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I have written this program because my scanner is useless in OS X thanks to UMAX. Thankfully, the people working on SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) have come up with drivers for my scanner. However, I have to use the terminal to use it.So, I have written a program to scan without all the hassle of terminal! It is very basic but does the job.

Before using my program, you need to download the libraries. Mattias Ellert has compiled sets for OS X and packaged them up. You can get them here. You need to download the binary file for SANE, and if your scanner is USB, the binary of more...

What's New

Version 1.2b:
  • Direct access to the SANE library (better multiple scanner support, scanner detection)
  • Preferences (you can choose what to do after a scan)
  • Removed Settings window (buggy)
  • Added Settings drawer (less settings, less buggy)
  • Added a nice icon near the scanner name in the scanner list (nice!)
  • Lots of bug fixing, we have changed almost everything under the surface
  • Please more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.1 or later, A SANE supported scanner.

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aetnaria Member IconComment+98
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"www.rickerby.dial.pipex.com could not be found. Please check the name and try again."

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Version 1.2b
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Anonymous
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Well, looks like the server for this SANE front-end is as dead as the TWAIN SANE author's.

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Version 1.2b
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Anonymous
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"you can get them here" not.
"Can't find server 'www.ellert.se' "

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Version 1.2b
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I found this does not work on my computer (500MHz G3 iMac running 10.1.5). The frontend correctly identifies my scanner via SANE. (It's a Mustek 1200UB.)

However, what I get after it opens the scanner is a window that says:
"Press the 'Scan new image' button to scan. but there are no buttons to press nor any other kind of visible controls.

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Version 1.2b
stickman67 Member IconComment+0
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Oops! Forgot to mention one last good point in my preceding review.

After the scan is done, it turns off the lamp, something that even the Umax software wasn't doing in the latest (and last!) version of its driver for OS 9. (There was a control strip module that allowed you to turn off the lamp, but it caused freezes and thus even Umax recommended that it be disabled.)

So while I'm never going to buy a Umax scanner again (having been involved in the decision to purchase of at least four over the years, as well as recommending them to numerous friends and clients -- see what you lose by being jerks, Umax?), at least this one works for now.

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Version 1.2b
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It's Spartan in features, and not exactly setting the world ablaze aesthetically.

It also scans best at 150 dpi -- other resolutions are a bit prone to some sort of weird misregistration (for want of a better word).

Having said that, there are a number of good points:

* It breathes new life into my Umax Astra 1220U, no longer supported by Umax (who have lost my business forever, not for dropping support, but for their subsequent attitude), and not able to be supported by VueScan (again, Umax to blame here).

* It's simple and functional, and the features that are missing are compensated for in Photoshop.

* It's free -- can't get a better price than that!

I hope the final version of 1.2 is coming soon!

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Version 1.2b
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Anonymous
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Has a poor GUI, no option, you are forced to fill your system with
1) libusb.pkg
2) sane-backends.pkg
3) gettext.pkg
to get SANE running.

OK, works well with my Canon FB630U, but VueScans ugly interface seems to be better than the NON-GUI of SANE. Sorry to say that.

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Version 1.2b
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My Umax Astra 3450 is supported bt the Vuescan program.
This program is buggy, with a not very good GUI, and doesn't have the options that vuescan offer.

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Anonymous
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VueScan's Supported Scanners list says:
"Unsupported: All UMAX USB models except 3400 (some versions), 5400 and PowerLook 180."

Lucky you.

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It works and it's free. More GUI options would be nice. VueScan doesn't support Umax Astras in USB, so for me the SANE scanner frontend is a reasonable choice.

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Version 1.2b
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Anonymous
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Looks promising, but the Umax Astra 4000U seems to stay an OS X cadaver...

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Version 1.2b
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Anonymous
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So is my Astra 4700 :(

Will it ever besupported? (I's even missing in the unsupported-list)

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Downloads 9,210
Version Downloads 5,728
Type Drivers / Printers
License Free
Date 01 Jun 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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