VueScan
VueScan
9.7.23

4.3

VueScan free download for Mac

VueScan

9.7.23
13 February 2020

Scanner software with advanced features.

Overview

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.

The list of supported scanners is available here.
The list of supported digital camera RAW files is available here.

What's new in VueScan

Version 9.7.23:

Note: Currently available for $39.95

Fixed:
  • Problem with Canon LiDE 120
  • Problem with Fujitsu fi-7260 and fi-7280
Added:
  • Support for Fujitsu fi-800R
  • Support for Canon MF260 series: MF264dw, MF267dw, MF269dw

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jbacon
22 January 2020

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It works perfectly on my Scan Snap S1500M. No issues at all. Plug and play.
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Version 9.7.20
jbacon
22 January 2020
It works perfectly on my Scan Snap S1500M. No issues at all. Plug and play.
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Version 9.7.20
pl-svn
13 January 2020
Works but... terrible UI and... a new bugfix version every single day for weeks? Has developer any clue or he just goes by attempts? :-/
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Version 9.7.20
MJVS
30 December 2019
Love this application. Never had an issue.
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Version 9.7.16
teacup62
27 December 2019
I have the lastest version of Mac IOS and this latest version of VueScan works. Before it would not recognize the scanner, now it does!
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Version 9.7.15
Pafka
24 December 2019
Using this app over ten years. Best one ever!
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Version 9.7.14
dwp-1
22 December 2019
I have been using VueScan software for over 10 years. There is not any software on the market that supports the number of scanners that Vue scan does. In most cases it performs better than the factory software that came with your scanner. It is simply the best.
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Version 9.7.13
mkkarnold
19 December 2019
This is a great application! When Fujitsu, in their immense stupidity, decided to drop support for my scanner, I was left with either finding a software alternative or spending hundreds on a new scanner. Vuescan not only works better than the Fujitsu app, but the scanner works better with the application as wel. No more failed scans, frozen software, etc. I would absolutely recommend this application!
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Version 9.7.13
zlazkow
13 December 2019
Turns out this version is called "standard" and the updates are free only 1 year. Thereafter you have to pay for each update/upgrade(which are quite frequent). Is that correct ? Only the professional version has the "advanced" features and unlimited updates, and it is around $80-$90. Any comment please ?
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Version 9.7.12
5 answer(s)
Frankp
Frankp
18 December 2019
That's not true at all. I've been using it for years and never been asked to pay for the frequent updates. Hamrick does a good job updating it frequently.
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Version 9.7.13
zlazkow
zlazkow
19 December 2019
well, this is at least what his website says. But thanks for confirming that it is not exactly true.
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Version 9.7.13
Neutralzone
Neutralzone
24 December 2019
First, about terminology. If you're new to traditional (non-subscription) software, the words "update" and "upgrade" usually mean two different things. ""Upgrade" usually means a major version bump like 9.x to 10.x. Most companies charge for a major upgrade. Most companies do not charge for minor "updates" like 9.7 to 9.7.14 or 9.8. After 1 year, it sounds like VueScan Standard is no longer eligible for updates or upgrades. But I do not think it means you have to pay for every little update that comes out. If you want any update or upgrade after 1 year, you'll probably have to pay for another Standard license and you'll be good for another year of free updates. The website actually isn't very clear on that point. I'm not sure why Standard exists, maybe for users who only need to do a scanning project every few years. There are definitely some users who only use a scanner for 6 months to scan all family photos, and then they rarely use the scanner again. I do enough advanced scanning that bought the Professional license so I never have to pay again.
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Version 9.7.14
zlazkow
zlazkow
27 December 2019
Thanks Neutralzone, maybe Hamrick can explain more the difference between Standard and Professional ?
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Version 9.7.15
Neutralzone
Neutralzone
28 December 2019
zlazkow, the differences between Standard and Professional are clearly listed in a comparison table at https://www.hamrick.com/reg.html . The only thing he might explain more clearly is to confirm whether I guessed right that all you have to do to restart another year of updates is to pay for another Standard license, but otherwise it's pretty clear. But I think if someone is so concerned about getting future updates, they can already see from that Pricing page that Professional is the better deal, if there is any chance you might want to use VueScan for more than two 12-month periods.
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Version 9.7.15
Frankp
12 December 2019
Have used it for years and wouldn't want to scan using anything else. The only time I had a problem it was traced to the printer itself, and Hamrick helped me track it down.
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Version 9.7.12
SamHoss48
30 November 2019
Best scanning app on the market! Have been using it from day one when I had an old Apple scanner that was no longer supported. Even the pro version is well worth the money.
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Version 9.7.10
Maddogiam66
29 November 2019
Great app. My s1500M went kaput when I updated my os to Catalina. That was my fault - I should have did my research before updating my os. Don't really want to get a new scanner since this one still works fine. Found VueScan and it was able to save the day.
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Version 9.7.10
dpdelly
17 October 2019
BEWARE IF YOU HAVE A DOCUMENT SCANNER. I have a simple Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M. I happily paid for the standard VueScan at $39.00, delighted I could sustain my ScanSnap. I then loaded a single black & white Word document and scanned it. Immediately a pop-up window appeared saying "Document Feeders Require the Professional Version of VueScan." And if you don't upgrade for another $50 to the "Professional" version, you get a nice large watermark across your simple Word document. This is CLEARLY A BAIT AND SWITCH. BEWARE!
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Version 9.7.04
1 answer(s)
libertea1st
libertea1st
21 October 2019
Unless you review the VueScan website carefully it leads a person to believe the Standard version priced at $49.95 will work with the SnapScan S1500M. In the fine print there is the statement "No Automatic Document Feeders" which means you have to buy the Professional version at $99.95 to get rid of the watermark that appears on scans with the Standard version. Unfortunately I was seduced by the headline on the
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Version 9.7.05
Radus
03 October 2019
Best App of its kind. It works perfectly on my old Scan Snap S1500M.
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Version 9.7.01
Macmuser
29 August 2019
I'm pleased to be able to keep using my Epson Perfection 3200 Photo scanner after Epson and Apple chose to forget it. I wish I'd kept some of my older, better scanners, such as my Agfa Arcus and Nikon Cooscan because Vuescan still supports them as well. However, Vuescan is just not as good as the software that came with my scanners and the interface is the stuff in the last century. For me it's a love/hate relationship with Vuescan and memories of far better, more productive (and better scans) times. Ed gives good support.
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Version 9.6.47
drnoel
19 August 2019
I have not been able to update MacUpdate, had to to this on my own.
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Version 9.6.46
Umbe42
30 June 2019
I had a problem with my scanner not able to scan to PDF so I sent a support request to the developer: in 1 hour time I had the answer that solved the problem. Bravo Hamrick!
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Version 9.6.43
glrooney
14 April 2019
MY SCANNER DOESN'T WORK WITH VUESCAN SOFTWARE. THE OWNER AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT PERSON (THE SAME PERSON) HAS BEEN CONTACTED BY ME 12 TIMES, AND AFTER PAYING $50 FOR THE UPGRADE AND TRYING THAT, IT STILL DOESN'T WORK. HE, (THE OWNER), ED HAMRICK, KEEPS TELLING ME THAT MY SCANNER DRIVER HAS TO BE DELETED BECAUSE VUESCAN CANNOT ACCESS THE SCANNER. AFTER THE SUGGESTION THAT I CALL HP AND ASK THEM, I DID SO. HP TOLD ME THAT THE SOFTWARE ONLY WORKS WITH MAC 10.8 AND I HAVE 10.14. THIS GUY, HAMRICK REFUSES TO REFUND OUR MONEY. HE IS A VERY UNCOOPERATIVE AND DOES NOT STAND BEHIND WHAT HE SELLS.
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Version 9.6.38
5 answer(s)
Neutralzone
Neutralzone
06 May 2019
Which software did HP say only works with 10.8? The HP scanning software, or VueScan?

I can tell you that VueScan works with the latest version of macOS, because it does on my Mac.

Sounds like the HP driver was interfering. That is a common problem (that is not VueScan's fault), so it is a reasonable suggestion to remove it. You can't have two drivers fighting over the scanner.

Hamrick can be a difficult person, but I can find no error in what he was saying. For me, VueScan has been 5-star software for the at least 15 years I've been using it.
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glrooney
glrooney
07 May 2019
ON APRIL 12, 2019, I SPOKE TO ALBERT GACAYAN, HEWLETT PACKARD SUPPORT. AND HE TOLD ME THAT THE VUESCAN SOFTWARE ONLY WORKS WITH MAC OS 10.8 OR EARLIER. I HAVE MAC OS 10.14.

