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[filmscanners] Re: large scanning project

gary wrote:
> If a "driver" were just taking bytes from a piece of hardware and
> feeding them to a hard drive, I'd agree with you. However, the Dimage
> 5400 has ICE, GEM, ROC, and SHO, all of which are CPU intensive.

Yes, all these image processing programs benefit greatly from a 64 bit
upgrade.  I have GEM, ROC and SHO on my KM but also a PS separate
plug-ins, and the benefit is huge, although I don;t use these particular
products any more.  Neat Image is better than GEM but just as power
hungry.  Addi tonally, if you PK sharpener or the similar sharpening
programs, and you use big files, the 64 bit upgrade is a God send.
> One solution for KM (now Sony) would be to put what they could of the
> drivers in public domain. Then either the new drivers would come from
> open source hackers, or some enterprising programmers would start a
> company to support 64 bit drivers. This can mean a lot of money for a
> one or two person software company.

That would be thoughtful, but I don't think that Sony actually bought
the scanner part of the KM's imaging business.  After selling the camera
stuff to Sony, I believe KM just shut down the rest of that side of
their business (scanners, film, and film processing equipment).  It
would be great if KM would do as you suggest.  I'm sure some programmer
could do this pretty easily if he had the information he needs.  It's
not that big of an effort.  I'll see if I can pass the suggestion to KM.

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