SilverFast even works on drum scanners and dedicated 35mm slide and filmstrip scanners.

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LinoColor Elite from Heidelberg CPS for the Linotype-Hell scanners, SilverFast for all scanners, and Binuscan especially for the Umax now compete for the explosive market of flatbed scanners.

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Linocolor Elite software from Heidelberg
Binuscan has not impressed us so far. SilverFast is great if you don't mind learning a really good software. LinoColor from Heidelberg results in outstanding scans which make great prints. We use LinoColor in the FLAAR digital imaging facility at the university daily.

Normally the scanner software that comes with the scanner is sufficient. But drastically lowered prices on excellent midrange scanners (Umax PowerLook III and Linotype-Hell Saphir Ultra2 as excellent examples) have opened a huge market for more options in scanner software.

Users are gradually realizing that Photoshop is a repair software, not a scanner driver software. If the scan is good to begin with, you do not have to rescue a color defective image in Photoshop.

The Nikon software you see at the left is now replaced by the newer better Silver Fast scanning software from LaserSoft Imaging.

LinoColor Elite comes with the Linotype-Hell scanner series. LinoColor software can also be used on the Umax series of flatbed scanners.

Heidelberg CPS (Color Publishing Solutions) is known for its color management abilities, so this software is popular in the pre-press world. This makes LiniColor software appropriate also for desktop publishing.

As more software arrives and as we get deeper into the capabilities of LinoColor we will update, revise, and expand the software review sections of our various web sites.
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 Large format printers 24" and above for top quality digital photo prints, museum-quality exhibit prints, for newbies to pro

 Which scanners are best for scanning negatives, slides for large format printing of photo-realistic quality; what overhead repro-stand scanners are best for digitizing the actual artwork for large format printing; what large format digital scan back systems are best for digitizing paintings or 3-D artwork (all high end) for fine art giclee printing. This report covers only professional equipment: no entry-level, no cheap home scanners; nonetheless, this and all other reports are written for the first-time buyer, for newcomers to digital imaging as well as for pros who want better equipment.

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Scan 3D objects on a flatbed scanner (Linotype-Hell)
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