Got scanner? Of course you do. I don’t remember when I bought my first Mac scanner, but it was in the last century, came with an Apple logo, and cost a boatload of money.
Today’s flatbed scanners do more and cost much, much less. For most of us, scanners are used to digitize old photos, digitize important documents, and scan to read the text on paper documents. The key is the scanner software.
I Love And Hate Scanner Apps
Decent flatbed scanners cost less than $100 these days and they have the software to prove it. Spend more money and you get better scanning optics, higher resolution, but usually the same crummy scanning software.
Scanner software seems to be an afterthought by most scanner manufacturers.
Too often, the software features that work fine for a scanner connected to a PC don’t work as well or at all for Mac users. I’m looking at you, HP. And Brother. And Epson. And Canon.
When other scanner apps stop working, or don’t work with older scanners, VueScan becomes the little scanner app that can.
1,500 Scanners Can’t Be Wrong
We have dozens of document scanners at work. Dozens. Some of them are almost 10 years old. The scanner apps that came with them stopped working long ago (Mac or Windows). To date, they still work with VueScan.
The interface is still simple and obvious with limited, basic functions. Crop. Filter. Color. Input and Output. Preferences. Preview. Scan.
What else do you need to know?
VueScan has a built-in optical character recognition feature for English, but it’s primarily known as a scanner app to scan photos and documents as quickly and easily as possible. The claim to fame is being able to function properly on over 1,500 different scanner models, including my original Apple OneScanner from the early 1990s.
The latest version brings 64-bit support which works on Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux PCs.
That means it can handle much larger scans (over 3 gigabytes), but still runs on older PowerPC Macs. VueScan works on all the modern USB scanners, but also on FireWire, and older SCSI interfaces.
Scanned documents, photos, and film can be saved in PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and TEXT files. Forget all the bells and whistles that come with some scanner apps. VueScan does not try to be office copier software for a Mac printer scanner. It scans. It saves. It repeats. And it does so faster and easier and on more scanners than any other.