Archive for March, 2013

Linux 35mm slide scanner

March 1, 2013
After many hours of looking for a cheap solution for scanning 35mm slides on GNU/Linux I was introduced to an alternative and much better solution to digitizing slides. An OS independent slide scanner. The device sends the digitized slides right to a SDHC card in jpg form. At which point you can use a card reader (and possibly a USB cable, untested by me at this point):
There does not appear to be a model number although the title of the page is: The Superior Slide And Negative To Digital Picture Converter

Link is: http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=82847&promo=Electronics-Media-Conversion&catid=98

This should work for all the Ubuntu, Trisquel, Linux Mint, Fedora, OpenSUSE, PCLinuxOS, Redhat Enterprise Linux, Mageia, Debian, ZorinOS users out that amongst others.

I read somewhere that drug stores, grocery stores, and others frequently have devices which allow you to scan slides and photographs. While this might not be practical for people who have thousands of slides it may work for those who don’t have that many.

One last thought. ThinkPenguin.com specializes in providing support for GNU/Linux and it may be worth contacting the company if this specific product disappears form the market. There are probably others out there and/or new versions.

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