Proposal for RAW scanning software
I think that scanning slides and negatives to RAW is an excellent way of scanning for archive so that you do not have to rescan every time someone needs a slightly different version of the picture.
As such, the software should be quite simple. There are more than enough RAW processors out there, just pick a RAW format that Adobe RAW can use so I do not have to invest in more software :-) Also, why spend any energy inventing the wheel over again. Let the RAW processing software makers do what they do best. We just need to provide the input.
The functionality needed in the interface:
Preview and crop - It should work with flatbed scanners as well and there is no need to keep all the whitespace.
Batch scanning options for scanners that support this (my main scanner is a Nikon 4000 ED).
No color adjustments, and no resolution adjustments.
Use Exif/IPTC to add info to the file including ability to save templates for this.
Many scanners have the possibility to do an infrared scanning to remove dust and scratches. It should be possible to save this info in the RAW file so Adobe and other software makers can add this to their RAW software in the future.
Alternatively add the option to process this before saving to RAW, but I really prefer keeping the RAW file totally RAW.
I am not sure if this is doable with any of the RAW formats that exist today, and if it is possible to use these formats legally.
As I see it, the file should have a structure like this:
Header incl. metadata (IPTC/EXIF).
The data that would be interesting to include in EXIF would at least be
Name and model of scanner
Firmware version of scanner
Date and time
Unfortunately I am not a programmer and will never be. But I am used to work with software and have a pretty good idea of what I would like to see.
I hope we could come up with an outline for a scanner program here and convince someone to actually start programming it.
There is a lot of pictures that needs to be scanned around the world and a lot are beeing lost because of improper handling or aging. Let us do something to help the situation.