VueScan is the world's most widely used software interface for digitizing film and prints on flatbed and film scanners. This powerful yet affordable program supports over 1500 scanners and 321 digital camera RAW file types, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
Much more than a simple scanner program, VueScan allows you to perform functions such as color restoration, adding sharpening filters, adjusting white balance, rotating images, and batch scanning multiple images. It also provides output to a variety of formats including TIFF, JPEG, and searchable PDF files (even all three simultaneously). The Pro version outputs to the RAW format and provides options for color adjustments, and more.
Despite its popularity, the documentation for VueScan does not provide enough information to use the full power of the system and makes it difficult to get started. The VueScan Bible is the missing manual for new, experienced, and prospective users of VueScan.
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About the Author
Sascha Steinhoff is a computer expert by training and a photographer by passion. He used several rainy seasons in Galway, Ireland to learn everything he needed to know about scanners and scanning software. He soon realized that a good scan requires as much work and know-how as a good camera shot, and that a scanning workflow is essential to get the job done efficiently.
Sascha recently gave up his position as an editor of a leading German technical magazine to move to Bangkok, Thailand, where he is currently working as a freelance journalist and project manager.
Complementary information about the scanning techniques described in this book, as well as as a place where Sascha will reply to inquiries, can be found on his website at http://scanguru.info.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This manual is the best of it's type I have ever read or studied. Sascha knows VueScan inside and out explaining and illustrating the software in a complete and understanding manner. If you have a problem with or don't understand a particular feature or procedure, you'll find it in this book and it will be explained in a way you can understand and use. Great job! I would love for Sascha to produce a book on Photoshop with the same great style and expertise as The VueScan Bible.
The book needs to be re-done. Not only there are lots of type-ops, but there so many places that the words were just all blacked out. Not a fun read.
I am no newcomer to scanning, but I am a relative newcomer to Vuescan, and I thought this book was terrific. If done right, scanning is challenging, and to do it correctly and optimally takes a fair amount of skill and a great deal of patience. Consequently, scanning is fun and rewarding for some, and a pain in the rear for others. This book helps to tilt things more to the fun side and away from the pain side. This book is not the be all and end all book on scanning, I don’t really think that was the purpose of the book. Mr. Steinhoff has another excellent book which is a more general survey of scanning than this. While this book draws on some of the material covered in Mr. Steinhoff’s other book, the focus of the Vuescan Bible is on the Vuescan scanning program and how to get the most out of it. This book serves that purpose very well. Vuescan is a flexible, adaptable software program for scanning but (no disrespect intended) is poorly documented, and what purpose is served by the many options the program offers is not always self-evident. Frankly, poorly documented and/or poorly designed and aging software is one of the great frustrations in scanning. Mr. Steinhoff does a terrific job of explaining all the functions of Vuescan, including what is particularly useful and what is not, and that knowledge allows one to get much better value and results from the program and helps to remove the sneaking suspicion that maybe you aren’t doing it right because of some setting you don’t fully understand or know about. He also provides different workflow recommendations based on the particular media being scanned (e.g., print, slide, negative, etc.) and tailored to the particular goal of the reader (e.g., those who just want to get their media scanned as efficiently as possible and those who want to scan for archival purposes). Frankly, unless you are already fully versed in Vuescan, I think this book is an indispensable tool for anyone using this program. It doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about scanning, but it sure gets you a long way down the road.