Interfacing is via a high-speed USB port, but the scanner is designed to support the Windows operating system Windows ’95 and ’98 only: Also one that we’d asked for in our previous review. Test Results As always with Imaging Resource reviews, we encourage you to let your own eyes be the final judge: I’ve used it to scan about slides and negatives so far and it’s running like a champ. The lack of print-optimized sharpening is reasonable though, as there’s no way for HP to account for all the variations in printer technology and characteristics, print sizes, etc, within their scanner software. In XP mode, download the driver and software and it will work.

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This film appears to have a very different color balance than most other color print films, and has given most scanners we’ve tested fits. This is an important z20 for users: In XP mode, download the driver and software and it will work. A review of the earlier unit also appears on this site.

HP PhotoSmart S20 Photo Scanner – video dailymotion

Fortunately, the S20 software lets you rotate the scanned image in small increments we’d guess the minimum increments are about 1 degree of rotation across a fairly photosmrat range of adjustment. The new PhotoSmart software encourages a more “random access” approach to the scanning process, as shown in the screen shot of the Image Adjustments window, shown below.

We’ll take what we can get though, and the rotation adjustment via software is a feature we’d like to see in more scanners. Fujitsu fi Document Scanner Also one that we’d asked for in our photosmaft review.

Solved: HP Photosmart S20 – HP Support Community –

Their software works across many older devices and your Photosmart S20 was listedand just might work on Windows 8. The equivalent numbers for a reflective print scanned at x were 16 seconds scan, plus 14 seconds processing: As we’ll discuss later, the S20 supports a much broader range of film types than the previous model.


Who can help yewlett Here, the cursor in the color wheel shown in the neutral, centered position is used to shift the overall color balance of the image in the direction of whatever color it’s dragged toward. As we mentioned earlier, while the “nudge” controls give you pretty fine adjustments, we would have liked them to be a bit finer yet. If you are a Packaed user though, you’ll find the PhotoSmart Scanner an affordable, highly capable scanning option.

This happens most often in either the extreme highlights, at the right-hand side of the graph, or in the extreme shadows, at the left-hand edge of it.

Hewlett-Packard S20 PhotoSmart Film Scanners

When we did need gewlett make adjustments, the feedback provided by the Histogram window in the new software interface proved invaluable, and made it easy to adjust images to take full advantage of the available tonal range. With this as a backdrop, we confess that we approached the “sharpening” function in the PhotoSmart S20’s software with something less than enthusiasm.

Message 5 of 8. Overview Hewlett Packard HP for short is a company that literally needs no introduction in the world of computers and electronics.

HP PhotoSmart S20 Scanner

Thus, while the maximum-size output file from the S20 contains 7. Also, there are enough situations where you’ll find device conflicts when adding boards to a computer even in the “Plug and Play” Windows world that this presented an obstacle to many users. To its great credit, we had very few problems feeding either prints or film strips or most slides other than our strange glass onedespite some slightly curled negatives that have been problematic when using “clamshell” type film carriers.

Still, we found the S20’s software controls both powerful and very easy to use: The sample images below show fulm we mean: Note how much longer the processing took for the larger image!

The new software lets you make Image Adjustment settings for multiple frames of a film strip, and then shift-click to select all the frames for “batch” scanning.


Surprisingly, HP didn’t find any need to do this, and the scanner produced remarkably consistent results from one type of film to another, with variations between emulsions and brands being less than we were accustomed to seeing in conventional photo prints from the pgotosmart types. As you’ll see in the main body of this review, it performs these functions admirably, with a very simple-to-operate user interface, producing really excellent image quality at an exceptional price.

HP simply lets you choose how the image is cropped, and then how many pixels it’s converted to when scanned.

I upgraded to Windows 8. But I’m getting old slides turned into digital format, and it’s working very well for that. In the current version, it’s up to you to launch the program when needed. The only possible catch is that you’ll need USB ports on your computer to use it, which means you’ll need a fairly recent motherboard at the fearliest, preferablyand a machine that shipped with at least the “OSR2” release of Windows Ed’s original VueSmart scanning application offered many extensions beyond the capabilities of the HP software, and his new version has both expanded features, and full support for the S20 version of the PhotoSmart scanner.

Slide previews took about 15 seconds, print previews about 16 seconds for a 4×6 inch printand film strip previews about 38 seconds for a strip of 4 negatives the longest strip that can be previewed – if you have longer strips, just flip them around to preview the images at the other end.