THE SCANNER SOFTWARE ON MY PRINTER WAS GONE FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I EVEN BOUGHT VUESCAN SCANNER SOFTWARE A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO AND IT WORKED ON MY OLD COMPUTER JUST FINE. THE HAMRICK SITE SAYS THAT MY PRINTER AND MY CURRENT SOFTWARE ARE COMPATIBLE AND THEY ARE NOT. IN CHECKING ON VARIOUS SITE FOR VUESCAN AND HAMRICK REVIEWS, THEY GET MANY, MANY BAD REVIEWS FOR THE SAME REASON. I BELIEVE THAT WHEN THEY EMAILED ME, AND OFFERED THE LATEST UPDATE TO MY SOFTWARE, IT WAS JUST A COME ON AND A FRAUD - TRYING TO GET THE $50 FOR THE UPGRADE BECAUSE THE "FREE" VERSION NEVER WORKED EITHER. I HAVE ALSO SEEN MANY REVIEWS WITH THIS CLAIM. ALL ANYONE HAS TO DO IT SEARCH GOOGLE FOR VUESCAN OR HAMRICK REVIEWS. THEY ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE AND THE GUY WHO RUNS IT IS STILL GETTING AWAY WITH IT. I HAVE REPORTED THEM TO THE DEPT OF JUSTICE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND OTHER GOVERNMENT SITES. HOPEFULLY, THEY WILL BE TAKEN DOWN.
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
08 May 2019
Either the HP rep misunderstood, or you misunderstood. Because it is a FACT that VueScan works on the latest macOS, it is not limited to 10.8. Otherwise, how did I just spend the last two weeks scanning film with VueScan on macOS 10.13.6? And others are using 10.14.

If your HP scanner was old, what the HP rep was probably saying is that the *HP* software for that scanner probably doesn't work past 10.8. We see that a lot more often...scanner makers not updating their software to keep up with macOS. That's why I started using VueScan, when Nikon stopped updating their software to keep up with Mac OS X. But VueScan is ALWAYS updated for the latest Mac system. It keeps our old scanners alive on the latest system, that's why you see so many positive reviews here.

What is the model of your HP scanner? Maybe we can clear up whether the HP software still works past 10.8.
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glrooney
glrooney
08 May 2019
The printer is: HP Laserjet M1522nf. I ended up buying a new printer and scanner. As I stated before, my Laserjet had no scanner software on it at all.
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Abugirges
Abugirges
10 May 2019
Before buying VueScan you should have checked if your scanner is supported:

https://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/hp_laserjet_m1522n.html#technical-information

and why didnt you install the software and tested it before buying?

Your childish behaviour does not help anyone.
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David-Losada-Soler
21 February 2019
Does not work with Xerox WorkCentre 6515 through Ethernet in macOS 10.13.6. Using ExactScan now.
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Version 9.6.32
Electronman
18 February 2019
Get professional scans from prints, negatives, and transparencies at whatever resolution and bit depth your scanner can handle. This is the best I have worked with in this price range. The next step up should be Silverscan for much more money however, I cannot see any difference in the scan quality. Also, the developer Ed Hamrick, works on this program all the time, adding new scanners and making improvements. I have been using this program for years. My only complaint is that it does not keep the pre-scan in memory, so for scanning multiple slides or negatives you need to do a time-consuming pre-scan after every scan. That is one of the only obvious advantages of Silverscan over VueScan for my work.
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Version 9.6.31
Svenster
10 January 2019
Oh such an excellent product. Just resurrected a perfectly good scanner. Love this software.
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Version 9.6.26
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
26 October 2018
VueScan is generally a good program. Though I've had some issues with it. The latest one is the suggestion above that it installs a Photoshop plugin. It, in fact, does not. The plugin does exist, but you have to install it manually, as you do the application itself.

To find the plugin, right-click/Option-click on the application and select Show Package Contents; inside you'll find only the Contents folder; open this and you'll see the Plugins folder; wherein you'll find the Vuescan.plugin file. The easiest way to move this to the Photoshop Plug-ins folder is to select it and copy it to the clipboard (Command-C). Then open the Photoshop folder, navigate to the Plug-ins folder; open this folder, and paste the file (Command-V) to the folder. Thereafter it should (it did for me) show up in the Photoshop File>Import pop-out menu. I found very few items in the CC2019 plugins folder. No Import/Export folder as in past versions. Nevertheless, VueScan showed up in the File>Import pop-out menu in Photoshop. Over the years Photoshop has often changed the way it does things. To use it you have to adapt to those changes. That's another reason people don't upgrade. They don't want to learn new sh*t.

FYI: here the plugin is specified for Photoshop CC 2019, but it also works, in my testing, in Photoshop CC 2018, which the installation of 2019 did not replace. It also works in Photoshop CS6, though you should remove any other VueScan plugins you find there, including the TWAIN plugin. It also works in Photoshop CS5.5, for whatever that's worth. The point of replacing any old VueScan plugins is so that you can be sure of launching this latest version of VueScan in Photoshop. When you scan an image it will open in Photoshop, as it should do, for editing purposes.

By the way, I did not get this solution from VueScan tech support. They insist that VueScan installs the plugin, which it does not. Perhaps it once did—I found a VueScan plugin in Photoshop CS6; I don't remember how it got there. But I figured this out on my own and tested it. Hopefully this solution will work for you, whatever version of Photoshop you're using. You might also try it in other applications, like Adobe Photoshop Elements, and any other app that has a plugins folder or capability. Just a suggestion, if you like VueScan.

I though to give VueScan a lower score because of how disputatious their tech support turned out to be. But for the most part I think reviews should restrict themselves to the quality of the app, which is what I've done here.
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Version 9.6.20
2 answer(s)
Maxter
Maxter
30 November 2018
Agree! VueScan itself is a top notch application, but the tech support can be quite rude. I've used it for over 15 years, through many OSses and several scanners
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Macmuser
Macmuser
27 December 2018
The plug-in tip is excellent advice and I confirm that the plug-in did not install automatically into my copy of Photoshop CS5 when I installed Vuescan. Perhaps it will only install into newer versions?
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Camille-C-Laflamme
22 October 2018
For me it is the best scanner application, works flawlessly with any of my scanners. I recommend it to all Mac user who are looking for scanning. works great with my 17" scanner software.
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Version 9.6.20
Aaronk
02 August 2018
Ressurects an old scanner from the dead when the scanner vendor stops supporting it. Using with a Fujitsu Scansnap S510. Developer releases regular updates, well documented. I wish the software had an auto update feature. The GUI isn't the prettiest, but the software just works. Love it! Another review mentions the subscription. If you pay the ~$100 cost for the software at the developer's website, unlimited free updates are included. Well worth it to stop me from replacing my $400-500 scanner.
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Version 9.6.13
ben-marko
15 July 2018
This is an awesome bit of software. It gets frequent updates and is very easy to use. Bear in mind that it does use subscription licensing - but this is one of the VERY few applications that I would say is well worth 40 bucks a year.
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Version 9.6.12
orsobou4
15 July 2018
Sorry, but this time, the most recent update, the 9.6.12, did not even open, so I had to return to the previous version, the 9.6.11! Usually, this software works very well with my scanner.
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Version 9.6.12
2 answer(s)
Macatak
Macatak
15 July 2018
Same here. Reckless, and Hamrick Web site does not keep any previous versions. A little over-confident.
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Macatak
Macatak
30 July 2018
v9.6.13 is opening. Thank you.
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Phylo
04 July 2018
Long-time user, working as a doctor on different places, working as politician too, this is my preferred applications to use the different scanners I may encounter during my day, keep the job done. For special photography slides, I use a most powerful application, but it needs time and is for a dedicated scanner. Do you need one all-round application? This is it!
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Version 9.6.10
selizabethwebb
14 May 2018
I've been using this for quite some time now and I can say that it is really amazing.. Highly recommended!
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Version 9.6.08
Eric•Woehler
01 May 2018
Long-time user, recommend this software. Remarkable set of options for scanning, talks to Photoshop and generates excellent scans. Talks to the scanners and often provides more preferences/settings than the scanner manufacturers' software. No doubt in my mind the best 3rd party scanner software and well worht the investment.
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Version 9.6.07
Thinking-Differently
24 October 2017
Looking for something that can take a 2-up document, and convert it to separate pages. Or to say it differently, we are looking for something that can undo imposition. Can VueScan do this, or should we look elsewhere?
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Version 9.5.89
1 answer(s)
TomLoredo
TomLoredo
06 July 2018
I know it's been a while since you posted this request, but in case it's useful: I split 2-up scans using the freeware briss Java app: http://briss.sourceforge.net/. My workflow is to scan to a multipage PDF (our scanner at work does this; I don't know if Vuescan can), use briss to split into single-pages, and then use Adobe Acrobat to do deskew & OCR. It's more "manual" than I'd like, but it works well.
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Electronman
01 October 2017
An excellent program for the money. Will scan B&W at up to 16 bits or color at 48+ bits with whatever resolution your scanner can handle.

