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Is there a difference between scanner software programs?
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Jan 21, 2014 02:01:15   #
bedgmon
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Is there an Apple store nearby where you could go for help? I'm not sure if it's walk-in or by appointment. Once someone gets you started, you should be fine.


Thanks Jerry for your support in helping me. I guess I will trek to Fort Worth Apple with computer and scanner in hand. I think you are required to have an appointment.
I have read online that the 8800f was not initially compatible with Apple so adjustments were made. The software may not be Apple friendly. This scanner has been discontinued by Canon so goes the support with it. I wonder if they will trade it in on a newer model? I own quite a bit of their stuff. I am calling them!
 
Jan 21, 2014 06:18:47   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
bedgmon wrote:
Thanks Jerry for your support in helping me. I guess I will trek to Fort Worth Apple with computer and scanner in hand. I think you are required to have an appointment.
I have read online that the 8800f was not initially compatible with Apple so adjustments were made. The software may not be Apple friendly. This scanner has been discontinued by Canon so goes the support with it. I wonder if they will trade it in on a newer model? I own quite a bit of their stuff. I am calling them!

Scanners have gotten cheaper and better, and members seem to like the Epson Perfection series. It would be good going to Apple anyway, just to have them check your computer.
Jan 21, 2014 07:20:36   #
PhotoArtsLA
 
Vuescan is quite a good scanning program. Highly recommended, as are the latest generation of Epson printers.

FWIW,

Richard Brown
Jan 21, 2014 12:04:14   #
problem child
 
Try Silverfast.. You can geta free 30 day trial. I have a Cnonscan 9000f and I'm trying it out now.

http://www.silverfast.com/
Jan 21, 2014 12:13:05   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
PhotoArtsLA wrote:
Vuescan is quite a good scanning program. Highly recommended, as are the latest generation of Epson printers.

FWIW,

Richard Brown

I downloaded VueScan, but I have not bought it yet. Below is the starting screen I get.

Can you tell me how to have it select the scanner I want? I have an Epson V600 and an HP all-in-one connected to the computer, and it wants to use the HP.


Jan 21, 2014 12:25:58   #
DanRobinson
 
bedgmon wrote:
In scanning old family photos I am using my MacBook Pro and an 8800F that I think will do fine but I am open to purchasing newer technology . . . The default program is Image Capture, but I was wondering if VueScan would be a better alternative and why? Some of our photos date back into the 1800s and have seen better days.
. . . On another note: Would one use 600 dpi vs. 300 dpi? My eye does not seem to see a difference.


As a booksetter, I scan in a lot of old pictures for archival and reproduction purposes.

Between the different scanning apps, I see no difference. 300 dpi from one app = 300 dpi from another.

When I'm scanning heirloom pictures, I scan at 600 dpi. Frequently there is fine detail and I use my old Epson 4490 at 1200 dpi or even higher, to capture Grandma Sallie in the background of a pic. But normally, 600 dpi on my HP all-in-one is sufficient.

You won't see a difference between 600 and 300 dpi on your screen until you zoom in. If you have a monitor that is displaying 120 dpi (the old CRTs were 72 dpi) then what you're seeing at 100% is 120 dpi . . . not 300 or 600.

But printing on today's color inkjets, you'll see the difference. Most laser printers are 600 dpi.

This is where your photo manipulation apps come in. The original is (for instance) a 2.5×2.5-inch brownie image from the 1940s. You scan it in at 600 dpi. At this point, forget dpi. you have a digital grayscale image at 1,500×1,500 pixels

You crop the image (1,000×900)
You print it four inches wide (250 dpi)
On the web site (200×150)
Print an 8×10 for Uncle Max. (100 dpi) Horrible!

If your original was scanned at 300 dpi, Uncle Max would have received socks for his birthday.

If you had scanned in that same photo at 2400 dpi Max would have received the picture of his sainted mither at 400 dpi!

That is a family heirloom worth keeping.

