VueScan 9 is a scan utility released by Hamrick Software. The Professional edition is currently priced at 79.95 USD in the commercial market. It is designed to produce high quality of scans from your own scanner. It is also useful when you would want to re-use an old scanner but find it hard to find a suitable driver for it in your current setup.
Unlike other scanning applications, VueScan provides all the post-processing tools you need for your image requirements. Users can save their scans as Raw Files, preserving the scan details and information. At a later time, the file can be opened from VueScan for editing. After editing and tweaking, the product can then be exported in JPG or TIFF formats.
Processing for All
Vuescan can fully support all of your connected scanners. Users need not worry about having to own a separate application for each scanner. It also has the capability to recognize and identify text in the scanned document. It can also save your documents in PDF formats that are text searchable and editable. This also lets users used their old scanners for a longer time because it can still be used by the system even if the driver support has been discontinued.
Currently, download is strictly done only from the product’s website by Hamrick Software. If your scanner is listed in the supported hardware, you can use the software for it. Users are free to download VueScan and try it for themselves. The free version contains all the functions and features of the paid version. However, results produced are automatically stamped with the default watermark of VueScan. This free version is helpful as a trial only, so you can be familiar with what to expect from the paid version.
The first paid package starts at 29.95 USD for the Standard Edition. The package offers upgrade with no extra charges for 12 months. The Advanced features are not included in this package. Color adjustment is constricted to white and black point, as well as brightness. It also has 10 preset color balance options which include Night, Neutral, Fluorescent and Tungsten.
This package is priced at 79.95 USD. Here are some features included in the complete version of VueScan:
- Upgrades for free forever.
- Scan slides, film, positives and negatives.
- RGB color adjustment
- Auto Print and Auto Save functions.
- Export files to TIFF and JPEG formats.
- Save scans as RAW files automatically.
- Multi-exposure feature to improve scan quality.
- Smart Color Calibration
- Dust detector from hardware
- Hardware scratch removal
Two scan results are produced from one scanning task. The two scans come in different resolutions which are then merged to produce a higher quality image. However, this option is not that helpful in photos and pictures because these prints are produced in a dynamic range that is limited. When used in films, it takes longer to complete the second scan for the image and the quality is not guaranteed to be better.
VueScan comes with a uniquely simple user interface. However, the options are not that clearly labeled. The functions are not easily distinguishable to average users. You need to browse the available references and guides with the application to have a better understanding of the different features offered by the software.
- Multitude of image enhancing options
- Export scans as RAW, TIFF and JPEG formats
- Outdated scanners can be re-used with it
- Higher quality results and outputs
- Lower price than competitors
- Supports 2000+ scanner models
- Multiple scanners can all be managed in one app
- Steep learning curve
- Not all features of supported scanners are usable
The Bottom Line
VueScan offers a competitive range of image enhancing tools for your scans. The Professional Edition offers the complete set of functions for your image requirements. The ability of the app to let you use your old scanners is definitely a plus for this app. The need to buy a new scanner supported by your new operating system can be postponed. The considerable improvement of image quality is also a strong factor in considering this app for a worthy investment. However, if you currently have a scanner and VueScan is not able to use all of its features, try it with another scan utility. If the other utility is able to use more functions than VueScan, stick with the alternative.