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Delicious Monster makes an awesome piece of software called Delicious Library that's intended to do exactly what you're after: scan and catalog your library (of books and other things). And it all works through your iMacs built-in iSight camera. And it works very, very well. From their website: “Wait, I just hold a CD or DVD or video game or book or ...


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Canon has updated most of their software (Easy-PhotoPrintEX, MP Navigator) and their drivers (printer, scanner) around the time when Lion came out. Make sure that you have the latest drivers installed. You can download all the Canon software for your MP560 Scanner here. Also, be sure to connect your printer via cable in order to use it as a scanner:


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I use RedLaser and it has this capability. If RedLaser can't connect to the internet when you take the picture of the barcode, it will store the number and let you look it up later:


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Printers are easy, they mostly all work with Macs. Scanners are another story, and drivers for those used to be complex to find and use. However 10.6 introduced far better support for scanners and a number of those now work just out of the box. I recommend you go for one listed as compatible if possible as an Apple maintained driver is more likely to keep ...


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Delicious Library wasn’t made just for scanning a list and dumping it out, but it could be used for such a thing. After scanning in your items you’d either want to slurp the results using a custom AppleScript or you can use our export-to-CSV feature and only do the ISBN column. If a book doesn’t look up on Amazon there’s an error window that pops up, and ...


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I use Image Capture for exactly that purpose The overview scan can be avoided by setting Image Capture to always scan the full page (A4 or Letter) and to not do object detection If you scan multiple documents they get written into distinct PDF files (which actually just get numbered) For more specific needs there's also the option to create an Automator ...


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PDFPen is a well-regarded app for doing various PDF related tasks on OS X, and it includes the ability to scan in documents directly. There's a free trial available, so try it out and see if it does what you need.


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Photoshop and the cheaper Photoshop Elements both have options that can take one large image and automatically crop out sub-images. In Photoshop, the command you're looking for is File → Automate → Crop and Straighten Photos. In Elements, it's Image → Divide Scanned Photos. For more details, read this and this. If you don't want to spend the money on ...


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Drivers. The printers that will work with Mac will have OS X drivers. These days, it's rare to find a printer without a driver available. I would start here: http://www.macworld.com/products/printers.html


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Scanner Pro [iTunes link] from Readdle. According to the product's Web page, it integrates with Google Docs and lets you use Google Docs OCR to convert scans into editable text files on your Google account.


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You cannot scan over the network using the USB port of the airport express. It is only for printing. Apple does not explicitly say that scanners are not supported, but it is not one of the official uses of the USB hub. I have not heard anyone being successful in this, and AFAIK there are no hacks/third party s/w to do this (like AirFoil for streaming ...


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tell application "Preview" activate end tell tell application "System Events" tell process "Preview" tell menu bar 1 tell menu bar item "File" tell menu "File" tell menu item "Import from Scanner" tell menu "Import from Scanner" click menu ...


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Two answers: 1) By far the easiest/best document scanner for Macs is the Fujitsu ScanSnap series. You just insert a stack of papers, press a button, and out pops a PDF. It scans both sides of each page in a single pass. 2) To convert a scanned PDF to something searchable, by far the most reliable OCR program available (for any platform, Mac included) is ...


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You might have to set up a default user that logs in automatically and shares the scanner after a reboot. You could have it password protected, non administrator, with a short timer on the screen saver to lock the screen after a power failure if you care about that sort of thing. Snow Leopard just doesn't mount external drives or start the sharing software ...


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Rather than using the native OS X scanner, I would recommend that you download the free trial of the commercial product Hamrick VueScan. I do a lot of scanning and I rely on it. It does very well in compressing text documents to small file size. Aside from that, you should investigate what you can do with taking scans from the OS X native scanner and then ...


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You might want to look at the freeware alternatives to Vector Magic - for example, there is inkscape which includes potrace (formerly a standalone vectorization utility). Can't vouch for the comparison with Vector Magic, but it's free...


