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RE: filmscanners: VueScan: How do it know?

I too have a Scan Dual II and never had a problem using it with Vuescan.
It's always found the scanner, no problem. However, I need to make sure the
scanner is on first, then fire up Vuescan.

Norman Unsworth

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of Preston Earle
> Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 9:06 PM
> To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> Subject: filmscanners: VueScan: How do it know?
> I recently bought a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II to scan the
> highlights of 40
> years of 35mm slides and negatives.  I've been pleased with the purchase,
> considering the price.  I've been scanning mostly at 1410ppi to
> yield approx
> 1800x1200 scans that can be printed as 4"x6" prints, but I plan
> to use most
> of the images for screen display as 1024x768 JPEG's.  I'm using
> WindowsME's
> "My Pictures Screen Saver" to display random slide shows, and I've used
> IrfanView for "ordered" presentations on my kitchen computer.
> I've found the Minolta software to be easy to understand for someone who
> knows a little about Photoshop. However, it is awfully slow,
> taking about 5
> minutes per image.  Also, I'm not thrilled with the quality of scans,
> particularly from my less-than-perfect negatives.  It seems to do a better
> job with transparancies.  I have a number of rolls of film that I had
> transparancies made from Kodacolor negatives.  The transparancies were
> superior to the prints from negatives, and they scanned much
> better than the
> negatives.
> So now to the question:  To see if there is better software available, I
> downloaded VueScan 7.1.4, but I can't understand how to get
> started with it.
> I've managed to make three scans, but I don't know how I got it
> to work with
> scanner.  Upon opening, it just seems to sit there.  None of the buttons
> (Preview, Scan, etc.) do anything.  I can't get it to recognize
> the scanner.
> I feel like the (substitute your favorite sterotype) who bought the
> chainsaw. ("What's that noise?")  The VueScan documentation, such
> as it is,
> hasn't helped.  Is there something obvious that I've missed?  Should the
> VueScan software be loaded as a Photoshop plug-in?  Is the trial version
> crippled in some way such that I really need to pony up the $40 to see how
> the program really works?
> I've been lurking for a couple of weeks and understand there is a lot of
> support for VueScan on this list.  I hope someone can help me get started
> with it.
> Preston Earle
> PEarle@triad.rr.com
> Another crazy southerner who is all-Nikon in his camera equipment
> but didn't
> know it was a cultural thing.


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