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CanoScan Toolbox is for use with Canon scanners.

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  • The problem that the English UI is displayed when the OS environment is French or German has been rectified.


Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later

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Jadco Member IconReview+11

Unfortunately installing only the CansScan Toolbox software will not get your scanner working. You also need the driver files, which I couldn't find anywhere on the Canon website. On Mac OS X 10.8, the software on the original CD doesn't install any longer, it hangs in the middle of its installation.

Solution: there is an excellent site called drivers collection.com which seems to have the driver files for many scanners and other equipment.

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sfbuddy Member IconReview+0

I just use CS3 Photoshop in order to use my 8400F scanner. It's the only thing that works. I tried half a day to get the correct driver and toolbox and gave up on that.

Who else is frustrated that you can't change star ratings once you choose them? That's just crazy. MAC Update folks should fix that.

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Yes, it works just fine with CS3. But I have CS4 and have upgraded to Lion and my 8400F scanner definitely won't work with this software. I'm brassed off that I have to go looking for software that WILL work.--software that I have to pay for when I should be able to go to Canon's site and download something free that will work.


My 8400F works fine in Lion. I use Canoscan Toolbox X very

Tdstout Member IconReview+2

I have a Canoscan 9950 also and so far have not been able to get it working with Lion. VueScan is supposed to support the scanner. I have not been able to get VueScan to recognize the scanner. Any help is appreciated.

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Roddy  Hays Member IconReview+0
Roddy Hays

I have continually had problems using my 9550F with Leopard and Snow Leopard over the past few years. At one stage I was able to use it with Graphic Converter even when the ToolBox did not recognise the hardware.

I recently moved house again, and on installing the scanner found myself completely locked out. So I followed the steps here and downloaded the 4.9.3 software, but still had no driver. Canon US no longer has the driver mentioned on their website as far as I can see, but i found one here :


Download that, plus the new Toolbox 4.9 and you'll be in business again. And if you use Graphic Converter (much nicer to use than the Toolbox) you'll find it recognised there too.

I'm running 10.6.8, by the way. Thanx to all who paved the way to my solution.

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driversmith Member IconReview-1

I download driver scanner to update my drivers to the latest version, and the performance has got a great improvement. In fact, whatever you want to get hp support drivers, dell support drivers, other brand dirvers,the updates driver software can help you solve it. The driver scanner can be downloaded and tell you how to update drivers in detail.

More information about how to update drivers: http://www.updatesdriver.com

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Emet1 Member IconReview+26

I hope my ratings get updated, because there is really no way that I would rate it as anything other than mediocre. I have to use this software with my aged scanner, but it's only because I only use the scanner once in a blue moon.

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Charley Hine Member IconComment+0
Charley Hine

I am using a Cannon LiDE 35 Scanner with:
Mac OS X 10;8.4, lide35osx7721en, and cstbosx4512ej4

The lide35 driver and cstosx (toolbox) were downloaded today, Sat Aug 21, from:

I Downloaded:
2. CanoScan Toolbox for OSX (4.512)
5. ScanGear CS (7.721X)

I have only used the 'File' 'button'. Once setting this up from the toolbox window, and scanning once, one is then able to use the 'File' button on the scanner to scan a document into MyPictures folder on my MacBook Pro.

Canon software leaves something to be desired, but for my purposes it is satisfactory.

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Yazarim Member IconReview+112

Absolutely no way to use it with my CanoScan 9950F: is it so old? But when I PAID for it it was NEW! Canon, plz...

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I am completely in the same boat as you. It wasn't more than 2 years I had this scanner when Canon stopped updating the Twain driver for Mac.
This forced me to use the completely hideous CanoScan Toolbox!

Plus, Canon had no instruction where to download the driver. It was / still is hidden away on their website. Unfortunately, there's no direct link since their links are javascript encoded :(

You must visit the support page for both downloads – the driver and Toolbox. http://goo.gl/5ijhS

If you download any CanoScan Toolbox other than version 4.9.3.x, you must uninstall it first because version 5.x will not work with your scanner. They don't mention this on MacUpdate.

Just as important you need to download the driver, so the scanner can be recognized by your Mac. Like I said it's hidden. Find it on the same support page, under the "Mac OS X" drop down menu. Driver Ver.

Using CanoScan Toolbox I'm able to scan, even with Mac OS Lion.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Agreed. If you have an older scanner, stick with the original driver. Like Umax before them, Canon does a poor job of supporting their older, but still functional, scanners. Is my Canoscan 8400F really that old? I, too, will not buy another Canon scanner. They show no loyalty to their customers. How can they expect us to be loyal to them?

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Mex4eric Member IconReview+5

Yes, my LiDE 80 really only works with the original software and just barely. There were a couple of updates specifically for the LidDE 80 and they worked, that is CanoScan Toolbox and ScanGear CS 7.2.5, nothing later works.

It is a shame that Canon abandons old but good products so quickly.

I have used VueScan and even though it is Universal, you must use Rosetta because VueScan uses the driver ScanGear CS 7.2.5, which is not Universal and hence requires Rosetta.

Would it kill Canon to write a new driver?

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Current Version (5.x)


Downloads 177,087
Version Downloads 76,044
Type Drivers / Scanners
License Free
Date 14 Jul 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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