Epson FastFoto FF-640: The Ultimate Archiver for Photos and a Paperless Office

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Now it’s time to connect your USB cable and continue setup. This brings up my only quibble with the system — I that the system could work wirelessly. I have room on my desk for it, however, so this is a minor quibble.

You should go ahead and download the additional software for scanning documents; it will come in handy.

Epson FastFoto FF-640: The Ultimate Archiver for Photos and a Paperless Office

Ready to scan?

The first thing to do is sort your photos into piles. You can do it by subject or date, or whatever other naming systems you might prefer. Then you’ll need to sort the photos by size. You can scan 4×6 and 5×7 photos in the same batch. You’ll want to make sure that the photos are not stuck together, and it’s important to remove any dust or adhesives that might be on the front or back of the photos.

Be aware that if you insert photos that are upside down or sideways, it’s an easy fix to rotate them after scanning.

Epson FastFoto FF-640: The Ultimate Archiver for Photos and a Paperless Office

Load a batch of photos into the hopper … and click the begin scanning option in the software on your screen. You can load the photos facing up or down, but it is important to have them all facing the same direction. Epson makes a point of saying that thicker Polaroid photos can damage the scanner as well as the original photo, therefore scanning Polaroid photos is not recommended. If you have fragile, wrinkled, or torn photos, you can scan them separately after inserting them in the included plastic carrier sheet.

When you are scanning the typical 3×5, 4×6, or 5×7 photos, you can load as many as 30 of them into the hopper at once. If the photos are older, slightly thicker photos in those sizes, you can load as many 20 photos into the hopper at once. When you are scanning 6×8 or 8×10 photos, you should load them one at a time.

After scanning, the photos will appear in the folder you designated as they are scanned. Notice that there are two copies of the photos — the one with the _a filename will be the enhanced version, the plain photo will be the original scan. If there is printing on the back of the photo, the back of the photo will be scanned as well. If it picks up branding on the back of the photo rather than handwriting, you can delete the extras.


Epson FastFoto FF-640: The Ultimate Archiver for Photos and a Paperless Office

Here’s an example of a before and after a scan. The original is on the left, and the enhanced photo is on the right.

Look at the difference between the original and the enhanced. Colors are better, and the yellowing of an aged photo has been removed. If you don’t like the look of the enhanced photo, you still have a scan of the original.

If your photo has been written on the back, that will also be captured.

Photos are scanned quickly and efficiently!

If all the Epson FastFoto FF-640 did was scan your old photos, I’d feel like it was a good deal, but the FF-640 can do much more. You can, of course, use it to scan greeting cards, wedding invitation, baby shower invitations, and other collectibles you’d like to digitally save, but you can also use it to scan your children’s artwork, baseball cards, or any other flat, flexible collectibles.

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.