The software that drives the scanner is more important then new users first appreciate. It has a lot to do with how much time you have to piddle around getting what you want, and in some cases, if you ever can get what you want.
It is however a little funky, even in the September 1. The problem is that the scanner plug in does not lie in front of the photoshop pallets as it should, bu tinstead the photoshop pallets lie on top of the scanner plug in window if you expand that window too far. Thus, clicking the green fullsize buton expands it out to the edge of your monitoir, and yo no longer can get to the edges of the scanner window to close it.
Oddly the scanner is not recognized on the Firewire port unless you have a film holdr inserted. It is easy to use and understand. Everything is right in front of you.
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The Minolta scanner software lacks any film terms for color negative film, so the colors are awful for scans from color negatives just like with most scanners. My work is done with transparencies so I don't really care. There is no easy way to override the exposure from negatives.
In some cases with thick negatives it may make the highlights too light. If that happens I tell the scanner to scan for a positive image and invert and tweak the levels in Photoshop.
This is because positives scan at the full dynamic range of the scanner, and negs scan expecting a smaller density range. Crashes and Systemwide Issues with old OS9: It crashed my OS 9 system if I tried to make a scan taking more than a half hour through the Photoshop plug in. For complex scans I need to use the stand-alone software and that can take up to 3 hours or more for some scans. Hey, it's my website so if I want to say "up to or more" I can do what I want.
This I believe is because the Minolta driver does not properly keep the Firewire port alive during long scans.
I fixed this by putting my CD-R recorder in the line, and it keeps the line alive. Another complaint is that your computer is locked out while scanning.
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You cannot do anything else at the same time. This is not as big a deal as it sounds. Other scanners I've used allow you to try to work and read your email and whatever while scanning, however with the other scanners my machines are still acting pretty retarded while scanning so I don't bother. You may want to buy an extra cute little iMac for one-third the price of the scanner and just let that machine be a scan station if you scan all day and use OS9. One small complaint is that for people like me with huge screens I'd prefer that the important settings for color space and multiple sampling have their own spots on the screen, instead of today where these secondary settings are all located under a menu.
This is still better than Nikon's software, which requires you to click several menus to set all this. Nikon does show all the settings on their main screen, for the Minolta you need to go into the settings window. If one uses level curves in the Minolta driver the histogram gets broken, suggesting that it it not sophisticated enough to be working in 16 bits or to be redithering the 8 bit values.
Since I find it faster to play with levels in Photoshop and the driver is not elegant for this, I don't use the curves adjustment in the driver. Microtek tells me that Scan Wizard 6 they use 16 bit calculation for Colorsync, but I tend to doubt that for the Minolta. Should you care even if you understand what I'm talking about? The Auto Crop feature is great.
It's less ambitious than SilverFast, has a simpler user interface, and is generally functional.
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I've had trouble with color management of the preview window on MacOS. SANE is an open-source scanner project.
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It's targeted at Linux, but there is a MacOS port. They do have a driver for Minolta scanners. But since they are generally reverse-engineering, there may be limitations compared to commercial software. Oh, I think Parallels is so useful, and reasonably priced, that it really should be your first alternative.
Only hassle may be finding a legal non-vendor-locked copy of Windows that you can activate, if you need an older one. You could also use bootcamp to create a windows partition, but that would really be abandoning the advantages of mac computing. The one exception is Firewire storage devices: So you can't access a Firewire scanner from Parallels. So forget, for instance, the Coolscan But it works just fine for a USB scanner. If VueScan isn't working with the Firewire cable, try a different Firewire port or a different Firewire cable.
This scanner has an infrared lamp for scanning film.
VueScan's 'Filter Infrared clean' option can be used to remove dust spots from film scans. Infrared cleaning works well with all types of color negative and color slide film, including Kodachrome. If you're using Windows and you've installed a Minolta driver, VueScan's built-in drivers won't conflict with this. If you haven't installed a Windows driver for this scanner, VueScan will automatically install a driver.
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Now it's your turn to bring your scanner back to life - and keep it out of the landfill. Toggle navigation. We reverse engineered the Minolta Scan Multi Pro driver and included it in VueScan so you can keep using your old scanner.