What is a good scanning program?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Dima, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. Dima

    Dima Guest

    What is a good scanning program for my HP ScanJet 5p for Windows XP? HP
    PrecisionScan Pro 2.03 is good, but gives a pink tint to my photos. HP
    DeskScan 2.9 writes that there is an error in comunicating with the
    scanner. Windows Scanner Wizard has too small preview windows to adjust
    the image.
    Dima, Jul 28, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    The best scanning program (in my opinion) is Vuescan. I've been using it
    for years with several different scanners. It works on many scanner when
    nothing else does. It also gets updated more and faster than any other
    piece of software. Check it out at:



    PS - I don't know if it works with the HP 5p. Check his list.
    Clyde, Jul 28, 2005
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    Hecate Guest

    Just be prepared to use a piece of software that is, in effect a
    rolling beta, where one bug correction produces others and if you try
    and get your money back the author just swears at you.


    Hecate - The Real One

    Fashion: Buying things you don't need, with money
    you don't have, to impress people you don't like...
    Hecate, Jul 28, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    That depends on what scanner you are needing it for. My current scanner
    have been around for awhile and Vuescan hasn't changed for them in a
    long time. The interface does get tuned and updated every now and then.
    I've found them to useful changes though.

    As far as I can tell, the only real bug fixes are on new scanners being
    added to Vuescan. Some of that can be tricky, particularly when the
    manufacturer won't tell him the details about the scanner. He then has
    to reverse engineer the codes to control the scanner. That can be a
    long, slow process with a number of bug fixes.

    Every now and then I hear about him getting upset at something. He did
    stop writing for Macs for a short time, because he got so frustrated at
    Apple's blocking attempts. They patched things up and he started again.
    While I've never asked for my money back (I wouldn't dream of it), I
    have used his support over the years a few times. I have always received
    fast, friendly, and professional support.

    I still think Vuescan is one of the best pieces of software I have ever
    had. It works, it works well, and it's support is second to none. All
    for a very small price. If my other software was as good as this, I'd be
    very happy. (OK, Photoshop is right up there too.)

    BTW, I just checked; the HP 5p is supported in Vuescan. That is
    important before buying it.

    Clyde, Jul 29, 2005
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    Hecate Guest

    Actually no. Ed took it upon himself, instead of using the available
    software development kits and the working TWAIN interfaces, to write
    the whole thing from scratch. All the problems are his problems from
    his sheer arrogance at assuming he can do it better than anyone else.

    I think it depends what you need from it. For a Minolta user it's
    absolutely useless.


    Hecate - The Real One

    Fashion: Buying things you don't need, with money
    you don't have, to impress people you don't like...
    Hecate, Jul 29, 2005
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    Scruff Guest

    You shouldn't have bought a Minolta. They suck.
    Scruff, Jul 30, 2005
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    Stephan Guest

    I tried it out of curiosity.
    It can't detect my film scanner figuring in the list of compatible devices.
    Conclusion: ...

    Stephan, Jul 30, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    My oldest scanner is a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II. When I bought it
    Minolta didn't make Mac software. I bought Vuescan, but it didn't
    support it on the Mac either. (Very bad research and planning on my
    part.) It took a couple of months, but Ed did add this scanner to
    Vuescan for Mac. There were a few bug fixes, mostly that fixed problems
    that I didn't have.

    Since then my Minolta has scanned flawlessly with Vuescan. It works fine
    with my Canon flatbed scanner too. I got a great deal on a UMAX flatbed
    once that only Vuescan would run. UMAX is one of those companies that
    does a lot of things in a non-standard way. I never got UMAX drivers and
    software working on Windows at all. They did on the Mac, but Vuescan was
    way better on both systems.

    I suppose there are Minolta models that Vuescan doesn't work with. I do
    count 14 models under "Minolta/Konica". I am curious as to which models
    don't work with Vuescan.

    BTW, he does have some justification for thinking he can do it better.
    He has proven many times that he can do it better. Maybe not as often as
    he thinks, but it is a pretty good track record.

    Of course, no one is forced to buy or use Vuescan. It is a pretty good
    bet to recommend to people on newsgroups though. There isn't too much
    else that will work with a wide variety of scanners that is a substitute
    for the manufacturer's software.

    Clyde, Jul 30, 2005
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    Hecate Guest

    Several of the models he *claims* Vuescan will work with, won't. Both
    the Minolta Scan Elites for a start. If you Google the scanner
    newsgroups for Minolta 5400 and Vuescan you'll see that he claimed
    *for two years* that Vuescan would work with the original 5400
    scanner. when people showed that it couldn't. His reaction was to
    blame the user, say that it worked, and finally hurl abuse at anyone
    who disagreed with him.

    I'm sorry but I wouldn't trust anyone's software where they refuse,
    despite the evidence, to see they had a problem and then hurled
    insults when they were proved wrong.

    In fact, Vuescan has a problem with any modern Minolta scanner.
    Shame he can't do it better than Minolta then. Every time he releases
    a new version it's as bug-ridden as the last.
    It's fine for the occasional user, or people who don't work in the
    area for a living. They have the time to sort out methods of working
    which work around the bugs. I certainly wouldn't consider it for any
    work where reliability is important. YMMV.


    Hecate - The Real One

    Fashion: Buying things you don't need, with money
    you don't have, to impress people you don't like...
    Hecate, Jul 31, 2005
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