Epson Perfection Drivers X
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1670, 2400, 3170, 3200, and 4870 scanner drivers.   Free
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Contains the Epson Perfection 1670, 2400, 3170, 3200 and 4870 Series EPSON Scan Utility and TWAIN Driver v2.32A.
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PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later






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JimW commented on 08 Aug 2004
Frankly I presently find little difference between Epson and HP. Previously HP decided to abandon Apple and withdrew all support for their printers. When Apple came out with OS X and regained some market share they reentered the market again but did not update any of the drivers for the older printers. Everyone who had older printers was forced to buy new ones in order to print with OS X. Epson has at least did not exit the market and then reenter it later, abandoning its older customers. It eventually update many of its older printers to OS X.

However what both companies has done regarding ink cartridges has been predatory, anti-environmental and consumer unfriendly. They have done everything possible to discourage competition in this field, while trying to make their cartridges unreliable, and charging the maximum amount the market will absorb. Because of this, The amount of cartridge waste that builds up in landfills each year is enormous. HP's profitability is directly tied to selling ink, not printers or computers. I am personally convinced that HP's recent announcement to recycle computers for free via was to serve as a "shield" to deflect criticism about their refusal to allow third parties to refill their ink cartridges. Call my cynical but I am just waiting for them to play this card when critics ask them to back off their hard stance on ink cartridge recycling for the sake of the environment.

Mind you, Hp is not alone in the ink cartridge issue. All the manufactures do it to a greater or lesser degree. So far Canon seems to be in the lesser category. In any case, now that they are affordable (in $500 arena), my next printer will be a color laser printer. They are much more cost effect to print with and don't suffer from the the cartridge recycle problems common to ink-jets. They are also more environmentally friendly for the same reason. Because of the history of the ink-jet manufactures, I will try to avoid buying a laser printer manufactured from one of these companies. I do not wish to reward them for their past transgressions.

As for scanners, companies, tend to only update drivers for a couple of years and then abandon the model. I have a Perfection 1240U that I paid $350 for when it came out. It is an excellent scanner. Epson can out with an initial driver for OS X and a couple of pathetic updates and then abandoned it.

I have also yet to find a currently supported OCR software for the Mac for OSX. Softscan seems to abandoned the Mac for all of its products(Omnipage & Textbridge) Last time I spoke to them about it, they "confessed" to me that their software was not completely compatible with the current version of OS X and they had no timeframe for an update. The sort of recommend that I not buy it as I might be disappointed, given my desire, for compatibiity, reliability, support, and full functionality. They have a history of doing this as they seem to be primary a Windows company with Mac seemly as an afterthought.

I realize this has digressed a bit but I hope all will find some of the remarks useful given the other comments.
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Anonymous commented on 08 Aug 2004
One terrific way to save on ink is to buy from online suppliers (e.g.- www.inkjetcartridge.com ).

Generic cartridges are a fraction of the price and I believe they do not void warranties (some ink cartridge websites provide information regarding warranties).

Unfortunately, this doesn't relieve waste issues. I guess the thing to do is discard responsibly (i.e.- recycle, use drop-offs, etc...).

For me, it does seem that ink cartridge prices are ridiculous. Thank goodness there are options out there.

Just my two cents. I hope it's useful info.
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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Aug 2004
Its really odd to hear everyone complaining about epson's scanners......! We have a mix of 16 1260's and 1670's and they run pretty much flawlessly all day on 10.3.
In comparrison to the poor support from Microtek and from Umax, Epson users should think them selves blessed! My Microtek X12 has been nothing more than a paper weight fo 3 years now due to a lack of upto date drivers!
Epson saved my bacon! Well done Epson, keep up the good work
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davidlaska replied on 04 Sep 2006
I agree with you since I had the same experience buying a used perfection and downloading the drivers for photoshop and standalone in latest pather os. I just installed and scanned. I am not aware of any problems at all.
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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Aug 2004
When Apple release OSX Epson did not update their drivers and just left everyone that had purchased many of their their products (scanners especially) screwed.
I had an Epson 636U scanner that I was ready to throw away because it would not work with OSX and Epson announced that they would not continue to support many of their products with new drivers.
THEN, I luckily found VueScan by Hamrick Software (a very inexpensive but wonderful driver) that saved the day and my scanner. It works perfectly with OSX and much better than the old Twain from Epson that crashed continually even in OS 9, and is constantly updated with improvements by Hamrick.
I have since switched from Epson to HP products and will NEVER buy another Epson (anything) again.
For a company the size of Epson to just dump everyone is unbelievable, but that's life and now I buy HP. I had purchased Epson products since 1984 (even when all Epson products had Apples name on them).. so you can't say I wan't loyal.
Hamrick Software is great and supports dozens and dozens of scanners. Epson.. go fly a kite !!!
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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Aug 2004
It's a shame because they're such great scanners.

AWFUL.
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Anonymous reviewed on 31 Jul 2004
Spent the better part of a day trying to get a perfection 3170 working with my new G5 dual 2.0 and OS 10.3.4. Managed to get a couple of poor scans and many many error messages.

The good news is I bought the scanner from Amazon. Returning it monday. First Epson product I've ever had a problem with.
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Anonymous reviewed on 09 Jun 2004
Terrible.

Cannot make more than 1 gigh resolution scan with my 3170 before any Twain compliant app. grinds to a halt. Epson now says it's my system after trying all their "fixes".
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Anonymous commented on 09 Jun 2004
sorry, that was one HIGH resolution scan...
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Anonymous reviewed on 12 May 2004
This new software is worse than the old software. I have requested that we replace all Epson Scanners in our office, and my request is being fulfilled.
We need products that work properly and are good in our workflow. Epson has dissapointed yet again. I wish AGFA was still selling scanners.
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Anonymous reviewed on 12 May 2004
does anyone know where can I get the oldest 1.25 driver ? the 1.28a(e) gives a blue rows on the pics
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Anonymous reviewed on 06 May 2004
Get out of the scanner market Epson. If you can't make decent drivers, why bother. Take a look at Scanwise, one of the best pieces of software I have used for Scanning, it even allows selecting multiple images on apre-scan to do a final scan. What a concept hey!
No wonder we stopped carrying your product.
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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Mar 2004
Epson sucks! They should have made a driver for system 10!!! Why did they skip it? My 300$ printer is useless unless I buy 10.2!!!! Did you conspire with apple!SHAME!!!!!!
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Anonymous commented on 26 Mar 2004
10.2 is light years better than previous OS X versions... and 10.3 is light years ahead of 10.2

Get over it, this is the way the game works and has always worked...
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Date:08 Aug 2004
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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Contains the Epson Perfection 1670, 2400, 3170, 3200 and 4870 Series EPSON Scan Utility and TWAIN Driver v2.32A.


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