Scanning is Back!

Posted on this Sunday, September 6, 2009 14:27 by caw
Filed Under Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, OS X, Snow Leopard, Tiger | Leave a Comment

Way back when we still had OS X Tiger 10.4, I bought an hp 3310 multifunction printer. In addition to printing, it scanned, faxed, copied and, with the optional attachment, get you coffee from your local Starbucks! hp had a software suite that worked well and everyone loved it. (Ok, "loved it" is a bit much but it worked well enough that I wasn’t going to buy something else.)

Along comes OS X Leopard 10.5 and suddenly the scan function broke. I kept waiting for hp to release an update but no soap. There was a work-around though: scan it to JPEG or TIFF, write the scanned image to a memory card, and work from that. Yuck! Over the months, I would check hp’s site and no fix was forth-coming. You could print, fax and make copies without an issue, just not scan.

A couple of weeks ago, I got seriously frustrated about the scanning thing and bought a NeatReceipts scanner. As I noted in a previous post, I think it rocks. The unit is small so it doesn’t take up much desk space (small enough for travel if you do that sort of thing). While it is a single sheet, single side scanner, it works well for what I’m scanning: medical documents and receipts.

Anyway, we all know that OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 came out on August 28th. As I started installing it on our home machines, I came across this obscure note that Apple’s Image Capture application could now read scans from devices on the wireless network. Sure enough, I fired it up and it worked! I went to hp’s web site and they mentioned it in their notes on Snow Leopard.

Portion of hp web page showing OS X 10.6 and for 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5.

In the notes for Snow Leopard, they confirmed that scanning had been incorporated into Image Capture.

Notes on the use of Image Capture to scan images from hp devices.

There is also a release of software that can be installed on 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5 machines that uses the hp Photosmart software for scanning.

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