TWAIN SANE
TWAIN SANE
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TWAIN SANE

3.6
23 August 2019

Scanner software works with large range of scanners.

Overview

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 3.5:
  • Compiled for OS X 10.9 or later

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24 TWAIN SANE Reviews

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traderlaw
04 September 2008

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Installation is clunky. Works like charm after the 30 button clicks it takes to install everything.
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Version 2.5
Jimw
23 August 2019
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?
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Version 3.6
Thinking-Differently
28 October 2018
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.
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Version 3.5
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saj-1
saj-1
05 December 2018
I feel your pain. I installed the packages when my Mac was running Yosemite, I believe. Scanning kept working through all the subsequent upgrades, up to and including High Sierra. But then I made the fatal error of "Reset Printing System" to cure a problem with a Canon laser printer. Perhaps my trusty MFC3240C is finally headed to the scrap heap.
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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.
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Version 3.2
Sichan
04 January 2016
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.
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Version 3.2
ylluminate
05 November 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.
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Version 3.2
Jimw
05 November 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.
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Version 3.2
jlist
10 November 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.
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Version 3.0
VictorPrijker
03 November 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.
Like (2)
Version 3.0
Tsehov
03 November 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.
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Version 3.0
1 answer(s)
TigerJohn
TigerJohn
05 November 2011
Any idea why it's discontinued?
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Pyle129
03 November 2011
Finally got it back on Lion, and I got the TWAIN GUI in Image Capture as well.
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Version 3.0