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Connect SCSI Xerox scanner to MacBook Air?


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Hey all,
I know the first thing anyone will maybe want to say is get a new scanner. Not an option for this application. The scanner is a Xerox 620s, and I need the durability and accuracy of this thing (they sold for $17k when new.) So- anyone have experience with adapting an old SCSI scanner to USB? What cable is the best? A cable that adapts, or an adapter and a USB cable? I really don't know, but this project is super important for everyone, and it has to be ACCURATE. I am archiving print media for use in a genetically intelligent database, and there is little room for error. At all. And if anyone knows the best OCR software for this project, I am all ears- if need be I will build a windoze box for exclusive use of like TWAIN/PictBridge even though I hate to.
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You may need to run that into an older machine with a PCI SCSI card installed

If you were doing pre-press stuff I would understand your attachment to that old scanner

But if your prime job is OCR then I really dont understand why you cannot use a modern scanner (and I have worked in print for 20 years, and know that even medium cost modern scanners are more than up for the task

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Hey, thanks. It really has a lot to do with the weak link they all have, and that is the ADF. A commercial level Xerox can't be beat, and this thing has to be able to run for years and years. I do not want to have to babysit the thing, and as an ex- Xerox engineer, I know well who can handle originals the best, and I do not have time to hand feed all this data. So... what type of Mac would be the unit to use? An old G4? I really do not care what the unit is as long as it is a Mac. I do not wish to deal with a win box at all if I can avoid it, but I am absolutely cool with buying another older Mac. If this is the case, and I hope it is (!) then what box, and what older software makes the most sense?
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Hey all,

I got some very reasonable advice from Louishen (thanks!!!) who says rather than try to adapt my I/O from a Xerox 620s (SCSI) to my Air, I should go retro on the machine end. (here: http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...-new-post.html) This makes a whole lot of sense in that I was already thinking about a dedicated OCR hardware solution for a database I am developing. I am told I need a PCT(?) SCSI equipped Mac. In light of this, anyone with any advice regarding what (desktop?) machine I should be looking at? Sometimes it seems the most elegant solution is the simplest. That scanner is 1998 vintage, BTW, and no- I am not interested in a newer scanner- I would not mind another Mac to do this with, but am unfamiliar with older hardware, and which software works the best. I am into OCR accuracy, and not efficiency at all.

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