TWAIN SANE
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TWAIN SANE is a TWAIN datasource for Mac OS X that acquires images using the SANE backend libraries. The SANE backend libraries provide access to a large range of scanners connected through SCSI or USB. For a complete list see the documentation on the SANE project homepage. It works with my HP SCSI scanner, and many people have reported success with a large number of different scanners. The feedback from users have helped the SANE developers to fix problems with various backends, so with each release of the SANE backends more of the Mac OS X specific problems have been solved.
What's New
Version 3.2:
  • Release for OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.8 or later









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TWAIN SANE User Discussion (Write a Review)
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ylluminate commented on 05 Nov 2013
Really excited to see this update! I am curious of some recommended TWAIN scanner packages for document scanning if anyone has any input. VueScan has been hitherto the only option I've had for my Xerox DocuMate 152, but it frequently inverts colors only (blacks and whites are fine) and hangs in communication with the scanner so I have been hoping to shift to another option that will both be less problematic and more functional for document capture.
[Version 3.2]


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Jimw commented on 05 Nov 2013
Followed installation procedure exactly but made no difference and eventually disabled usage of an Epson 1240U. Tried to uninstall manually which completely disabled my scanner. Spent the next 6 hours tracing issue to something in my user library folder and completely replacing it with a version before installing TWAIN SANE from Time Machine. Advice: unless your scanner will not work with Mavericks default drivers, stay away from this product or risk corruption of your system, especially if you try to install it. If you do try to use it make sure you have a solid backup of your user folder.
[Version 3.2]


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Jlist reviewed on 10 Nov 2011
even tho MU says that TWAIN SANE v3.0 has been discontinued… it is downloadable on Mattias Ellert's website . He had a server HD crash recently and is now back up and running as before.

I'm running the SL version with no problems.
[Version 3.0]


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VictorPrijker reviewed on 03 Nov 2011
Dont'use it if you don't have to. It's beta soft, with buggy drivers and strange non-regular windows.
Before installiong it, you must install the usb libs and backends.
And there is no uninstall option, for none of it.
[Version 3.0]


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Tsehov reviewed on 03 Nov 2011
Excellent scanner software. My old Canon scanner has worked several years without any problems with TWAIN SANE.

I wanna thank mr. Mattias Ellert for making this great software and for giving it free.
[Version 3.0]

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TigerJohn replied on 05 Nov 2011
Any idea why it's discontinued?
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Pyle129 reviewed on 03 Nov 2011
Finally got it back on Lion, and I got the TWAIN GUI in Image Capture as well.
[Version 3.0]


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Bolobar commented on 22 Sep 2011
Lion 10.7 not supported.
[Version 2.9]

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Stephenej replied on 03 Nov 2011
The developer site just updated:

TWAIN SANE Interface version 3.0, 2011-11-01
First version compiled for MacOS X 10.7 Lion
This version no longer supports ppc
Packages compiled using the following SDKs: 10.6, 10.7

SANE Preference Pane version 1.0, 2011-11-01
First version compiled for MacOS X 10.7 Lion
This version no longer supports ppc
Packages compiled using the following SDKs: 10.6, 10.7

sane-backends version 1.0.23-git, 2011-10-30
First version compiled for MacOS X 10.7 Lion
This version no longer supports ppc
New backends: kvs1025, kvs20xx, kvs40xx, magicolor, p5
Packages compiled using the following SDKs: 10.6, 10.7

libusb version 0.1.13 beta, 2011-10-29
First version compiled for MacOS X 10.7 Lion
This version no longer supports ppc
Packages compiled using the following SDKs: 10.6, 10.7

gettext version 0.18.1.1, 2011-10-29
First version compiled for MacOS X 10.7 Lion
This version no longer supports ppc
Packages compiled using the following SDKs: 10.6, 10.7
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Shieladixon reviewed on 21 Dec 2010
Excellent - just worked first time and is very easy to use. I found installation a bit of a faff, I had to go to the developer's site and download and install several packages, but it all went without a hitch.

