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The main software shell for controlling the scanning process is called ScanGear CS. It has two interfaces: Simple Mode for novices and Advanced Mode for power users.

Simple Mode

The Simple Mode lets you do the scanning without bothering about any settings. You only have to indicate the type of the original (a photo, a figure in a magazine, a film, etc), the output device (a printer or monitor), and the size of the resulting image. After the pre-scan procedure the user can also manually outline the borders of the scanned original if they have been incorrectly determined by the scanner (I should say that the scanner determines the position of the original quite accurately, so you don’t often have to correct the machine).

You may have noticed a Multi-Scan button, besides just Scan, on the screenshot of the Simple Mode window. This button activates a batch scanning mode for digitizing several originals lying on the bed at once. On your clicking the Multi-Scan button an additional window appears asking you to choose the output resolution of the image.

When the scanning operation is over, the receiving application is given as many image files as there are originals on the scanner’s bed. The borders of the originals are determined automatically.

The Advanced Mode is, on the contrary, for experienced users and gives you full control over the scan settings. Let’s see what options are available in this window.

Advanced Mode

There are three sections here: Input Settings, Output Settings and Image Settings. The Input Settings allow you to choose the scanning type (reflective originals from the platen, negative/positive color films or negative/positive monochrome films) and the size of the original, and to automatically identify the size of the originals at multi-scanning (Multi-Crop). The Output Settings include the scan mode (Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Text Enhanced), resolution and the desired size of the original. The bulk of fine-tuning scanner options are gathered in the Image Settings section, however. You can turn them on immediately before the digitization operation:

  • Auto Tone (On/Off): automatic tone correction
  • Unsharp Mask (On/Off)
  • Descreen (On/Off): this filter suppresses the lineature moire
  • Reduce Dust and Scratches (None/Low/Medium/High)
  • Fading Correction (None/Low/Medium/High): chroma correction
  • Grain Correction (None/Low/Medium/High)

Below is a button that evokes the scanner calibration feature. The calibration can be set to Execute at Every Scan, if necessary. Generally speaking, the scanner needs calibration only to compensate for a deviation in the spectrum characteristics of the lamp which may become apparent after long use. If this function is activated, the scanner will automatically set up the white point before the scanning operation. This will ensure a more accurate reproduction of the colors of the scanned image.

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