The EPSON Perfection 4990 PHOTO is accompanied with a software bundle that occupies three CDs:
- Installation CD with EPSON Scan v.2.61E
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
- SilverFast SE 6
You must install the necessary software from the CD before attaching the scanner to the computer. The numerous stickers on the transportation locks and interface connectors remind you about that.
I have tested almost all the models that make up the big family of EPSON’s scanners. Be it a cheap or a most expensive scanner, one thing is common among them – the traditional unified software pack. From model to model the programmers from EPSON complement this software with features specific to the particular model, but the method for controlling the scanning process never changes greatly. And the most pleasant thing is that the user is free to choose a scan mode relative to his/her level of expertise. If you don’t feel like looking into all the fine-tuning options, you can scan in the full automatic mode even on a professional model.
There are three basic scan modes: Full Auto Mode, Home Mode and Professional Mode. I’ll give you a brief description of each. Since the interface of the EPSON Scan program has practically remained intact, you can read a more detailed description in our Perfection 4870 review.
Full Auto Mode
In this mode the EPSON Perfection 4990 will determine the dimensions of the original by pre-scanning it and choosing the optimal settings and will then finally digitize it. The user can only choose the parameters of the resulting file as well as some other options (the type of the original, the resolution, and the use of Color Restoration or Dust Removal).
This mode offers more setup flexibility to users who have some scanning knowledge.