I’m looking at buying the following and for a family member who is looking to scan a bunch of old photos for her archives. It’s highly recommended by . Does anyone have any tips or advice?


I had the officejet 8500, an earlier model. A solid printer, lasted nearly 10 years. The scanner worked well in sheet-feed and flatbed modes, and photo prints looked good. My only criticism is that the ink dries out pretty easily if it isn't used quite often, and the full set of replacement inks and print heads is expensive.

@Dantheta @drh Yeah, I've been disappointed to discover that it's often cheaper to buy a new printer than to buy ink for an old one.

However, if its mostly for scanning, then don't worry about the ink :-) What you should worry about is the formats you store the scans in (don't use lossy compression like PNG), and how you archive them for the future. Printing them back out on photo quality paper is a great option too, but TBH I'd use a print shop rather than my own printer for that anyway ...

@yojimbo @Dantheta great advice! Thanks so much. It is mostly going to be scanning. What’s the best file format for image archival these days? She’s on .

@drh @Dantheta The standard is still TIFF, but they're huge and not very useable by anything but big tools like GIMP etc. You can successfully compress them from the filesystem level (zip, etc) but that's not too easy to use either.

Actually checking the software that converts the images carefully would be good, I was mistaken with PNG above, that's generally safe, it was JPEG I should have named as lossy; but you can use lossless algorithms with that if you want to. is a good place to start reading.

Perhaps make sure to create high quality originals as TIFF, then immediately create smaller useable copies in PNG, archiving the TIFFs off into ;the cloud' somewhere, perhaps in your own NextCloud instance?

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