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Vuescan vs Silverfast - Opinions

randomrubble 18 3.1k 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 18 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
19 3.0k 836 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 18 3.1k 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 I’ve put my money down for that.
MrDennis Plus
14 309 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..

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