As much as this is a very 'back in the day' scanner and you can get many other better ones now, if you have one then it is worth keeping it. I normally use my all in one but at times I do revert back to this old boy, especially if I am using my old computer which has Windows 95 installed. From my reviews, you may actually be getting a picture of what my house looks like! A computer here, another new gadget there and even some old time gadgets on show. I just can't bring myself to throw away items which are still of use to me, or which just have sentimental value (Sega Mega Drive anyone?).
Anyway, we have here the Agfa Snapscan 1212p which was pretty state of the art at the time I bought it would would have been in the late 90's. I had my IBM all set up with Windows 95 and I felt pretty up to the minute at the time. I had not opted to upgrade to 98 because after giving it a test run I thought 95 still had the edge.
If you have an old computer running Windows 95, 98, ME, NT or 2000 then this scanner may be of interest to you. It scans perfectly well despite being at least 10 years old. I have put a number of different documents on it including colour photos, black and white photos, old time photos, work documents in mono and colour, magazines, books and even my hand a few times. Come on, haven't we all done that with a scanner?!
The scanner plugs into the printer port of your computer easily and without fuss. Install the software, which is step by step instructions as you would expect, and you are set to go and start scanning every document under the sun. Want to get those photographs onto the computer to put on to Facebook? (Well at the time I was scanning them to put on a website rather than Facebook but trying to give this a modern edge!) This scanner will scan them clearly and give you a good result each time. Along with the usual installation software, there is also photo editing and OCR (optical character recognition) software. When I say basic, it is basic. Bit of cropping and resizing and the like. I would personally download a free photo editing program such as GIMP because that will give you a lot more options than the free software. The OCR is fine, not completely accurate but will do the job if you are prepared to edit and sort your text afterwards. As with even today's OCR software really!
The scanning is quick and painless, just put on the scanner, open the lid and off you go, scanning to your heart's content!
Scanning a magazine cover at 600 dpi gives you a gorgeous image at the other end which is sharp and as good as you could really need. If you are in the printing business then you would obviously go for something a bit higher up the range for that extra crisp quality but this does a brilliant regular scan. It has been with me for at least 10 years and it is still going strong, scanning just as well as it did back in the 90's. This scanner has lasting power, something which is lacking in today's modern technology which seems to break down all to often I find. But that is another story and another review!
I paid £85 at the time for this scanner but you could pick it up for around £10 now, if not less, depending on where you go. Ebay will of course put the postage on top which will be a pretty penny as it is not the lightest of items so if you can get one at a car boot sale or somewhere in your area second hand then you would be doing well.
Remember that if you have any later versions of Windows then you may have difficulty using this scanner as you may need to find a driver for it to work. I believe these are difficult to find nowadays. I recommend this for those with the older versions of Windows who need a scanner for an old computer as is my personal situation.
Three and a half years ago now, when I first tumbled into the world of a decent home computer set up, one of the things I specified in my initial requirements was a flat bed scanner, because I had identified that I wanted to be able to capture images and back in those days the technology behind digital cameras was unproven and pretty damned expensive, so there were little real alternatives to scanning to get pix into my box. The unit which I was recommended at that time by my tame PC supplier was one manufactured by a company called Artec, with the main advantage being that it was cheap, dreadfully cheap. However, false economies are never a particularly good idea, and so it is with scanners. The Artec may have been cheap, and was reasonable for the money, but it was dreadfully slow, inefficient and lacking in that certain something. I reasoned that I would need to get a newer version at some stage, but found it difficult to justify forking out the extra dosh to get to the next stage. However, two things happened which helped the decision. One, I decided to get a second, higher spec computer because I'd come into some money and was getting a little teed off by the relative slowness and lack of features of my original set up (boys and their toys, eh?). Naturally enough a big purchase meant that the cost of a new scanner would be easily swallowed up within the overall package price of a new system. However, it was still going to be a touch tricky to persuade Mrs D to let me part with the necessary readies. However, then along came Two, and my problems were solved. You see, the old scanner stopped working. I reasoned naturally enough (I hope you are convinced) that it may be the plug which was the problem, so I decided to check it out. Unfortunately, it was one of those moulded types which are almost ever present these days, so you couldn't just attach the new plug. Curses! Oh well, I thought, I'll justy cut the lead and then f
