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Unofficial Vista x64 driver for Epson Perfection 1660 scanner [Jan. 29th, 2009|04:22 pm]
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Today I spent 5 hours trying to make my old but still quite able Epson scanner to work.

Windows Vista, of course, didn't recognize it. Setup program from the OEM CD didn't work either, which wasn't a big surprise to me: the scanner was bought back in 2002. Yet when it comes to speed and quality, it still outperforms any modern HP scanner of its class.

What I did next? You knew it: I went to Epson's support web site. They had Vista drivers, but only for x32 systems. I downloaded and run it anyway, and tried to set it up following the instructions on Epson's web site. Nothing.

Needless to say that I have tried number of ways each of which ended with complete uninstall and reboot of Epson's software.

I went through number of forums where desperate owners of Epson Perfection 1660 were crying for help. Some lucky guys managed to install the old drivers, and were sharing the knowledge of their success. No luck for me though...

And then, at last, I found this thread! Someone, desperate to make the scanner work just hacked Epson's driver for another model. And believe it or not, it works!

What makes me mad, is that giants like Epson just don't care about keeping their product working as long as it has been already sold.

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[User Picture]From: roocaya
2009-01-29 01:54 pm (UTC)
That's why there always will be people who will hack their their drivers:)))
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[User Picture]From: avetik
2009-01-29 02:06 pm (UTC)
Have you given a thought to use Linux?
Try installing Ubuntu as a guest system on your machine and test-print from it).
It has a pretty good support for printing/scanning too, maybe it would work better than Vista?
At least for me, when I use it with HP printers it works great...
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2009-01-29 02:12 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the programs I use for work, are not *nix compatible, and there are no equal analogues to them.
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[User Picture]From: xelgen
2009-01-29 03:27 pm (UTC)
I think I've read about possibility of running FineReader with Wine.

But yes, there are very few good open source OCRs.
It was relativly easy to add a new language to tesseract, but a year ago or so, there was no good GUI shell for that engine. Don't know how are things with it today.

Still if there is someone eager to teach Tesseract some Armenian, he can count on me.
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2009-01-29 06:32 pm (UTC)
Well, the most important programs I use are Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver and InDesign. There isn't anything even distantly similar to them under Linux. Particularly GIMP, Inkscape and other graphic packages under Linux do not support CMYK, without which I just can't work.

Anyway, I guess overall there are even less drivers for Linux, than under Win :)
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[User Picture]From: prokoudine
2009-01-30 01:40 pm (UTC)
Well, the most important programs I use are Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver and InDesign. There isn't anything even distantly similar to them under Linux. Particularly GIMP, Inkscape and other graphic packages under Linux do not support CMYK, without which I just can't work.

Ah, I see. So what you basically say is that you cannot import an AdobeRGB picture into Scribus document and do a color separated PDF? You've just made my day :)
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2009-01-30 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I did.

Anything else to say, dear?
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[User Picture]From: prokoudine
2009-01-30 02:30 pm (UTC)
Ouch, I totally forgot: THANK YOU! :)
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2009-01-30 02:55 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome. One question though, have you ever prepared any project for offset printing in GIMP or Inkscape?
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[User Picture]From: prokoudine
2009-01-30 03:04 pm (UTC)

Not me, however...

http://ba22.blogspot.com/2009/01/helena-elange.html and further

Inkscape + GIMP, color separation in GIMP using separate+ plug-in.
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2009-01-30 04:35 pm (UTC)
There is quite a difference between "work in CMYK" and "work in RGB then use a plugin to output into CMYK". You can't do high-quality commercial jobs if you start working in RGB, then use a separate plug-in just to output it into CMYK. In the most cases you have no choice but to work in CMYK from the scratch to maintain color accuracy.

To illustrate my point, here is an RGB .tif file, I would like to ask you to "separate" it into CMYK and send me the result (click on the thumbnail to get the file)

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

QuickPost Quickpost this image to Myspace, Digg, Facebook, and others!
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2009-02-05 06:00 pm (UTC)

Оказалось непосильной задачей?

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[User Picture]From: a_lexus_330
2009-01-29 09:49 pm (UTC)
I had quite a similar problem with my HP ScanJet, which refused to work under XP! While choosing between committing a suicide, reverting to Windows 98, or throwing the device away, I suddenly came across a cracked driver, installed and it now works!
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2009-01-30 06:12 am (UTC)
Գժանոց... :(
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[User Picture]From: baqvakert
2009-01-30 01:03 pm (UTC)
А зачем ты 64-бит поставил?
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[User Picture]From: ahousekeeper
2009-01-30 01:25 pm (UTC)
Заводская предустановка.
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