I got ahold of a very minty hand scanner made by MiGraph last year, but only just started to finally fool around with it.
Turns out the company that made the scanner was located just a few miles from my home here in Seattle. It was originally released in 1989, but the version I received was produced in July of 1990. In fact the scanner software inside the box, a surprisingly full-featured software package called Touch Up, actually had been registered by a previous owner. As a result they received an upgrade disk, which was still sealed in the box
when I got it. The official upgrade disk was dated - I kid you not - March 19, 1995, almost exactly 25 years ago.
In order to use the scanner you have to plug a very bizarre device called a "cartridge interface" into your parallel port. The device was originally designed for the 500/2000, so when I tried to plug it into my A3000 it was mis-aligned by a few millimeters vertically.
As a result I had to buy a freaking parallel cable! I feel like I couldn't give those damn things away 10 years ago, and lo and behold now I needed one. Oh well. Eight bucks later
, one arrived one my doorstep.
The cartridge interface has 3 ports. One connects to the parallel port, another into the hand scanner's cable, and a 3rd for its own power supply.
Once you get that all set up, it's time to quickly install Touch Up to your Amiga's hard drive. All you have to do is simply drag and drop a folder from the floppy to your drive, voila! Next you want to get familiar with the switches and buttons on the hand scanner. There are only a few so it's pretty quick.
I'm still only just getting started, so I have much to learn about getting precisely the type of scans that I want. But I have to say - right out of the box I'm really
impressed with this thing. I'll probably scan a few of my favorite things nearby and stick them on a future art disk as well. Check out Alias, from my copy of Curse of the Azure Bonds.