it a new plug, no worries. It still didn't work, however, despite all my efforts, so I took my crippled scanner down to Mr PC to see if I could get a new power lead. When I got there they gave me some very funny looks, and let me in on the secret that the power lead was actually an adapter and that I'd shoved so much power through the scanner, that it was now very much a dead scanner, this scanner is no more, deceased, beautiful plumage, etc etc. Oh well, at least I could justify a new purchase... As luck would have it, my PC supplier had got a really decent second hand printer in, a veritable huge beast called the Agfa SnapScan 1212P. He wasn't sure what the going rate was but said he'd chuck it in for about £40. From what I've seen, it should sell for about £60, so I think I've got a pretty good bargain, because the Agfa SnapScan is a bloody great range. It's a huge great beast, taking up a fair chunk fo your desk real estate so it might not be ideal for everyone, but certainly it's a mega fast monster, operating at excellent quality, and producing some truly tremendous results. It comes complete with the Agfa ScanWise software which is a really excellent package, so quick and easy to use, offering exceptional control over your outputs. The mechanics involved are truly robust and I've been very impressed indeed with the whole package. I use Caere OmniPage Pro as my OCR capturing package and that too has proved exceptionally good, but it's the monstrous beastie at the heart of my set up which is the real star of the show, and I've been truly delighted with this purchase. I used to use the scanning application included within CorelDraw 8, but the ScanWise software is streets ahead in terms of quality, ease of use and features. It connects in to my set up via USB, so I don't need to employ the parallel linking I used to use, attaching the printer via th
e scanner to the PC, and the results are much better this way. Now when I checked things out on the net, it says that this scanner is also supposed to be attached via a parallel connection, so I don't know whether the one I've got is a bit of an oddity, but it's certainly a real workhorse. It's also extremely quiet. However, as I think about it, I'm more and more convinced that my machine may not be the 1212p, because I've checked out a couple of reviews and everyone is slagging it off. Now, just give me a mo, to check... ************** Bugger, my machine is actually a SnapScan 1236, so I'm in completely the wrong area. In fact, my box should have cost nearly £150. What a bloody bargain! No wonder it's so good. The 1236 is a far superior machine to the 1212P and if you can get one at the right price I'd strongly urge you to buy it rather than accept cheaper imitations. Do not despair, however, because I will do you a favour and write about the subject at hand anyway. According to the PC Pro website's review of the 1212U version in Feb 2000, "For the past year the Agfa SnapScan 1212P has been our scanning Best Buy, with excellent image quality at a very good price. A year on, we're taking a look at it again (this time in its 1212U USB version), along with the latest models from other manufacturers, to see if it still deserves the accolade." Now from that, it seems that the 1212P is some three years old, so it's hardly surprising that it's been overtaken by upgrades, but certainly it's still a decent machine, despite what I've been told. PC Pro laud Agfa as the best manufacturers of flatbed scanners and the 1212P is an okay machine, although not as good as my lovely 1236. The actual original PC Pro review back in 1999 said this: "In both of these tests, the 1212P outperformed all the other scanners in
the low- to mid-price range, only just being out-classed by the machines costing upwards of £150. It didn't achieve quite the same intensity of contrast as the very best performers, but still displayed very impressive colour accuracy and sharp focus. In these group comparisons, there always has to be an overall winner, and the Agfa 1212P is it! It offers simply stunning value at £99 (£116) on the street, the drivers and manuals are excellent and it even looks rather spiffy. But most importantly, the quality is only a gnat's whisker away from the best in both photo and line art reproduction. It's not the fastest scanner in the world, but that's just about its only shortcoming. A worthy Top 50 winner." It almost makes you want to switch, eh? Yeah, but not quite... SPECIFICATIONS: Flatbed scanner, 600x1200dpi max optical resolution, 36-bit colour sensitivity, 216x297mm max scanning area, Parallel interface, Dimensions: 320x440x110mm (wdh), Bundled software: Visioneer PaperPort, Caere OmniPage LE, Ulead iPhoto Express.