One weak spot however is: Every time you open the program, you have to do another pre-scan, which means scanner lamp warm-up and full scan time. This is VERY time-consuming if you have a number of slides or negatives in a holder in your scanner. They could easily solve this problem by holding the previous pre-scan in memory. I expressed this to the developer, Ed Hamrick, but he didn't seem to understand what I was talking about. If you are only scanning one print, slide or negative per session, it won't matter to you. But when I have a large number of images to do it does! I now have to use SilverScan for multiple scans, which does hold the pre-scan in memory and thus, takes far less time to get my job done. After all these years and all the other improvements he has made, I wish the developer would make tis one simple improvement that would save so much time and make the program an A+ for pros. Are you listening Ed?
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Version 9.5.87
3 answer(s)
Jcraig
Jcraig
20 November 2017
Hmm, let me take a stab here. Load up the glass with your images, and click Preview, making sure the Preview resolution is set to your intended resolution. Then, frame your image(s), then click Save (not Scan). If you have multiple images (i.e. not using a negative holder with preset frame sizes), just repeat the process until you've saved all the desired images.
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
22 November 2017
If you are getting repeated preview re-scans during the same session try increasing the Image Memory amount in the Preferences tab (Advanced) so that it can keep more scans in RAM and doesn't have to purge and re-scan. I have mine set to about 8000MB (8GB) of memory, which I can afford to allocate in a 32GB Mac, and that seems to work well for scanning 4- to 6-frame filmstrips.

If you are annoyed by getting a preview every time you start the program while scanning a lot of images, then keep the program open during long scan sessions instead of quitting it. Maybe I don't have the problem because I don't insert a filmstrip into my film scanner until after I have turned it on. Or maybe we don't understand the exact issue either, or maybe it's specific to how your scanner works.
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Jimw
Jimw
02 May 2018
Consider buying a new scanner. Prices for good scanners have come down and the new ones use LED's that require no warmup time and save energy. they also provide more consistent lighting and the 'bulb' never needs replacing or frequent calibration, along with being easier on your electric bill.
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ben-marko
17 May 2017
VueScan has to be Force-Quit now, it gets hung up with a spinning beach ball when I try to quit it normally. Software still works fine.
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Version 9.5.76
Mr-Mike
23 April 2017
Simple to use, great results and constantly updated. Best utility app purchase.
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Version 9.5.74
Meitnik
12 April 2017
Love the app, but seriously He can't support umlauted characters in the saved folder path without crashing!!! I have become deeply disappointed in the testing of the app. For 10 yrs it worked just fine, now I have to be careful to keep an older version around.
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Version 9.5.73
orkavaal
05 February 2017
Hello I already have buy the program to use the Damage Scan Dual i4 some time ago. Due to a computercrash I lost the figures from my account. Could you please help me to be able to use it again.
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Version 9.5.68
1 answer(s)
PaulA2283
PaulA2283
21 February 2017
Go to the developer's website. You can get reminders there.
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Ecmarco
17 January 2017
This version seems to have an issue with my HP Envy 100. Looks like it is scanning but never gets out of the opening image set in the app.
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Version 9.5.65
Steinarh
16 January 2017
Have used it for years because it´s reliable, fast and meet all my needs. Recommended.
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Version 9.5.65
ben-marko
24 November 2016
Very handy utility, it works well and has features that similar software does not. Plus it has frequent updates which tells me that the dev is active in ensuring that the But the price for what you get is awfully steep. And if you buy it, bear in mind that the $50 you pay only gives you a year-long license. That's it! Then you have to fork over another $50 for continued use...for another year.
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Version 9.5.60
2 answer(s)
Quortz
Quortz
09 December 2016
If you like it (and it sounds like you do), you’re better off paying the one-time extra $40 for the pro version. That’s what I did many years ago, and I’ve never paid another penny since. Also, the pro version gives you some extra features that may be useful and/or important to you, depending on your needs. Paying the extra $40 once and forgetting about it (rather than fret about paying $50 a year)... well, it just makes sense to me.
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
10 December 2016
Like Quortz said, the pricing is very clear on the VueScan site. The Purchase page shows the Standard and Pro edition pricing side by side, and the free upgrade policy is right below that. I'm very happy with having paid my $90 so long ago I can't remember when, and still getting free upgrades today.
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pl-svn
01 August 2016
could someone, please, tell the developer to make it so a Dock shortcut is *not* added again every time an update is released and launched for the first time? :mad: (already tried doing it myself but he never cared to reply :rolleyes: )
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Version 9.5.53
1 answer(s)
sjk
sjk
11 September 2016
My request for this, now long ago, was also ignored.

When VueScan is first opened after an update, dragging its icon out of Dock will "snap back" but _sometimes_ keeps it from being permanently added (and annoyingly restarting Dock) when quitting VueScan.
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MJVS
18 July 2016
I have been using this application for years. Of all the applications I have purchased, this has been the most reliable on both Windows and Mac platforms.
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Version 9.5.52
RebeccaA
16 June 2016
My friend has recommended this app to me. So, I've installed it and feel myself very glad. VueScan has an excellent color balance. When I tried it for scanning even old faded photos of my parents, it gave me a great result - photos are clear and saturated. Great app, I won't regret any cent for it. Many thanks to developers!
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Version 9.5.51
Quad
14 May 2016
I am looking forward to version 10.x which, hopefully, will bring an updated and modern interface, on par with current Mac OS X design. :)
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Version 9.5.48
2 answer(s)
Pik80
Pik80
27 May 2016
Yeah, what's up with the Windows XP look?
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Mcr
Mcr
11 June 2016
Vuescan is a cross platform app that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. The developer has chosen to use cross platform developer tools (such as QT frameworks for example) that allow a developer to maintain one set of code, then compile it for different platforms. In plainer terms, that means one set of code to write, not three, one set of code to maintain, one set of code to fix bugs for, not three. Lastly ONE set of developers to pay, not three.

Therefore the UI is the same across Windows, Mac and LInux versions, because the UI is being coded once, and thus will look and act the same. Calibre is another example of a program that is built one from one set of source code and runs on Windows, Linux and Mac. Given that Windows is by far the largest user base, the developer has opted to design the UI in favor of that majority. Technically, the developer could if desired, coded the UI to look and act more like Mac or Linux, but then it would be the Windows users complaining that it "looks like a Mac" and probably not buying. In very short time, the company would not sell enough licenses to make it viable to continue.

Some people will be quick to say why doesn't the developer simply write three different versions of the program, and tailor each version to the platform. Well, that takes resources, be it time, knowledge, software tools, people, money, hardware to build and test it on, etc. I suspect, just my guess, that the market share for Mac and Linux is not large enough to justify hiring and paying Mac and Linux developers to code native versions from the ground up. Or else in order to do so the price of the software would have to be increased to cover additional costs, but that would only LESSEN the number of Mac and Linux copies sold. As it is, look at some of the reviews already complaining that feel $49 is too high for what the app does.

For the most, part the company is marketing and coding to the Windows user base, and the fact the tools they use allow them to produce Mac and Linux versions with relatively minimal additional labor, is a value add.

So, I wouldn't hold my breath that version 10 will look much different, or if does it won't be to accommodate Linux or Mac look and feel, but to adapt to Windows 10.
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Joe-Porter
13 May 2016
Used this for years. Has driven everything from high-end devices to cheap USB junk. Not a single issue. Ever. The Pro licence isn't free but is very cheap compared to SilverFast. And I've paid once in the last more than ten years.
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Version 9.5.48
Mikeymike
07 May 2016
Lovely. Just ran ClamXAv and it reported the VueScan installer.dmg is infected with Osx.MalwareAgent-1396095. [Yet no US Presidential candidate is saying anything about creating a tough national pro-consumer security policy.] Thanks, MacUpdate (and/or Hamrick Software), for hosting malware infestations. I haven't renewed my paid subscription and this just dissuaded me from doing so any time again soon.
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Version 9.5.47
1 answer(s)
Michael-Wayne
Michael-Wayne
14 May 2016
Why on earth do you download from MU. If you have the fully paid VueScan application it will automatically check for updates and ask you if you want to go to his site and download. No malware, viruses etc etc..
You must use Ed Hamricks site for updates. It's safe and reliable.
Reading many responses related to VueScan it appears that those that have fully paid for the software don't have any issue. Those that want something for nothing ie. get free trial to use as a one off and never intend to purchase have problems. Also be aware that the number of fully paid happy and content users far outweighs the tiny number that get it via MU. The downloads number of 1.25 million doesn't reflect those that downloaded directly via VS but the 1.25 million does reflect numbers of those just 'giving it a go'.

