Mustek A3 1200S - High Speed A3 Large Format 11.7-inch x 16.5-inch Color Scanner
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- Large format color scanner for images and documents
- Scanning area: A3 11.7-in x 16.5-in (29.7cm x 42cm)
- Resolution 1200x1200dpi /can be interpolated to 9600dpi
- USB 2.0 connectivity for reliable, fast transfer
- Supports Win 7, XP, Vista; Mac OSX
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A3 sized Scanning [297mm(H) x 420mm(V)], USB, 1200dpi High Speed Scanner. Note: Mustek support fir Driver & Manual can be viewed at http://www.mustek.com/support/driver-manual-downloads.html and for any troubleshooting query please contact email@example.com
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I ordered the scanner on Feb 19, 2013 and received it on Feb 21 delivered to my door. It took about 10 minutes to install, etc. and start scanning. The colors are fine. You are able to signify the area of the page to include (there's a preview scan) and there are some basic adjustments you can make using the Image Acquire app after the final scan, i.e. "enhance" etc. JPEG, TIFF, and PNG are available on save. Speed is satisfactory. It easily scanned a page from a moderately thick oversized book ... the hinge end of the lid pops up about an inch to lie flat over a book or you can remove it entirely for something really thick.
This seems to be simple, easy to use equipment. Best of all, it does the job without breaking the budget.
I'll be back with an update after I've used the A3 for a while.
From the reviews, I recognized that their "manual" was close to worthless and so, even before receiving the scanner, I went to the Mustek website and downloaded, without any problem, the latest driver. I still operate in Windows XP Pro (SP3) and use Photoshop for all my graphics work. Installing the driver was simple, straightforward and fast. Just be certain NOT to have the scanner physically connected to the computer (not the power nor the USB connection). The installation will create appropriate subfolders and files in WINDOWS\system32 as well as a folder and files in WINDOWS\TWAIN_32. Following the installation, the computer must be restarted and following that, the scanner may connected. Be sure NOT to use a hub when connecting the USB cable. Upon connecting to the computer, Windows will advise "New hardware found" and that's it - you're ready to go.
Opening Photoshop and clicking on File > Import, the flyout window will display the "A3 1200S scanner." Within a second or two, the scanner GUI (graphical user interface) will be displayed. The options presented on the "Main" screen are "Scan Mode" (default "Color 24bit"), "Scan Source" (default Reflective), "Scan Size" (default Custom), "Resolution" (100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 600, 900, 1200, and all the way up to 9600 as well as custom), and "Descreen" (None, Generic, Newspaper, Magazine, Art print, Custom). There is also an "Output Scaling" slider (default 100%). In addition to the "Main" screen settings, there are tabs for "Enhance" and "Filters." For my work, scanning a large collection of sheet music covers, many 10-1/2" by 14", I simply selected 150dpi as the resolution and maintained ALL OTHER OPTIONS as their default setting. I then clicked the "Preview" button and within about 15 seconds, the GUI displayed the image of the sheet music cover, automatically correctly selecting the boundaries of the piece. I took a quick look, made no further adjustments, and clicked the "Scan" button. Then, after another 15 or so seconds, the image was in Photoshop. One can continue in this manner, scanning piece after piece and when completed, close out of the GUI. The images are really beautiful; good colors and crisp contrasts. You get the "feel" of the paper and the inks. In fact, some images were too good in that they showed up some faults in the original.
There is however a small annoyance (at least, for me). After closing out of the GUI, one works in Photoshop (assuming Photoshop is the graphic editor of choice). Thereafter, after again lifting the scanner cover to add another piece to scan, one is presented with a "pop-up window" named the "A3 1200S Scanner - Panel V2.0." This window provides several functions identified as "Scan", "Import", "PDF", "OCR", "Setting" and "Exit". And upon exiting, it prompts you, "Are you sure to quit?" I don't use any of these functions and so, it's an annoyance and seemingly something I cannot disable. However, to those without Photoshop or the other functions provided, it may be essential.
Follow-up 12/27/14: Per J.C. Westervelt's excellent post of May 18, 2014, to disable this annoying function, go to C:\Program Files\Mustek A3_1200S Scanner\Panel2 and rename the executable file, "Panel2.exe", for example to, "Panel2.exe_orig", thereby making the executable file inoperable. Many thanks, J.C.
Another annoyance one must get used to is that there is no On-Off switch. The scanner is in the Off mode until you direct it to turn On via the driver software. Not every elegant but it works!
On a positive side, you are able to very simply clean the underside of the scanner glass. After time and having nothing to do with the scanner manufacturer, the glass underside becomes coated with a fine film, like a haze, which may effect the quality of the scan. With the Mustek, removing the cover/glass assembly is almost effortless. Disconnect the power from the scanner and remove the scanner cover. Two large brass screws will clearly be visible at the head of the unit. Remove the screws and gently lift the head of the assembly upward about 30 degrees and then forward toward yourself. The assembly will lift off and allow you to clean the inside of the glass using any good household glass cleaner. Replacing the assembly is equally easy by performing the opposite procedure.
Bottom line... for those requiring a large format flatbed scanner, this is an excellent unit at a relatively modest price. Yes, there are some "built-in" annoyances but other scanners (by well known manufacturers) are far more expensive, and not necessarily better.
Hope this helps...
12/27/14: A final note. I continue frequently using my Mustek A3-1200S flatbed scanner and am just as pleased with it as when I bought it back in April 2013. It's a wonderful large-format scanner at a great price!
Setup Details - I tried several things and this worked:
1. I downloaded the latest product drivers from Mustek: http://www.mustek.com/
2. (Note: I didn't even open the included CD, much less use anything off it!)
2. I'm running Windows 7 32 bit (running as non-admin user, but have admin user/password too)
3. I had to go into right-click properties on 'setup.exe' and set:
- a. compatibility mode to Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
- b. privilege level to 'Run this program as administrator'
4. I then ran setup.exe, entered admin user/password, and it installed properly
- a. Note: I did NOT have the scanner plugged in while I ran install
Before it installed properly, it would run for a little while, then pop up the Windows dialog "this program may have failed to install". When the install finally worked, it looked like it was failing to open the usual install dialogs (with all the Next> buttons).
After completing that and rebooting the computer, I plugged the scanner in. Windows saw the device, and it spent some time searching for drivers online, but I left it alone and it finally found the local drivers that setup.exe had installed.
After that I used the fantastic free Paint.NET program to start some of my scanning projects - board games and computer games box covers! The only other temporary trouble I ran into was it sometimes says "scanner in use - is another program using the scanner?", but if I try two or three times it was able to get the scanner. Later I noticed a Mustek "scanner control panel" running, not sure if that was the "other program" or not.
I hope that helps someone else on Windows! The images are everything I expect and the scanner works like every other one I've ever used, once the driver is installed. It's everything I expected, though I appreciate everyone's warnings that initial driver setup could be less than smooth - I left extra time and everything worked out fine. It's nice to finally be able to scan boxes larger than 8.5" x 11"!
Edited Note: The "scanner control panel" was the culprit for 'already in use', and it was running every time I opened and closed the lid of the scanner. I was able to go into the scan properties (Devices and Printers -> right click on scanner, enter admin password) and alter the Events tab from "Run this program" to "Do Nothing". Then I could use my 3rd party image program without the little helper app popping up every time.
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