I bought my Snapscan 1212p several years ago as a purely non essential piece of equipment which I simply wanted as a toy. However, as time went on and I found more uses for it, it has become an absolute necessity in many ways. During the month of December I must have used it virtually every day as I was making Christmas cards for friends with personal photos inserted. The great advantages of this scanner are the ease of use and the good quality of reproduction despite it being a budget priced item. A good photo can easily be expanded to A4 without any serious loss of quality. However, as with most parallel scanners it has become a casualty of Windows XP. The parallel port was very popular due to the transfer speed of 1 Megabite per second, so it was the obvious choice for scanners. The process was to daisy chain the scanner along with the printer and load the drivers which emulated a SCSI port and enabled the operation. However, these drivers were specifically designed to work with the 9X versions of WIndows (95/98/Me) and will not operate under Windows NT. Windows XP, whether it be the Professional or the Home version, are both upgrades of Windows 2000 and thus based on the NT core. Result: parallel scanners do not operate with Windows XP. Sadly, due to the fact that USB has been around for a while and offers the same transfer speeds as parallel, most scanners have been USB recently and most manufacturers do not support parallel scanners beyond a certain date. I am now considering the purchase of a USB scanner in order to be able to run Windows XP, so if you are considering the purchase of a scanner then do not buy parallel without first checking the manufacturers website for compatability with current and future operating systems.
I am not a technically minded person, I can read manuals, but I can't cope with the sort of technology that requires indepth understanding before you can use it. When purchasing a computer and various accompanying bits, I asked for recomendations from friends - I wanted easy to use products that would give good results. The AGFA scanner was recommended to me - it isn't too expensive (about thirty pounds, depending on whom you buy it from). It is easy to use, and it plugs in in such a way that you can run your printer at the same time. Now, I've not had a scanner before, so I knew nothing about the possibility of having to unplug and plug it in, and do the same with the printer - I gather this is not unusual. For a person of little technical prowess, this would be a nightmare, and I am delighted to have missed out on this horror. The only thing I have to remember is that if I want to use it, I have to turn it on before I boot up the computer (this may have more to do with the computer, I don't know, but be aware it might happen to you!) If I am halfway through doing something and decide I need to use the scaner, I have to reboot the computer, which is a pain. If you are not too green minded and leave all your gadgets on all the time, this won't trouble you. I have to say that the first scanner I was sent (mail order company) didn't work. It took a while to get a new one - more the fault of the middle men than AGFA. The new scanner has never played up and has worked like a dream ever since (best part of a year now.) It handles photos and drawn images well. I use it occasionally to scan in images that are to be used for book covers on my website - and it certainly does a good enough job for that, so I have no complaints. The scanner - flat bed - basically its an oblong box with a lid that you lift to place the paper onto the scannig area - not wildely disimilar from a photocopier. It's that sort of grey/beige co
lour of most computers.The box has an on/off switch, and that's it, everything else you do on the computerIt doesn't fit well on my computer desk, but that's not really it's fault..... The accompanying blurb - the snapscan scanner comes with a ince glossy piece of blurb telling you hwo to sue the scanner, and what to do if it goes wrong. This is a good handbook, and makes sense for those not massively into technology - it's a good piece of work. This looks like a large document, but isn't. You get step by step setup instructions, starting from the moment yout ake it out of the box, through installing it. You get this in about half a dozen languages. The guarantee - mine was for three months, but again I suspect this has more to do with the middloe men than AGFA, so you might want to check with whoever you buy from. The Software. You get a cd rom with your scanner - this contains scanwise - the stuff that actually lets you put images on your computer. You need to install this - the blurb tells you how its done, and how to add more software. Scanwise is fairly easy to use - you click the preview button on the screen for a preview, you click 'scan' for a scan, it tells you how to save. You will need some sort of graphics package if you want to then do anything with said images. If you want to be able to read and convery text from your scanner, you can get software for this, but you will have to buy it seperately. I have been very happy with my scanner, and if I need to replace it, will certainly go abck to AGFA (although through some other middle man!) I woudl recomend this product for anyoen new to this sort of thing, and for anyone who doesn't want to do anything outrageously complucated. This scanner can handle any obvious scanning needs, and produces good quality images.
When my old scanner broke, I went out looking for a reasonably priced scanner that delivers good quality scans. The scanner requires a parallel port, so that you plug it into the port that your ptinter would normally be plugged into. But don't worry you can still use your printer, the scanner has two ports in the back of it, one to the PC and then one to your printer. It is also easy to install and it has a very clear instruction book that expains everything easly. Even for a non-computer literate person, it shouldn't be too hard. All though not the faster of all scanners, it still scans at an average rate. Of course what you are scanning effects the time, and also at what resolution you are scanning at. Obviously the bigger the picture and the higher the resolution, the longer the image takes to scan. I normally scan at 600 DPI (dots per Inch) at compared to other scans, scanned at over 750 DPI, the scan looks very good. This scanner is an average scanner, and there are advantages of this, the price is extremely reasonable, and cost around £100. It also produces quality scans. This scanner is a very good scanner and will do the job you want. It gives great scans, but at a slow speed.