This also goes for all the other software available on MU, providing they are honest and responsible developers. MU is the best for just seeing what has been updated by the respective developer and then it's up to you to go direct rather than the reseller. If I wanted to buy a Bentley I wouldn't go to a Suzuki dealer.
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mikomeryl
15 April 2016
MacUpdate Desktop says I need to update to version 9.5.44 but the downloaded file is for 9.5.42, which I already have. I went to this website page for MacUpdate and it says the updated version is 9.5.44 so I downloaded that. I got version 9.5.45 instead. I am hoping that is the correct version but you guys need to clean up the version information in your MacUpdate website and the Desktop.
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Version 9.5.44
1 answer(s)
mikomeryl
mikomeryl
15 April 2016
I just downloaded the 9.5.45 update from this MacUpdate website for another computer and it was quarantined by the ClamXav application virus checker because VueScan Installer.dmg: is infected with PUA.OSX.InstallCore., which installs adware. If anyone else has installed this, to remove this unwanted malware, use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac. Somuch for trusting that we'll get clean downloads from MacUpdate. :(
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Mike B.
30 March 2016
Great software but confusedor misinformed developer. A few years ago, I purchased the PRO version using a "no spam" address (@bugmenot) and Mr Hamrick decided that I was a "fraudster", canceling that registration without giving me a refund or even any credible explanation. Since the product is so good, I now decided to waste another $80 and purchased a Pro registration AGAIN, this time using PayPal. Mr Hamrick now also cancelled that new registration but at least I got a refund this time, along with an offensive accusatory email. Apparently because I once used an email address that would shield me from spam email, I can't buy Vuescan and will have to scour the dark corners of the net for a "pre-registered" version. There is a "fraudster" in there, but it's not the customer. Ridiculous!
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Version 9.5.43
Phylo
04 January 2016
When did I buy it 16? 20 years ago? Working in different environments, this one of the most useful software I bought, connecting at all scanners I met on my work. The only point is that it is maybe not equal at Silversoft' Silverfast for detailed and true pictures, but on an every day use, it is faster and easier to use (I own both)
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Version 9.5.35
Me2
19 December 2015
Wrote a comment. This is by far one of the most effective and reasonable and worthy apps I've ever purchased.
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Version 9.5.33
Me2
13 December 2015
Luckily, I saw quality and purchased a 'PRO' license several years ago: always with free upgrades. Now works with not only my Epson, and HP scanners, but also with my new Plustek slide scanner. Not sure what all the negative comments are about as I don't need to read them: I bought it, it works fantastically, it was and is ahead of its time, and I appreciate good workmanship. Thank you for such excellent software for my Mac. Patrick w MacOvation
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Version 9.5.32
3 answer(s)
Holypoly
Holypoly
19 December 2015
Why not leave a bunch of stars for the developer ;)
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Talltxn
Talltxn
10 January 2016
What Plustek slide scanner did you purchase. I'm trying to archive family slides and am looking for a good as great scanner.
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Me2
Me2
10 January 2016
I am using the OpticFilm 8200i Ai dedicated 35mm slide scanner.
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mac-v
11 December 2015
Unusable. "Free trial" has tiny watermarks a few millimeters apart that cover the whole document. What is the point of a free trial if I can't actually use the software to produce a file I can use? Swindles like this are the reason piracy exists.
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Version 9.5.30
1 answer(s)
Holypoly
Holypoly
19 December 2015
shill alert
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del-st
11 December 2015
Unusable. "Free trial" has tiny watermarks a few millimeters apart that cover the whole document. What is the point of a free trial if I can't actually use the software to produce a file I can use? Swindles like this are the reason piracy exists.
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Version 9.5.30
1 answer(s)
Imarc845
Imarc845
18 March 2016
Another shill! Note that the "review" text from mac.v is identical to this one.
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umaromc
08 December 2015
This software is great and I'm glad I bought a license years ago to support development and it was the only option for scanning on the fairly new OS X using an unpopular USB scanner (most were still SCSI). Other than that I highly suggest NOT DOWNLOADING THIS VIA MACUPDATE as you'll end up installing MacUpdate's software directly rather than a direct installer of VUESCAN! http://www.hamrick.com/download.html **DOWNLOAD DIRECTLY FROM THE DEVELOPER UNLESS YOU WANT TO INSTALL MacUpdate's SOFTWARE.** When downloading the page states "DOWNLOADING VUESCAN 9.5.25" but you're actually downloading the MacUpdate software installer, NOT VueScan!
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Version 9.5.29
Ced
04 December 2015
I'm wondering why MacUpdate doesn't provide the original installer from the developer. Instead there is an "MacUpdate Installer". I don't like this...
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Version 9.5.29
Jeffsters
02 December 2015
Something is VERY strange. How can it be that VueScan has 1,231,529 downloads? Really? Not even Chrome has broken 1,000,000 here! Scanner software? Hmm...manipulation to get it on the coveted "Red" listed updates?
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Version 9.5.29
3 answer(s)
Maltz2
Maltz2
03 December 2015
This app is updated a LOT, and that count includes downloads of all versions. What you're probably seeing is the same people re-downloading the app over and over as it's updated. The same thing applies to Chrome, of course, but A) Chrome is not updated as often and B) most people probably don't download Chrome from here - they directly to the source. So the Chrome number is probably greatly underreported, on top of VueScan's numbers being high because of frequent updates.
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
03 December 2015
The downloads are legit. It's a Hot Pick app on MacUpdate that has been popular for many years -- much longer than Chrome.
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Jeffsters
Jeffsters
28 December 2015
Lesson then to all... the key to getting high ranking its to update your app a lot!
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anonymous-camel-2414
02 November 2015
Something fishy going on here, when I download version 9.5.28 I get a disk image called VueScan Installer but when I open it there is only a MacUpdate installer app. Malware tactics from MacUpdate?
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Version 9.5.28
1 answer(s)
umaromc
umaromc
08 December 2015
Yes it is. Sourceforge pulled this with a few of its repositories and caught a lot of slack.
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Ashley-Hunter
31 October 2015
BEWARE!! this update comes in a MacUpdate installer that will install other software if you are not careful!
VueScan gets a 5 star review
MacUpdate a 0 star review for packaging other software in an installer.
This is the kind of thing Windows users are plagued with. Mac users should not put up with this!!
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Version 9.5.28
9 answer(s)
M-Rick
M-Rick
18 December 2015
"MacUpdate a 0 star review for packaging other software in an installer.
This is the kind of thing Windows users are plagued with. Mac users should not put up with this!!"
And MacUpdate do not even inform users and force them to use this!
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Neil-M
Neil-M
21 December 2015
Better to update from within Vuescan. When you launch Vuescan, it should tell about updates.
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Moofpup
Moofpup
19 January 2016
I just used the MacUpdate installer to install the latest version of Vuescan and Safari opened and asked " Are you sure you want to install the search connect extension" WTF? What are you guys Microsoft? You have no right to do this crap.
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ZeroDark:30
ZeroDark:30
24 February 2016
I just downloaded from MacUpdate and installed this on a Mid 2012 MBPro 13 running El Cap, using my previous Pro license for a Canon LiDE30 flatbed scanner. Absolutely no problems, no issues, no "icky twitches," et al. I'm glad I purchased my Pro license back in 2002, and to discover it *still* works AOK after all these years - money well spent!:-) On the occasion I've emailed developer, he/she/they have been quick to respond with quality info. Thanks!:-)
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markrfriedman
markrfriedman
12 March 2016
Always download from Ed's site. If that wasn't clear:

ALWAYS DOWNLOAD FROM ED'S SITE.
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Hawke5501
Hawke5501
13 March 2016
As long as MacUpdate gave me a choice to install MalWare or do A straight download of the software I was O.K. Now they are using the same methods as MacKeeper to trick customers into downloading ad ware or who knows what else. MacUpdate is gone to the dark side and I am not sure they will ever come back. I will use the site but will download from the original site only. The MacKeeper method will only cause MacUpdate more problems. May be thats the reason they did not remove MacKeeper from the site.

