Using a Nikon 4000 scanner w/Mac OS 10.6.8?
I have a Nikon LS4000 ED scanner that I'd like to use to scan my slide collection. I'm a little confused regarding software to use the scanner with the current software running on my Mac Mini.
I'm running Mac OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), Photoshop CS3 and PS Elements 10 and Lightroom 4. I also have an older copy of Nikon Capture NX 2.0.1.
According to my interpretation of the Nikon website, they no longer support the LS4000 with software updates. To get around the problem, I'm considering buying Silverfast 8 (the version that's specifically designed to run on the 4000 and OS X 10.6).
Do I need a specific Mac compatible driver from Nikon in order to do this? WIll the scanner run on my Mac with just the Silverfast software? If it doesn't, my Nikon scanner is useless to me.
Can anyone out there provide some advice? I'd hate to drop $350 for the Silverfast software if the scanner won't run on OS X.
#1. "RE: Using a Nikon 4000 scanner w/Mac OS 10.6.8?" | In response to Reply # 0RABaker Registered since 30th Sep 2003Sat 11-May-13 07:33 PM
"Do I need a specific Mac compatible driver from Nikon in order to do this? WIll the scanner run on my Mac with just the Silverfast software?"
The scanner will work fine with just the SilverFast software - no special driver from Nikon required.
"I'd hate to drop $350 for the Silverfast software if the scanner won't run on OS X."
SilverFast strongly recommends that you download and use the software as a free trial before purchasing. I second that.
I have been using SilverFast software for several years and I like it, but it does have a fairly steep learning curve before you will be able to get consistently good results. Use the free trial period to be sure you like their approach to scanning and their user interface. The new user interface with version 8 may be a little easier to learn than prior versions, but I have not had to upgrade yet so I'm not sure how much of an improvement there may be.
Another option to run the scanner with current operating systems is Vuescan. Their approach to scanning and user interface is very different from SilverFast - some folks like one and hate the other. I may have tried a free trial of Vuescan several years ago, but I am not sure. However, when I tried SilverFast I liked the power and direct control it provides over the scan process - but at the price of being somewhat intense and demanding of the user.