VueScan Newsletter - November 2018

VueScan Newsletter

A big welcome to this month’s newsletter to both our new subscribers and our ‘regulars’.

This month we have the last article from Cathi Nelson about photo scanning, and a customer story from the USA.

If you use VueScan and would like to share your story then please let me know. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or an amateur, or if you scan documents, film or photos; or where you are in the world – we love to hear from you and share with all our customers how you use VueScan.

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VueScan Updates

Since the last newsletter, we’ve released VueScan 9.6.20.

What's new in version 9.6.20

  • Added support for installing Photoshop CC 2019 plugin
  • Added support for 'Input | Page border' option
    • For scanners that can add a 5 mm white border around a scan
    • Currently only supports some Epson DS-series scanners
  • You can lock options settings by write-protecting vuescan.ini
    • This lets you set up starting options for any user
    • This can be used to implement a 'Kiosk mode'
    • This can be used to set up a scanning user account

To read the release notes for all previous versions, go to:

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VueScan Mobile: our latest version 2.4.1

We regularly get asked by our customers if we have a mobile version – and the answer is YES!

We love VueScan Mobile – it allows you to seamlessly scan documents and photos straight to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch from over 240 scanners from HP, Canon, Epson, Brother and Samsung WiFi printer/scanners.

In addition to sending via Email and saving to the Photos App, VueScan Mobile allows you to save scanned images to your favorite iOS apps that can open PDF or JPEG files such as iBooks, Dropbox, GoodReader, Evernote, etc.

You can also test your WiFi enabled scanner with the Mac OS X version of VueScan. (Note that USB connected scanners are currently not supported.)

VueScan includes support for 18 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Swedish.

VueScan Mobile costs $4.99.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Can I add my own watermarks?

A) Yes, you can add your own watermarks by setting "Input | Options" to "Professional" and then setting "Output | Watermark 1" and "Output | Watermark 2"

Q) I know you support Mohave, but do you have a dark theme for Windows?

A) Yes, there's already a dark theme in the Personalization control panel. Just search with for various free dark themes you can download.

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All about Scanning Photos!

Cathi Nelson is the author of Photo Organizing Made Easy; Going from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed as well as the founder of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers.

This is the final article from Cathi on photo scanning – but next month we do have some exciting news about a new course Cathi is offering.

Turn Your Love of Photos & Stories into a Profession

Over the past few months, I have been sharing tips on getting your photos organized. If you have been following along and enjoying the process, have you thought, maybe I could offer this service to others? If so you aren’t alone. Currently, there are hundreds of professional photo organizers providing services to clients. It is actually a new and growing profession! Are you wondering why and how?

First of all, statistics are staggering!

There are an estimated 1.7 TRILLION paper photos stored in albums, attics and shoeboxes. These photos represent the heart and soul of a family’s history - new babies, first steps, weddings, vacations, new business openings, vintage pictures of great grandpa - and all are at risk. Less than one percent of these memories have been transferred to digital, a much more durable and reliable format. The remaining 99% is still very much in danger of being lost or forgotten.

The numbers of digital photos taken every day are also staggering. It is estimated that over 1.2 trillion digital pictures will be taken this year alone. This figure is bolstered by the ever-present smartphone that nearly 60 percent of respondents say is their primary photo-taking device.

The ability to find that picture of Susie at her first dance recital or that precious photo of Grandpa holding his first grandchild has become a frustrating challenge for the average family. Besides, many families do not have a reliable backup system in place to safeguard their family photo collection and the memories it holds.

In the face of this challenge, people are recognizing their need for help and seeking out professionals trained in the art of personal photo organizing to assist them.

Who are the Photo Organizers

Professional photo organizers are independent business owners who offer a wide range of photo curation, organization, scanning and management services. Their services range from directly helping with a system to sort, organize and scan printed photos to managing a client’s digital images to taking on large projects that involve a life’s-worth of photos. The services they offer range from organizing digital and printed photos, creating traditional or digital photo albums, creating video slideshows, scanning prints and slides, converting old media into viewable formats, creating one of a kind photo gifts, installing backup systems and one-on-one technology instruction.

Within the photo organizing community, there are two types of members. The professional who charges a fee for the services they provide to clients, and the family photo-historian who is the appointed “keeper” of their family’s memories. The photo historian isn’t necessarily looking to earn an income from his or her work but is passionate about helping friends and family preserve and share their photos.

Professional photo organizers come from diverse backgrounds including photographers; graphic designers; storytellers; historians; librarians; teachers and IT specialists. Some choose to offer photo-organizing services exclusively on a full or part-time basis, while others have added these services to an existing business.

The Outlook for the Future

For anyone who has an interest in starting a photo organizing business, the vision for the future couldn’t be better. If you have the technological skills and a passion for people and stories you can be successful. As the field develops, there have been additional opportunities emerging in areas such as genealogy and businesses-to-business. The high growth potential of this industry represents multiple benefits to society, individual consumers and budding entrepreneurs. The world is experiencing a rapid change in technology, and photo organizers are an essential part of this change. If you’d like to learn more visit The Association of Photo Organizers offers training and support to this growing field.

Customer Corner

This month, we hear from Christoph Traugott in Illinois, USA. Christoph has extensive knowledge of VueScan, and we’re very happy to share some of his background, experience and work.

“I developed a fascination for film as a young kid, when my family was transferred to Sao Paulo, Brazil with Caterpillar Inc.; my father let me use the much-valued Pentax ME Super, taking Koda and Ektachromes, and a whole new world opened up. Many years later I wanted to digitize the entire slide collection, but I was having troubles with the default manufacturer software - and, very luckily, discovered VueScan.

I am a large and medium analog photography hobbyist, working in the museum fields. I also help out and work with many individuals, organizations and Local and National Historical Societies, per the digitization of whole archives. I recently digitized a huge archive for a social service agency called the Neighborhood House, in Peoria, Illinois. It was established in 1896, and had a long history and record of service, with many photo archives. The types of photos varied from albumen prints, platinotypes, to 8x10 prints.

While doing massive digitization, I developed a further side hobby of finding discarded, half destroyed, and general found historical photos. My goal is to research the stories, and track down surviving family members and give them back. This can be a challenge, and sometimes the venture can be a lost cause, but I have also have been successful many times.

I own more than 25 scanners from film scanners to wide formats. I have more than I can use and I often donate them to small town Historical Societies that can be lacking for funds for quality film and flatbed scanners. I often find older models, which are still very capable, at garage sales or flea markets.

VueScan is always the saving grace, as I need not worry per driver headaches, plus it provides a consistent quality output, as I deal with everything from cracked Dry Glass Plates to ‘not-in-the-best-condition’ historical negatives and prints.

Chris Traugott Coulter
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