The Bottom Line
- Scans up to 11.7-inch documents
- On-board button choices for easy conversion to PDF or send to e-mail
- Comes with good suite of software, including Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Large footprint
- So-so OCR at low resolutions
- Flatbed CCD scanner
- LED light source
- Auto scan, copy, e-mail, and multiple PDF-conversion buttons
- Hi-speed USB
- Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP/2000, Mac OSX v10.4.11 to 10.6x
- Includes CD with driver, plus Adobe Photoshop Elements, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, MP Navigator EX
- Can scan 35mm film and 120 format film
Guide Review - Review of the Canon CanoScan 9000F Flatbed Scanner
MP Navigator is part of the extensive suite of software that comes with the CanoScan 9000F, which also includes version 8 of Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is excellent photo-editing software. MP Navigator gives you choices including scan to e-mail, scan to PDF, and scan directly to OCR software. This last one was a bit odd, I thought, as it uses Notepad rather than Microsoft Word for the final result of the OCR scan. You'll want to change your preferences, though; at the default 300 dpi, the OCR results were pretty weak, while at 400 dpi they seemed noticeably better (you can scan at up to 600 dpi).
The scanner is very fast (less than 10 seconds from start to finished product for 300 dpi scans) and the results are excellent. I scanned a darkly colorful image from a magazine at 600 dpi and the result was actually better than the original; that may be because the scanner uses a white LED that brings out the true colors from the print.
Since it's made by Canon, you can bet that it does a great job not only with prints but with 35mm film as well as medium format films. The scanner comes with a film-guide mount to help scan negatives easily.