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RE: filmscanners: Re: Vuescan gripes

My daughter is a digital graphic artist, and designs GUIs. I mean, that's 
what she *does*--full time. And she's always working (60-hour weeks aren't 

A lot of people forget that Ed's a "One-Man Band" (orchestra?). It might be 
*nice* if Vuescan had bells and whistles, GUIs, extensive "how to" manuals 
and the like, but even a genius has to eat and sleep once in awhile. I'm 
just very happy that there *is* a Vuescan, and that Ed's customer support is 
the best I've ever encountered, anywhere. I'm also totally content to let Ed 
be Ed. :-)

Best regards--LRA

>From: "Frank Nichols" <frank@theNichols.net>
>Reply-To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
>Subject: RE: filmscanners: Re: Vuescan gripes
>Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 16:26:56 -0600
>I respect Ed's programming abilities and his decisions on what to put into
>Vuescan. As a programmer for over 20 yrs I also instantly bristle whenever 
>hear someone claim to be able to put together a UI in "just a couple 
>(note you did say prototype - the rule is the last 10%  of the work takes
>90% of the time applied to your estimate means at least an additional 9
>weeks to get something working. My guess, and I make my living guessing how
>long a software project will take, is that to finish a GUI that is
>acceptable to a multi-national crowd of users would take at least 6 to 12
>man months.)
>1. Do you realize that VS is multi-platform - Mac, Linux, Windows.
>2. Have you ever seen Ed's code base and have any idea what the interface 
>the GUI would look like.
>3. Most UI suggestions include features like Histograms, Levels 
>batch control with individual frame adjustments, job and/or work flow
>management, etc. Are those included in your estimate.
>4. If you can do this as a "wrapper" which drives VS external to the code
>base, then do it and sell it.
>5. Does your estimate include multi-lingual/multi-national support?
>6. Apparently you have little respect for Ed's abilities since he has
>already stated that there are complications with some of the GUI parts 
>on idiosyncrasies of individual models/makes of scanners.
>To Ed:
>Keep up the good work. What most programmers/engineers miss is that the
>question is not "can you" but "should you". The clean data and vast scanner
>support is obviously more important to most of your registered users (me
>included) and we thank you every time we use your program.
>Frank Nichols
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> > [mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of Johnny Deadman
> > Sent: Monday, July 23, 2001 1:52 PM
> > To: Filmscanners
> > Subject: Re: filmscanners: Re: Vuescan gripes
> >
> >
> > on 7/23/01 11:25 AM, Shough, Dean at dean.shough@lmco.com wrote:
> >
> > > I don't think we miss the point, but rather we have different
> > priorities.  I
> > > would love it if VueScan had a better (and more Mac like) interface, 
> > > given the choice between improving the guts of VueScan or the
> > interface, I
> > > will take the guts anytime.  Especially since I can work around
> > the portions
> > > of the interface I don't like.  If the raw scan is bad there is no 
> > > around.  Ed could hire 5 programmers to assist him, spend 6
> > months getting
> > > them up to speed before getting anything useful out of them,
> > and raise the
> > > price of VueScan from $40 to $400, but I think it would kill VueScan.
> >
> > no honestly this is nuts. If I had a week to spare I could prototype a 
> > in RealBasic. There's nothing hard about it.
> > --
> > John Brownlow
> >
> > http://www.pinkheadedbug.com
> >
> > ICQ: 109343205
> >

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