VueScan
VueScan
9.6.45

4.3

VueScan

VueScan

9.6.4505 July 2019

Scanner software with advanced features.

VueScan
$39.96
05 July 2019

4.3

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VueScan

VueScan

9.6.4505 July 2019

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 9.6.45:
Added support for 46 new Epson scanners:
  • EC-4020
  • EC-4030
  • EC-4040
  • ES-60WB
  • ES-60WW
  • ET-2720
  • ET-2760
  • ET-3710
  • ET-3760
  • ET-4700
  • ET-4760
  • ET-M2140
  • ET-M2170
  • ET-M3140
  • ET-M3170
  • ET-M3180
  • L3100
  • L3160
  • L364
  • L382
  • L5190
  • L7160
  • L7180
  • PX-M270FT
  • PX-M270T
  • PX-M7110F
  • PX-M7110FP
  • PX-M880FX
  • PX-M885F
  • ST-2000
  • ST-3000
  • ST-4000
  • ST-M3000
  • WF-2810
  • WF-2830
  • WF-2850
  • WF-3730
  • WF-C579R
  • WF-C579RB
  • WF-C8610
  • WF-C8690B
  • WF-M20590
  • XP-2100
  • XP-4100
  • XP-6100
  • XP-7100

Requirements for VueScan

  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

763 Reviews

Rate this app:

15 March 2010

Most helpful

Wow, I see a lot of people pissin' on this software because of the number of updates and bugfixes. Talk about people who have no clue. I have 4 scanners, 3 of which have been outdated by their own manufacturers and Apple, by their forced obsolescence, and chopping out huge sections of code from the OS, only to support things only usable on the slightly slower per Ghz Intel chips (personally, I don't care about hardware, as I use everything). I have a drum scanner, an old HP, a huge Umax, and now a portable Canon. Only the Canon supplied software still runs, and it quite frankly is garbage. However, with VueScan, I can run ALL my scanners flawlessly and without conflict on one computer (and actually all 4 I have owned since I originally bought this software years ago), even though the OS doesn't support them. WHAT OTHER PIECE OF SOFTWARE CAN CLAIM THIS? I have even, a couple of times, seen obvious speed increases with my old scanners. Well worth a simple drag-and-drop of a single app over it's old version. And there are obvious reasons for the frequent updates, other than miniscule bugs and efficiency enhancements... When new models of scanners come out near quarterly, this software needs to keep aware of them, so even if it is just a simple line of specs in the code, to make it aware of a new scanner form, size, or just it's ID code, the program has to be updated! Heck, people, use your freaking brains before posting stupidity. I know most of you have 'em, after all, you are Mac owners and users!
Like (25)
Version 8.6.20
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!
Like
Version 9.6.43
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.
Like
Version 9.6.38
5 answer(s)
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.
Like (3)
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.
Like
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.
Like (5)
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.
Like
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.
Like (3)
21 February 2019
Does not work with Xerox WorkCentre 6515 through Ethernet in macOS 10.13.6. Using ExactScan now.
Like (1)
Version 9.6.32
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.
Like (4)
Version 9.6.31
18 February 2019
Like
Version 9.6.31
10 January 2019
Oh such an excellent product. Just resurrected a perfectly good scanner. Love this software.
Like (3)
Version 9.6.26
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.
Like (1)
Version 9.6.20
2 answer(s)
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
Like
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?
Like
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.
Like (1)
Version 9.6.20
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.
Like (1)
Version 9.6.13
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.
Like (2)
Version 9.6.12
$39.96

4.3

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763 Reviews

Rate this app:

15 March 2010

Most helpful

Wow, I see a lot of people pissin' on this software because of the number of updates and bugfixes. Talk about people who have no clue. I have 4 scanners, 3 of which have been outdated by their own manufacturers and Apple, by their forced obsolescence, and chopping out huge sections of code from the OS, only to support things only usable on the slightly slower per Ghz Intel chips (personally, I don't care about hardware, as I use everything). I have a drum scanner, an old HP, a huge Umax, and now a portable Canon. Only the Canon supplied software still runs, and it quite frankly is garbage. However, with VueScan, I can run ALL my scanners flawlessly and without conflict on one computer (and actually all 4 I have owned since I originally bought this software years ago), even though the OS doesn't support them. WHAT OTHER PIECE OF SOFTWARE CAN CLAIM THIS? I have even, a couple of times, seen obvious speed increases with my old scanners. Well worth a simple drag-and-drop of a single app over it's old version. And there are obvious reasons for the frequent updates, other than miniscule bugs and efficiency enhancements... When new models of scanners come out near quarterly, this software needs to keep aware of them, so even if it is just a simple line of specs in the code, to make it aware of a new scanner form, size, or just it's ID code, the program has to be updated! Heck, people, use your freaking brains before posting stupidity. I know most of you have 'em, after all, you are Mac owners and users!
Like (25)
Version 8.6.20
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!
Like
Version 9.6.43
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.
Like
Version 9.6.38
5 answer(s)
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.
Like (3)
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.
Like
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.
Like (5)
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.
Like
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.
Like (3)
21 February 2019
Does not work with Xerox WorkCentre 6515 through Ethernet in macOS 10.13.6. Using ExactScan now.
Like (1)
Version 9.6.32
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.
Like (4)
Version 9.6.31
18 February 2019
Like
Version 9.6.31
10 January 2019
Oh such an excellent product. Just resurrected a perfectly good scanner. Love this software.
Like (3)
Version 9.6.26
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.
Like (1)
Version 9.6.20
2 answer(s)
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
Like
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?
Like
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.
Like (1)
Version 9.6.20
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.
Like (1)
Version 9.6.13
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.
Like (2)
Version 9.6.12