Around 10 months ago I decided to have a go at building a website to record our baby's life, and wanted it to include a selection of the hundreds of photo's we have. So I there for needed to get myself a scanner. It needed have a parallel connection, not sure why I am a bit computer dyslexic when it comes to technical talk. Any way we had a look on Jungle.com and came across the Agfa snapscan 1212p flat bed scanner for the price of £81 and decided to get that one as it sounded good and had quite a bundle of software included in the price, such as page keeper, print house, a few others and ofcourse their installation software for the scanner (Scanwise). I am not sure if it still comes with the same software as it was almost a year ago that we got ours, so it may pay to check around if you are interested in the snapscan. Well a few days after making the order to Jungle the scanner came so we installed it soon after (you know whats its like new toy) which was very easy to do. Then came the fun, on using it I found it to scan relatively quickly and fairly quite. The scaned pictures can be scanned at your choice of resolution and to a destination of your choice, ie folders, emailed, optimized for web pages, sent to your printer to print image etc. The dimensions of the scanned image can be altered up to 800% or much smaller than 100% and you can choose to save only a portion of the image to your destination (so if you want to cut out most of the background you can do before you send it to your files, etc. You can adjust the color, brigtness and saturation of your image. Many types of images can be scanned from glossy photos, mat finish photos, magazine prints, news paper articals, original art, other types of prints and even 3D items such as jewlery etc. The maximum size of image that can be scanned is (8.5" x 11.7"). With some of the software that you get you can tinker with your scanned images and make
many intersting effect such as page curl, soften the focus of image, add transparency, rotate image, add frame effect, add captions to your image, correct red eye, the list is endless there is so much you can do with the software. All in all it is a good scanner and the price is good too, the only thing that lets it down is that you have to remember to switch the scanner on before you boot up your computer or it just won't function as it should and it is quite large compared to many on the market.
All in all a very good scanner and a load of good sofware to go with it. Now when people say this scanner isn't fast, what are they comparing it to because it goes at a nice standard speed. Of course the speed at which a scanner scans something depends generally on two things: what you are scanning and at what resolution you are scanning it. If you don't understand the concept of picture resolution I'll quickly explain it now. The scanner will scan the picture as individual coloured dots. It is these dots that are referred to when talking about resolution. The resolution you scan something is basically the number of these dots per inch (dpi) you want the scanner to scan. Therefore the higher the dpi of the thing you want to scan the long the scanner will take to scan because it is having to scan the picture in more detail. As I've said the SNAPSCAN 1212 is just a standard scanner, but at a good competitive price. The benifits of this scanner include the user friendly, processional software that comes with the scanner to scan and modify your pictures. I bought it just for this reason. One thing I have against this parallel port version is the fact that if its not turned on when you boot up your computer it will not work until you boot up the computer with the scanner turned on. So if you didn't have it turned on when you booted up and you decide you want to scan something you have to restart the computer with it turned before the software will let you scan. I think this problem applies to Windows 95 users only!
This scanner is one of the best invetsments in my computer that I have ever made. I've seen too many cheap scanners that produce very poor scans, so I looked for a mid-range scanner price under £100 and eventually chose this one. It's a parallel port scanner, so it plugs into the printer port on your PC. It has two ports on the rear of the scanner, one from the PC and the other connects a printer so you can still use your old printer even with the scanner plugged in ( although you can't use both at the same time). Installation was almost foolproof, with easy concise instructions. It tells you about setting the parallel port mode in the bios (it needs to be EPP/ECP), and then offers to either install the basic or advanced scanner drivers. For everyday use and quick scans, the basic drivers are excellent. It asks what you are scanning from (photo, magazine, newspaper etc), asks what resolution you would like (DPI or dots per inch), then you preview the scan. I put a 7 x 5 photo in, previewed and scanned in under 5 minutes at 600 DPI. I was stunned at the quality. I've seen scanners that supposedly offered twice the resolution and the scans came out all wishy-washy. These were crisp. The colours were excellent and well defined. The advanced driver offers more features, but can be a pain to use. It does offer more, especially if you have a damaged or discoloured photo, but is probably too difficult to use for the novice user. Summing up, the AGFA Snapscan 1212P offers top-quality in this price range and as far as I am aware the only difference between the 1212P and the 1212U is the connection.
