CanoScan 9950F and Mountain Lion

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by cjd, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. cjd macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2010
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Not only is your scanner not supported under Mountain Lion, it is also not supported under Lion. There is an open source scanner driver project called TWAIN SANE. Unfortunately, your scanner is not supported by TWAIN SANE. VueScan, the commercial scanning utility, seems to imply that your scanner is supported under Mountain Lion if you install Canon's drivers [which are Snow Leopard-compatible]. I recommend that you contact Hamrick Software for clarification before paying for the utility.
  3. cjd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2010
    Thanks for the info. I may look into Vuescan. However, I've read somewhere that images obtained using Vuescan are not as good as those obtained with the Canon drivers.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Reread my post. VueScan uses Canon drivers. That is why I urged you to contact VueScan's developers for clarification.
  5. murrayE macrumors member

    May 4, 2011
    But Canon does not offer a driver for the CanoScan 9950F compatible with Mountain Lion.
  6. Kuno macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    Canon 9950F and Mountain Lion / Lion

    Hello Mac friends:
    I have the same experience with my good old 9950F and the upgrade to ML.
    Unter Lion the scanner did well and fast as expected.
    It seems that Canon does the same dirty move as done with the little portable scanner 630/35 U. It was out of use since Windows 7 and also Mac OSX Lion could not use it.
    My question: There is Scanner Software available for OSX 10.n like:

    that costs good money.
    Has anybody an idea if this software could run the old scanners?
    It would be worth to buy the software instead buying new scanners.
    Thanks for your help.
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    It is difficult to see how this is not SPAM--not the worst SPAM--but SPAM nevertheless. ExactScan appears to be a front end to a set of manufacturer-supported scanner drivers. It includes drivers for exactly 19 Canon scanners. As you know very well, the Canon CanoScan 9950F is not one of the 19.
  8. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    I just ran into this myself.

    I had been very impressed with this scanner.

    I am completely appalled that Canon has abandoned this scanner. I cannot imagine buying another Canon product.

    As a developer it seems obvious to me that there should be a standard protocol they support to their various scanners so that they can use a single common scanner driver. They could then easily keep it up to date.

    They have purposely moved away from standard interfaces to create this built in obsolescence.

    I have a Brother printer/scanner accessible over the network that I hope will last longer.
  9. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    I tried Vuescan and it works great on Mountain Lion with the 9950F.

    I have used Vuescan long ago with an HP film scanner. It was much better than the HP provided software.
  10. jhicken macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2010
    Same here, just went and downloaded the VueScan software and everything worked out well. I was not looking forward to replacing this scanner just yet but the fact that Cannon decided to hand me out to dry and not support their premium product will effect my choice next time I purchase another scanner.
  11. cjd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2010
    CanoScan 9950F and Mountain Lion

    Following the forum advise I got VueScan (professional edition). It works great with my CanoScan 1220N, but I have not been able to make it work with my Canon 9550F. I installed the Canon Snow Leopard driver for the 9950F and installed VueScan. Everything seems to work until I attempt to scan or preview. At that time the application freezes and I have to force quit it.

    Any suggestions?

  12. ctaya macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2013
    I wrote to Canon about this issue. It seems that we cannot get a driver from canon. The following is its reply.

    "Unfortunately, the CanoScan 9950F is not compatible with the 10.9 operating system. The scanner can only be installed on Macs that are running OS 10.6.8 or earlier. I apologize for this inconvenience.

    If you wanted to consider it, you are eligible for Canon's Loyalty Program. This is for out of warranty units which have been diagnosed to require service, or for some reason are incompatible with a new or upgraded system. This option allows you a one-time opportunity to purchase a replacement product, discounted from the list price.

    To help you get up and running quickly, we also offer free UPS ground shipping (if the order is completed by 12:30PM ET). If you would like to take part in this option, please call our Sales Department at (866) 443-8002 seven days a week, 8am to Midnight. Let them know you have been working with email technical support and the Canon Loyalty Program was offered."
  13. sampsonlloyd macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
    Canoscan 9950F and Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.5

    I have an old Canoscan 9950f unused for several years. I downloaded the last driver available for OSX 10.6 from Canon Australia. I also downloaded VueScan. All is working perfectly…..
  14. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I dunno about the 9950, but I use some other Canon scanners that haven't been updated (NEVER gonna buy another Canon, BTW). They use TWAIN drivers that are 32 bit, and still work with Canon's meh software, but not any newer software.

    In any case, I've been able to get them to work with Image Capture by installing a TWAINbridge hack; see
  15. runedelve macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2014
    VueScan works for CanoScan9950F (up through Yosemite)

    I downloaded the Canon CanoScan 9950F driver for OSX Snow Leopard (from Canon's US support site) as well as the two drivers available for the CS9000F for OSX Yosemite. After installing these three packages (the 9950F driver last), I rebooted and ran the VueScan software ( with the scanner connected via USB and turned on.

    It works! Haven't tried out any advanced features, but I was able to scan and print an 8.5x11" page.

  16. nexx27 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2012
    Get a Fujitsu ScanSnap IX500 and be a very happy OSX user!

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