Frame Thumbnails in VueScan

David Hamrick

We’re excited to announce that VueScan 9.7.92 contains a new feature that customers have been requesting for quite some time. Frame thumbnails allow you to see the contents of different frames in the right hand panel that is commonly used for PDFs.

This is a great way to quickly see what is in each frame and decide which settings you need to apply for the best scan results. The thumbnails are generated automatically and do not require any manual intervention.

VueScan Screenshot showing new Frame Thumbnails feature

When you are scanning film or slides on a flatbed scanner, VueScan can automatically split the film strips into frames. The thumbnail area will now show the color corrected contents of each frame. This is useful when you want to see what is on each frame of the film or slides. You can also click on the thumbnail to select it and then change options just for that frame (like rotation, color changes, filter options) without changing the options for the other frames.

It’s also useful when you’re scanning film with a non-flatbed scanner where each frame is scanned individually, like a Nikon CoolScan or a Plustek Opticfilm scanner. We call these scanners frame addressable scanners. You can now see each of these frames at a glance and change which frame you’re working with just by clicking.

Next steps: Creating multiple frames yourself

We’re hard at work at the next phases of this project. Currently you can only see the contents of frames that VueScan automatically creates. We are changing this so you can manipulate multiple crop boxes and create frames yourself. We think this is going to be a great feature for scanning photos. Here’s a screenshot of what we’re working on for future versions.

VueScan Screenshot showing new Frame Thumbnails feature

As you can see, each crop box creates its own frame. You can adjust the position and size of each crop box to create the frames that you want.

We are also working on enhanced automatic detection of photos and film/slides, including frames that are skewed/rotated. This will make frame detection more intuitive and give user’s the tools they need to manipulate the frames manually as well.

We hope you enjoy this new feature and are looking forward to what’s to come! As always, please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions by commenting below.