[Novalug] Time to replace printer with all-in-one. Why do you like yours?
Miles D. Oliver
miles.d.oliver at gmail.com
Sat Jan 28 11:53:21 EST 2012
Thanks for all the replies. Its been very helpful in searching out a new
all in one.
The 'paper blob' is large and growing in this house and the document
software she wanted to start tackling it "Neat' the windows version only
works with THEIR Scanner and I refuse to shell out $400 to buy another
piece of hardware/software when I really want to do things OpenSource if I
can and still allow her to use what she knows 'Acrobat reader' to find
something if she needs to go back to look for it.
She is VERY comfortable with Adobe Reader and can find her way with it.
She has her own 'system' and saves in directories with filenames that have
In 'my world' I have to accommodate her needs so making Searchable PDFs is
what the outcome of anything we end up scanning. She bought adobe acrobat
a long time ago and is comfortable with it and getting her to learn
anything new at this time is almost pointless. She is retired now and
'retired' means anything that requires work such as learning new software
She complains that using Acrobat the 'scan' , 'save file as' method for her
is awful and time consuming. Who could blame her. I know if I had to do it
this way I'd be tired of it easily too.
SO with all that said I know what I ' WANT ' to do, its just a matter of '
IF ' I can do it.
I'm sure there is a good linux solution to this problem.
Scan multiple documents into PDFs and make them searchable and autosave
with dates or unique filenames in a batch to get rid of the the 'save as'
I'll do my part to scan the stuff for her and build searchable pdfs from
the scanning and store them on her computer for her.
I just have to find the right OCR and PDF tools to do this.
This has morphed into a bigger document management process but searchable
PDFs is what she will be comfortable with and this is what we have to
I also have to be able to produce searchable pdfs from what she has already
created (I have to look and see if they are now) and what I have to do in
the future to give her what she wants.
You know the story.. "IF MOMMA AIN'T HAPPY, NOBODYS HAPPY".. ;-)
On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM, Mark A. Metz <mametz at aol.com> wrote:
> My wife and I bought an Epson NX-515 (
> http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?sku=C11CA48231) about a
> year and a half ago. I think we spent around $160 for it at Best Buy on
> It's a wireless all-in-one. It's easy to set up for a wireless network.
> It's discoverable by all platforms in our house (i.e., Win 7, Ubuntu, OSX
> 10.5 & 10.6). For Win 7 and Ubuntu it works out of the box, even for
> wireless scanning with XSane. For Mac it requires some printer driver
> knowledge that isn't included in the instructions.
> It's a flatbed scanner and I don't think you can get a document feeder for
> it. I've only tried to use an ADF from Linux on a HP flatbed with an ADF
> attachment on the lid. It failed.
> For the Epson NX-515
> I like . . .
> That it's easy to setup and Linux drivers are available without any
> hunting (drivers for the NX-510 series are in the device database in the
> "Add Printer" wizard in Ubuntu). It produces good quality, high-resolution
> scans and photo quality prints. I can scan wireless with XSane in Ubuntu.
> The small, color monitor has a good menu and helpful status indicators. No
> USB cables required. The ink cartridges from Epson are good quality.
> Epson is a good brand. It was inexpensive.
> I don't like . . .
> That typical of today's manufacturing it's cheap construction; plastic,
> plastic, plastic. It's inkjet so ink is expensive. It's an exposed, top
> loading paper tray so paper and workings are not protected from dust.
> Output is from the front and paper catcher trays are clunky. It top prints
> so documents must be reverse ordered if you don't want to collate by hand.
> Hope this gives you some things to think about even if you don't like the
> On 01/26/2012 08:51 AM, Miles D. Oliver wrote:
> I am in the search for a new printer and want to replace it with an
> all-in-one to be able to get a multipage scanner and printer back in my
> The DeskJet 1220C has been good to me and I got rid of my old HP flatbed
> scanner, parts of it became a project for someone on the list.
> We have a canon mx-310 now that is in my wife's office but I also want
> something for my office at the house that is Linux friendly. We are
> working to reduce the 'paper blob' and being able to do dual duty scanning
> of PDFs for a while will be helpful. Also sharing this mx-310 connected to
> her Win 7 box isn't what I want to try to do. She is using 'Neat' document
> software that I can import PDFs that I scan as well and she seems happy
> with the results of the product now that they have a decent version of it.
> What do you like about your printer/scanner and why?
> I trust that I will get real world experiences with the devices using
> Linux here.
> The old DeskJet was OK but I want something better.
> If I can get a new one before the next meeting the 1220C may be dropped
> off for someone to use or part out for another project.
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