By default, VueScan automatically grabs the grayscale sensor and converts it to a monochrome image (or in a pinch, a white screen of images), then displays the output on your PC Card without affecting the display size. The application does, however, work on text, graphics, and even more complex images without the documentation-intensive adjustments and machinations you'd expect to need. Scanning is simple: just send the scanner to the front window of your PC Card, and it scans into the window. When you open the application, a simple text copy button returns the scan to your PC Card, and you can then burn it to the disc. VueScan also provides the option to turn off the previous layer, save and send your scan as an image file, or export your scan to another format.

Scanning at super-low resolutions is intuitive and easy to do without having to get into complex settings--after all, you probably aren't attempting to scan a three-inch-by-three-inch magnified photograph with a slide projector and lights under it. VueScan works on very, very low-res digital images, even down to 0.5x. VueScan will scan a full-color or partial-color image at up to 100 dpi, though to get a high resolution, you'll have to use an adapter or proxy scanner. That's just fine with us--it's one less trip to the image editor.

If you're unfamiliar with VueScan, but there are a number of reasons to choose it over either dedicated image-editing applications, such as Photoshop Elements, or software that was written specifically for image scanning, such as OmniGraffle 5 (although the gap is closing), then VueScan's 700 U.S. version is the right choice for you. Instead of attempting to modify and shape scanned images, VueScan leaves that job up to you. The program will automatically adjust color and contrast to ensure that the image looks good on your PC Card, and it will keep a low dynamic range (dynamic range refers to the range of colors you can perceive on a screen and in real life). VueScan's unique open technology technology also enables the application to achieve low-resolution 2D graphics without degrading a scanned image. With VueScan, you can put high-res images into a CDA cable and send it directly to your cable box (or find a network scanner to send the image straight to your receiver). VueScan can do powerful image processing as well, especially when it comes to saturating color and gradients in images and correcting inconsistencies in brightness.