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Well, the first one was a dud and I had to shlep it back to the Apple store on Regent Street, but the second beast seems to be working okay. I decided to get a MacBook Pro in the end and I'm trying to come to terms with it not being my old computer. (I was very attached to my last one.)

The only snag I've hit so far, and it's a big one, is that my old scanner and printer aren't supported by the latest Mac software. Curses! (They're an Epson Perfection 1200 Photo and an A3 Epson Stylus Photo 1290.) They are so, so good, this is such a hideous waste! Grrr.

Well, I guess I'll have to decide if I get another A4 scanner or upgrade to an A3, and figure out what's a decent A3 printer. I'm partial to Epson, but I could be persuaded otherwise. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

Edit: I've got them both working now, thanks SO much for your help! xx

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catboots
Jul. 13th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
There's really no way to get the old hardware working with the new software? I've never heard of something like that before. Then again I've never used a mac.

If you're forced into buying new hardware, you might as well get something bigger than your old one :D
goraina
Jul. 13th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Microtek makes decent large-format scanners that won't set you back as far as some of the other brands. Mind kinda sucks for scanning color work, but for black and white, it's great!
jabberworks
Jul. 13th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Raina! I managed to get the scanner to work when I spent $40 on a VueScan application. Very relieved about that! But I'll keep an eye on those Microtek babies... :-)
lesmcclaine
Jul. 13th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Before buying a new scanner, try VueScan.

In 2004 I managed to get a scanner working that Epson stopped supporting for Mac in 1999. Its interface is pretty good, too. They might also have a printer app, I don't know.

If you do need a new scanner, I got a Brother A3 3-in-one for like $200US six months ago or so. Best deal I've ever found for an A3. I can't remember the model number and it's at my studio so I can't check right now.
shug_comics
Jul. 13th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I got a Brother once, too. But it would only print pages of the bible.
jabberworks
Jul. 13th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, thank you SO much, Les!! VueScan works like a dream, that's 40 bucks very well spent!
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joedecie
Jul. 13th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I had this problem when I went from G3 to G5. Have a good check around for drivers before you shell out for something new. Do new machines still have the ability to load in a classic environment? maybe you could do your scanning in classic. But then again, I don't really know what I'm talking about. Is it an Intel issue?

If you're looking for a good home for your old scanner...
jinty
Jul. 13th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think the new machines even have the option of loading in classic...
jabberworks
Jul. 13th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Nope. I asked the guy a the Mac shop if I could load old software in the Classic Environment and he looked at me like I was Rip Van Winkle.
rainboworchid
Jul. 13th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that you have checked Epson's website for the latest drivers on those models? Of course you have - sorry. I recently upgraded to Photoshop CS4 and now can't scan directly into Photoshop (unless I switch PS to Rosetta, which makes it slower, which I don't want). But the Epson scanner software works okay (I've got a Perfection 1660 on a Mac Pro). Bah to teething problems!
ext_138579
Jul. 13th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmm I wouldn't quite give up on them yet, there's often something to be done driver-wise... I don't quite want to believe that they'll just be redundant.
ext_189734
Jul. 13th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
epson drivers...
there should be an epson sp 1290 driver installed on your mac already...

just looked inside the Library/Printers/EPSON/Libraries/Machines folder... and there is EPSON SP 1290.xml,

which is encouraging.

not so sure about the scanner but I have found image capture to work very well with my crappy scanner...
jabberworks
Jul. 13th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: epson drivers...
YES!!! I managed to get my printer to work, despite Epson claiming they don't support it. Very happy about that. Thanks! Still working on that scanner, though, it seems a harder nut to crack.

Edit: Yes, got the scanner to work with VueScan!

Edited at 2009-07-13 09:16 pm (UTC)
americanbeetles
Jul. 13th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Seconding Les on VueScan-- I used it with much success on a 2008 MacBook Pro. Well worth the $40 or however many shillings & quid that would be. :)
jabberworks
Jul. 13th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
It works for my scanner, I'm so happy! :-D
ext_168205
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
I think Epson do support the printer but you have to download a driver.

https://www.epson.co.uk/Printers-and-All-In-Ones/Inkjet/EPSON-Stylus-Photo-1290/Drivers-Support?target=article&extn=.html&articleId=1082

I can see your printer in section 1
jabberworks
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
Yup, it's all working now. (I saw a lot of lists where it wasn't supported, but finally figured out how it was.) Thanks, Dan! :-)
ext_138579
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Heyyy brilliant! I'm glad it's okay. Now you can feel like yopu saved all that money and spend it on treats :)
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