and I guess he got enough good emails to flood his box - so he gave up and decided to make software again... long story I guess. Maybe it was only TWAIN compatible? I know he has version for Windows Linux Unix and Mac.... maybe other (Irix?).<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You're talking about VueScan, by Hamrick. Yeah, he did threaten to stop Mac development, but got a flood of e-mails to... persuade him to continue. Though some say it was more of a plea for attention than anything else. <shrug>

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I guess my point is that even if YOUR scanner company has stopped making scanners, stopped updating scanning software or disintigrated - you can use this 'UNIVERSAL' software, maybe.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You have a point... Anyway, I learned that in Canada, Agfa will supposedly have to continue support for the next 5 years software-wise and for 9 years hardware-wise.

This little law apparently caused Apple a *lot* of grief when they stopped making LaserWriters... :P

westfoto
08-21-2001, 02:33 PM
I do not see any indications of Agfa discontinuing the production of any of thier scanners. You don't come out with new products if you are about to discontinue production. See this link http://agfa.com/scanners/
I have been using the Agfa Duoscan for two plus years and it is the best darn scanner around. Wonderfull in detail.

RedPhoenix
08-22-2001, 11:42 AM
That Agfa page has been like that for at least a month. I'd be doubtful about Agfa's supposed withdrawal if I didn't know that several stores near my place have stopped ordering Agfa scanners.

Here's what the MacWorld editor replied to me:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
Hi Louis -

Erm, well we heard it through the grapevine. I rang a guy at Agfa I trust
who confirmed the truth of the story. Agfa are not prepared to make any kind
of statement with regard to the tale as they "don't want to alarm the
market".

<snip>

Jonny Evans
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

dragon_x
08-22-2001, 04:02 PM
Not that I have any clue about Afga or its products but
You don't come out with new products if you are about to discontinue production.
This statment assumes that the company is properly managed. You should not always make this assumption. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

3Dfx looked pretty strong - right up until they were crushed by nVidia. Of course there were signs. The $330 V5 dropped to $200 or less in most areas. The tech industry is littered with the remains of 'good' companies that did not cut it. Irony is the primary ingredient of the tech industry http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

TZ
08-23-2001, 05:29 AM
You might want to look into VueScan. Not pretty, but the author is promising to continue development of his shareware scanner driver that supports most models and will have FireWire and SCSI-to-FireWire adapter support once 10.1 ships. $40 shareware and like I said, the interface is terrible but the scans are good.

Gregory

magician
08-27-2001, 09:27 PM
irony is right.

http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

westfoto
08-29-2001, 02:07 PM
"You might want to look into VueScan. Not pretty, but the author is promising to continue development of his shareware scanner driver that supports most models and will have FireWire and SCSI-to-FireWire adapter support once 10.1 ships. $40 shareware and like I said, the interface is terrible but the scans are good. "

Wow things sure get heated in here. I downloaded VueScan and tried to use it first in OS X, but no go. It must be since 10 is not able to see the scanner on the SCSI bus. The scanner is a Agfa Duoscan connected though SCSI. I am able to see the scanner with 9.2 I will tell you my experiance with it latter.

tm311
08-29-2001, 08:55 PM
Agfa is NOT discontinuing making scanners.....they are just getting out of the disposable scanner market.....which i think is a smart thing to do when its getting to the point where you can buy a 42bit flatbed for 49 dollars retail....no way i would want to be in that market!!!! But rest assured agfa will be making the best mid to high end scanners for many years to come!!!