Take a look at vuescan. This application is used a lot among
serious "film scanners" (aka professional photographers).
IMHO the only thing missing in vuescan is the curve tool.
If you want to scan negatives, you need a library of rules to remove
the orange mask for all sorts of films. In vuescan you select the
brand (e.g. Kodak) and then the type of film (e.g. Gold) and then
the emulsion revision (e.g. 6), so it's a rather sophisticated
algorithm to remove the mask.
This is just one feature that makes or breaks a scanning application
You can download an evaluation version of vuescan from
There is a Windows, a Mac and a Linux version of the software.
On Tue, Jul 17, 2001 at 09:32:03AM +1000, Mick Barry wrote:
> So what sort of functionality would be required from a f/e for scanning
> negatives/slides? Any references on the web for what's required?
> Jonathan Buzzard wrote:
> > email@example.com said:
> >> I don't think so. If proper strip film feeder functions (frame
> >> selection) and decent dust removal are added to the backend, then SANE
> >> will be just as good and useful as VueScan, as far as I can tell.
> > VueScan does a whole pile of other things in the "front" end that make it
> > a far superior solution for scanning negatives. This is a bit hard to
> > separate as VueScan comes as a single program though. Things such as multiple
> > pass scans, auto croping, film loading, slide and negative gamma curves
> > and a whole pile more would be in a none existent Sane front end for
> > film scanners.
> > Basically Sane needs a slide/negative front end, and I don't see one
> > in a usable state being available anytime soon. Lets face it there is
> > not even one in development. While XSane is great for a desktop scanner
> > for sheets of paper, photographs, you basic everyday reflective scanning,
> > it is entirely unsuitable for transmission scanning of negatives and slides.
> > That is no reflection on XSane as the two are entirely different
> > propositions, and XSane is targeted at the more widely used reflective
> > scanning market. What is needed is a XFilmSane front end.
> >> In any case, there is no point giving up on the basis that there is a
> >> better (commercial) alternative.
> > You are of course quite right, but if it were me I would buy a copy of
> > VueScan while waiting/developing a negative/slide front end for Sane.
> > At the moment if you are serious about scanning negatives and slides then
> > the only realistic option is VueScan.
> > JAB.
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