macOS Mojave and flatbed scanners

rjw1678

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I have an early 2013 retina MacBook Pro that I use as a music server. I installed Mojave on it. Everything works except an old Canon LiDE 25 scanner that Canon supports up thru OSX 10.6. When I move my late 2013 Mac Pro over to Mojave I am planning on buying a new flatbed scanner and I am looking for suggestions for a new flatbed scanner.
 

flowrider

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Riwam

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I have an early 2013 retina MacBook Pro that I use as a music server. I installed Mojave on it. Everything works except an old Canon LiDE 25 scanner that Canon supports up thru OSX 10.6. When I move my late 2013 Mac Pro over to Mojave I am planning on buying a new flatbed scanner and I am looking for suggestions for a new flatbed scanner.
It depends not only on the scanning software and on finding a driver working with your OS but also on your scanning needs.
If just to scan paper documents is what you need, then keeping that old scanner makes sense.:rolleyes:
However if you have greater ambitions, want also to scan with high resolutions and sometimes scan also films in different sizes, then the flatbed Epson scanners Perfection V700/V750, V800/V850 which come with Silverfast have a good reputation.
They are bulky and expensive but quality has its price...o_O
Ed
 

mikzn

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I have been using VueScan for a few years now. I use the Pro version. The author updates the software frequently and it works quite well.
Thanks for posting this - downloaded for my Cannon LIDE 210 - works like a charm - instantly - easy to use too!

Canon should put this link on their web site !
 

Trebuin

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If your scanner still works well, why replace it? Have you looked at VueScan for your driver:

https://www.hamrick.com

VueScan supports your scanner:

https://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/canon_lide_25.html#technical-information

I have a Microtek i800 that I luv. Microtek, AFAIK, doesn't make scanners anymore. I have been using VueScan for a few years now. I use the Pro version. The author updates the software frequently and it works quite well.

Lou
Will this perform better than Espon's standard drivers for still in production scanners? Sometime since Sierra, their scanning drivers slowed scanning way down...about 10 seconds+ between sheets on auto document feeders.
 

flowrider

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^^^^Download the trial version and check it out!

I've never had or used a scanner with a document feeder.

Lou
 
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Will this perform better than Espon's standard drivers for still in production scanners? Sometime since Sierra, their scanning drivers slowed scanning way down...about 10 seconds+ between sheets on auto document feeders.
Vuescan is one of the most legendary apps in the world. The guy keeps adding more support to it forever. Great tool.
 

Panthera Tigris Altaica

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^^^^Download the trial version and check it out!

I've never had or used a scanner with a document feeder.

Lou
I use multi function systems and flatbed scanners which have auto document feeders all the time. They are very useful for OCR work. My department is responsible for, among other things, setting up technical documentation. A truly amazing percentage of the technical documents we get either don't have ebook versions available, or if they do, they're poor quality PDFs. A lot of them are available as looseleaf documents. We feed them into an ADF-equipped scanner, scan in at high resolution, and feed the result to OCR and build our own EPUBs. Books which show as bound copies get sent to an intern who cuts each page out with an Xacto cutter, then stacks the pages in an ADF and OCRs them. Proof-reading and setting up tables of content, captions, figures and illustrations, tables, indexes, and such is a pain, but that's what interns are for.
 

Susja

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Vuescan is one of the most legendary apps in the world. The guy keeps adding more support to it forever. Great tool.
- Folks,
Maybe VueScan is a great utility but I scan very occasionally and $40 is too much for me.
Any other ideas?
Thanks
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Hi,
This worked great for me.
Thanks a lot.
All set now.
 
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- Folks,
Maybe VueScan is a great utility but I scan very occasionally and $40 is too much for me.
Any other ideas?
Thanks
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Hi,
This worked great for me.
Thanks a lot.
All set now.
Sorry man, it is sad that image capture is messed up. You need to join the line of people who are angry that basic stuff is ****ed up in Mojave.

Vuescan is a great anyway because it works for years and years.
 

Buadhai

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I have an old Lide 30. I got it working without spending the forty bucks for Vuescan by installing the TWAIN SANE drivers and writing a minimal front end for scanimage in AppleScript.

Unfortunately, Mojave broke the TWAIN SANE drivers and no one seems to have an update although, apparently, work is in progress.

And, yeah, I have a newer scanner that I can use, so getting the antique back in operation is probably not worth what Vuescan charges.
 

Buadhai

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Update: I happened to have an old Raspberry PI sitting around. I installed sane on it and it runs the ancient Lide 30 just fine. In order to scan from a different computer you can just do:

Code:
ssh pi@rasp2 'scanimage -x 210 -y 297 --resolution 300 > scan.ppm';;
to scan an A4 sized image at 300 pixels resolution on the RaspberryPi named "rasp2".

It worked without a powered USB hub, but seemed kind of cranky. A cheap powered hub fixed that.

I reworked my AppleScript front end so now my iMac is back in business with the old Canon scanner.
 

jaybar

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VueScan May present problems if your scanner has a WiFi option and your Mac has multiple accounts. I could not get the software to work consistently. I was using the software for years when it was connected via usb and when our iMac only had a single account. When we switched to WiFi and two Apple ID’s (multiple iMac users each with their own user account) , it ran into difficulties. I stopped using the software several years ago (Scan Snap IX 500). I don’t know if other scanners have the same issue.
 
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