The Imacon Drum scanner can scan various film types for fast, high end digital photo production, along with the ability to repair dust and scratches in a single scan.

Where is the drum scanner located?

Due to COVID-19 only the Arnhold Hall i8 location Drum Scanner is available.
Lab station and drum scanners can only be accessed with a reservation

There is an Imacon Drum Scanner at the following locations:

  • Arnhold Hall 8th-floor Open Lab at 55 West 13th Street,
  • The Innovation Center 6-th floor Open Lab at 6 E 16th Street,
  • D600 Open Lab, D605, and D703 computer classrooms at 6 E 16th Street.

Accessories checkout is available at the Arnhold Hall 8th-floor reception and The Innovation Center 6th-floor reception. You will need a valid New School ID. 

What is the Flex Touch scanning application?

The Imacon Scanner uses a Flex Touch scanning application. Flex touch is a unique application whereby the original film is cleaned from dirt and scratches as it is being scanned. Go to Window > Texture > Option > Flex touch. Adjust the intensity level for cleaning images; activate the power symbol to see the results.

Recommended resolution is at least 300 dpi. However, you can scan up to the maximum resolution available with each of the original holders by scanning in True Resolution mode. Refer to the manual located at the Apple Dock menu under Servers > Manuals & Resources > Device Manuals > Scanners > ImaconFlextight manuals > Scanner Manuals ImaconFlextightEnglish646 for more information about resolution modes.

How do I scan with the Imacon Drum Scanner?

  1. Launch the application by clicking on the rainbow-colored Apple Dock menu > Utilities > Flex Color 4.8.13

  2. Power the Imacon Drum Scanner by pressing the red button located on the front panel. 

  3. Lower the feed table.

  4. Once the FlexColor application has launched, choose your settings: match the film size with the film holder, negative type, black and white or color, ppi, etc.

  5. Place negative(s) inside the film holder that you will be using.
  6. Position the film holder onto the feed tray and slide it into the scanner port until it magnetically snaps into the scanning position. Please do not use force when applying this step as it is unnecessary and may damage your slide.

  7. Once film holder is in place, press preview.

  8. Click the Scan button to begin scanning.

  9. Save to Work In Progress.

  10. When the scan is complete, remove your slide by gently lifting the film holder from the feed table.

  11. Repeat steps 4 - 8 to scan the next image.

  12. Once you are finished with your assignment, remove the film holder from the feed table and turn the Imacon scanner off. Return the scanning kit to the reception desk.

Where can I find more information for the Imacon drum scanner?

Refer to the manual located at the Apple Dock menu under Servers > Manuals & Resources > Device Manuals > Scanners > ImaconFlextight manuals > Scanner Manuals ImaconFlextightEnglish646 for more information about resolution modes.