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RE: filmscanners: Nikon 4000 ED Review Part III

Ed writes ...

> To Nikon's credit, they did support the LS-30 and LS-2000 in
> NikonScan 3.0.  This not only makes for happier customers (and
> word of mouth from happy customers is a powerful marketing
> technique) but it also reduces their support load (assuming there
> are fewer bugs in NikonScan 3.0).

        I believe this is a significant move on Nikon's part for improving
what is already a dismal relationships with its customers.  It is
significant because they didn't have to add SCSI support to this
version of NS, originally intended for USB and firewire.

> I suspect the reason they didn't add GEM and ROC support
> to NikonScan 3.0 is because they would have had to pay
> ASF licensing royalties and because this would have given
> LS-30 and LS-2000 users less motivation to upgrade.
> If Nikon were clever, they'd charge for a software upgrade
> key to make GEM and ROC work with the LS-30 and LS-2000.
> ...

        I agree whole-heartedly here.  The group of users of the last
generation of Nikon hardware would have gladly paid for the upgrade,
if they understood the issue of also having to pay ASF.  Regarding a
software key, thay can still offer an upgrade path to NS.v3.1 (...
hint, hint ...)

        But, I may still continue using VS (... welcome back, btw ...)

my US$0.02 ... shAf  :o)


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