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VueScan 9.6.19

Breathe new life into your old scanner with this handy scanning tool

by Nick Peers

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
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Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later; Supported scanner – click here for list.

Languages: English
Software Cost: $39.95 (Windows)
Date Updated: 08 October 2018
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Developer: Hamrick Software
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VueScan in Windows
VueScan helps to rescue your computer from the scrapheap

It’s amazing how quickly manufacturers abandon support for older hardware devices. This is nowhere more evident than when it comes to scanners. The gradual shift from 32- to 64-bit computing threatens to leave even more perfectly serviceable scanners in the box marked “obsolete”, but there may be a future for your old machine yet – at a cost.

VueScan works with just about every computer out there, supporting Linux, Mac and all versions of Windows up to Windows 10. More importantly, it supports 1,500 flatbed and film scanners, even if drivers are no longer available for the computer you’re running. Consequently, it enables you to dust down your trusty old scanner and continue using it despite the manufacturer’s attempts to force an upgrade.

It’s incredibly simple to use, with a neat wizard-based approach to scanning for the novice, and an Advanced button for those with a bit more experience. The results are impressive, and it’s worth considering even if your scanner is currently supported by Windows. You can output to JPEG, TIF, PDF and even access OCR-capabilities for extracting text from scanned images – English is provided by default, download other language files from here. VueScan can also output your scan directly to your printer, effectively turning your existing equipment into a serviceable photocopying machine.

The trial version is fully functional, although watermarks are placed across any scanned images, so you’ll have to buy it before you can get the most out of it. A four-computer licence costs US$40 for the Standard Edition or US$80 for the Professional Edition.

Version 9 introduces both 32- and 64-bit builds, and promises to be faster and more responsive than previous versions. The user interface has also been revamped to make it easier to use, giving up more screen space for the scanner preview and consists of a single file, which can be copied on to USB flash drive for running as a portable application if you wish.

Version 9.6.19 (see complete changelog):

Improved support for changing color theme while running
Added support for Cut/Copy/Paste on Mac (Apple-X/Apple-C/Apple-V))
Added support for 'Input | Overscan'

For photos - puts a border around scans
Supports most Fujitsu fi-series and iX-series scanners
Supports most Epson document scanners

Added support for 'Input | Double feed detect'

For scanners that have ultrasonic double-feed detection
Supports most Fujitsu fi-series and iX-series scanners
Supports most Canon DR-series document scanners
Supports most Epson document scanners

Verdict:

An essential purchase if your scanner is no longer supported by the manufacturer and you can’t get it to work on your new computer.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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