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Beyond Megapixels - Part III

JerryKnight Umm. Vuescan? (231 comments)

I too tried dcraw and among other things (file size?), I never really liked the white balance afterward.

Vuescan on the other hand, is very well built. It has a linux version and was made for film and flatbed scanners (some of which have little to no linux support otherwise), but it can also scan from CRW files (canon raws). It still has all the flexibility you get with film scanners when you scan from raws (gamma, white balance, etc), and it does ICC profiles, too. You can even calibrate using your IT8 target if you have one.

Sure it's not free, but I think they deserve $60-$80 for their work.

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JerryKnight JerryKnight writes  |  more than 11 years ago I did not expect my submission about these keyboards to end up being posted, so I missed its inclusion in the Slashback post. Got some interesting responses though, but it was just as I exected. Most were skeptical (spelled it right this time) of the interface and unable to justify the hefty pricetag. I don't blame them. I had to read up on the technology quite a bit before deciding to save and spend that much money. However the ones who said they had one had nothing but praise.

I have been very impressed by the LP. Typing is still getting easier, and it has been about 9 months since starting. I decided to learn dvorak sufficiently before getting this keyboard, and I am glad that I did. Learning both dvorak and zero-force typing at the same time would be beyond aggravating, and would probably have ended with the demise of both.

Honestly, $340 is alot for a gadget, but this is something used everyday for long spans of time. I have been unable to continue coding some of the late nights because my wrists and fingers were extremely fatigued. I am surprised I don't have CTS already, what with typing so much for classes and playing piano for 17 of my 23 years. My profession will inevitably involve much typing, and this keyboard will likely keep me out of the doctor's office.

It was interesting to note 73939133's objection to the very idea of typing on a surface. The idea that spring-loaded keys are easier on the hands than bearly tapping a padded surface is ridiculous to me. Sure the impact may be marginally lighter, since most of the time, your finger is already on the key, but what about the effort required to actually push the key down? Typing on an LP right now, I can say that the overall stress to my hands is almost zero compared to any other kind of keyboard. Anyone remember those old Radarange microwaves with their glass-panel buttons? My parents actually still have theirs - must be as old as I am. This keyboard is the same in terms of effort to push on the keys -- zero.

I experimented and found that touching the keyboard as light as humanly possible still registers, as long as the duration is short enough for the keyboard to recognize it as a keystroke rather than a gesture of some kind.

As I said in my post to slashback, I am willing to let anyone in the Waco, TX area, or anyone willing to travel there, to demo it. Not to take it home for a weekend, but certainly enough to see how it works and how much it would take to learn the interface.

I only advocate the keyboard and company because it truly is superior technology. My hope is for everyone to eventually type on such a keyboard. I hope that Fingerworks benefits from their ingenuity, but this way of typing should be the future, if the future continues to involve lots and lots of typing.

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