has introduced a new version of its Nikon Scan software that’s specifically designed for Mac OS X. It will ship with scanners later this summer, but is currently
available as a free download
for all current Nikon Coolscan owners.
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Nikon Scan 3.1.3 provides integration between Mac OS X and Nikon’s current line of film scanners — the Coolscan IV ED, Super Coolscan 4000 ED and Super Coolscan 8000 ED. According to Jerry Grossman, vice president of marketing for Nikon, the software gives Mac OS X users all of the advanced imaging capabilities and restoration functionality available in Nikon’s film scanners, including Applied Science Fiction’s Digital ICE3 applications, a suite of digital enhancement tools for color correcting and enhancing images.
Digital ICE3, which works within the Nikon Scan software, combines three image correction tools — Digital ICE, Digital ROC and Digital GEM — that can be turned on or off to correct surface defects and enhance images, reconstruct original color and equalize and manage grain details in film.
The Coolscan IV ED is an entry-level scanner designed for photo enthusiasts who are looking to digitize their images to send photos by e-mail, design Web pages or archive and catalog them to preserve and restore memories captured on film. The Super Coolscan 4000 ED is a high-performance desktop film scanner for producing large volume scans. It features an optical density of 0 to 4.2 and 4000 dpi for wide dynamic range and high resolution. The Super Coolscan 8000 ED is a multi-format film scanner capable of scanning a variety of film formats, including 35mm, 120/220, 16mm, slide glass and electron microscope, at true 4,000 dpi optical resolution with drum scanner quality.