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XSane Scanning Negatives
Using an Epson 4180 scanner under Win2K I had no difficulty scanning negatives. You put a strip of negatives into the holder and after scanning you got a bunch of individual photos that were like any other. The software named and numbered them.
Now using XSane under Linux I want to do the same thing. I have been using XSane for a couple of years and find the software better than what came with the scanner under windows until now.
There are two problems:
1. When I try to scan using Transparency Unit and Kodak Negative I get a scan of a negative with no option to turn it into a photo. I want the software to produce a photo (positive).
2. When scanning a strip you get one file with all of the negatives scanned as a strip instead of individual images.
Like I said, these things were produced automatically under windows.
- Join Date
- Sep 2004
For (1) using the (From menu) Colours>Invert
For (2) select each image, copy then paste into new.
By the way xsane dialog lists negative under the color drop down list (the third one from top), not sure if that will work.
And one of the icons (the second one at the bottom just above the scan button) says "Negative: invert colours for scanning negatives" not sure that help's (would be more specific but don't have a scanner capable of doing negatives).In a world without walls and fences, who needs Windows and Gates?
Resolved but not really Solved
XSANE NEEDS A LOT MORE MORE ON THIS:
Based on responses to my original post I retested my approach and found the following to be true and accurate:
1. I reexamined my negative and found it was Fuji and not Kodak so I changed the transparency type to Fuji negative.
2. I scanned for preview and opened up the batch Window and selected only the negative I wanted.
3. I found and clicked the negative button and then did the scan. It was as bluish mask and not orange.
4. I opened it up in Gimp and did Colors>Invert and I got a very poor looking very grainy result with extra poor white balance but it was a positive.
5. I then did a Colors>Auto Equialize and there was some improvement but it still looked lousey.
6. I then did a Filter Despecle and there was about a 60 to 70% reduction in grain but it was still a poor result.
7. I then did a auto white balance and the result was greenish yellow and looked even worse so I did an undo.
8. I then played with curves and staturation and got it as good as I know how.
Bottom line it was still very poor and not worth the time.
Unfortunately I had to boot up Windows
I booted up Windows and scanned the negative using Epson scanning sotware and it came out like a nice looking positive. I did some editing in Photoshop as far as clearing out artifacts because PS has a healing brush and adjustment layers and some better tools but a horrible GUI.
I saved in PSD, rebooted Linux and opened it up in Gimp. I did the finish work in Gimp and some more color correcting and printed in Gimp on Illford Classic Perl and the result was just strikingly great.
Thanks for all of your help and the links you helped me find. It is too bad I still need Windows lurking on my computer.
XSANE NEEDS A LOT MORE MORE ON THISI booted up Windows and scanned the negative using Epson scanning sotware...
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- Nov 2007
Because there is not standard packaging system for all of the distros and because the installs place different things in different locations the mfg of hardware do not want to get involved. Perhaps with a little standardization but not a drastic limitation of choices and some increased market presence things will improve.
All it takes is a handful of hardware companies that are well known to make the Linux plunge successfully and then it will happen big time.
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- Jun 2008
If they just released the source then anybody would be able to compile with a 'cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr && make && make install' or './configure --prefix=/usr && make && make install' and they would have nothing to worry about
So they really need the mfg of hardware to wake up and have good out of the box software that runs on top of Linux.
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- Jun 2008
Well if they released the source, someone else could easily port it, and you distro could make a package of it.
Either way, have you tried running it under Wine or Crossover Office