Hamrick Software has released a new version of VueScan – its scanner and digital cameras utility, and has received a glowing recommendation from Apple’s head of developer relations.

Version 8.0 features a Panther-style brushed metal user interface, and adds support for 38 additional raw file types, bringing the number of digital cameras supported to 109.

According to Hamrick, VueScan enables users to easily produce better-looking digital images from photographs, negatives and slides.

The update also adds support for per-colour analogue gain on Nikon scanners, enabling VueScan to support 100 scanners.

Hamrick founder and president Ed Hamrick said: "VueScan 8.0 is the culmination of a two-year development process, with extensive testing and feedback from more than 50,000 users."

Apple's vice president of worldwide developer relations Ron Okamoto said: "VueScan offers Mac users an easy way to enhance digital images by leveraging the amazing graphic capabilities of Mac OS X."

The standard edition of VueScan costs $59.95, and the professional edition is $79.95 for a single user licence. It can be downloaded from Hamrick's Web site.