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Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

I have a Nikon Coolscan V film scanner for 35mm film and am using it with Nikon's own software to scan negs and slides for a Windows 10 64-bit system.

The Nikon software isn't pretty but I am used to it and can tweak it to get good results. However, it is a bit of a PITA because Nikon stopped all development and support some time ago (*). I can't remember whether I had to do a tweak to get it to run on a 64-bit system. There is a recurrent nuisance with Windows - Nikon never bothered to get the driver authenticated by Microsoft and you have to jump through hoops to run it with the "unsigned" software. it wouldn't matter if you only had to do it once, but unfortunately it seems to crop up every time there is a major update to Windows.

There is a third-party package called Vuescan which seem to be well thought of. I am wondering whether it is worth springing the 70 quid or so that it costs. Does anyone have experience of it? Specifically:

1. Does it avoid the authentication problems that the Nikon software has?

2. Does it produce better scans?

I think we can take it as read that the user interface will be better, but that's not really important since I am used to Nikon's clunky one.

I am going to email the same questions to the suppliers of Vuescan, but would be interested to hear of any real-world experiences.

(*) As far as I can see Nikon's attitude to their film scanners is that they wish they had never made them. They appear to give no support whatsoever for either hardware or software. Not a good precedent for using their other products (someone told me they make cameras, is that true? )

All feedback welcome ... John
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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

I bought a copy many years ago and used it with a Minolta Film scanner. It worked well. It is updated regularly and works with virtually any scanner.

You could try it out with the free trial.
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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

I have been using Vuescan for a very long time, I recently used it with a Canon film/slide scanner.
The results were limited by my knowledge of Vuescan for scanning slides.
I have for when Epson do not keep their page scanner driver uptodate. It also does OCR conversion from print to digital text, saves a lot of typing.
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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

Thank you both, sounds promising so far.

Derek - is the software specific to a scanner, or did you just use the same version with both your Canon and Epson scanners?

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Derek - is the software specific to a scanner, or did you just use the same version with both your Canon and Epson scanners?John

One copy works with multiple scanners.

Supported scanners listed here: https://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/supported-scanners.html
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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

Thanks Andy.

Might just go for the free trial anyway, but would still be glad to hear of any more real-life experience.

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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

Pretty much any scanner with a TWAIN interface works with Vuescan I believe. I tried it years ago and while it did have some advanced features I found it difficult to get the best out of it. Of course, a lot may/will have changed since I last used it. The multi-pass scan feature can reduce noise.

I too have a Nikon Coolscan, an LS40. You're right about jumping through hoops to get Win10 to accept it and it's annoying to have to keep doing that whenever Win10 gets a "feature update" but I'm personally happy with the results I get with Nikon Scan. If I recall correctly though Vuescan's infra-red clean function is a little better than Nikon's ICE inasmuch as it affects only the immediate area around the blemish whereas ICE seems to soften the image all over. It was also faster than ICE.

Your best bet is to try a free trial and see how you get on as only you can judge how well the user interface works for you .
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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

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I bought a copy many years ago and used it with a Minolta Film scanner.
I did exactly the same!
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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

I use the Mac version and have nothing but praise for it. It’s regularly updated and the author will respond to questions really quickly. Worth every penny.
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Thanks Richard, Tim. Not a bad word so far, which is promising....

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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

as answered above I use it on both scanning systems.

New versions of the program are made available very frequently as they add new / corrected features and suppport for additional scanners.
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Re: Film scanners - anyone use Vuescan?

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It also does OCR conversion from print to digital text, saves a lot of typing.
Tesseract is free OCR software available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It's claimed to be very accurate (it is for me!) and will process very many languages. I believe that there are GUIs for those that blanch at the thought of using a command line!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesseract_(software)

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