FLAAR is initiating reviews to sort out the benefits and great features of each of these scanner software. With scanners being recognized as the absolute crucial peripheral for any and all offices (and home use), all kinds of scanner software is being developed to meet rising demand.

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LinoColor is the favorite for prepress professionals but MagicScan and Binuscan are promulgated by UMAX. SilverFast scanner software is catching up fast with a blitz of publicity.

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Silver Fast offers the widest range, from 35mm slide scanners to high-end tabloid sized flatbed scanners. SilverFast is "Made in Germany," as is LinoColor, from Heidelberg CPS.

We are doing reviews in our German office in Essen at the moment, and our two Umax scanners are in our new office in St Louis (MO, USA).

Thus for the present we will be reviewing LinoColor from Heidelberg CPS first. After SilverFast arrived, however, we never loaded LinoColor again. SilverFast was so much easier to use.

SilverFast is available for most Umax and LinoColor-Heidelberg scanners, for Nikon and now for Polaroid 35mm scanners as well. More information on SilverFast can be obtained directly from LaserSoft Imaging, www.silverfast.com

Reviews of other scanning software will follow, keeping in mind that we are also testing all kinds of other hardware and software as well as photo studio equipment. For example, we are finding that the Creo scanner software is outstanding (naturally this high-end software works only on Creo EverSmart scanners).

Reviews of a professional flatbed scanner, the Fuji C-550 Lanovia, on www.flatbed-scanner-review.org



Showing actual 3-D objects (rabbits) and then showing the resulting scan.

Scanning 40 35mm slides all at once.

Comparing a 3-D object scanned with a 1200 dpi scanner and the Fuji 5000 dpi scanner. The Fuji is large enough to scan an object up to 45 cm long. Here we show how this scanner handles a large 3-D object, a carved wooden effigy of a jaguar.
Enlargement of a scan of a native Mexican handicraft to reveal the full detail in depth of focus that the Fuji C-550 Lanovia can achieve (horse). Two especially beautiful scans done with the Fuji scanner, on the bottom of this page of all the internal links to this site. Scans of architectural history (Missouri Ozarks) done with Fuji scanner. Bottom of the page.
Scanning 4x5 chromes with the Fuji results in ability to enlarge small details to poster size (jade). General discussion of the Fuji Lanovia flatbed scanner. Mention of the drum scanners which Fujifilm also makes.

Now being prepared, FLAAR reports by the Senior Review Editor on flatbed scanners for prepress, photo archives, and museums. Additional reports evaluate what scanner(s) are best for digitizing your slides and photos for digital printing, especially fine art giclee.

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How about color prints a full 36" inches wide?

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Capable laser printer for printing photographs at 11x17 (A3) up to 13x26". What are the best scanners to digitize your photos, your pictures, your 35mm slides, 3-D objects? 24 inch wide color printing capability on your desktop
Which graphics quality laser printer(s) can print up to 35 inches long, at up to 1200 dpi? Once you scan (digitize) the photos, how do you store the digitized format?

What wide format printer to avoid ? What ink jet printers to avoid ?

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