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VueScan is an inexpensive program that works with most scanners to produce high-quality scans that have excellent color fidelity. It takes advantage of the advanced hardware capabilities of most scanners on the market today, and helps you do batch scanning while at the same time producing color-balanced and cropped images. Available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS 8/9/X
Submitted by Steve a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2016
Strengths: Cross platform support - Linux , Windows
Easy to setup 35mm slide scanning
Seems reliable, I scanned 140 slides with no problems
Weaknesses: Slow....it takes twice as long to scan same image same settings as Xsane. If you have a lot of scanning to perform don't buy VueScan. The scanner motor stops and starts about 15 times for a full length scan (11 inches). With Xsane the scanner motor runs slowly throughout the scan and then stops. The stopping as starting can't be good for the scanner mechanism.
I found that the VueScan scan time improves when the bit depth is set to 8. I use 16 bit depth scanning - edit the image and then change to 8 bit when finished editing.
VueScan version 9 x64 9.5.42 Pro
Scanner Epson Perfection 1660 photo. Computer Intel i5-4460 Gigabyte motherboard, 8GB memory , 1tB sata2 drive.
OS Ubuntu 14.04 64bit.
I wrote Ed Hamrick about the slowness and his recommendation was use 8bit pixel depth.
Bottom line is I would not recommend this product.
Price Paid: $80.00
Purchased At: Online site
Similar Products Used: Xsane
Type of photography: Outdoor
Submitted by Craig Janeway a Professional
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2015
Strengths: Totally configurable. Allows complete access to the scanning hardware settings.
Weaknesses: Must learn how to scan and make proper settings choices.
There is a learning curve with Vuescan Pro. Reading "The Vuescan Bible" is a help, but it won't teach one how to scan, just the settings to use initially for different applications. Also, don't expect the software to hold your hand and simply press a button to get good negative film scans. Vuescan Pro is completely user configurable, which also mean completely user screwer-upable. Read, study, and practice, and learn what settings to use and what not to use. But more importantly, after finding the settings you like, want, need, make an options file and save these options as a set of settings you'll use for a specific task. The hardest part is hitting preview, dragging the crop box edges to inside the frames, and right clicking on the gray background outside the preview scans, or on something gray or white in that frame you are working on to set color balance. The setting for that frame of crop and color adjustments will be save as you move the crop box to the next frame to do the same thing; and so on, and so forth, until you have adjusted/corrected to each frames needs. Then just hit "scan." The hard part is first learning something about scanning, so you can make the right setting choices for the options file creation. "The Vuescan Bible" has these settings, and you can read about what people like to do over in the Flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/isf_scanner/
Submitted by RB a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2015
Strengths: This software has great potential, as the user interface is very clean, straightforward, and easy to understand.
Weaknesses: Ed Hamrick, the owner, is an arrogant a**. He is horribly rude and nasty. He thinks all of his customers are stupid and is not shy about saying so. He has outlined his business practices in a recent email on April 13, 2015:
"Here's some background information about how I answer e-mails.
I get about 100 e-mails every day, and in the past 15 years
I've probably gotten 500,000 e-mails. I try to answer most
e-mails within a day, although longer e-mails may not get
answered for a month or two, or maybe not at all.
I have a simple process - I read each e-mail and if the response
can be a sentence or two, I answer it immediately. If it's a
software problem report, I generally look at the vuescan.log file
immediately, and if there isn't a vuescan.log file, I request that
one be sent. Without a vuescan.log file, there isn't really anything
I can do to diagnose problems.
A few other points:
1) I never look at the e-mail address that an e-mail is from.
2) I never look back at old e-mails - all e-mails are deleted when answered.
3) If there are multiple questions in an e-mail, I answer the first question
and then delete the e-mail.
4) If someone sends multiple e-mails in a day, I only look at the most recent
and delete the rest without reading them.
5) If an e-mail is rude or demanding, I stop reading it and delete it.
6) My answers often appear brusque - but I just try to answer directly.
7) My answers sometimes appear rude - but I don't have time to write a few
paragraphs of polite and soothing sentences - I just get to the point.
8) Many of my responses are form letters - because I get the same
questions over and over. The most common is "How do I download VueScan?".
I hope this information is useful to you.
Do not buy! There are glitches that cause the program to freeze. There is no tech support whatsoever, as confirmed by Mr. Hamrick. He simply does not care. You only have the database for tech support. It is pretty good for a database support system, but it falls short in addressing the problems that I faced with the program. The PDF interleave feature does not work properly. You also have to click the "scan" button several times to get it to start. Lots of potential to be a great program with a few fixes, but the owner does not care and you will not have any support when you do run into these problems.
Price Paid: $80.00
Purchased At: online at manufactur
Similar Products Used: Readiris Pro, Windows OEM scanning software, Okidata scanning software.
Type of photography: People
Submitted by Jhony D a Casual
Date Reviewed: March 20, 2015
Weaknesses: Evil software
I had have plustek opticfilm 8200i ai with bundled with silverfast 8. Due to curiousity I install free vuescan software. After I tried scanning a couple of film I decide to stay with silverfast. When I turn on silverfast the program did not able to detect opticfilm scanner. I tried several times but still can not detect the scanner. Then I uninstall vuescan but still can not detect scanner. The problem still persist even after I reinstall opticfim software and silverfast software. Now I left with scanner that can not be used
Similar Products Used: Silverfast
Type of photography: People
Submitted by Ray Battersby a Expert
Date Reviewed: December 15, 2014
Strengths: When is a FREE UPGRADE not a free upgrade?
Weaknesses: When it’s a VueScan free upgrade
The software works better than the standard Canon interface software but never, never, NEVER press the Free Upgrade button!
This is Ed Hamrick's way of extorting regular cash out of his customers by changing your perfectly sound point-for version with a newer version that's plastered with Hamrick Marketing Labels. Ok if the scan is to be seen only by you but if a client or an employer is to see the scans, you look a bit cheap-skate.
This is a very crude and nasty trick for Ed Hamrick to play on his valuable customers.
Clearly, Ed Hamrick doesn't value his customers.
Price Paid: $40.00
Purchased At: Hamrick website
Type of photography: Outdoor
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