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the process of converting an image, printed text, handwriting, etc. into a digital image by using a scanner

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Is there better third-party scanner software for OS X than Preview?

I'm not overly happy with the UI for interfacing with the scanner on my Epson WF-3250 series scanner that's provided by the latest Preview that comes with OS X 10.10. It's clunky and awkward, crashes ...
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What is the difference between millions and billions in printer/scanner colour settings?

The "Printers & Scanners" Setting preference pane has two color options: "millions" or "billions" of colors. I can't tell the difference. Is there a reason to choose one over the other? Perhaps ...
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Is it possible to scan an image from the command line?

Is there a tool that scans images from the command line? I am looking like scanimage on linux that works like this: scanimage > image.pnm I've tried googling and checked if ImageCapture is ...
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How I can get OSX to recognize Canon MP560 Scanner again?

I have a Cannon MP560 that kept having communications errors. One of the suggestions I read was to remove the printer from the print & scan menu and re-add it. Once I did that the scanner ...
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Disable automatic “overview scan” in Image Capture

I have two scanners accessible from my machine (using Lion): a USB flatbed scanner, and a multifunction network printer. Whenever I launch Image Capture (either directly, or indirectly from Preview), ...
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Looking for Software to Scan or Convert to Searchable and Signable PDF

I have the occasional need to scan and/or convert scanned images into PDF format. OS X Mountain Lion does this natively, but as far as I can tell it's just an image wrapped in a PDF, so text selection,...
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Simple scanning to PDF

In OS X Mountain Lion, is there an easy and fast way to scan to PDF, with multiple pages per PDF? I know this can be achieved with Image Capture, but in my opinion that is just a terrible application....
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Easiest way to scan ISBN number from books

What is the easiest/quickest way using an iMac to scan the ISBN number of a bunch books. Non-paying (for software, or dedicated scanner device) preferred, although low-cost solutions might be ...
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Scan lot of documents and output them in PDF

I have a lot of documents I would like to scan to produce PDFs. Some of them are single-page, others are multi-pages. As of today, I'm using Image Capture for this purpose but I don't find it to be ...
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What scriptable OCR Software exists on OSX for a paperless office [duplicate]

I'm planning to get a paperless office and for that, I a need good scriptable piece of OCR for OS X? I've read a blogpost by Marco Arment about a few programs. Are there any workable ones there that ...
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Can't scan but can print with Canon PIXMA MG5500

I have a Canon PIXMA MG5500 and a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.10.3 The printer and scanner are supposed to be wireless and I have no problems with the printer but when I try to use the scanner it just ...
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“Import from Scanner” greyed out in Preview app

I have a Canon Pixma MG6300 printer/scanner for which I properly installed the drivers. I know it is supposed to show in the Preview app under File > Import from Scanner. This menu item, however, ...
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Is there a barcode app that works on pictures instead of needing to be connected to wifi for it to work?

I've got a couple of barcode apps, but they all require that you have the item, the camera, and the internet connection at the same place. Are there any barcode apps where you can take a picture of ...
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Optimizing Document Scanning in OSX

I'm looking to optimize scanning with OSX's native scanner. Ideally I would like it to be able to produce a multi-page black & white pdf that is under 1MB in size, however, I can't figure out a ...
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Do iPhones use active scanning to find Wi-Fi networks when Ask to Join Networks is off?

I'm looking into security holes in my daily life, and I ran across an article that says that most devices broadcast their MAC address continuously. I'm wondering if that applies to iPhones (and other ...
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Scanning over ethernet, natively in OS X?

Yesterday, I purchased an HP LaserJet M1212NF. It, like many other printers, can't scan over ethernet natively in OS X. That is, I can scan using the stupid HP utilities that I hate (not going to ...
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How can I launch a printer scanner from Spotlight?