My point is this: Always scan in heirloom pictures at 1200 dpi at least. You never know when you'll need those extra dots and gigabytes are cheap.
DKR, MBR ±1947 @ Levee

 
Jan 21, 2014 14:04:45   #
RMM
 
I've used SilverFast and VueScan. Both are very good. VueScan actually works with some older scanners that SilverFast no longer supports. If I were you, I'd go with VueScan. The basic program costs $40 and the professional version costs $80. You can start with the basic program and upgrade for the difference in price, and you have a year to make up your mind, which is plenty of time to decide whether you need the extra capabilities. I'd say you have to be extremely serious to need more out of your software.
Jan 21, 2014 14:38:15   #
DanRobinson
 
RMM wrote:
I've used SilverFast and VueScan. Both are very good. VueScan actually works with some older scanners that SilverFast no longer supports. If I were you, I'd go with VueScan. The basic program costs $40 and the professional version costs $80. You can start with the basic program and upgrade for the difference in price, and you have a year to make up your mind, which is plenty of time to decide whether you need the extra capabilities. I'd say you have to be extremely serious to need more out of your software.
I've used SilverFast and VueScan. Both are very go... (show quote)


How do you switch to a different scanner on VueScan?
Jan 21, 2014 15:25:18   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
DanRobinson wrote:
How do you switch to a different scanner on VueScan?

I turned off the one I didn't want to use, but I don't think that's necessary. At the bottom, left of the screen is "Preview," "Scan," and "More." Clicking on "More" gives you the chance to select another scanner. Even though the Epson was a choice, VueScan wouldn't make it work. I might try later, but I don't want to pay $40 for it.
Jan 21, 2014 15:43:39   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
DanRobinson wrote:
How do you switch to a different scanner on VueScan?

OK. Got it working. Restarting both the scanner and the software got it to work. However, unless I pay them $40 or $80, I have "VueScan" all over the image. Click on Download to see it.

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Jan 21, 2014 15:46:14   #
DanRobinson
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I turned off the one I didn't want to use, but I don't think that's necessary. At the bottom, left of the screen is "Preview," "Scan," and "More." Clicking on "More" gives you the chance to select another scanner. Even though the Epson was a choice, VueScan wouldn't make it work. I might try later, but I don't want to pay $40 for it.


Didn't work for me, either.

Oh Well. I'm happy with what I got.
 
Jan 21, 2014 15:55:42   #
RMM
 
DanRobinson wrote:
How do you switch to a different scanner on VueScan?

As you can see from the image, you can click on Input and it should show your scanner (the scanner has to be turned on first) in the Source dropdown.

As for the Demo mode, it should scan correctly and put the VueScan imprint on the scanned image, but you should get an image. SilverFast requires that you get a version specific to your scanner model. The same version of VueScan works with just about any scanner. I'm using it with the Epson Perfection 3200. One of my clients is using it with a Microtek 9800XL (?) and another is using it with a different scanner, I don't recall the model.


Jan 21, 2014 15:59:55   #
DanRobinson
 
RMM wrote:
As you can see from the image, you can click on Input and it should show your scanner (the scanner has to be turned on first) in the Source dropdown. . . .


Thanks, I got it working. (I hate to be thwarted!)
Jan 21, 2014 16:00:21   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
RMM wrote:
As you can see from the image, you can click on Input and it should show your scanner (the scanner has to be turned on first) in the Source dropdown.

As for the Demo mode, it should scan correctly and put the VueScan imprint on the scanned image, but you should get an image. SilverFast requires that you get a version specific to your scanner model. The same version of VueScan works with just about any scanner. I'm using it with the Epson Perfection 3200. One of my clients is using it with a Microtek 9800XL (?) and another is using it with a different scanner, I don't recall the model.
As you can see from the image, you can click on In... (show quote)

Yeah, I found that, but I don't want to pay since I already have the free software that came with the scanner. I know how to use it, and it's fine for what I do.
Jan 21, 2014 16:11:06   #
PhotoArtsLA
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I downloaded VueScan, but I have not bought it yet. Below is the starting screen I get.

Can you tell me how to have it select the scanner I want? I have an Epson V600 and an HP all-in-one connected to the computer, and it wants to use the HP.


The Epson MIGHT not be called by its name, but by its scanner name. My Epson scanner, for example, does NOT go by its Epson name, but I am 2700 miles from my office... so I cannot tell you what it says exactly. I am all Mac, and the interface is a bit different as well, but not too much. I always scan under the additional options, which gives you a LOT of control over the scanner.
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