Canon Pixma MP 610 Software
In addition to the hardwired functionality of the MP610, Canon’s MP Navigator and Easy-PhotoPrint (screen shots above left and center respectively) software opens up further possibilities. The Navigator lets you scan, view, crop, and save documents and images as .pdf or .jpg (picture above left). You can save several scans to one file, each scan being one page. The UI is pretty solid, my biggest complaint is having to use the preferences to set a default folder to where the scans you want to keep get saved, instead of just having the target default to whatever you last used.
The Easy PhotoPrint is indeed quite easy to use. And, while not going to satisfy people used to working with layers in sophisticated photo editing suites, it does the basics well and a few extras just fine (picture at right).
People who don’t have the cash or inclination to get into serious photo editing will appreciate the quick and easy clean-up tools. The software does a pretty good job of common tasks like red-eye removal, blemish removal, fixing color balance and so on.
Update Jan 2011: Cannon's MP Navigator software has had a disastrous time of moving to Windows 7 and two issues will regularly hamper any member of the Canon Pixma family from using its scanning function. There are fixes, but most Canon support agents aren't aware of them.
- You might need to use the Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Folder Options-> Show Hidden Files and Folders option, then go look in C:\Users\<Your User Name>\App Data\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts for a file called My Web Sites on MSN. For some reason, the MP Navigator software won't work if this file is anywhere on your computer. You have to delete it, and dump it from the recycling box, to get your scanner back.
If there is a problem with the software and you need to unistall it, support will tell you that the printer must be off while you do this. What Canon support doesn't know is that the cable connencting the printer and the computer need to be unplugged as well while you do this. Then reinstall the driver, then MP Navigator, then reconnect the printer and turn it on.
Many thanks to the posters on this thread for these solutions http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7hardware/thread/1e2e2075-897f-4066-8ae7-5c9c487bb198 ... we certainly didn't get them from Canon.