TAILIEUCHUNG - How to Do Everything With Your Scanner- P13

How to Do Everything With Your Scanner- P13: My thanks to the terrifically creative and knowledgeable staff at Osborne, particularly acquisitions editor Megg Bonar and acquisitions coordinator Alissa Larson for their responsiveness and flexibility. Special thanks to technical editor Steve Bain, not only for his insight and attentiveness to accuracy, but also for actively coming up with many ideas for content. | This page intentionally left blank. Chapter 3 Selecting the Right Scanner Copyright 2001 by The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. Click Here for Terms of Use. 46 How to Do Everything with Your Scanner How To. Decide which scanner features you ll actually use Find a scanner that matches your PC interface Match the resolution of your scanner to your printer and monitor capabilities Shop on line for a good deal on a scanner Test a scanner before you buy it Scanners can be like those exercise bikes with all the flashing lights monitoring your vital signs. You can spend a lot of money on high-end features with every intention of putting them to good use but their value lies in whether you actually give them a good workout and how often. The key to selecting a scanner is identifying the features you actually need for the types of projects you plan to do. You want to purchase the greatest level and range of capability for the features you use and avoid paying for those you don t. For example if you don t plan on scanning transparencies you might be better off skipping that capability and opting to spend more for a another feature such as push-button email or better editing software. A Basic Shopping List of Scanner Features Shopping for a scanner is a lot easier once you figure out what types of projects you plan on doing and what features you need to accomplish them. A basic good-quality scanning device might be the best use of your budget particularly if your printer and graphics adapter card can t take full advantage of the more sophisticated features available on some scanners. Here s a preliminary shopping list of features to commit to memory before setting foot in an office-equipment store or logging on to an online shopping site Interface The hardware interface of a scanner determines how it connects to your computer what type of port and cable your scanner must have. Most computers have parallel ports and USB ports. Others might be configured for SCSI interfaces or the .