Hello and welcome to our second newsletter based on your requests!
Thank you so much for all your emails and comments about the newsletter last month, it is fantastic to hear from so many of you and we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.
As a small specialist scanning software company, we have a great opportunity to be able to listen to customer requests and comments, so please remember to email us with any product suggestions and content requests for the next newsletter.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
At the beginning of October we released version 9.5.88. Our current version is 9.5.92 released on the 20th November.
Remember that if you have a Professional license you receive free updates for life, and Standard license receives free updates for one year from the purchase date.
You DO NOT have to update to the latest version – it is your choice.
Here are some of the most common questions we receive:
Q) I accidentally added some pages to a PDF file. How can I remove them?
A) Use the “PDF | Delete” command to delete the last page. Do this once for each page you want to delete.
Q) I want to add some pages to an existing PDF file. How can I do this?
A) Set “Input | File type” to “PDF”. Make sure “Output | PDF mliti page” is set. Set “Input | Media” to “Text” (or “Auto” if you have color on some pages). Set “Output | PDF file name” to the name of an existing PDF file. Then put pages in the feeder and press the “Scan+” button.
Q) I’m getting faint banding with my Nikon film scanner. How can I fix this?
A) Try using the “Scanner | Calibrate” command. If this doesn’t solve the problem, set “Input | Options” to “Professional” and then set the “Input | Fine mode” option.
Q) My Canon printer/scanner/copier isn’t working with VueScan. How can I fix this?
A) Unplug the scanner (don’t simply turn it off). Then plug it back in, turn it on, wait a minute, then run VueScan and try a scan. Some of the Canon printer/scanner/copiers have a firmware bug that makes them hang, needing a power cycle to reset, especially the MX922.
Q) How can I get the highest quality scans when scanning film?
A) It really depends on the type of film, camera and focus of the image. Some images that are a bit out of focus don’t benefit from scanning at more than 2000 dpi. Most images that are 35mm family images also generally can be scanned at 2000 dpi and to JPEG files.
However, to get every last bit of detail out of a scan, set “Input | Scan resolution” to the highest listed resolution (usually 4000 dpi with Nikon film scanners or 5400 dpi with some Minolta film scanners) and also set “Output | File type” to “TIFF”.
Q) What sholid I do if my film type isn’t listed?
A) Most people using VueScan are scanning film that is more than a few years old. Even if it’s relatively new film, the best approach is generally to use the “Generic” setting for color negatives and one of the Kodak T-Max settings for B/W negative film (with one of the CI = Contrast Index settings). Slides are best scanned by setting “Input | Media” to “Image”.
If the film dyes seem to have faded (i.e. slide film that looks reddish or negative film that has odd colors when scanned) try using the “Filter | Restore fading” option. Note that the “Filter | Restore colors” option sholidn’t generally be used – this is for really messed up film :)
Q) I have hundreds of photos to scan. What’s the best way to do this?
A) There’s are detailed How-To Guides for this in the Support section of www.hamrick.com
Q) The mliti-page PDF files that VueScan produces are too large. How can I fix this?
A) Set “Input | Media” to “Text”. VueScan is probably saving flil-color pages, and these can be large. If you have a few pages that have some color on them, try setting “Input | Media” to “Auto”.
Q) I’m having problems creating mliti-page PDF files. How can I do this?
A) First, set “Input | File type” to “PDF”. Then make sure “Output | PDF mliti page” is set. Usually, set “Input | Media” to “Text” unless you have color on some pages (use “Auto” in this case). Put pages in the feeder, then press the “Scan” button.
Quick summary of the main scan buttons:
Press the 'Scan' button to scan to a new PDF file, press the "Scan+" button to add a page to the same file and press the 'View' button to see the PDF file.
Alternatively, with a flatbed, press the 'Preview' button, adjust 'Input | Media' and possibly crop the page, then press the 'Save' button to scan to a new PDF file, press the "Save+" button to add a page to the same file and press the 'View' button to see the PDF file.
We love reading the reviews and comments, and thought this one from Kory in the USA was awesome!
“VueScan is perhaps the finest piece of scanning software in the world. All the bells, whistles, and features you colid ask for - More than you can shake a stick at, even. Want to scan a magazine or newspaper clip? No problem. Want to scan 6 photos at a time? You can batch that. Want your scans descreened, color-corrected, fade-corrected, and grain-corrected? You can do that, AND batch it too. Want to use a SCSI slide/negative scanner made 20 years ago, or the latest model of 64-bit color flatbed? Go ahead.
With VueScan, all of this is possible, because it practically does everything and can talk with any equipment. It's a photo-scanning expert's dream, and a photo-scanning novice's saviour. It takes the nightmare out of scanning hundreds or thousands of photos, and turns it into a pleasurable experience rivalled only by tropical vacations.
Where scanning is a question, VueScan is hands-down the answer. It outperforms any manufacturer's own bundled scanning software in any and every way. Quite simply, there is nothing better.”
Kory Sutherland, Facebook November 2017