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Scanner recs?

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blastaar:
I haven't been able to do much comics scanning lately because my trusty Canon 8800F has been crippled by (somewhat) recent Mac software updates--the (adequate, but not much more) original software just won't work anymore, and although the Canon hardware is as strong as a horse, the company isn't supporting it anymore.  I sprang for the third-party scanning software Vuescan, and while that basically works, for some reason scans won't include the entire platen (I lose a good 1/4" all around), I hate the UI, and it won't scan slides or negatives, which was one of the scanner's strong points.

So I'm looking for a good-quality scanner that will work with current (and hopefully future) Mac software; scanning of slides/negatives would be a big plus.  My budget isn't unlimited, but I'm willing to pay for quality.  (My research on this topic has been hampered by Amazon Review Syndrome--every piece of equipment that gets good marks seems to also have a fair number of users screaming bloody murder that even brand-new ones don't work, or soon stop being recognized by the Mac.)

Any recs (or warnings about what to stay away from) would be appreciated.

bminor:
Did you contact Mr. Hammerick at VueScan?
He might just fix the software if made aware of the problem!

blastaar:
Thanks, I may go that route if a hardware solution doesnít present itself.  The slide/negative scanning capability would be desirable, and I donít think Vuescan supports that aspect,

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