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Apple's Image Capture app is intentionally minimalist. It doesn't have significant Preference settings, and no user-friendly way to turn off the overview scan. In theory, anything in OS X is hackable, given sufficient knowledge and time. In practice, you should consider a 3rd party scanner app instead.


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CrossOver doesn't emulate or simulate hardware - it just translates a subset of the Windows API - just enough to fool normal apps. You'll want something like VirtualBox, Parallels or VMWare Fusion to scan directly into Windows. Since VirtualBox is free, start there and then spend money on a commercial solution if or when your time becomes more scarce than ...


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I know of a website that people have used that is supposed to be very good (there is no software to download) and everything is carried out online. It is called FillAnyPDF: https://www.fillanypdf.com/default.aspx which includes digital signature. I have never used it myself, but it may turn out to be what you are looking for, but it might just be for form ...


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You can use ColorSync for this job. It still requires you to scan the document with lots of colors, but you can reduce the colors to 256 using ColorSync (and do much more) by following these steps: Open ColorSync: Applications->Utilities->ColorSync Utility Open your scanned image: File->Open Below the image select: Apply Profile->Named Colors->Websafe ...


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You could connect your multifunction printer via USB to a computer and use printer sharing to enable other machines to print through it. The downside is, as you point out, it is often less reliable, and you can only print from other computers when the host computer is on. You could connect through your Time Capsule. Some multifunction printers only support ...


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Suddenly, the printer now appears directly in the menu of Preview. I have no idea what changed. So the takeaway is that 'Include Networked Devices' doesn't exist anymore and is always on. If your printer doesn't show, close the programs, turn off your printer, and try again. It might show up later.


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I'm so happy! I found it and it works great! http://support.apple.com/kb/DL907 These are the up-to-date HP Printer drivers appearently. If anyone else is having issues with their printer I'd suggest looking on Apple's website.


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Bmike From memory, Delicious Library includes the software component required to communicate with serial io devices such as USB and Bluetooth scanners like the Microvision ROV Thee may be other ways to interface but the recommended solution from the scanner manufacturer is a piece of software, SerialMagic or SerialMagic Pro from a company called Serial IO ...


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I also have a HP ScanJet 4890 and it has never worked natively with neither Snow Leopard nor Lion. The fixed communication to the HP software seems to be by design. As @kremalicious says, that also makes it not work with built-in tools as Image Capture or Scanner Sharing. While I can live with that, it's quite annoying to wait more than a few months for new ...


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Readiris for Mac. I have it, but I haven't used it in a long time, so I don't exactly remember how good it was. I think that it didn't do the first few documents very well, but it learns. Oh, and I'm not sure about scriptability. I'll check it. It looks like Readiris has a scripting dictionary, and it's pretty good, too.


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There's also the "TWAIN SANE Interface - SCSI, USB scanner drivers, pref panes, libraries". http://www.ellert.se/twain-sane/ http://osx.hyperjeff.net/Apps/apps?f=twain


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Hamrick VueScan This is a "Swiss-Army-knife" scanning application that supports hundreds and hundreds of makes and models of scanners, even many obsolete ones which don't have direct Mac OS X support. Download and evaluate the trial version. I use it with my Brother MFC-6490CW, which does have Mac OS X drivers, but I'd rather use VueScan than use the ...


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Harv, This is not the answer you want to hear. I went with the Brother printer/scanner models because it was clear that the HP drivers that they supply to Apple often do not support network scanning (there may be a few exceptions). The Brother drivers do. The other recommendation I have seen is to use the drivers that come with the OS, not the ...


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Are you looking for software-only solutions or are you also open to hardware options? After experimenting with a few, I find Fujitsu's ScanSnap series to be ideal for this sort of thing. Its form factor makes it easy to load in sets of documents up to A4, and easily turn on/off duplex/double-sided scanning. Its output to Evernote also helps in my workflow. ...



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