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Using the PowerSlide 5000 slide scanner

Guide to digitizing slides using Trexler Library's scanner, located on Level A. Please visit the Lending Services Desk for access.


Step 1
Turn the scanner on (on its left rear side). The scanner will calibrate for apx. two minutes (the slide arm will move in and out, and the green light will blink. The light will be solid and the arm closed when complete).  Place fingers on both sides of the tunnel cover and press and lift to remove (Fig. 1).

Step 2
Slide the empty cartridge into the tunnel with the numbers facing up and nearest the front of the scanner (Fig. 2). Slide it until it touches the slide arm and feels as though it "clicks" into place. Press the green button on the top of the scanner and the single slide bracket will pop up. Place your slide, facing you and upside down, into the bracket and press down to close (Fig. 2).

Step 3
Having inserted your storage device into a USB port of the computer, open the CyberView X5 software from the desktop. In the upper left corner, select "Scan" > "Preference..." Typically, you will be scanning a positive: select this.

1) In the "Scan Settings" tab, locate your storage device in the directory by clicking "Browse."

2) At this point you can also decide how to name your files. For example, you could type "BritishArt215" into the "Base File Name" field and each slide would be automatically named "BritishArt215_001."

3) Select the file type that you prefer, JPEG or TIF.  The program defaults to TIFs of 1000ppi (see below).

When you have completed these steps, click "OK."



Step 4

To the right side of the main CyberView X5 window, you will see a smaller "Active Frame Setting" window (below). This is where you can adjust the resolution (dpi). We suggest choosing "Custom" and setting the resolution to 300; that is typically large enough for print quality, but the image will be actual size (apx. 1.5" x 1.5"). The bigger you need your image to be for eventual use, the higher the resolution should be; remember that scanning and storage time increase propotionately.


Step 5
 Click "Scan" again in the upper left, select "Scan" >"Scan Current Frame to File." Click "OK." Scanning will begin.






Fig. 2