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Jennifer L. Vandiver

Quality and Performance of UMAX Astra 4400 Scanner

My boyfriend is getting an UMAX Astra 4400 scanner as a freebie for purchasing a new computer system. Since he already has a scanner, he's giving this one to me. I'm pretty excited over the chance to start scanning regular photos as well as downloading digital images, but I wonder what kind of performance and quality I'll get out of this product. Any advice or information?

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8/23/2001 5:31:28 PM

doug Nelson   I have a much older UMAX, and the 4400, for $100 may do as well as my oldie. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the quality you'll get. If you want to print the photo at the same size on your inkjet, scan at 300 ppi. If you want it twice as big, scan at 600. Yours goes to 1200. Scan at 150 ppi if all you want to do is send pictures as email attachments or put them on a web page. For that you need to downsize (fewer pixels) and compress them in a format called JPEG. Your scanner may have a way to do this. Eventually, you'll need some sort of imaging program to go with this scanner. You will then be able to tweak contrast, brightness, take the black sheep out of the family portrait, put your friends' faces on celebrity bodies-the possibilities are endless. Enjoy.

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8/28/2001 8:03:32 AM

Jennifer L. Vandiver   Doug,

Great! Thanks for your response.

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8/28/2001 9:14:36 AM

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