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Vuescan vs Silverfast - Opinions


randomrubble 16 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2020 5:28PM
I just snagged a nice Nikon Coolscan IV from the Oxfam online shop and, of course my shiny new laptop won't run the venerable Nikon Scan 4 software Which I used back in the day. there are two what I will laughingly call the modern alternatives, Siverfast and VueScan. From a brief play bath are arcane, obtuse and old fashioned, but one must be the better bet, right? So does anyone in the EPZ world have a view.
Snapper 16 4.5k 3 United States Outlying Islands
14 Dec 2020 5:45PM
Vuescan will run pretty much any scanner, while I believe Silverfast may be scanner-specific? Buy Vuescan Pro and it will be upgraded for life at no additional cost, which is refreshing compared to most other photo software.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 735 England
14 Dec 2020 7:39PM
I can't speak for Silverfast, but I use Vuescan and much prefer it to the Nikon software. It also runs my Canon flatbed.
randomrubble 16 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2020 9:26PM
Thanks for your thoughts. Interestingly Silverfast 9 just dropped and has a slightly less old fashioned UI which also includes a dark mode, so Iíve put my money down for that.
MrDennis Plus
11 286 Wales
1 Jan 2021 2:40PM
Vuescan, is neither 'arcane, obtuse and old fashioned' as you say. I Use VUESCAN quite a lot and find it Very Very Good.
Try it before you Knock it for six. Scans are Excellent with it and you can Manipulate the settings to your hearts content..
HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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