I have a Brother MFC-8840DN network printer/scanner/fax machine that I've been using with my Mac since Snow Leopard.

With Catalina, Apple is dropping support for 32-bit applications, which would include the driver and the scanner/fax application (both from Brother).

Will I be able to get my printer to work with Catalina?

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    No. Have you contacted Brother for updated drivers? – fsb Oct 10 at 21:13
  • I have. They have said that they are not going to release updated (i.e. 64-bit) drivers. I asked if they would be willing to release the source so I could update them, but there are unwilling to do so. – craig Oct 11 at 16:29

After upgrading, the existing printer instances (CUPS and BR-Script3) worked as they had in OS X Mavericks (and earlier). Both suffered from the inability to remove the job from the queue after printing, but this isn't related to Catalina.

I created a new printer instance, using the Brother MFC-8840D BR-Script3 driver and everything works as expected, including clearing the queue.

Note: OS X does not recognize the device's scanner feature, so I cannot use Preview to Import from scanner....

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