MacUpdate has been great for the Mac community and I am sorry to see the management taking this site into the slime pit.
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mikomeryl
mikomeryl
15 April 2016
If you installed the 9.5.45 version, it contains malware called PUA.OSX.InstallCore., which installs adware. My ClamXav application virus checker quarantined it and sent me an alert. If you opened it, you can use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac to uninstall it.
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orsobou4
orsobou4
09 September 2016
There is always a link to the developer's website. I never download software from MacUpdate, only from the software's own site. The link is always in the upper right corner, right above the screenshot.
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ben-marko
ben-marko
24 November 2016
What other software???
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umaromc
31 October 2015
BEWARE! MacUpdate have pulled a SourceForge (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/05/sourceforge-grabs-gimp-for-windows-account-wraps-installer-in-bundle-pushing-adware/) and are tricking downloaders with the MacUpdate Installer PKG file instead of the VueScan update directly which they expect, which is available here, directly from the dev's site; http://www.hamrick.com/download.html
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Version 9.5.28
Fra
30 October 2015
The fucking installer from macupdate. Eat your shit !
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Version 9.5.28
1 answer(s)
Velgor242
Velgor242
31 October 2015
Amen, what is this bullshit?!
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Robpaterson
07 October 2015
This is my first review on MacUpdate. I feel compelled to leave a review for this software for a variety of reasons, but mostly because this software just rocks. Not only that, the customer service is fantastic, and the software designer himself (apparently) emails back, at least he did for me. I am incredibly grateful for this software. It's always irked me that obsolescence is built into so much of the tech world, and I really don't like the idea of trashing a perfectly good scanner just because a driver or software is outdated. It makes me happy that I can continue to use my scanner because of this software. My highest recommendation.
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Version 9.5.27
Kunta-Kinte
08 August 2015
It's true, it works with many scanners, but the GUI is such a mess it is unusable. I worked with some pro SW and HW combos in the past (Linotype, Creo, ...) and now I'm using Epson Scan and Silverfast 6.6 at home with Epson 4870. Can't stand newer version of Silverfast either. But at least they both have normal interface for tweaking a scan (histogram controls) and you know what you are doing. This is not true for Vuescan; developer is not capable to produce normal scanning GUI environment or maybe he tries to invent hot water, so to speak. Anyway, this software is much too expensive for what it is: unfinished product. I will be more that happy to review my statements if in the future GUI and the process becomes usable and logical. Right now it is horrible and I would rather throw my scanner out the window than use it with Vuescan as it is. At the moment Epson Scan is maybe the best solution, even with it's quirks and limitations.
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Version 9.5.22
David-Losada-Soler
03 June 2015
The new Text / Text in color option causes problems with an EPSON Perfection Photo 2480 under Yosemite 10.10.3. When the input setting is Text, after tweaking the threshold value, any new preview or scan shows a red curtain while scanning and the result is a blank image. To be able to scan again, you have to change to Color and do a new preview. This did not happen in 9.5.11. Back to 9.5.11
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Version 9.5.13
jack2001
21 May 2015
applicazione pessima. con il mio vecchio ma ottimo scanner hp scanjet g4050 non ha mai funzionato.
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Version 9.5.11
ZachP3614
05 May 2015
When I first bought OSX, maybe back in 2001 or 2002, my scanner wouldn't work, and I got tired of rebooting into classic to scan a page. I bought a Pro licence of vuescan back then, and have used it ever since, without another cent spent, or a single issue needing troubleshooting. 100% in all departments.....
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Version 9.5.09
1 answer(s)
Maxter
Maxter
19 September 2015
Did the same for the same reason and although I found the "entry ticket" a bit high back then. I never looked back since and have no regrets.
An excellent piece of software.
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BobbyBobby
14 April 2015
This is the most buggy, under supported scanning software out there. There has been a multi scan bug in Vuescan for YEARS. I've contacted the author and documented the bug fully (I'm a Mac tech) and only received 1 very cryptic eMail in response, and almost 2 years later, the bug still exists. I need the software to work flawlessly for scanning hundreds of slides and negatives. And it just doesn't work, consistently or reliably. I'm not the only one complaining about this bug, nor this software. I've spent too much time trying to work around this bug. And having spent the money many years ago for the Pro version, I feel the customer service of Hamrick is severely lacking. I'd advise you to buy something else ... anything else!
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Version 9.5.08
1 answer(s)
Deemery
Deemery
29 June 2015
I just want to say my experience is the opposite. This has worked with every scanner I've plugged into my Macs for almost 20 years. The few problems I've had have been fixed quickly, often with a new/test version of the application within a day or two of the problem.
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gaiamie
16 March 2015
I have used this a lot for the last couple years and find it to be reliable, simple tool that does everything I need it to do - very happy with it!
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Version 9.5.07
CS2530
03 March 2015
Great program, great support, great price! All software and all support should be this good. Thanks, and keep up the good work, Ed.
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Version 9.5.06
Mreg
22 February 2015
I have been using Vuescan for years. It is far superior to every native scanner diver I have ever used on both Windows and Macs, it is reliable, incredibly full of features and options, is constantly being updated, works on every scanner imaginable, or will soon after a device is on the market (I use it with my 15-year old Minolta Scan Dual I as well as my new Canon Multifunction), works on both Windows and Macs, and its author is responsive. Yes, it's not for idiots, which is likely where the rare negative reviews come from. This is one of the best pieces of software I have ever owned or used. Easily worth double the price, especially considering the constant updating and support.
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Version 9.4.66
Mhoutman
22 February 2015
Dear Hamrick family, Please implement Sparkle update. http://sparkle-project.org You happy users :)
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Version 9.4.66
Johnnyr
19 February 2015
If it wasn't for VueScan my Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 and 9000 would be junk. Nikon doesn't support these excellent film scanners anymore, which is a damn shame as they are some of the best scanners ever produced. With VueScan I'm still able to scan all my Kodachromes and 6x6 slides for years to come. Thanks Ed Hamrick for keeping your software up to date!
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Version 9.4.65
Polak
19 February 2015
Frequently updated and very good support. You get for what you payed.
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Version 9.4.65
Jim-Leff
16 January 2015
One really annoying interface issue. You need to hit the "last page" button before you save your scan (which is not at all intuitive with one-page scans). If you hit the "save to disk" icon, nothing happens. I've begged the author to fix this (i.e. if you hit that "save to disk" icon, which is the intuitive thing to do, you should at least get some guidance)
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Version 9.4.59
1 answer(s)
Jcraig
Jcraig
10 February 2015
Sounds like you've got go the Multi-Page function enabled while scanning as PDF. Disabling this in the appropriate menu under the Output tab should solve your problem.
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Jim-Leff
16 January 2015
Spent the afternoon surfing for ways to revive the scanning function on my old Canon Pixma. Much frustration. Stumbled upon VueScan. $39.95 seemed steep, but I discovered it's perma-discounted to $29.95 on it's own site (see https://www.hamrick.com/reg.html ). What a joy to simply run the program....and it works. No hassle with printer drivers, compatibility issues, downloading lots of worrisome little open source apps and such (required by Twain Sane). And, as a bonus, it's a much, much, much better user interface than Canon's old scanner software. Some problems need to have money waved at them. And this sure beat paying $150 for new hardware.
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Version 9.4.59
RogerKatz
21 December 2014
VueScan 9.4.57 was released on December 20, 2014
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Version 9.4.56
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
05 November 2014
This place is getting more like CNet every day. And that's not a good thing. Now when you click Download you're diverted to another page that tries to sell you MacUpdate Desktop and you have to click another link to get the download started. They seem to be trying to find ways to annoy their readers. If I wanted the desktop app, I'd get it. I don't need, and I don't appreciate deceptive tactics and the hard sell. Get a clue, guys. People come here because, in the past at least, you were not CNet, with it's confusing blizzard of ads. You seem to no longer value that distinction and are ruining your site as a result. If you need money, charge a fee for an ad free version of the site. But be honest about it.
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Version 9.4.52
2 answer(s)
Billcl
Billcl
05 December 2014
Absolutely agree
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exemega
exemega
18 December 2014
Amen!
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Mrelcee
24 October 2014
I paid for the pro license in April 2003 roughly. Vuescan has been continuously updated.. New scanners and features have been added and anything I've ever used it on has been or would be supported with a tech support email. Never once have I needed to pay for an upgrade. This app is an investment and seemingly future proof if you buy the pro license, which I recommend. I've done thousands upon thousands of scans, with film scanners and flatbeds. Vuescan has paid for itself many times over, without a doubt. I don't even bother installing new scanner drivers when they come out, I just use Vuescan.
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Version 9.4.49
Stephen-Fry
28 September 2014
Must have tool when you use scanners. Continual updates keeps this app alive. Great value.
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Version 9.4.45
smk-1
18 September 2014
What happened to the multiple page handling and the way it saves documents is completely different now. I loved this program until this version, now it's too convoluted to use.
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Version 9.4.44
1 answer(s)
ivanmccullough
ivanmccullough
17 October 2014
good question. My documate won't scan multiple pages now. It was doing this automatically.
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Dmnelson
13 August 2014
I purchased because my scanner is not supported by Image Capture and the official software doesn't work in 10.9. I realize I could have probably found a newer scanner secondhand for what VueScan costs (or maybe even less), but my scanner still works fine and I'd rather not add more stuff to the landfill. Can't give it a full 5 stars because the UI is a little clunky, but it has all the functionality I want and works great! It's also nice knowing I could plug in just about any scanner I come across in my wanderings and be all ready to go without loading any additional software.
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Version 9.4.39
1 answer(s)
Laraine
Laraine
05 November 2014
My Canoscan 8400F is now eight years old and I paid about NZ$310 for it. While prices have dropped in eight years, there is still no way I could get a half decent scanner for the price I paid for Vuescan Pro (NZ$92.38). I don't like Image Capture. Well, I didn't under Lion, but I can't get the Mavericks version to recognise my scanner so I wouldn't know what it's like. I'm still miffed with Canon for dropping support for this scanner.
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Robertcoogan
03 August 2014
Great scanner software, I purchased it a year ago and it has never failed me. Until today. When I got a popup window saying I had to purchase another license unless I wanted to upgrade to the pro version for $40. Pretty sneaky...nothing about this expiration date in the original receipt. I feel like I have been ripped off, honestly. I don't mind paying for upgrades to new versions, but expiration dates are dishonest. It is why I dropped Adobe PS and moved over to GIMP. I cannot in good conscience recommend this to anyone as long as the developer does this to his customers. Better to just let people use the software that they paid for, rather than yank the rug out from under them.
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Version 9.4.37
2 answer(s)
Jcraig
Jcraig
30 August 2014
Have you emailed Ed? While it's not clear here (and you can't blame the developer for what's shown on a 3rd-party d/l site), there are actually two levels of licenses. It sounds like you were entitled to 1 year of free updates (the Pro level for $79 gives you a lifetime of free updates). Reverting to a previous version will make the application as functional as it was when you purchased it. For more info, see the Vuescan website.
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Strider72
Strider72
24 September 2015
The "expiration" is just for upgrades, and though his implementation is a bit different, it's not uncommon in software. You can continue to use the version you had as long as you like.
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sjk
25 July 2014
Not happy that VueScan is now adding itself to Dock again (and restarting it) when updated.
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Version 9.4.36
5 answer(s)
Michael-Wayne
Michael-Wayne
26 July 2014
I have an unbelievable and amazing solution for your unhappiness and guaranteed to work.
Simply remove it.
There you go........Happy again.
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sjk
sjk
26 July 2014
That's a workaround, not a solution.

