Use with WYNN and TestTalker
information is intended to help you choose an appropriate scanner
for use with WYNN and TestTalker.
that there are too many scanners available for any company to track.
Freedom Scientific currently monitors eight scanner manufacturers.
Each company releases a new model about every month. Since we cannot
test all of these, we rely on our customers and friends to share
their experiences with us.
at a glance
If a scanner
is TWAIN compliant, it will almost certainly work with WYNN and
TestTalker. Therefore, our scanner information usually tells not
if, but how well a scanner works with our products. A specific scanner
may take a long time to scan, or may have desirable optional features,
but if it is TWAIN compliant, it should work. Since most consumer
scanners are TWAIN compliant, it's easy to find a scanner to work
with WYNN and TestTalker.
What are the
common types of scanners?
The type of
scanner to use with WYNN or TestTalker is usually called a flatbed
scanner (because the scanning surface is flat). This is the most
common type of scanner, the one you will find in your local computer
and office supply stores, as well as online. These scanners are
easy to use and versatile enough for most tasks. They can cost anywhere
from $75 to $2,000, although most range between $100 and $300.
Some flatbed scanners
have an ADF, or Automatic Document Feeder. An ADF allows you to
place stacks of paper in the scanner so they get fed through automatically.
This is the same method you use to feed multiple pages at a time
into a copy machine. ADFs reduce the amount of time you spend scanning
because they can process stacks of pages without your intervention.
They are also a great way to handle legal-sized pages.
Scanner with Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Scanners range from very
basic to very sophisticated. Some scanners are referred to as "high-speed
scanners." They have extra capabilities and are much more expensive.
WYNN and TestTalker work with almost all flatbed scanners, including
are part of what is known as an "all-in-one" product,
which typically includes a scanner, copier, fax machine, and printer.
These products are convenient because they take up much less space
than all the individual components would. WYNN has worked with all
these scanners we have tested so far.
are important to WYNN and TestTalker?
As long as the scanner is capable of at least 300
dpi (dots per inch) resolution, it will work with WYNN and TestTalker.
Since scanners these days are capable of much higher resolution,
this is not an issue with recent scanners.
Interface: WYNN and TestTalker support both USB and
the older parallel interface types. All scanners built these days
have at least a USB interface.
TWAIN is the interface standard that enables a computer
program (like WYNN) to communicate with your scanner. WYNN uses
TWAIN to communicate with scanners, so WYNN needs a TWAIN-compliant
scanner. Nearly all scanners are TWAIN compliant, which means the
software you install with them includes a TWAIN driver. (By the
way, some people say that TWAIN stands for Technology Without An
if a specific scanner has been tested by Freedom Scientific for
compatibility with WYNN and TestTalker, please refer to the Scanner
Performance Page. Note that the page refers to OpenBook, which
is another Freedom Scientific product, similar to WYNN. If
a scanner works with OpenBook, it will work with WYNN.
Click here to
go to the Scanner Performance Page: http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_support/OPENBookSL5.asp