TWAIN SANE
TWAIN SANE
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4.1
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TWAIN SANE free download for Mac

TWAIN SANE for Mac3.6

23 August 2019

Scanner software works with large range of scanners.

What is TWAIN SANE for Mac

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.

What's new in TWAIN SANE

Version 3.6:
  • Compiled for OS X 10.9 or later
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markosjal
markosjal
Jul 24 2021
3.6
0.0
Jul 24 2021
0.0
Version: 3.6
For anyone interested in connecting to an older scanner connected to Windows or Linux , watch scannershare.com . It is not up yet but soon will be and offering a method to. Connect MacOS , Linux, Android to a Windows or Linux hosted scanner over a network. This even works with older and non Mac compatible scanners.
gerardkirk95
gerardkirk95
May 14 2021
3.6
0.0
May 14 2021
0.0
Version: 3.6
It was pain in the neck during the setup process, thanks my son helped with that otherwise I would just give up and forget about it
MisterS
MisterS
Dec 26 2019
3.6
1.0
Dec 26 2019
1.0
Version: 3.6
Appears to have stopped working on any machine running Catalina.
James
James
Aug 23 2019
3.6
0.0
Aug 23 2019
0.0
Version: 3.6
Why is this listed as a new release now when according to the website, it was released in 2017 and is likely a 32 bit App?
Thinking-Differently
Thinking-Differently
Oct 28 2018
3.5
4.0
Oct 28 2018
4.0
Version: 3.5
As others have said, it wasn't always the easiest to setup. But it was often the only thing that would support some of the older scanners, if you wanted to use them from within a graphics application. It is badly in need of an update. While the installer will NOT let you install on the recent OSes, it does often seem to still work, if it was installed prior to the upgrade.
Thinking-Differently
Thinking-Differently
May 26 2017
3.2
4.0
May 26 2017
4.0
Version: 3.2
I used to use it. And while it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to get setup, it would work. But now I'm on Sierra, which seems to be unsupported, and it has been a long time since updates.
Sichan
Sichan
Jan 4 2016
3.2
0.0
Jan 4 2016
0.0
Version: 3.2
This has been updated to version 3.5 now to be compatible with OS X El Capitan. However, with no graphical user interface available for Mac (it does not work in Image Capture since OS X 10.6), these drivers are completely useless. As others have mentioned, there is no way to uninstall most of the packages after they have been installed. I hate installing junk that I can't get rid of in the Systems folders of my Mac but now I have a bunch of useless junk files clogging up my machine. Horrible. Just buy a new scanner rather than try to get this to work, it will save you a lot of hassle.
ylluminate
ylluminate
Nov 5 2013
3.2
0.0
Nov 5 2013
0.0
Version: 3.2
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.
James
James
Nov 5 2013
3.2
0.0
Nov 5 2013
0.0
Version: 3.2
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.
jlist
jlist
Nov 10 2011
3.0
5.0
Nov 10 2011
5.0
Version: 3.0
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.
VictorPrijker
VictorPrijker
Nov 3 2011
3.0
0.5
Nov 3 2011
0.5
Version: 3.0
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.
Tsehov
Tsehov
Nov 3 2011
3.0
5.0
Nov 3 2011
5.0
Version: 3.0
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.
Pyle129
Pyle129
Nov 3 2011
3.0
5.0
Nov 3 2011
5.0
Version: 3.0
Finally got it back on Lion, and I got the TWAIN GUI in Image Capture as well.
Bolobar
Bolobar
Sep 22 2011
2.9
0.0
Sep 22 2011
0.0
Version: 2.9
Lion 10.7 not supported.
Sheadixon
Sheadixon
Dec 21 2010
2.9
5.0
Dec 21 2010
5.0
Version: 2.9
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.
Anapat
Anapat
Jul 21 2010
2.9
5.0
Jul 21 2010
5.0
Version: 2.9
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.
Dokter-mac
Dokter-mac
Oct 25 2009
2.8
5.0
Oct 25 2009
5.0
Version: 2.8
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.
Eschw95458
Eschw95458
Oct 20 2009
2.8
0.0
Oct 20 2009
0.0
Version: 2.8
I have used twain sane for awhile now. (Since 10.4) but I have been unable to get this to work in 10.6. I have downloaded all the newest files and loaded them to no avail. (Even on a clean install) I also emailed the developer, but did not receive any response. I can scan from the command line, but when I use the Twain Sane interface via Image Capture, it starts the scan, and appears to get the scan ( I can see the image in the window) but that is as far as it gets. Locks up - spinning beach-ball. Hopefully someone will have a solution.
davinder-khabra
davinder-khabra
Sep 6 2009
2.7
0.0
Sep 6 2009
0.0
Version: 2.7
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.
chawya22
chawya22
Jun 22 2009
2.6
0.0
Jun 22 2009
0.0
Version: 2.6
Finally able to use my CanoScan 656u scanner with Paperless that I received in the recent Macupdate promo. Excellent Job. Can't figure out why Canon didn't address the Twain OS X driver issue years ago. Go figure!
Damon-Law
Damon-Law
Sep 4 2008
2.5
4.0
Sep 4 2008
4.0
Version: 2.5
Installation is clunky. Works like charm after the 30 button clicks it takes to install everything.
Citizenvern
Citizenvern
Aug 12 2008
2.5
5.0
Aug 12 2008
5.0
Version: 2.5
THANK YOU! to the great people behind Twain Sane! I guess you are smarter than everyone at Canon, Epson, HP, Adobe, etc, etc. etc., combined, because they can't seem to make their product work, but you did! We can't count on the manufacturers to support their products, so you guys are my my scanner's new heroes! You just saved it from terminal contact with my wall! As for the product: A little rough around the edges compared to VueScan & Silverfast but potent and powerful. It works, and WITHIN Photoshop CS3 even! My check is "in the mail"!
Jim57
Jim57
May 18 2008
2.4
0.0
May 18 2008
0.0
Version: 2.4
Is there a way to convert SCSI to USB, or another method to use an old (but great) Epson Scanner? Thanks in advance. Hope I can make this work.
Peedeebee
Peedeebee
May 12 2008
2.3
4.0
May 12 2008
4.0
Version: 2.3
My old scanner is an Epson Perfection 636U. It's a good one, but for some reason, Epson never made a driver for OSX. I could use it with ImageCapture, but when I installed Leopard, it wouldn't work anymore. It became obsolete. Now with Twain Sane, it works with ImageCapture. It is obsolete no more. Larry Klein is right--there are many parts to install, but if you do so in the right order, it works just fine.
Tournesol
Tournesol
May 11 2008
2.3
0.0
May 11 2008
0.0
Version: 2.3
It sees my Canon Scan LIDE and the scan head moves for the preview, but nothing shows and the scan button is never highlighted.
Larry-Klein
Larry-Klein
May 11 2008
2.3
5.0
May 11 2008
5.0
Version: 2.3
Excellent
Larry-Klein
Larry-Klein
May 11 2008
2.3
5.0
May 11 2008
5.0
Version: 2.3
I got an old HP 3300C scanner and found the consensus was that it could not be used with OSX - till I found this. Slightly confusing to install, but just install the backend and lib files first. A great thing.
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