It's easier for people who do want it in Dock to add it _once_ and have it remain there after each update done (well-behaved OS X app behavior) than it is for those of us who don't want it there to remove it after each update done.

Repeatedly forcing itself to stay in Dock is undesirable.
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Michael-Wayne
Michael-Wayne
27 July 2014
I have never had VS load into my dock so I must just be lucky. Although can see why you dislike it if repeats after every update you apply.
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sjk
sjk
28 July 2014
Lucky indeed. :)

From recent release notes:

What's new in version 9.4.34
Fixed problem with adding icon to dock on Mac OS X 10.9

That would be *Created* problem in my case, when this trouble started.

Some Dock-related stuff can be found in the app binary:
% strings /Applications/VueScan.app/Contents/MacOS/VueScan | grep -A 6 /usr/bin | head -6
/usr/bin/defaults
read
com.apple.dock
/usr/bin/killall
-HUP
Dock
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sjk
sjk
21 December 2014
Found a workaround for this issue: reopen VueScan a second time before removing it from Dock and it isn't added to Dock again on future reopens.
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Liselotte
21 July 2014
Great unmissable tool when you use scanners. Frequently updated and good support.
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Version 9.4.35
Idjster
19 July 2014
I recently changed my scanner from a dedicated Epson scanner to an HP Officejet wireless all-in-one as I've found my scanning needs dwindling rapidly in recent years. I've a long-time user of VueScan, and the moment I removed the Epson scanner and connected the HP Vuescan recognized it and started working with it immediately. Vuescan has far more features than I'll ever need, but it can do all the scanning I need, with marvellous results, and support is second to none. Like other users, when I've had to contact Ed (only once) his reply was prompt and courteous. Terrific app and service!
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Version 9.4.34
Aapple
19 July 2014
What happened to the 32 bit links which used to be on this page?
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Version 9.4.34
mrcndc
25 May 2014
For what it's worth. I recently changed from a ScanSnap S300M to a ScanSnap ix500EE (Evernote Edition). At first VueScan was not recognizing the ix500EE even with the ScanSnap Manager Evernote Edition closed. It turns out that the old ScanSnap Manager was still loading, blocking VueScan's access. Once I updated the ScanSnap Manager to the ix500 standard (deleting old ScanSnap Manager files) everything worked. In sum: for VueScan to recognize an ix500EE the ScanSnap Manager Evernote Edition and if present the ScanSnap Manager must be Closed or OFF. Also VueScan apparently will not recognize the ix500EE via WiFi, thus the USB cable must be plugged in.
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Version 9.4.31
mrcndc
25 May 2014
I've positively rated VueScan before. I'm doing it again for two reasons. I have recently purchased a SnapScan iX500EE (Evernote Edition) and had trouble getting VueScan to recognize it. I emailed Ed and thoughtfully over a period of two days of prompt back and forth emails the problem was solved. It was my configuration, not a VueScan problem. But I especially want to applaud the prompt, courteous and helpful individual response from Ed. I've occasionally in the past had to seek his help and he is always there for is users. Ed is a refreshing contrast to the big software developers with tier one, two and three support systems, and bureaucracies. My rating of the software is 5 stars. More importantly my rating of Ed is 5 stars!
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Version 9.4.31
2 answer(s)
Anastasio
Anastasio
23 February 2015
From my own experience, I can confirm mrcndc's. The application as such is very good, and the assistance not just very effective, but often also lightning fast.
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Strider72
Strider72
22 October 2015
I had a similar experience years ago. Ed was sending me test versions to see if it solved my problem, then released it as a "real" release. Impressive support.
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silverlaker
02 May 2014
I hate this new version, which has made my Canon N650U unusable. I click 'preview', get the spinning ball and then a sliver of 'ants' moving around the narrow box. Just awful
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Version 9.4.29
3 answer(s)
silverlaker
silverlaker
02 May 2014
UPDATE: Lesson learned. DO NOT delete the previous version until testing the new one. I had to uninstall and reinstall the new version twice, rebuild disk permissions, restart and only then did the new version finally get the old Canon scanner working again.
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Karloscka
Karloscka
21 May 2014
I learned a lesson too! "Whats new" does not relate to my scanner model, so why upgrade???
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Jcraig
Jcraig
22 May 2014
AS was stated, unless new features have been added or a specific problem with your specific scanner has been addressed, in most cases nothing is gained and there could be minor risk associated with updating to every .xx release. The frequent releases, despite what the conspiracy theorists around here would have you believe, are almost always to address problems related to a small subset of the thousands of supported scanners, or to add support or a new level of support for a small number of scanners. It's always good to hold on to at least 1 working version on .dmg as well for a backup in case an update causes issues (being the hoarder I am, I have most of the last 4 versions - 9.0 thru present). And if one does, and if you are a registered user, Ed is great at working with you to troubleshoot the issue, many times issuing a fix within 24-48 hours.
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nerval
12 April 2014
Updated very frequently. Easy to use and works with any scanner. It's the best of it's kind.
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Version 9.4.28
Dejmac
24 February 2014
Vue Scan is, simply, the best scannig program on the Mac OS X market. Mr. Hamrick is keeping it for both 32bit and 64bit customers. Thank you Mr. Hamrick, you are the picturesque example how developers should treat all customers, that is, Mr. Hamrick hasn't forgot us with 32bit Mac machines. And lot of other developers are forgetting 32bit customers!!! Thank you Mr. Hamrick. Once again, Vue Scan is the best!
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Version 9.4.25
Bento de Espinosa
20 February 2014
I have been using it for years!
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Version 9.4.24
Dr-David
07 February 2014
The developer, Ed Hamrick, has created an essential scanning tool. Not only does it support many legacy scanners, but one can tweak a scan before saving it to file. You can even save different tweaked versions of the scan [without having to do a physical rescan]. Add to this Ed's responsiveness to user messages, and diligence in fixing bugs, and I can heartily recommend buying this program. One caveat: If, like me, you need to work with multipage scans, you will find the removal of the multi-page tweaking facility from version 9.4 disconcerting. Fortunately, version 9.3 is still available for download If you have an older hardware or OS, not supported by the most current vuescan, older versions are available, as are versions for Linux and Windows.
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Version 9.4.24
Bunky
20 January 2014
Simply put, I can't do without this application. I update usually after a system update.. My Epson 4490 is still cranking out images all the way from the first OSX up to and including Mavericks.
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Version 9.4.21
Ced
20 January 2014
Why does it connect to d1t4l16dpbiwrj.cloudfront.net at start ??? It seems there is no option to avoid it. Please change this.
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Version 9.4.21
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Molamola
Molamola
20 January 2014
Looks like the update check which is done now on every start. Think there should be an option to disable it.
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Jcraig
Jcraig
21 January 2014
I'm guessing it's a license/version check, nothing nefarious. If you are a licensed user, you are now notified upon launch that a new version is available.
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Gpatpandp
12 January 2014
For all practical matters, I deem VueScan to be in the category of another "Corner Of The Market" very overpriced/highly overrated piece of software. While it does what it says, I find the quality it produces to be sorely lacking at best. When compared to the output achieved by the Twain drivers issued by my scanners original manufacturer, there is simply NO comparison quality wise. And the mint Power Mac G4 MDD only cost me $55 when I bought it several years ago for exactly these types of instances. Overall I find Vuescan a far lessor of the many options/alternatives available when a given scanner is no longer supported in Mavericks.
