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Binuscan ColorPro and Silverfast UMAX OS 9

Hey Everyone,

I'm looking for a copy of Binuscan ColorPro and/or Silverfast for UMAX scanners that is compatible with OS 9. I have a UMAX Powerlook 3000 Scanner that I am using with my old G4 and it is hard to find software for it.

I am using the UMAX Magicscan, which is excellent but would like to test the ColorPro integration with UMAX software. Silverfast would also be an excellent alternative to use. Neither software is available from the manufacturers anymore. I have found a library on the Macintosh Archive that would solve license issues but cannot find the software anywhere?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance!

Tim

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Hey Again Everyone,

For anyone after older Silverfast versions that are compatible with OS 9, Wayback Machine yielded some demo versions. You can use https://web.archive.org/web/*/silverfast.com/* and filter the search results for *.bin files. I found demo versions from 5.x - 6.x available for download.

I'm not sure of the rules regarding posting Silverfast versions that are no longer supported or available for purchase so I won't post here. I will mention that there is a way around the demo restrictions available on a well known FTP site found through Macintosh Garden, tip its part of a big archive of similar restriction removers for various software. I'm going to test tonight and let you all know if it works.

Hope this is some help to someone.

Best,

Tim

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I think I have a couple of Silverfast CD's, but the contents may be a bit too new... I'll have a look at the pile though.

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Thanks fogWraith,

Anything would be a help. Thank you!

Further update. The versions of Ai that are available on the Wayback Machine are all demo versions which have the ability to scan greyed out. Unlike newer versions of the software, there is no option to enter a serial. The program I mentioned for bypassing demo restrictions merely removes the demo watermark, so on these demo locked versions where you can not scan at all it isn’t much good.

However, there are demo versions of Silverfast SE availabe for OS 9 through Wayback Machine that do allow you to scan whilst embedding the demo watermark. I have had success removing the restrictions on these versions. Version 5.5.2 is the latest this has worked on using the photoshop plugin version.

My next step is to compare the data and resource forks of both the serialised and demo locked versions. Given that the demo versions are otherwise fully functional, I would imagine that there is a demo mode “switch” somewhere. If the demo locked versions can be persuaded in to allowing you to scan and the watermark can be removed then I’m in business.

Regarding the legitimacy of this, Silverfast have publicly stated that they have no way of issuing serials for OS9 versions. I also received a sarcastic email from them with words to that effect.

Regarding the nessesity of this, it would allow OS9 users access to some of the best scanning software availabe for film scanners where support has not been continued into OS X.

Best,

Tim

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Some more progress. It seems you can turn one version of Silverfast into another using rescompare, updating all the resources except the data fork. I found a CD for Silverfast 6 linoscan and was able to “update” the plugin using resources from the UMAX demo and it produced a scan with my UMAX scanner. Only issue now is that version is too new for the demo restriction remover but at least the scan button is no longer greyed out.

Hopefully all I need is any version of Ai that would accept a serial that is version 5.5.2 or earlier. If anyone can find one I’d be grateful.

Best,

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I have Silverfast 6.6 for PPC OSX which I think would probably be a bit of a grey area for this site (they might still sell it?). It has DMG's for a bunch of scanners, I think UMAX is one of them. Works great on my Nikon and Minolta's.

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I only had Silverfast 6 SE and Silverfast 8 SE, both which are for OS X and a bit too new I'm afraid

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Thanks both,

I actually managed to get it working using a cdrom available online for linoscan v6.0.2. I downloaded the demo version for UMAX and used rescompare to “update” the UMAX version with the linoscan versions data fork. I also updated any newer resources like icons, menus, strings but not the scnr (scanner driver most likely) resource or snam (scanner names). Result was I could scan with the demo imprint!

The patch available to remove the water mark did not work on version 6. But out of interest I used rescompare again to compare the data fork on a prepatched and patched version of 5.2. There is an ascii line in the data fork that refers to the demo imprint and I found the same line in version 6, just at a different address. I made the changes as per the patch and all is working well!

I couldn’t say whether using the linoscan version to update would work with all scanners or whether it is because Heidelberg rebranded a number of UMAX scanners. Your mileage may vary but for scanners that work best on OS 9, this seems to be a viable solution.

For the record I legally own various copies of Silverfast Ai for various film scanners. They do not support OS 9 versions and the OS X version availabe produces nasty lines on the scans. This is not the case when scanning with OS 9. They don’t seem to be interested in fixing that bug. So what else could I do?

Next stop is to kit my G4 with a Cinema HD Display and start scanning like its 2003! Another thing I learned whilst undertaking this little project is that even a 400mhz G4 AGP with a 128 Rage handles 48bit tif medium format film scans like a pro. Amazing really considering the size of the files. Hope this helps someone else in the future. £0.01 G4 and a £60 scanner scanning wet mounted medium format at 3048 dpi!

Best,