I can go to the "Printers & Scanners" panel from Spotlight, but I cannot call the scanner directly. Is there any way to make Spotlight index a shortcut to the default printer's Scanner app? It ...
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Any program that can automatically split photos in one scan?

I am about to scan my photo collection. To save time, I would like to scan multiple photos at once. How can I automate the splitting of photos in a single scan?
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How can I access my scanner directly without going through System Preferences?

Since my printer has scanning capabilities, the Printers & Scanners pane in System Preferences has the "Scan" tab available. This is the only known place to start and scan one's document. I am ...
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Avoid having to select “Include Network Devices” every time when scanning in Preview

I set up a wireless HP Printer for my mother, prints and scans just fine. The annoying thing is that every single time we try to scan in Preview, we first have to do the following: Select File > ...
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The scanner is in use by application '(null)'

Until now I've always scanned through the Printers & Scanners part of options. It's far from great so now I want to try scanning through Preview. Now I get this error message: The scanner is in ...
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Why is Photos.app taking 2 months to scan faces for recognition?

Since I came to Thailand 6 weeks ago, iPhoto on my Macbook pro has been scanning for faces. On my Mac Pro desktop, this process took about 2 days as I recall. My iPhone 7 Plus, which I bought a week ...
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Scanning a ton of pictures

I'm rather disappointed that iPhoto has no direct ability to import from a scanner. I'm reduced to scanning in Preview, which has a less awful UI for scanning than the program that came with my HP ...
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How to fix spurious “Cannot communicate with scanner” error, without rebooting

I have a Canon MP560 printer/scanner combo, installed and working. However typically when I turn on the power to the printer and click 'Open Scanner...' I get the following error: Needless to say ...
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OS X - List all active sockets

I'm looking for a simple command that will list ALL currently active and/or otherwise bound TCP & UDP sockets, corresponding port numbers and their respective states (i.e. ESTABLISHED, LISTEN, ...
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Printers that Work With Mac OS X?

I'm planning to purchase a printer + scanner soon and want to have one that will be able to work with Mac, as well as Windows machines. I am hoping for one that will have a wireless printing/scanning ...
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Reducing the size of a black-and-white scanned pdf

I have a 352 page pdf that is a scan of a black-and-white text. The file size is 60.9 MB, which seems excessively large too me. (Is it indeed?) Is there an easy way to convert this file to a more ...
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How can I digitize scanned sketches similar to how Preview's signature feature does?

When you use Preview's feature to use the Mac's camera to scan your signature for later insertion into documents, it does a fantastic job of digitizing your written piece so that it is rendered ...
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How to control a scanner via an iPad?

i've an HP AirPrint enabled scanner / printer. I would like to scan something and then send it to an eMail. This, only using an iPad. Is it possible ?
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TWAIN Drivers on Mac

I'm primarily a Windows admin, but I just got a new MacBook Air with Lion on it. I'm trying to use it with my Brother MFC-7820N printer/scanner/fax device. I've installed drivers, and am able to both ...
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Brother MFC Scanner not recognized any more

I have a Brother MFC-1910W connected by WIFI (multi functional wireless b/w laser printer, scanner and fax). Since a few days I cannot use the scanner any more. In the first place the scanner icon ...
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Scanner sharing service stops after logout. How do I make it always share?

I'm sharing a scanner from a Mid 2007 iMac (10.6.8, USB scanner over wired ethernet). I've enabled sharing on the local admin account and it all works well on the other Macs that are using the scanner....
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Is there an app that will scan a document and upload it to Google Docs?

Is there an iPhone app that allows me to take pictures of documents and then upload them to Google Docs?
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Save attachments from Mail.app based on subject issues

What I am trying to do: I have to scan some personal writing that I do for my mentor to review, I have 3 types of writing J,F,W. I use my scanner to send them via email (it's a work thing so I can't ...
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Where are scanner drivers located, and what (file) form do they take?