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Version 9.4.19
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Ibookmaster
Ibookmaster
17 January 2014
Really? I am happy to have this app. With my HP printer/scanner, HP's software has too much sharpening built in for descreening. What are the top 3 "options/alternatives" in your opinion?
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Foulger
Foulger
18 January 2014
Someone, somewhere, always flies in the face of reality. Excellent Software, regularly maintained. There is an easy answer here - simply put - if you dont like it dont buy it. Spend your time more fruitfully developing your own apps instead of criticising Ed Hamrick, who has toiled endlessly to make is EXCELLENT app work on as many scanners as possible.
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Talaatharb
Talaatharb
18 January 2014
I tried VueScan when I wanted to use my old canonscan - Canon does no longer suport the scanner (shame on you). Because there where no drivers for this scanner for OSX, there was no way to use it with VueScan :-( Now I have a new scanner which works with VueScan, but also has the manufacturers software and OSX ImageCapture. I do not see the need to pay $40. The GUI is a bit clumsy. I ended up scanning with ImageCapture.
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Gpatpandp
Gpatpandp
20 January 2014
Oh yes poor Ed Hamerick toiling endlessly, working his fingers to the bone no doubt and making the ultimate sacrifice in furnishing Vuescan to the entire ungrateful planet…please give me a break. Ibookmaster, one simple/obvious solution that immediately comes to mind is that when conducting a simple search on Ebay, at any given time there exist dozens upon dozens upon dozens of scanners in excellent condition all possessing Mavericks drivers available directly from the manufacture that can easily be purchased for well under $40 dollars including shipping. And that would be just one example/solution (among many).
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Jcraig
Jcraig
21 January 2014
I doubt many of the graphics professionals or pro photographers who find VueScan indispensable would be interested in or have use for any of your $40 scanners, having invested heavily in equipment that in many cases is still highly usable but lacking in current OEM support. I know that if I'm working on a 300 piece turn-of-the-century glass plate negative collection, the 90 piece WWI soldier's medium format film I did, or the recent 1400 slide Ektachrome family photo collection, VueScan is going to allow my scanner to produce the best quality images it's capable of producing for as long as I continue to own it. If you don't need pro-level tools, don't buy them. But if you do, you'll be glad you did. And with that said, VueScan is a steal at it's price.
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Gpatpandp
Gpatpandp
22 January 2014
Sorry not buying your logic. Folks doing this for a living (i.e. true Professionals) own/use scanning equipment/models that will work in OS X 10.9 Mavericks right out of the box. With that said and none the less SOLUTION # 2: As my foundation is more on the Pro Audio side, it is VERY common to use software and/or equipment where drivers only work or are only available in a previous OS X version. When that is the case, a simple partition or easier yet, the case of the Mac Pro, another Hard Drive installed in an adjacent bay containing both the compatible OS X (10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8) version coupled with the appropriate drivers is a no brainer. Given the fact that pretty much anyone who owns a Mac currently possesses the operating system that there equipment previously worked on, this solution is entirely free and would cost nothing.
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Jcraig
Jcraig
27 January 2014
So you believe the cost of an additional hard drive and the maintenance of a legacy OS is more economical than the cost of a software package that makes my scanner (and a host of others) functional in the current OS? Sorry, not buying your logic :-) Sure, many of these scanners may have rudimentary support in Image Capture, but I'll go back to my original example of scanning different types of films/negatives. Vuescan contains film/color profiles for numerous types of film, ensuring that your colors are correct when scanning. This is something Image Capture or even OEM drivers just don't do. Not to get into a pi$$ing match here, if you don't find value in Vuescan, you have the freedom not to buy it. But to denigrate those who find it an invaluable tool in their software toolbox shows (and at least you admit it) an ignorance in the wants and needs of those who rely on their Macs and connected peripherals when working with images and color.
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
07 February 2014
Sorry, Gpatpandp, but your logic doesn't make any sense. You say there are a lot of alternatives to VueScan, but most of them won't work for me. Because they won't run my film scanner, they won't support IR cleaning, they won't support manual exposure control over individual channels, film type profiles, etc. VueScan is one of the *cheapest* ways to get these features, and for all scanners at once...e.g. have you ever priced SilverFast, especially for multiple scanners? The next flaw in your logic is saying that pros can get Mavericks solutions out of the box. Look, pro scanner production peaked years ago and the number of pro scanners has dwindled to almost none now. That means many pros have great scanners where the software is no longer updated by their manufacturers. Heck, Nikon couldn't even keep their pro NikonScan software up to date with the latest OS X upgrades when they *were* making them! The next flaw in your logic: How can you say VueScan is "corner of the market" and at the same time say there are many viable alternatives? That's a direct contradiction. How can anyone buy your line of reasoning after all that?
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Planetary-Paul
Planetary-Paul
20 July 2014
Very strange review this (+2 comments). We have had very good results without exception with all the scanners we're using VueScan with. Our experience with scanner makers is that often they make good hardware but then have to outsource for the drivers, which are rarely updated thereafter, breaking at system upgrades. Vuescan fixes this and it unifies the user experience. All this to such an extent that we don't even begin to bother with installing drivers that come with scanners, thus saving big on maintenance and support. So for us VueScan is not overpriced at all. The solutions the comment author describes may be fit for a one or two man shop, but would not work in a large outfit where standardisation is one of the tools to keep cost down. And then the author descends into derision. Very much uncalled for.
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Gpatpandp
Gpatpandp
14 November 2014
@ Neutralzone:

The only flaws clearly present here are yours and others poor rationalizations and/or manipulations of my otherwise logical provided solutions.

If "pro scanner" production peaked years ago then obviously the market demand for them has dwindled to nothing making them obsolete. I am not in the field so whatever has replaced them, the true professionals apparently have moved on to another technology hardware wise.

Secondly, when did I state that the viable alternatives that exist correlates to any similar/identical type of software as VueScan ?

I have had MANY folks write and thank me for the suggested simple/free/effective alternative of simply creating a 8 GB partition/volume via terminal on any given pre-existing Mavericks/Yosemite boot drive. Install OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion (whatever) on it. Then simply install the manufacturers original drivers as well and BAM your done !

If you would rather pay 40 bucks rather then take 15 seconds (Solid State Boot drive),to restart, press alt, select your alert native 8 GB OS X boot drive, and scan yourself silly then by all means....
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
02 January 2015
Sorry, Gpatpandp, but your last response makes even less sense than your first...

You said: "If "pro scanner" production peaked years ago then obviously the market demand for them has dwindled to nothing making them obsolete.." Well duh...you're trying to rebut a point by stating something both obvious and irrelevant. Sure, pro scanners are obsolete because production images now originate with digital cameras. But what about professionals who still need production quality scans of non-digital art and film from the archives? The solution to that is a scanner with professional controls. That is why the more obscure features of VueScan are there. Those options do not exist in most of what you consider to be VueScan's "competitors," which is why what you said doesn't make sense.

You said: "when did I state that the viable alternatives that exist correlates to any similar/identical type of software as VueScan?" When you said in your original post, "Overall I find Vuescan a far lessor of the many options/alternatives available." If you don't think they correlate, why say they are available? (Also, that's not what "lessor" means, you spelled it wrong.)

