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This review is from: EPSON Perfection Series Perfection V600 Film & Photo Flatbed Color Scanner
Pros: the best I have seen for negative film scans. on old medium format (folding camera and Brownie, not pro) negatives of family photos, the image is better than the old prints I have
Other Thoughts: I have lots of negatives of family photos from the 1930'-1960's. the original prints are not always in the best of shape, and I want to make copies for other family members. since I am not motivated to set up a dark room again and make prints, I have been trying my old scanner (about 1/6 the resolution) and then a combo digital camera to dupe. neither did negatives well. I am just overwhelmed on well this scanner handles BW negatives from junky old camersREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ABBYY Screenshot Reader
Pros: I am able to extract text from password protected PDF files. I understand the need for protecting intellectual property but to even copy a piece of text to search within a protected pdf file is impossible. this gets me there. and of course I use it on obscure documents relative to my job, because I am a poor typist (and I program among other things). I have to search a lot in PDF files, and ABBY helps me where other screen capture programs like SNagit couldn't. and if it is protected, you can't change it to searchable with programs like Nuance (older PDFs generally are non-searchable).
Other Thoughts: It only cost me 10 dollars on sale at Newegg, and it has helped me with several nettlesome searchesREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: COOLMAX HD-381BZ-U3 Aluminum 3.5" Copper USB 3.0 External Enclosure w/OTB Function
Pros: very fast, this is from NTI Analyzer:
ill) SAMSUNG HD103SJ USB Device
Cons: small con. there is no instruction sheet and you can't download one from their site(404 error)
there are two countersink tabs to make the drive snug in the case. but the screws are pan head. I fiddled and found an orientation that worked, but a sketch on the box would have been nice.
Other Thoughts: it is only 4.17 times as fast as my USB 2.0 enclosure was but it is 1.5 times as fast as my external USB 3.0 drive...which is powered by the USB port instead of plugged in.
anyway, I will buy another for my other drive I use as an external for porting data. nice improvement in my life