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Re: filmscanners: SS120 and Silverfast/Vuescan



>From: Barbara White <barbara@barbarawhitephoto.com>
>I'm a new owner of this scanner and I'm wondering if anyone else has a
>problem  with Silverfast and Photoshop! So far version 5.2 and 5.5 will
>not run on my Photoshop (6.0) and the tech guy doesn't seem to know why.
>Any ideas?
>
>Should I just skip it and go to Vuescan? What are the advantages of 
>Vuescan?

I have used Vuescan for a long time. I loaded Silverfast when I got my 
SS4000 but didn't go very far with it. It was much easier to use Vuescan and 
just tweak away in Photoshop. This is one of the principal advantages of 
Vuescan -- it makes it easy to get up and running and produce quite good 
scans without being a rocket scientist.

I kept wanting to calibrate my scanner to make sure I wasn't really missing 
out on something important. I finally did that and then followed Ian Lyons' 
tutorials on Silverfast and have found it a revelation.  My results with 
transparencies have been very fine.  I think the scanner calibration must be 
very central to the results I'm getting.  Otherwise, I'm not sure why 
Silverfast works as well as it does. But it does, for me.  It has more than 
repaid the time and trouble to get my machine calibrated right and learn to 
use the software properly. And it has spoiled me for anything else.

I still use Vuescan for the times when I want to scan negatives, though I 
will probably upgrade to 5.5 and start doing negatives with Silverfast as 
well.

Joel W.

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