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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:36 pm    Post subject: Shipping is a KILLER, Man Reply with quote

Ok, I just ordered the Canon LiDE200 from
Amazon which ships from Adorama Camera.
The shipping was a whopping $12.35 and not
free. The 210 had free shipping but was
almost $15.00 more so I cheaped out.

I'll let y'all know how it goes with my
document scanning and manipulation.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck. I'm excited to hear your review when it arrives.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:38 pm    Post subject: Stinko Reply with quote

HERE'S the Sun/OpenOffice.org
PDF Import Extensions page.
All of the reviews are kind of stinko.
I'll still be a guinea pig but I don't have
high hopes. Scroll toward the bottom
and read the reviews. Also, how to
import the .pdf doesn't appear
obvious.

I may try to manipulate the imported
.pdf document using GIMP but thats
even less obvious.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not good. Hopefully your document isn't too complicated and it handles it properly.

Is there any way to get a trial version of Acrobat Writer and if so does it allow you to save of print after the fact.

I honestly dislike Adobe Product demos, you have to go through the entire registration thing and the downloads are long. Also after I installed Acrobat Reader the thing seems to pop up every couple weeks asking for an upgrade.
Keep these things in mind if you do decide to download an Adobe product.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should be called Medusa not Adobe.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:03 am    Post subject: CanoScan LiDE 200 and Altering the pdf Created Reply with quote

Ok, first the Canon CanoScan LiDE 200 Scanner
is an impressive piece of hardware for under $100 USA.

Second, I was apprehensive about the scanner not having
a wall wart (or other) power source. It gets its power from
its USB connection. I have a D-Link 8 Port USB Hub and
ordered a Hub with 50 USB ports (or was that 1000 ports)
that Dino had recommended. My sister was visiting when
the USB Hub package arrived and she thought it would be
perfect for her PC at home so, guess where it is. I ended up
ordering a 10 port Hub and it arrived along with the CanoScan.



Third, I had pre-downloaded the current Drivers/software
from Canons web site in order to be prepared. You must
install the Drivers BEFORE you connect the CanoScan.

Fourth, I installed the downloaded Drivers then attached the
CanoScan and..............nothing. The CanoScan wasn't
recognized. So I uninstalled the software and reinstalled
a second time. Attached the CanoScan, launched the Scan
App. and was informed the drivers were missing something.
I forget exactly what.

Fifth, before I return the CanoScan I installed the Drivers from the
included DVD which stated during the installation process that
THESE DRIVERS WERE OUT OF DATE. Well, the out of date drivers
worked. I compared the components from the two installation packages
and the current pkg.'s were missing...........you guessed it, components
compared to the out of date pkg.

Sixth, (I LOVE the new USB hub BTW) when I plugged the
CanoScan into the 10 port hub, and..........wait for it.........nothing.
The new HUB has its own power supply but I guess its not enough
to power the CanoScan along with all of the other peripherals I have
plugged into it. Whats a guy to do? I know, plug it directly into the
mini since the 10 port HUB freed up some ports on the mini.
Plugging the CanoScan into the mini worked.

Seventh, the instruction manuel was a JOY (a JOKE really). The scan
App. was partially Windowsy and Linuxy and Macy. Since I have experience
with all three of those OS's the learning curve wasn't steep.

Eight, the CanoScan is a joy to use. Really! Let me say I've only
scanned one document. I bought this CanoScan just to scan
that one particular document. My intention was to alter said
document from the scan ( the trials and tribulations of my
attempt to alter this document will have to be for another time).
The pdf that was created by the CanoScan was superior to the
original. That was unexpected. When I compare the original
pdf that I print my form from, to the pdf from the scan, the
original is slightly less contrasty than the copy made by the
CanoScan.

Nine, I'll update this post when I get some time to experiment
with trying to alter the pdf.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad you like the scanner itself. The driver issue sucks and so does the USB issue. I feel bad because I instilled some confidence in you about the USB and it failed with the hub. I guess though before we write the USB connectivity as being the issue the hub itself may be just as guilty. If the powered hub isn't providing the same amount of power to the ports as the computer did. It's tough to blame the scanner even though the issue would have been eliminated with a powered scanner.

Hopefully you find a solution that works well for you. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:42 am    Post subject: USB power issues. Reply with quote

The USB power issue doesn't bother me
its the software issue that does. The latest
version I downloaded from Canon should
have been ok. I just wanted to warn others.
Also, USB hubs with more than a few ports
should be able to power them adequately.
Theirs no excise for the hub not working.
No excuse!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had my Canonscan connected to a seven port hub and it worked flawlessly on my PC and later on the iMac.

Does your hub have different powered ports ? I haven't heard of this before but you never know. I know some TV style amplifier hubs do, ports 1-2 have a higher gain than ports 3-4 etc. With a 10 port hub they may have decided not to power all of the ports. Unlikely but worth checking.


Also on the scanner driver issue check out an app called VueScan. My old Canon scanner didn't have native mac drivers but it worked a treat using VueScan
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything else plugged into the new
hub works fine. Plugging it into the mini
isn't a big deal now that I have plenty of
other USB ports on the hub.

Thanks for the link to that software.
The new scanner will get limited use
so better software isn't needed. I did
Bookmark it though in case my needs
change.

I ended up ordering "FormTool Professional
Version 7" from TigerDirect. Its for Windows
and was on sale for $29 instead of $199.
It'll be simpler to use one of there 800
preconfigured Form Templates and modify it.
All of the Hard Drives on my collection of
Windows Box's are filled so I may have
to buy a new Windows 7 laptop. I've been
eyeing one of those Indestructible Panasonic
ToughBooks (a Referb with XP). I use a PC in
a car on occasion so a display you can read in
sunlight as well as being touch sensitive would
be welcome.


It never ends.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:34 am    Post subject: Using Gimp on My Document Reply with quote

billb wrote:
I may try to manipulate the imported
.pdf document using GIMP but thats
even less obvious.
Ok, so I converted my copied Document from a
.pdf into a .jpeg. Then launched Gimp and imported
the .jpeg. It was fairly easy to erase anything I didn't want
such as some vertical lines used as separators.
I'd like to add some text, but that will have to be
for another time.
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