Remember flatbed scanners? Mac users have had a love hate relationship with scanners dating to the last century. Nearly every scanner came with software that scanned documents, images, and photos, digitizing them for storage on the Mac.
Unfortunately, most scanner apps were buggy and complex and would quit working after the next Mac OS X update (and often become completely orphaned within a couple of years). If you still have an old flatbed scanner and want it to work on the latest Mac, you won’t have to hunt down the manufacturer or their orphaned scanner app, or even bother looking for an update.
Scanning Works Everywhere
A number of years ago I invested in VueScan. It looks and functions similar to the customized scanner apps that come with scanners for PCs and Macs– except for one thing. VueScan keeps working.
VueScan’s claim to fame is two-fold. First, it’s pretty much drop dead easy to use. Configurations are straightforward and options are nominal.
Second, VueScan works with over 1,850 different scanners, some dating back to the last century.
Chances are very good that if you have a very old scanner that once worked on your Mac or PC, that it will work with VueScan. The best way to test it is to download VueScan and try it out with your scanner.
Over the years I’ve not encountered a scanner that would not work with VueScan. It’s a good scanner app for the casual user, but has a few advanced functions for heavier scanner requirements.
Another advantage is that VueScan works on Macs, Windows, even Linux, in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes.
VueScan is so widely used among Mac and Windows users that there’s a Missing Manual called the VueScan Bible.
If you’re comfortable using the scanner app that came with your scanner, and it still works well, you’ll find VueScan to be a decent substitute when the original scanner app no longer works.
If there’s a negative, it’s in the You Get What You Pay For category. VueScan has two versions. The Standard Edition has all the advanced scanning functions, but no profiles, no raw scans, no color spaces, and no IT8 color calibration capability.
And, the license gives free upgrades for just one year. The Pro version has all the above and upgrades are for life.
While VueScan is a decent scanner app, those who use higher end scanners like graphic designers will argue that SilverFast scanner tools provide better scans and have more functionality.
You may get what you pay for, too. Certain SilverFast editions can cost hundreds of dollars more than VueScan’s Pro version.