I have an old scanner a UMAX Astra 6400 which I can't get my newly upgraded Yosemite system to register. I'm using the FireWire 400 interface and the scanner is powering on correctly.

I think it might be TWAIN compliant and I'm aware support was dropped for TWAIN back on 10.5.

I have also tried installing this TWAIN Bridge package to see if it would work, but still no luck.

Also tried VueScan which is apparently compatible too but I get the following error.

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Any ideas on how I can get this scanner working with my Yosemite system?

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    This site claims to have the driver for your scanner. hamrick.com/vuescan/umax_astra_6400.html
    – Ruskes
    Dec 2, 2014 at 0:40
  • Try using Apple Image Capture app in your Application folder.
    – Ruskes
    Dec 2, 2014 at 1:44
  • Tried Image Capture, also Mac's don't need drivers.
    – Josh
    Dec 4, 2014 at 11:49
  • Hamrick Software is very responsive, and Vuescan is usually the only way to get old scanners to work, since manufacturers don't update the drivers. Send them an email: they will almost certainly work with you to get it working, and I'd bet they'll do that before you purchase the software so you know it'll work for you. Dec 30, 2014 at 2:59
  • In my experience, VueScan only support USB-connected scanners. It would not recognize my scanner (CanoScan 9950F) until I switched from Firewire to USB.
    – user142382
    Aug 21, 2015 at 1:23


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