Tutorial – Install Polaroid Dust and Scratch Remover on OSX Sierra
Polaroid made a nice little plugin/stand alone app for removing dust and scratch marks from photo scans in the early 2000s. It still works rather well even though it hasn’t been updated since 2002. You can read Ken Rockwell’s praise for the application here.
The sad thing for Mac users is that the application was made for the old Mac Power PC’s and was never updated for Intel Mac’s. But thankfully there is a work around.
Step 1 – Getting the necessary files.
Download and Install the PlayonMac application. You can find it on http://playonmac.com, or directly from the link below.
Download the windows install file for the Polaroid Application from the old polaroid website directly below.
Open PlayonMac and click ‘install a program’.
After the new window loads click on ‘Install a non-listed program’ located on the bottom left hand corner.
Step 3 – Setting up the drive.
After the install wizard opens click next until you it asks you to name the virtual drive for the installation. Anything is fine, we can write Polaroid. Then click next.
Here you are given some options for the installation. Check ‘install some binaries’ and click next.
A long list of names will appear. Scroll down and check ‘POL_install_mfc42’ and then click next.
Step 4 – Installing the Polaroid program.
Now you will be asked to choose the file to install. Click browse and navigate to the folder where you dowloaded ‘pdsr1_0.exe’. After selecting the file click next.
The installation wizard for ‘pdsr1_0.exe’ will open. Here it is a pretty straight process, just click next until everything is done.
Step 5 – Creating a desktop shortcut.
Once the installation wizard for ‘pdsr1_0.exe’ finishes you will return the the PlayonMac wizard. It will ask you to create a shortcut for the program. Here choose ‘PolaDSR.exe’ and click next. It will ask you to name your shortcut, anything is ok. After clicking next it will ask you to create another shortcut. This time choose ‘I don’t want to make another shortcut’ and click next.
You should now see your program installed inside the PlayonMac application, and also a shortcut for the program on your desktop. You can either choose ‘run’ inside the application or click on the shortcut on your desktop. The program should now open.
Congratulations you have successfully installed the Polaroid Dust and Scratch Remover under OSX.
Step 6 – Accessing your pictures.
Here it is pretty straight forward. Once the program loads you will be able to navigate to your pictures by clicking on the folder icon. Also simply dragging a picture into the program window will automatically load it.