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Welcome to the world of scanning in 2015
Last two years, still not much innovative in scanning

Posted Jan. 2, 2015.

In past years we reviewed the great Cruse scanner, but recently we have learned that Metis won out over Cruse in several competitions (for US government needs). As soon as we have a Metis or Cruse available at our digital imaging testing facility in Guatemala we will update our reviews, but frankly the Metis does have advantages.

In the meantime, info is available via  The person we know there is Trevor Haworth, CEO.

All the great scanner manufacturers either went out of business already many years ago (Scitex, Creo Scitex, then Kodak threw away this incredible Israeli technology). At the low end Umax has not been seen or heard of for almost a decade.

Sorry to be blunt, but Nikon scanners were okay for weekend and vacation negatives and transparencies, but not much else. Heidelberg dropped their flatbed scanners so many years ago that today no computer has OS or software to run them. Same with the nice Fujifilm flatbed scanners.

The only scanners still being made are fine art giclee and industrial scanners (Metis and Cruse) and roll-fed scanners (Contex). We have also seen scanners in the ceramics industry (but Meital and Cruse are better). And occasionally a Korean or Japanese flatbed scanner at a signage expo.

We recently visited a major company with in-house scanning. They said their Contex scanner did not work adequately. We found other issues with an HP rebranding of a roll-fed scanner 10 years ago.

Also, beware if any roll-fed scanner company claims their system works for scanning art! Sorry, roll fed scanners can potentially scratch material, can skew, and can possibly have other issues. I would never recommend using a roll-fed scanner for anything but basic architectural drawings, CAD, or perhaps GIS images.


Scanner technology continues to stall in 2013

Updated Jan. 2, 2015, Originally Posted Jan. 2, 2013

Not much on scanners at Photokina 2012. And I do not expect to see too many flatbed scanners at PMA@CES 2013 in Las Vegas.

But we at FLAAR are alive and well and still using the great Scitex scanners, by far the best flatbed scanners made. If your original photos were with a Hasselblad or Leica, you don’t want to use a UMAX scanner to digitize your prize images.

If we find anything about scanner technology in 2013, we will be glad to report, but for the present, everyone is going to 3D scanning, and we have a separate web site on this,

And our digital photography DSLR review website, is updated every month, primarily with new PDFs (we can show a lot more photographs in a PDF than we can on a single web page).

FLAAR Reports expands coverage in 2012

General view of PMA and CES expo at Vegas 2012 CES consumer Electronics Show exhibitor list 2012

Not much new in flatbed scanners for the past several years, so we have added coverage of flatbed printers on our

Plus we still cover giclee scanners on our

FLAAR at Photokina 2010

Yes, FLAAR goes to Photokina every two years.

Three of us will be at Photokina 2010 in beautiful Cologne. Check out the Photokina 2010 exhibitor list.

Edgar Eduardo Sacayon, FLAAR photographer was selected among 60 of the best photographers in the world to present his work at Photokina 2010, one of the most important trade shows for the photographic industry.

We have added a new site to FLAAR Network:

3d-scanners-3d-software-, where you find reviews and evaluations on reliable 3d laser equipment, laser scanners, both handheld and portable scanner, digitizer, for creating 3d models, 3d modeling, with reviews of 3d modeling software, metrology, including for reverse engineering, prototyping: the whole world of virtual 3d.

3D scanners now covered by this FLAAR review site

For 3D scanning we have reports on 3D body scanning (see FLAAR Reports) and on a really impressive 3D scanner from Dr Wirth Gravursysteme, 6to5. It was possible to spend an entire day at their impressive facilities in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as visit their booth several times at DRUPA 2008. We hope to do test scans using this equipment in the future so that we can expand our coverage.

But most of our 3D scanning evaluations are now on a separate 3D web site.


Not many new flatbed scanners (at pro level)

The only new flatbed scanner we have seen in several years is a wide-format flatbed scanner from Contex, 18 x 24 inches. We are considering adding coverage of this model. This Contex COPYmate 18 scanner was shown at PMA 2006. Perhaps we will see this 18" Contex scanner again at Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

I also saw a scanner at a Japanese trade show early in 2010 (JapanShop). I do not remember this brand from many other trade shows. Hardly any scanner company exhibits their flatbed scanners any more.

These pages on flatbed scanner reviews are being updated with additional tests of the Kodak CreoScitex EverSmart Supreme flatbed scanner and updating information on the “3d” flatbed scanner of Cruse.

The shining stars in prepress scanners today (2010) are the sophisticated scanners from CreoScitex (Kodak) and Screen. Most other companies, such as Agfa, Fujifilm and Heidelberg, have dropped out of the scanner market already many years back.

Our scanner reviews are dedicated to the kind of scanner that would be useful in a photo archive, photo lab, library, museum, or any individual who really values and appreciates the highest quality. If you took your original photos with a Leica, Nikon, Hasselblad, large format camera, or other equally good camera, then you should look for a scanner that is as good as your original camera.

We have been testing and evaluating scanners of all sizes and shapes since the 1990's. The most recent scanner to arrive is an iQsmart1 from Creo. Check out our reviews at www.wide-format-printers.NET.


scanning fruits at parrot digigraphic Scanning fruits during site visit at Parrot Digigraphic

Most recently updated Jan. 2, 2015.

Previously updated Jan. 2, 2013.