The LinoScan 2400 flatbed scanner has arrived at FLAAR lab and we get excellent scans from it. We were interested in trying out the newer LinoColor scanner software from Heidelberg. Unfortunately Heidelberg dropped out of the scanner markets, so no more of this brand are being made.


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Comparative review, information, on the Linoscan 2400 flatbed scanner with LinoColor scanner software from Heidelberg.

Heidelberg Linoscan 2400
Heidelberg Linoscan 2400

The Heidelberg LinoScan flatbed scanners have the advantage that you can scan 3-D objects and any object with relief such as basketry, thick hand-woven rugs, things like indigenous Maya textiles, and all kinds of neat objects.

"If the scanner you are thinking of buying is sold at CompUSA or Wal-Mart then it definitely is not for serious prepress use." This means that you have to make the effort to find a place that sells Heidelberg scanners.

Scanners from Microtek are okay for home use but most models are not used in many serious prepress shops. Low-end Agfa scanners are just Microtek scanners with Agfa label and Agfa software (SilverFast scanner software is much much better).

Whereas the entry level Heidelberg scanners are made by Umax the Linoscan 2400 is evidently not the same as the Umax Mirage. The Heidelberg scanner is newer and evidently made by another company. At the high end, the Nexscan, there is not really any Umax equivalent. The Heidelberg Nexscan is to be compared with the EverSmart Pro II of the CreoScitex EverSmart series.

The Heidelberg Linoscan 2400 has become very popular in our office. The quality of the resultant scans is great. Everything was easy to learn, indeed part of the test is to take a person who has never used this scanner before, and see if he can produce a professional scan. The requirement is that the scan must come out so good that you don't even need to send it through Photoshop for any improvement. The Heidelberg LinoColor software and hardware passed this test easily.

Since the Heidelberg and Linoscan brands are no longer available in scanners, be wary about buying them used. No more support; no guarantee of spare parts, and the software will no longer be upgraded. But you can get SilverFast software and it is upgraded every year or so.

Our suggestions for what scanners to select (now that both Agfa and Heidelberg have all dropped out of the market and no longer offer scanners) are contined in the FLAAR Reports. All these reports on scanners are pictured and described on www.wide-format-printers.NET

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