And there are flaws in your last suggestion, to create a boot partition and install an older OS and original drivers. That will work for some people, the people who thanked you. That's great, and it could work for casual users when a scanner won’t work with Image Capture. But...it will not work for people with SSD-based Macs who have so little onboard storage to start with that they can't spare the space. It will not work for newer Macs where you are simply not allowed to install an OS X old enough to install old scanner drivers (this is pretty common). And finally, rebooting is a pain because in that special partition of yours, you're cut off from the rest of your Mac. With VueScan I can stay in my main partition, scanning entire filmstrips to a watch folder and while VueScan is still scanning frame 3 of 6, I am already editing frame 1 and 2 in Lightroom or Photoshop, and can immediately import them into the apps where the images will be used. With the separate partition solution, you are cut off from using your primary set of production apps and projects until you reboot back into the main partition. That might not bother more casual users, but it won't work for productivity-oriented users. (You might suggest installing those apps and files on the second partition, but then you're starting to eat up more disk space with redundant app copies and creating a whole other set of apps to keep up to date.) Occam's Razor would point to VueScan as the simpler solution.

Maybe VueScan is too expensive for you, but for me and many others, VueScan is an affordable way to run any scanner we have, using one UI, on the CURRENT version of OS X, with access to ALL of our other apps and documents at the same time, without rebooting, on ANY Mac now or to come. Go ahead and call that "pound foolish" if you like; but for us, that is "penny wise" as the old saying goes.
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Cattus-Thraex
Cattus-Thraex
02 February 2015
I once happened to have a scanner without support for the last OS X version, Vue Scan saved my scan. Labelling it ‘overpriced’ is a relative phrasing, it may be overpriced for you, but OK for others. If you have a compatible scanner, it is of course overpriced. For some other people they may find the price OK. I agree, one may find a good compatible scanner for that sum or a little bit more, but the decision belongs to the user. Your two stars make, therefore, no sense, because your should not rate your personal ideas, but the quality of the software. It is good (it is, yes) or bad. I am sorry the admins of this site allow such illogical, senseless ratings because they misguide potential users.
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Mreg
Mreg
22 February 2015
Another reviewer who expects everything for free.
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Cattus-Thraex
Cattus-Thraex
22 February 2015
Gpatpandp, your problem is that you are not able to offer an accurate description of the app, and you inappropriately give 2 stars for your own personal opinions, and considering that it is overpriced. It may be for you, for others it may be a good price.
The problem is, that people like you misguide potential users, who—when seeing 2 stars—they might think that it is a bad app., which is not true.
Believe me, potential users do not need your idiosyncracies, they do not a correct analysis and a correct evaluation. Try to respect others just as you wish them respect you.
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Gpatpandp
Gpatpandp
17 March 2015
Firstly, I would like to point out an instance that clearly exhibits just how perceptive those who have elected to rebut my comments here apparently are. My first initial review post occurred at the same time VueScan v9.4.19 was released which happened to be the end of 2013. Please note that it took the commenter "Neutralzone" precisely two years to nitpick and scrutinize my comments so thoroughly only then to finally discover that I misspelled
the word "lesser".

At any rate,

"I am sorry the admins of this site allow such illogical, senseless ratings because they misguide potential users."

....or more accurately "dissuade potential buyers".

At any rate...Is it just me or has the truth of my remarks potentially cut into someones bottom line thereby causing those with their proverbial "hand in the cookie jar" to come out swingin' ?
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CS2530
CS2530
19 May 2015
Really? You expect this quality of software and dedication to updating, bug fixing, and customer service -- for virtually free? Get a real life. This program supports hundreds of scanners on multiple platforms, it's infinitely customizable, constantly updated, and the developer responds to queries and problems almost instantly. My guess is that you really don't know very well how to use all the "bells and whistles" that come with this wonderful product.
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Foulger
Foulger
19 May 2015
If you dont like it then dont buy it. Dont clutter up these pages with your mean whinging.
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Bryce-Parker
02 January 2014
You can always make your own choice to download the update or not do it anyway, so I don’t see a problem here. Besides, if an app keeps updating every couple of days, at least it proves that the developer’s doing a good job to make the stuff better and better and more bugs are fixed and more functions are added. In this case, my point is, you only pay for it once and you will own these features and more in the future, so what are all these doubts about? I actually appreciate the updates along the way. Apart from that, the app’s good to use and the color’s amazing. If you got a good tool to get your job done, why care the less important sides?
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Version 9.4.19
Neutralzone
22 December 2013
There are a few reviewers who accuse the developer of updating frequently to put their app in the listings often. I do not think this is the case because of the nature of the app. This app ONLY appeals to people who use scanners, and that is a decreasing percentage of people. There is NO publicity advantage to appearing more often in the daily updates: Most people will not be motivated to try the app just because they see it, since most people no longer scan. Therefore I do not find it logical that the developer is trying to game the listings. If you have a need for this app you will actively look for it, and you will probably get it because there is very little good competition. That is the other reason I do not believe the developer is trying to game the listing. People who need the app are going to find it anyway.
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Version 9.4.16
CareyB
20 December 2013
Too many updates
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Version 9.4.13
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Turquoise
Turquoise
22 December 2013
As much as I like to see an application well maintained, I must admit that too many updates actually kill the game.
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Jmsuijkerbuijk
Jmsuijkerbuijk
22 December 2013
Most of the updates are because of added support for scanners. If you own a scanner not yet supported by Vuescan, would you want to wait for the next update somewhere mid next year, because more frequent updates are too many? Well then.
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CareyB
CareyB
22 December 2013
Ahhh... But a definitions update shouldn't really trigger a full app update notice, now should it?
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Jmsuijkerbuijk
Jmsuijkerbuijk
22 December 2013
No, meaning that no one forces you to download every single update when it often only concerns support for added scanners. Geez.
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neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
22 December 2013
It's pretty ridiculous how the developer manages to get listed here again and again every couple of days. Must be very buggy software.
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Rpmurray
Rpmurray
22 December 2013
Let me understand this. Here is software that you pay for once and then get free updates for life. The developer updates frequently to fix issues, add features, and support new equipment. If you have a version that works for you you're not forced to update, but if you upgrade you computer, scanner or OS you have that option. And you're bitching about that?
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Thomas1977
Thomas1977
22 December 2013
I can only applaud developers that update app frequently! Good work.
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TomW1643
TomW1643
22 December 2013
I do applaud developers that update their applications regularly. However, in the case of Vuescan (and Dropbox, I'd like to add) I have the feeling that the developer seems to be very eager to appear here in the list of new releases as often as possible. Or his application is indeed - as mentioned before - very buggy and needs constant fixing.
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
22 December 2013
There are two ways to update your apps. Update too infrequently, and have your users wait for important fixes, or update too frequently and make users ignore the ones they don't need. I am very much in favor of the latter. If I read the release notes for a particular update and realize I don't need it, I just don't download it!
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Jcraig
Jcraig
22 December 2013
As a long-time user of this software, I would bet that Hamrick could care less about his listing here. Rather, his only concern is supporting his thousands of paid customers to the best of his ability. That all developers were as conscientious as Ed.
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CareyB
CareyB
23 December 2013
I think the issue here is what constitutes an update. I don't consider definition updates the same thing as software updates, and, as such, don't think they warrant a software update 'alert', which I see almost every day because this software is on my watch list. I think those kind of updates should just happen within the software, as with anti-malware products. If the case here is that the author is posting a full update just for the definition updates, then I apologize for starting this furor. The author, on the other hand, might consider the response here. These constant update notifications paint his product with the same brush as those shameless software promoters who make minor changes for the sake of staying on the update list.
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Jess-MacUpdate
Jess-MacUpdate
27 December 2013
To all of you, and to Neutralzone above, I apologize if you feel that VueScan shows too many updates. We editors are only supposed to change the time stamp on this listing every ten days. This was the developer's request. Sometimes we forget: in the heat of updating listings, we delete the time stamp because… well, most developers want that, most users want that. Hey, that's what we're about at MacUpdate: updates. So, again, I apologize if you're annoyed by the frequent updates for VueScan; we'll try to be more careful. But I've seen a lot of software abandoned along the bus-way, and it's nice to see a developer who's so committed to his work. But, hey, that's just my POV.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
12 December 2013
You can get the 64 bit version from http://www.hamrick.com/files/vuex6494.dmg.
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Version 9.4.09
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Jcraig
Jcraig
19 December 2013
Thanks. The last couple of updates have indeed pointed at the 32-bit version. I'm sure this is an oversight on someone's part. Misha?
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umaromc
12 December 2013
64-bit download http://www.hamrick.com/files/vuex6494.dmg
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Version 9.4.09
sjk
11 December 2013
• Doesn't change visibility of Library folder on OS X Finally! Only took nearly two years. :)
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Version 9.4.09
RogerKatz
11 December 2013
Download link triggers d/l of the 32 bit file. I got the 64 bit file from the developer's website. I have never had a problem with any 64 bit version (I use Snow Leopard)
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Version 9.4.09
cutie2011
02 December 2013
64bit version does not work on my Mavericks OS. Simply hangs. It didn't work even on Snow Leopard. And I always had an iMac Intel 64bit OS. 32bit version works correctly instead. 8!
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Version 9.4.08