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Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner - Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner

By Cliff Smith



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Plustek OpticFilm 7600i SE Film Scanner


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Setting up the 7600i SE is very quick and simple. Both the scanner and its software are compatible with all recent versions of Windows as well as Mac OS 10.3.9 or higher. In Windows, plugging in the USB 2.0 interface brings up the New Hardware dialogue, and the drivers and utility install quickly and cleanly from the supplied CD-ROM. The 7600i comes with two CD-ROMs, one with the SilverFast SE Plus 6.6 scanner utility software that is the main program used with the device, and another with the scanner driver, QuickScan utility and two additional programs, NewSoft Presto! PageManager and Presto! ImageFolio, which are supposed to be a document management program and an image editor respectively.

The SilverFast software works extremely well and is easy to use, but the two NewSoft programs are not so good. They have ugly and clumsy interfaces, crash repeatedly for no readily apparent reason, and have a limited range of features. Fortunately if you already have Adobe Photoshop installed you can use the scanner without these programs. Thankfully this also halves the number of ghastly CompoundWordsWithCapitals that you have to look at.

The scanner has two scan buttons on the front, one labelled IntelliScan and the other labelled QuickScan. The first starts the scan process and automatically launches the SilverFast software. The other launches a utility that sits in the system tray, and quickly performs a standard automatic scan. The parameters of this scan can be pre-set by right-clicking on the system tray icon (Mac users presumably do something else), and include setting the scan resolution (up to 7200dpi) and selecting which program will be used to open the scanned image. The program can export direct into Photoshop, which saves a lot of messing about and avoids the need for the terrible NewSoft programs.

For more sophisticated scanning the SilverFast SE Plus 6.6 software offers a wide range of image processing options, including colour curves, histogram adjustment, hardware-based infrared scratch and dust removal, colour space adjustment, multi-exposure for increased dynamic range and a wide range of output resolutions. The workflow can be set up as a semi-automatic process using the user-configurable ScanPilot utility, which sets the steps in the scanning process that you want to apply and runs through them in sequence. Also included are built-in QuickTime tutorials explaining how to get the best out of the software at every step of the way. There are further tutorials available on Plustek's website, and the scanner also comes with a good manual in PDF format.

David Walker

March 9, 2010, 2:58 pm

I just wanted to confirm your time for a 7200 dpi scan. 17 minutes seems very slow, especially if you have a lot of slides to copy. The features table quotes a time of 56.82 seconds for a 7200 dpi scan with multi-sampling on.


March 9, 2010, 3:48 pm

I guess it's like printer quoted speeds. 14ppm colour translates to 30 minutes if printing stuff at high quality, especially colour pictures.

But then I've never seen tech like this before.


March 10, 2010, 6:02 pm

So whats the difference between this one and the "OpticFilm 7600i Ai"? The Ai one is £100 more expensive and im not quite sure why...


March 10, 2010, 8:05 pm

17 minutes is slow, but this would be a scan with any available feature enabled, 48bit pp, multi-exposure, infrared scan, dust removal and so on ... at 7200 dpi.

Some features require a lot of calculating that isn't done by the scanner but the computer. So the overalll scanning time is also hardware depending, it's faster on faster machines.

However, this max quality setting is not necessary or advisable for every scan.

For usage on the web or viewing on any screen 7200 dpi is way too much, you don't want 180MB files.

I suggest to choose a lower resolution for archiving purposes and to just use the max settings, if you really need them, e.g. for large format printing.

Btw.: There is another edition of this scanner available called OpticFilm 7600i Ai. It's the same device that features an advanced version of SilverFast:

SilverFast Ai Studio (http://www.silverfast.com/s...


March 10, 2010, 10:41 pm

Plustek should get together with Nvidia to CUDA enable this stuff!

David Walker

March 11, 2010, 3:10 am

Thanks scanouflage for making that clearer. I have very many slides (and negatives) taken with good quality cameras on high quality film. I used to view them with a slide projector but now want to digitize them, to preserve them and to show them on my hd TV without losing too much of the quality. Would the lower resolution setting be good enough for this?


January 25, 2011, 5:07 pm

Odd choice of word "luddite" for a review which is aimed at someone digitising film, and also sufficiently up to speed with technology to be considering a scanner. For those looking to take nice photos, the medium is irrelevant, just the choice of glass and cameras. Having bought a selection of K mount primes for my Pentax DSLR, I have tried shooting film, and can say with hand on heart that there is something to black and white photography which digital is sorely lacking. There is no doubt that the in camera processing for the demoscaicing produces a smooth image with less grain, but whether that air brushed look is appealing is a matter of taste, don't you think?


Bill Collins

March 11, 2012, 3:50 pm

Don't buy any in this range if you are using a 64 bit o/s (Mac or Windows) there are no drivers for them.

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