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Scan Again... If you have an older or used scanner that you want to use, and the manufacturer doesn't have drivers for your operating system, one solution is to use the open-source SANE routines. These were originally developed for Linux, but work on other operating systems, including Mac OS X.I had this problem with an HP scanner I picked up at a rummage sale, and was able to get it to work using SANE. The trouble was that the SANE utilities are all command-line, and I got tired of typing.

I decided to make a GUI shell to interface with the command-line utilities, and I did this using RealBasic. The resulting program runs more...


SANE (or an uncompiled version).

*Previously available here

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Tommy-Montag Member IconReview+54

I highly recommend this free (as in free beer) and open source project. It is dated, but still works in Leopard. I was introduced to it when I found it in a Linux distro last year. I bought my last scanner... geez... early in the first part of the 2000's - a CanoScan N1220OU. The last computer I was able to fuss around to get it to work with was a the Snow iMac with the CRT. Then it sat in the closet for years. The I saw this scanner utility pop up one day in on my linux box a couple years ago and I thought, what the heck. I didn't have high hopes.

But it worked, and it worked well, and I didn't do much but plug the USB cable into the linux box. And now I scan everything - I had always wanted to go paperless but didn't want to invest in another scanner because I had no really pressing need to be paperless and i wouldn't use a scanner for anything else.

And it's just as good on Mac. Much better than VueScan which I could never get to work.

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Version 1.0
Tice Member IconReview+119

Great. I downloaded libusb.pkg, sane-backends.pkg and finally sane-preference-pane.pkg from ellert.se/twain-sane/ this used to take a long while to start (really long! That should be updated somehow) but finally I could use my old Agfa SnapScan 1212 U again. : )

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Version 1.0
aetnaria Member IconComment+98

VueScan works with this CanoScan N1220U, but Scan Again pops up the error "in Method DoPreview.Action" when I click on Preview, and creates an empty .tiff file without commentary after I click Scan and specify where to save it.

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Version 1.0

Does the developer know about this? MacUpdate isn't a bug report log, you should contact the developer first, then review the software after he works it out (or doesn't).

69number69 Member IconReview+32

Tested and working with Agfa SnapScan e26 & e52 scanner in 10.4.9 and iMac C2D 2.16
Very good work!

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Downloads 5,788
Version Downloads 5,786
Type Drivers / Scanners
License Free
Date 11 Feb 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free