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[filmscanners] Scanning Software Quality

  • To: lexa@www.lexa.ru
  • Subject: [filmscanners] Scanning Software Quality
  • From: "" <HMSDOC@aol.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 21:25:27 EDT
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I am using a Polaroid SS 4000+ and would like to get the most out of it as
possible.  I have been using the Polacolor Insight software that comes with the
scanner and am generally happy with it.  In an effort to see if better quality
can be achieved I have tried Vuescan, however every time and version I
download crashes my computer in various ways when I use my scanner on Firewire
(seems OK on USB but the scans are much slower and it seems crazy to use the
scanner on USB when Firewire is available...and I paid for it). So Vuescan was a
bust.  I had briefly tried Silverfast, which came packaged with the scanner, but
the documentation is very poor (at least the version I have) and at times it
also seemed to crash my computer, though not as consistently as Vuescan.

With that prelude, my question comes down to this.....If I am happy (and I
am) adjusting the black and white points, curves, color saturation, sharpening
etc in Photoshop, is there really anything that these other software scanning
packages offer to make them worthwhile.  It seems like the native scan
sharpness (without sharpening applied) is the only thing that could be affected
directly from the scanner by the software package that could not be 'adjusted' 
Photoshop.......by that I mean it seems to me that all other aspects of the scan
could be adjusted in Photoshop to equal the results that might be obtained
from other scanning software packages....is this correct?  And if it is, would
different scanning software give different results with scan sharpness....it
seems to me that the sharpness should be optimal with the Polaroid software
since they manufacture the scanner and have a vested interest in the scans being
as sharp as possible without users going elsewhwere.  Sometimes, though, I do
wonder if the scans could be a tad sharper.

I would appreciate any input here as I am wondering if I should try Siverfast
again.  I have give up on Vuescan as it crashes me big time whenever I
try/use it.


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