Scan Again
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GUI for the open source SANE scanner drivers.   Free
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    David Linker
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
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PPC, SANE (or an uncompiled version).

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Tommy-Montag reviewed on 30 Mar 2010
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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Tice reviewed on 19 Jan 2010
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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aetnaria commented on 08 Feb 2008
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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Xenophile replied on 10 Sep 2009
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).
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69number69 reviewed on 19 May 2007
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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Type:Drivers : Scanners
License:Free
Date:11 Feb 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 the command-line utilities for you. It searches for scanners, putting the results into a pop-up at the top of the window. It then interrogates the selected scanner for available options, and populates the spinners and pop-ups with the options available for the given scanner.

The "Preview" button causes a low-resolution scan to be made and displayed in the window. It is possible to limit the detailed scan to a selected area of the image, to save time and file size, by drag-clicking a selection rectangle across the preview image.

The "Scan" button causes a detailed scan to be made, after you have a chance to choose the file name and location for the result. The only file type that is supported currently is TIFF. This scanned result will be opened in another application if you have that checkbox checked. The default application is Preview, but you can choose others with the "Choose" button.

You can also use the program as a "copier", by pressing the "Copy" button. This will scan the image, and send the result to a printer.

The name comes from the fact that with this program and SANE, the scanner I bought was able to scan again. I was going to call it Lazarus, but that seemed too pretentious. I cannot promise to provide support for this free program, but if you have found a solution to a problem or have improvements to the program, I would appreciate hearing about it and receiving a copy.


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