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Nikon Scan 4 and Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard . . . Any Issues?

Mark Ogden , Dec 03, 2007; 08:58 p.m.


Now that the weather has turned colder I'm going to use my increased indoor time to do some more scans from 30 years of pre-digital shooting, and that means hooking up the Coolscan again. The last time it was out, the included Scan software ran flawlessly on OSX 10.4 Tiger. I have the new iMac now and haven't reinstalled the software.

With all the issues that Capture is having with Leopard, I'd thought I'd ask if anyone has noticed any performance issues with Scan on a Mac running OSX10.5 before I hook everything back up again.



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JDM von Weinberg , Dec 03, 2007; 11:17 p.m.

I'm working with Canon 20D camera and just got a new Mac Mini with Leopard (Mac OS X 10,5). In this case, I've had no difficulty in transferring pictures and working with them with Photoshop CS3. I have, however, installed several updates to software since starting out. Both Apple and Adobe seem really committed to resolving these issues as quickly as possible and I would advise logging on to get the updates for both before trying to work with anything. They seem to be issuing updates on a daily basis, so far, so somebody must be having some issues. Not me, I'm happy to say. The only problems I have run into are getting scanner and printer driver updates that work with the Intel-based Mini. While that surprises me, it doesn't surprise me much. Everything works fine on my Power-PC based laptop.

However, Nikon and Mac people will need to address those specifics.

Dave Lee , Dec 04, 2007; 12:18 a.m.

I've installed Nikon Scan recently to use with my Nikon Coolscan 4000ED, and it didn't work on my Macbook with Tiger, and it still won't work with Leopard. I had to move the scanner into the other room and use it with my (gulp) Dell PC. I hope Nikon will update this scanner software to work with Intel Macs. It starts up, displays the splashscreen, and then a blank floating window shows up momentarily, and it quits. And I'd rather use the Nikon software than the VueScan software as the Nikon software is free!

Sean McGroty , Dec 04, 2007; 12:51 a.m.

I haven't had problems with Nikon Scan 4.0.2 and my Coolscan 9000 on Leopard with my G4.

Paul Emerson , Dec 04, 2007; 03:25 p.m.

Mark, Nikon has a posting in the Mac software section of NikonUSA web site that says Nikon Scan 4 does not work with Leopard (I can verify that too), but they are working a a version that will be compatible with Leopard.

VueScan works under Leopard with my CS 9000 however I'm not a fan of it for film scanning. I also understand Silverfast does not work under Leopard.

Paul Emerson , Dec 04, 2007; 03:33 p.m.

Mark Ogden , Dec 04, 2007; 05:46 p.m.

Thanks, Paul. I hadn't noticed that site before.

gordon brown , Dec 05, 2007; 06:50 a.m.

I have been using a Nikon SuperCoolscan 4000ED for years on Mac's Tiger OS and never had any problems at all. However, in switching to an Intel-based iMac, it's been a different story. Scanner doesn't work. VueScan software compensates somewhat, in that the scanner will work on the Intel ... without certain features, such as DIGITAL ICE, which I'm sure you'll want to use in scanning 30 years of pre-digital stuff. I'm running the on my old Tiger-equipped iBook to scan my 30-plus years of analog detritus. Good luck!! Hope Nikon can come through soon with a solution. They should have already!!

gordon brown , Dec 05, 2007; 06:52 a.m.

Mark: I failed to state that my Intel-based Mac is equipped with Leopard

Bob Easson , Jan 04, 2008; 12:06 a.m.


I have a particularly sad story to report for readers of this thread.

I have a Macintosh Quad Processor G5 with 2.5GB of memory and 3.5TB of Raid Disk. I am running happily Leopard OSX 10.5.1 for all of my imaging and video apps with zero known problems. I recently purchased a Nikon CoolScan V ED with 35mm Slide, Negative and APS Film Adapters to undertake a project to digitise 30 years of Slides, 35mm Negatives and APS Film Negatives.

I decided to use the Nikon Scan 4 Software, so I downloaded the latest updates from the Nikon and was surprised that no updates for Leopard were available, despite updates being posted for Vista in December 2007.

So I am using Nikon Scan 4.0.0 EN according to the About... Dialog Box even though I have applied the 4.0.2 Update dated 21 December 2005.

It works just.............

Using a Batch APS Scan, each Frame is taking an average of 3 minutes to scan to "High Quality" creating a 4.0 to 8.0 MB JPEG File depending on the Image content. A long way from the 38 seconds/Frame for 35mm Film Scans which as we know are larger than APS Frames.


Well the very bad news for Nikon is that the Scanner is "grabbing" the 480Mbps USB 2.0 Bus for 2 - 30 seconds and wheel-spinning during the Acquisition time on the progress meter for no apparent reason. The further bad news is that the Macintosh USB Keyboard and Mouse "freeze" during this period meaning one can't do anything else whilst scanning........

A further bug is that the Cancel Button only cancels the current Frame scan and scanning continues with the next Frame starting.......................APS Films have up to 40 Frames and you can't quit with the Nikon Scan 4 Application elegantly. Thank God for the Force Quit Applications in OSX!!

All in all a disaster..........

NIKON NEEDS TO FIX THIS ASAP OR SERIOUSLY DAMAGE THEIR REPUTATION I PURPORT............Clearly the Nikon Product Team did NOT adequately test this scanner and its supplied software under Leopard OSX 10.5.0 or 10.5.1 more recently. In fact the problem is so obvious that I suspect ZERO testing was done.

Commentary is welcome. (particularly from Nikon with a FIX Date release!!)


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