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Re: filmscanners: film scanner software

On Sat, 07 Apr 2001 22:47:18   Mikael Risedal (risedal@hotmail.com) wrote:

> I cant understand why people are discussion a software like VueScan so 
> much in this group. .If you are trying to learn how to scan a picture 
> from negative or slides the only good  software  in my opinions  are 
> Silverfast, ( and some thimes the shipping manufactories software to 
> your scanner.) If you are looking after a  good automatic calculating 
> software try Binuscan.

Yes, I have both here, have worked extensively with both, and - with 
colour neg - generally manage to get the best scan via Vuescan, with less 
effort and better consistency. The way I see it is:-

- SilverFast : designed for heavy-duty production use, without any 
requirement for Photoshop manipulation. If you spend all day every day 
scanning dozens of originals, it makes perfect sense. Consequently 
powerful, hard to learn, and expensive. Fast and good for experts, 
otherwise just plain difficult and confusing.

- Binuscan : very clever software mainly aimed at producing superior CMYK 
seps without going anywhere near PS. If only art eds would accept them! 
Specialist, idiosyncratic, expensive, and the bundled cut-down 
Photoperfect can produce very good RGB, or disappointingly overcontrasty, 
oversaturated, oversharpened, probably due to optimisation for pre-press. 
Not much control over the result via the buried parameter settings. Comes 
close to being a one-button autopilot software, with some clever CC 

- Vuescan : replacement for OE scanning softwares, often extending scanner 
capabilities. Strange UI belies a lot of power which works best at getting 
the maximum into the scan rather than finally correcting it, which is 
better done in PS 16 bit mode after approximate VS adjustments. 
Consequently slow 2-stage workflow for is for control freaks, but with 
excellent scan quality potential. Quick/dirty 8 bit scans can be better or 
worse than OE software, but this isn't the best way to use VS. Desperately 
cheap, and rapidly evolving.

All 3 have UI's which can provoke shock and bewilderment in the naive 
user, and I think most beginners would do best to work with OE software - 
which mostly doesn't look like a flight deck from a UFO - until they begin 
to sense the limitations.


Tony Sleep
http://www.halftone.co.uk - Online portfolio & exhibit; + film scanner 
info & comparisons


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