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[filmscanners] Re: Scanning Software Quality

HMSDOC@aol.com wrote:
> How does one diagnose the hardware?
 > The Firewire cards (I have 2)are running as 'plug n play' and
 > have absolutely no problem with other firewire devices on  my system
 > which includes 2 firewire external hard drives, an Epson 2200 on
 > firewire, and the SS4000+ scanner with the Polaroid Insight software.

I am not really a windows guy (I am just forced to use it ;-(, but I'd
suggest using the hardware tab of the properties window of your system
to find out which cards/chipsets are used and then browse the net for
any indication of potential pitfalls. My more windows orineted friends
tell me there is general windows diagnostics software out there
(downloadable), so that might help as well (don't have the search
strings ready).

> Just curious though, do you think that Vuescan and/or Silverfast would
 > improve the scans in any way compared with the Insight software and
 > doing tonal and color corrections in Photoshop?

I don't know Insight, but the difference between VueScan and Filmget on
the canon scanners is pretty drastic, even on Fuji negatives that are
not directly coded into VueScan. I think vuescan is sharper and has more
correct colors. It might take longer though on dark slides (long
exposure setting).
I have not tried SilverFast yet.


Andreas Siegert

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