The Agfa Snapscan is a top quality scanner with top quality scanning. I purchased this scanner for just £85.00. It was an utter bargain. The scanning quality is brilliant and I really enjoy using it due to ease of use. The software that comes with it is very good and my personal favourite is a thing called OCR. OCR is a program that allows you to scan in some writing that you will actually be able to edit using a word processor. For example, if you have a very long fax that you need to change and then send it to someone, OCR is perfect. You scan it in, press OCR and now you have a screen which enables you to alter a fax that you have just scanned in. For an excellent scanner with OCR technology the Agfa Snapscan 1212p is brilliant for the price.
This one is not yet on dooyoo, but this scanner is the closest I could find to the snap scan touch! I bought the agfa SNAPSCAN TOUCH which is the newer version of the other snapscan. It is excellent, you can scan your pictures by pressing one button only. then there is also a button for scanning straight to file, straight to email, or straight to fax. it makes scanning a really easy procedure! It is £100 or there abouts but it is definately worth the money, and it scans reall good quality pictures, i also got some software free with it - including corel photo house 4 which is excellent for touching up photos and playing around with them! It also comes with about 8 different coloured handles which is fun if your into that sort of thing!
I couldn’t believe on the product when I saw it in the shop. It was on display, and it had a demonstrator delegated by the shop. I decided to have a closer look and the demonstrator showed me a scan done at that time. The scan looked impressive and I decided to buy the scanner. Installation was very simple (it was a USB) and I had a go. Again the scan was incredible. I have been using it now for a while for both photos, magazine prints and even bills to I only need to keep the electronic copy. It was definitly one of the best purchases I have made. I am sure there are a lot better scanners but for the price I got this one I can certainly say it was good value for money.
For the average family user this an excellent scanner. Easy to set up, and comes with excellent 'Scanwise' software which makes it dead easy for someone with little knowledge about scanners to obtain excellent results. It comes with OCR software too, letting you scan text straight into a text document. However, this software isn't partularly accurate and can make a lot of mistakes and I rarely use it. It's not the fastest scanner I've seen, although I've got the parrallel port version and the USB version may be faster, but at the end of the day this is more than what you would expect at this price.
This product (Parallel port version) put me off ever using anything from Agfa ever again. The scanner itself was not really to blame but I will explain. I really wanted the USB version of this scanner having read rave reviews of it in magazines. I was told (by an Agfa rep in PC World) that it would be available by the end of the month. End of the month came and went and I still couldn't get my hands on the USB version. I waited and waited, e-mailed Agfa (three times and was ignored), phoned them and was told that they would be available in the next couple of weeks. Time passed and still nothing. So I decided to get the parallel port version. It should still be as good as the USB version (but a little bit slower). I was amazed at how slow the parallel version was (when it worked). For some unknown reason it kept freezing and/or crashing my system. I took it back that same day and exchanged it for a Umax AStra 1220U USB scanner. This was fast, easy to use and stable. My computer had no trouble at all and I was happy. I only wish I hadn't waited all those weeks and made all that effort to track down the Agfa scanner. The product may well be very good if you can get it work and don't mind waiting forever for it to scan images, but I wouldn't touch an Agfa product ever again. I feel that the whole process of buying this scanner followed by the disappointment of it's appaulling speed could never be overturned by an apparently decent scan quality.
As an Apple Mac owner I have found it difficult to find a range within items I am interested in. However, I was pleased, even though I never had a real choice, to have purchesed the Visioneer paperport V. I realsie that a colour model is out after a fews years of non - production for the Mac, but my trsuted friend is still working hard. The machine has proven its worth a couple of times when I have had to find old documents during disputes. Having a soft copy has helped settle discussions in my favour. On these occassions the other parties have been surprised that I was able to produce the required items as it is the norm for housowners to throw most items out. I would love my house to be paper free and this is the tool to do it. It is simple and works fast. Good for a luddite at heart. There are a range of options on it, but I stick to scan and OCR. The OCR could be improved upon, but as long as I have the scan setting correct I have little trouble with having to make too many corrections. The fact that it is not a flatbed means that I must have single sheets rather than books, but it is a space saver and lies comfortable just in front of the computer. It handles card and paper equally well. Well done visioneer. One day when I can afford it I will upgrade and get rid off all the papers around me.