seems to be launching new printers, scanners and cameras almost weekly.
There are now 10 flatbed scanners in its collection, including the top
of the range 9900F. Interestingly, Canon is also going down the route
of producing very high specification flatbed scanners that can handle
various film formats. Are we seeing the death of the dedicated film scanner?
For professional and semi pro photographers the 9900F might just be the
scanner that fits their needs. I will cover film scanning in great detail
later in the review.
What's in the box?
with most hardware, the 9900F is supplied securely packed with more than
its fair share of cellophane and sticky tape. I am glad to see the AC
adapter is not part of the plug, it's just that I can't fit any more adapters
on my extension cable. I can't see why Canon couldn't have incorporated
it within the scanner, there seems to be plenty of room and the adapter
is a compact unit.
You should install the drivers before you connect the scanner to the computer. Under Windows the CD Autoruns and you are presented with a list of software you can install. A complete installation will occupy 379 MB of hard disk space. I am just going to install the minimum amount of software, ScanGear CS 25 MB (TWAIN driver) and the CanoScan Toolbox 5MB. This basic installation took less than four minutes and required the computer to re-boot. If the Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard appears, then press the cancel button.
is a good selection of bundled software; ArcSoft PhotoStudio - an image
editing application, ArcSoft PhotoBase - Photo Album software, ScanSoft
OmniPage - OCR software, Presto PageManager - Digital document management
program, Adobe Acrobat - PDF file reader. There is also an Electronic
manual for the scanner which you can either install or read from the CD.
On a separate CD there is a full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0,
(Mac & Win) this is an excellent application which replaces the usual
Photoshop 5 LE. The selection of software is excellent and will get someone
productive after unpacking the scanner. I will not be looking at any of
these applications within this review.
Before connecting to a computer the scanner unit has to be unlocked. Open the document cover and the switch is located at the rear.