Canon replaces 3.6.1 TWAIN drivers!|
(Friday, April 20, 2001 - 14:33 EDT)
Updated TWAIN drivers reappear on Canon's US website...
We told you back on April 8th that Canon had posted a new version of its PowerShot/EOS TWAIN drivers on the Canon USA website, but shortly afterwards the drivers vanished... We note that Canon has today reintroduced the drivers, with a few changes.
As before, the USB TWAIN v3.6.1 and Mac Plug-in Module 3.6.1 drivers provide an option for EOS D30 owners to reduce RAW processing time by disabling False Color Filtering (although this is potentially at a cost of image quality). This option is not available to owners of Canon's PowerShot cameras with RAW capability (at least, it will have no effect for these cameras). The 3.6.1 drivers also increase RAW processing time slightly over previous versions, and add the ability to convert RAW images from the Windows file manager. A problem with installation of the v3.6.0 drivers in Windows 2000 has also been fixed...
So what has changed between the previous v3.6.1 drivers which were removed, and the new 3.6.1 drivers? According to Canon's Chuck Westfall in a post in Rob Galbraith's EOS D30 forum, the USB and RS-232C TWAIN drivers have definitely been updated (their version numbers jump from v220.127.116.11 to v18.104.22.168) but Canon has not disclosed what the changes are between the two versions.
Chuck also notes in the same thread that whilst the False Color Filter setting is only currently available in the current USB TWAIN and Mac Plug-In Module drivers, Canon is working on new versions of ImageBrowser and ZoomBrowser EX incorporating this feature.