Re: microtek scanmaker III,V,VI,A3 etcetera

Warren Early (
Tue, 9 Dec 1997 15:24:01 +0800 (GMT-8)

While it's true that the scanner does scan in 36-bit data chunks it
samples 30-bits and sends it to the PC. I've been told that's because
Photoshop can't handle more than 30-bits. Would that help you as far as
what you are looking for with the SCSI hardware probe?

On Mon, 8 Dec 1997, borm wrote:

> Hello all, I just joined the list yesterday. I have bought a
> microtek scanmaker III scanner in August. This is a 36 bit
> colour scanner. I have tried in vain to find information about
> the SCSI command set it supports. I tried to contact the author
> of the MTEKSCAN utility (Jan Schoenepauck), the former microtek
> employee present on this list (W. Early) and Microtek (both the
> European distributor and in Taiwan). The only reaction I got so
> far was from the European distributor, who emailed me a document
> with the scsi command set for the scanmaker V, VI, E3 10 bit and
> A3 scanners (18 models in total ) which are new or forthcoming.
> Unfortunately these scanners are totally incompatible with
> earlier models. (By the way microtek also manufactures some (or
> all) of the more expensive AGFA models (eg duoscan 45), so some
> of the information contained in this document may be applicable
> to these models as well)(at least that's what I've been told by
> a microtek employee)
> For one or another reason the people at microtek seem to be
> unable to locate any documentation regarding their earlyer models.
> The document I am looking for is entitled:
> "the Microtek SCSI Image Scanner Programmer's Reference"
> Can anyone help me obtain this document; does anyone know who has
> a copy? Is anyone interested in receiving the document entitled
> "SCSI Command Set for Microtek Scanner rev. 2.2.4, aug 6 1997"?
> (43 pages, about 130KB attachment).
> I did manage to write a driver myself, using the information con-
> tained in the MTEKSCAN source code, that works correctly in 24 bit
> mode, but as soon as I address any of its 36 bit colour or 12 bit
> grey scale capabilities the scsi interface throws up (claiming that
> the scanner does not understand the command). I even went as far as
> to connect a hardware scsi probe, and analyzed the commands sent to
> the scanner by the original microtek software (windows 3.11/95),
> but could not figure out what was happening. (saw a lot of commands
> and data going back and forth, but nothing even remotely 36 bittish)
> Does anyone have experience with the scanmaker III? I am starting
> to wonder whether 36 bit scanner at all. (If it isn't that would
> have some serious consequences)
> yours sincerely,
> theo borm
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