I'm attempting to make use of this scanner (Dymo Cardscan 800): It has no generic or publicly available drivers for any version of MacOS (or Windows, for that matter). The makers intend for you to ...
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Is it possible to use an older Canon Scanner with OS 10.11 El Capitan?

My Canon LIDE 600F scanner is old but still worked very well. When I upgraded to OS 10.11 my computer no longer recognized the scanner. Canon has officially stated that they are not making new drivers ...
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How do I get my S1300 scanner to show up in Yosemite Preview File > “Import from scanner” option?

I have a Fujitsu S1300, and a MacBook Pro 15″ with Yosemite. My patience is running thin. I can scan using Fujitsu's software. But I can't using Preview. But when I look at Preview > File > Import ...
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Can you scan a document directly, instead of an overview scan first?

It honestly really annoys me that every time I have to scan a document it requires me to do an overview scan. Isn't there a way to skip that part if you just want to scan A4 color/B&W using Image ...
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Connecting Canon CanoScan FS4000US USB Scanner to Mac OS 10.7.5

I have an old Canon CanoScan FS4000US Slide Scanner. I have connected it via USB to an Intel iMac running Mac OS 10.7.5, and in System Report, I can see that it is connected. Also, when I disconnect ...
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HP PSC 1350 Scanner OS X Lion

I just upgraded to OS X Lion. My HP PSC 1350 printer will print but it won't scan. HP's website says to remove, readd, etc, which I tried. It said I could get the generic driver from Apple software ...
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Why won't scanner show up for Scanner Sharing?

I have an HP ScanJet 4890 connected via USB to my desktop Mac Mini running Lion. Recently, HP finally! updated scanner drivers and my scanner is recognized and works on that machine (connected to a ...
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Use independent scanner and printer as one (specifically for photocopy)

I have a Canon Lide 110 (scanner) and an Epson L120 (printer) which I want to combine to achieve the feature set of an off the shelf all-in-one printer-scanner. Is there a software that I can use to ...
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Just installed Maverick and my Canon MP780 will print but no longer scan, would a new driver help?

I get a message in the Image Capture window saying: No camera or scanner detected. Scanner worked with Mountain Lion, but is not working with Mavericks. On Canons website, this is the message on ...
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Duplex Scanning in OSX with non-duplex scanner with document feeder

How can I scan a large double sided document with my scanner's document feeder? The scanner only can scan one side of the page. However, I am bulk scanning all my bills and tax forms and have several ...
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How to scan/fix bad sectors on USB connected Ext HD even if SMART is unsupported w/o buying tools

I dropped my external Seagate 2 TB hard drive on the floor. It seems to work fine. But I want to scan for bad sectors just to be safe. I use this drive for all of my TimeMachine backups. The "...
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Virus Scan Windows 8 Bootcamp Partition from OS X?

Is there any software I can use to scan a bootcamp partition on OSX for viruses from OS X? I prefer to run the scan from OS X because: Typically Windows anti-virus solutions are more like full ...
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Can the Epson V700 be used with an Airport

I have a MacBook Pro, Snow Leopard, and an Epson V700 Scanner. I'm thinking of buying an Airport Extreme or even better, an Airport Express (cos it's cheap). Can I use the Epson V700 via the Airport ...
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Printer drivers

I have several macs, at home and office (Macbook Pro and Air). I have several Canon multipurpose printers as well. The problem is when you attempt to connect the Mac to the Canon printer via USB, it ...
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HP ScanJet 4070 Photosmart produces just stripes after OS upgrade

My HP Scanjet 4070 stoped working after an upgrade to the current MacOS. It scans the pictures but then the saved PDF only contains stripes: This happens on two machines. What can I do? I asked in ...
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Missing Canon Printer driver for OSX Mavericks?

I hooked up a Canon Pixma MP160 printer/scanner to a machine running OSX Mavericks and it complained that there was no driver. Scanning through the list of possible drivers, there were only 1 or 2 ...