What is a good scanning program?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by kopn, Jul 28, 2005.

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    kopn 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.
    kopn, Jul 28, 2005
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    iehsmith Guest

    In years passed I had heard good things about SilverFast. I couldn't afford
    to purchase the software specific for my scanner at the time, so I cannot
    endorse it personally. I believe now that they have software that is
    non-specific to make/model of scanner (not sure). Anyway, I think it's worth
    looking into. I've just looked them up again since seeing your post, but
    haven't read it. Apparently several different levels of software.

    iehsmith, Jul 28, 2005
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    RSD99 Guest

    I use SilverFast (different manufacturer and different scanner) ... and I'm
    (relatively) satisfied.
    RSD99, Jul 28, 2005
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    Ira Solomon Guest

    While I like Silverfast, I would suggest you try VueScan first.
    It is much cheaper and one copy works on all supported scanners.
    Yours is on the list.
    Go to:

    Free trial is available.

    Good luck

    Ira Solomon
    Ira Solomon, Jul 28, 2005
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    Gary Guest

    Vuescan, it is way better than manufacturers / supplied with stuff.
    Gary, Jul 29, 2005
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    kopn Guest

    Thank you all!
    kopn, Aug 2, 2005
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    kopn Guest

    Can Vuescan save to compressed group 4 tif, gif, png?
    kopn, Aug 2, 2005
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    kopn Guest

    kopn, Aug 2, 2005
  9. VueScan saves to (single/multipage)TIFF (1-bit B/W, 8/16-bit gray,
    24/48-bit RGB, 64-bit RGBI, 16-bit InfraRed), JPEG, PDF, OCR-text
    file, and BMP-index file. Multiple file types, e.g. TIFF and JPEG, can
    be saved at the same time, with different sizes if needed.

    Compression of 16-bit/channel scan files often *increases* the file
    size. VueScan will in those cases default to uncompressed TIFF. You
    can manually switch compression on, but I don't know which type of
    compression it is.

    Since VueScan is not an image editor but a scanner driver, it attempts
    to extract and save as much information from the original as possible.
    You can always throw away information later by converting to GIF,
    probably after down-sampling. PNG is generally less accepted than
    TIFF, thus it's not supported, you can always losslessly convert to it
    in an image editor.

    Bart van der Wolf, Aug 2, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    I believe that the TIFF compression is LZW, but I'm not sure. If I
    remember right a saved one of those in Photoshop wants to resave as a
    TIFF with LZW. Of course, that isn't proof, but an indicator.

    Clyde, Aug 2, 2005
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