Month: December 2011

Review: Doxie Go! The 2nd generation

It’s Apparent’s second generation Doxie document scanner has become a wireless scanner that can scan without a Mac or PC in sight. It’s a bit smaller than its predecessor, comes with a laptop-style battery, a USB stick port and a SD card interface. Its base resolution is 300 dpi instead of 200 dpi and it’s a fast little bugger.

Scanning to archive

Can you scan analogue photos to a format that is an equivalent of a Camera RAW file? Yes, you can, with SilverFast. Here’s a video that shows you what it looks like. The resulting RAW file, the HDR image, is twice as big as the regular 48-bit image. RUNAeL9fJ9M Note that the RAW image is darker than a regular file. That is due to the file being a real digital RAW file, with no adjustments possible at all. The video explains it.

Scan to web

Scanning photos isn’t sexy anymore. We all have digital cameras — well, not exactly, but only die-hard art photographers will insist on the better grain and look of film. While the majority of photographers has gone digital, that doesn’t mean all those analogue images are suddenly worthless and should be thrown away. At least, some photos can still be used to illustrate web pages. The Web output preset in the new SilverFast 8 allows users to choose the size of the resulting web image in one of the workflow steps. A user can preview what is meant by “small” or “medium” size in his/her browser by clicking a preview button, after which a default image appears in the selected size. In a report on SilverFast 8, this was evaluated as a good idea and proof of a high level of attention to detail.