Reviews and Problems with Plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus
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Terrific Book Scanner
furst vonlorenz, Amazon
9 October 2012
Summary: I purchased this item from Amazon and had it in 2 days. Could not be more than pleased with my selection. It scans not only my book but also other articles and sends them in the right format to my pc. Could not be happier.
Summary: I work in a office that has four of these, two are 3600s and the others are the Plus. I have used the original 3600 for seven years and it has worked flawlessly. I urge people to read the manual if they complain about slow scanning. I cannot turn pages fast enough and the one I use has scanned ten thousand pages in seven years. In our office, we scan each page as graphic file then use Acrobat to assemble as a PDF.
Summary: Strictly speaking, as a scanner it is working just fine. As a "Book Scanner" [the novel feature it is marketed for], this thing is lacking. It does not actually scan up to the edge, as advertised. Hence, I am finding that I can have the book spine right where it is supposed to be, yet I am having my paragraphs truncated by about five or six characters.
Summary: A nice fast scanner, it can scan a page in under 10 seconds. I was able to scan a 400 page book in just over an hour. Not bad! BUT... and this is the killer for me... paperback ("mass market edition") books don't scan very well because the print normally goes all the way to the spine. If you don't mind destroying your book (cracking the spine) then you might be able to do it but I like to keep my books in good condition. This made the scanner useless for my needs.
Summary: I have a small publishing operation (Norton Creek Press) that brings great-but-forgotten books back into print. Sometimes this involves scanning in rare or collectible books that would be damaged if I opened them all the way to make them lie flat on an ordinary scanner. The Plustek Opticbook 3600 lets me scan such books without damaging them. I've used it hard for a couple of weeks, and I've been very happy with it.
Summary: I purchased a Opticbook 3600 plus. Works "ok" with XP, but the drivers will not initialize on my Vista laptop. I even took the scanner and laptop into a computer shop and they tried to get it to run on a newly installed Vista system with ZERO success. Calls to the service center go unreturned, and email is not answered. I find it hard to believe Plustek cannot get their scanner to work on Vista, or find a service center in the US that knows the meaning of SERVICE !!
Summary: I liked this scanner so much that I bought a second one. (Note: I did not buy the "Plus" version, which only adds the ability to save directly to PDF. I bought my scanners before the Plus version became available. The software that came with my scanners does create PDFs as well, but not "directly." I'm not sure if the direct-to-PDF feature is worth the extra $30 or $40; it may be if it generates higher quality PDFs with smaller file sizes.
Summary: For books, this scanner is awesome - faster than my Epson and my Canon all-in-one. On the other hand, the Epson works much better on photos, and the Canon is best for quick scan to email or to make copies. Mine came with Vista drivers, no problem there. The software, however, is another story. "It sucks" is being kind.
Summary: I was a big fan of this scanner until recently. Opticbook scans books fast without damaging spines. I used it very carefully. I used another scanner of mine for non-book materials, because I didn't want to waste the lamp life. The result? The lamp died after around 200 scans! I used it intermittently, so I was out of warranty when the lamp died. I've used scanners of several manufacturers, and this is the first time that a scanner lamp died on me.
Summary: After reading the other reviews, I thought I would give my 2 cents. I could not use the software on my Windows 2003 server, so use it on another computer a Windows XP Pro that I dedicated just for the scanner. I scan large books about 500 pages on average, but I use the quick scan mode and save directly to tif, then edit, crop etc in another photo software and then make into pdf.