I decided to give this a go rather than the manufacturer's own software, and definitely prefer this. Thank you for this software and for making it available for free.
[Version 2.9]


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Anapat reviewed on 21 Jul 2010
I totally agree with Dokter Mac. Everything works in the same way for my Agfa Snapscan e50 from 1998. It is my oldest pretty and it works with TWAIN SANE on PPC Mac OSX Leopard, Intel Snowleopard and even X11 ! In Gimp 2.6.8 p1 for example just go to File : Create : Scanner/Camera : SANE and it will import your scan directly into Gimp without using Preview or Image Capture ! It is just incredible software ! Thank you so much Mr. Ellert ! This software, like Vuescan, protects the environment, without it, my old Agfa scanner would have been replaced already.
[Version 2.9]


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Dokter_mac reviewed on 24 Oct 2009
I'm so happy this software excist! This solved all my issues with outdated scanner drivers in just a few minutes!
With SANE I can now use my first Agfa Scanner again on my newest Intel iMac or my PowerMac G5! This scanner was one of the first USB devices that I bought for my rev.a iMac back in 1998 ;-). The scanner is still in very good shape but the drivers and software where never updated since 10.1 or so... With SANE all this is solved. And for free!!!

Thank you so much for this great work of art! I'm using the software on Tiger, Leopard and now Snow Leopard and it never let me down. It just works everytime. Talking about great support, this is great support! Always up to date since it already runs fine without any issues on Snow Leopard!!!

I can use SANE with VueScan or my latest Agfa Scanner software from 2002. The Agfa software recognizes my scanner again and is simple to use, like I used to do for years...
VueScan also recognizes my scanner and works great with SANE.

5 starts from me for this great software that never let me down on three OS X versions and two architectures. And it's free!

With regards.
[Version 2.8]


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PizzaCake had trouble on 06 Sep 2009
I've just tried v2.7 packages on 10.6 however it hasn't worked for me. Twain Sane used to work on 10.5 but the same configuration doesn't work on 10.6.

Fortunately I dual boot (using refit efi boot menu) with Ubuntu 9.04 (fast startup, shutdown) on my MacBook 1.1 and my Canon CanoScan N670U works out the box with the SANE application that is preinstalled. The Linux application offers many more options and does a great job. For Scanners which aren't Mac supported I suggest this alternative. Afterwards simply copy the files onto a usb stick and transfer into Mac OS X.
[Version 2.7]

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CharlesPickrell replied on 07 Sep 2009
When I ran sane-find-scanner from the terminal there seemed to be an issue where my USB devices are unable to be enumerated properly. 'could not fetch string descriptor: Other error' I'll take a stab that libusb may not be working properly. That or I just can't follow the directions. Great concept though, I'd really like to use the scanning interfaces in 10.6.
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CharlesPickrell replied on 11 Sep 2009
Mattias sent me this build to test with and it worked perfectly with 10.6. It is wonderful to see someone donating their time for getting so little in return. Thank you!

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--marc rated on 10 Dec 2012

[Version 3.0]



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AndyJah rated on 24 May 2012

[Version 3.0]



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OSX-FTW! rated on 02 Jan 2011

[Version 2.9]


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TWAIN SANE is a TWAIN datasource for Mac OS X that acquires images using the SANE backend libraries. The SANE backend libraries provide access to a large range of scanners connected through SCSI or USB. For a complete list see the documentation on the SANE project homepage. It works with my HP SCSI scanner, and many people have reported success with a large number of different scanners. The feedback from users have helped the SANE developers to fix problems with various backends, so with each release of the SANE backends more of the Mac OS X specific problems have been solved.

I have tested it together with the GraphicConverter, Image Capture, OmniPage and Microsoft Word applications, but it should work with other applications using TWAIN as well. The TWAIN SANE Interface works with Image Capture starting with TWAIN SANE Interface version 1.0.

The TWAIN SANE Interface is provided as a binary package and as source code. To use the interface you only have to install the binary package. Before installing the TWAIN SANE Interface package you should install the libusb and the sane-backends binary packages.

There is also a optional SANE Preference Pane package available, which makes it easier to configure the sane-backends drivers. If you don't install this package you can still configure the sane-backends using a text editor in the Terminal.

If you have trouble making it work, please consult the list of frequently asked questions: http://www.ellert.se/twain-sane/faq.html


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