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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture Apps
Eric K. submitted this one to me via email, and it's pretty amazing. I hadn't heard a thing about it prior to receiving his email, which I found surprising.

Launch Image Capture and go into Preferences and click on the Sharing tab, and you'll see any connected digital devices, as seen in the screenshot (click the image for a larger version). Check the 'Share my devices' box, then check the box next to each device, then finally check the 'Enable Web-Sharing' box at the bottom of the page. Create a shared name, add a password, and click OK.

At this point, you should quit Image Capture on the current machine (otherwise the devices will appear busy on other Macs). Go to a second machine, and you can do some pretty cool stuff.

As seen at right, you can browse, download, and delete images from a digital camera via a web browser. If your camera has a power source and the ability to take images at regular intervals, you could probably create a simple webcam using this technology!

Sharing a scanner is even more interesting when you consider a multi-Mac home or a small office. Instead of having to give up the machine you're working on so someone can scan, just enable sharing of the scanner. The other user then loads the printwork in the scanner, launches Image Capture, and uses the device as if it were directly connected. I tested this at home via AirPort on our PowerBook, and it worked perfectly! Each user who wishes to use the shared scanner must enable the "Look for shared devices" checkbox in Image Capture's prefs, and then select Devices -> Browse Shared Devices to use the scanner. You can even (again, in the Prefs) enable a password to prevent unauthorized use.

Pretty amazing to find that this was included in Panther and yet not publicized...
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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture
Authored by: seven5 on Oct 28, '03 11:55:17AM

NICE



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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture
Authored by: RealET on Oct 28, '03 03:25:51PM

With enabled web sharing there seems to be another nice feature in the new Image Capture: the help says with "certain cameras" you can take pictures and use the camera to monitor an area remotely!

Does anybody know which digital cameras can be controlled by Image Capture that way? With my Canon Powershot S40 I had no luck. The Remote Monitor feature in the web interface is greyed out. :-(



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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture
Authored by: logista on Oct 28, '03 09:20:03PM

I was able to use my Kodak DC280 (a bit slow & old, but still useful!) -- I could even set up the "Remote Monitoring" page.

This is one of my favorite "cool things" about Panther. I think I like it even better than Exposť



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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture
Authored by: schrammalama on Oct 31, '03 01:15:16PM

I was able to get my Nikon 880 to work, but with very inconsistent results. Browsing shared devices is a lot more reliable for me than web-sharing. However, when web sharing did work, I was able to browse and monitor.
Anyone try sharing a device over the internet?

Another change in Image Capture is the rotating quartz cube while downloading images, nice touch.



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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture
Authored by: network23 on Oct 28, '03 06:15:02PM

I was really looking forward to this working with my scanner. However, my Canon LiDE 30 fails to show up in Image Capture.

I tried copying the CanoScan driver Plugin into the Image Capture:Package:Contents:Plugins folder, but that did not work either.

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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture
Authored by: novalies on Jan 04, '06 05:05:23AM

my Canon LIDE 35 did work instantly with Image Capture, maybe there are also new drivers for the previous lide 30?



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sharing accessible to Windows??
Authored by: rkchang on Oct 29, '03 01:46:42AM

Wow! This could solve an ongoing problem I've had about being able to share the print features of my all-in-one device (HP PSC 2110xi), but not the scanning features. Currently, this device is being shared between a Win2k desktop and an iBook via a Hawking USB print server. Is there any word on whether the digital imaging devices might be shared with Windows computers?

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sharing accessible to Windows??
Authored by: garethwi on Nov 23, '03 06:43:31AM

I would first check to see if this device is seen by Image Capture.

I have a PSC 750, and Image Capture doesn't see it at all.



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It is documented
Authored by: ngb on Oct 29, '03 03:20:16AM
The scanner and camera sharing features are documented at http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/imagecapture/

Now does anybody know where I can find a list of supported scanners? I'm hoping not to have to replace my UMAX, but right now it's software is the only thing I use Classic for. :(

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It is documented
Authored by: ReznorB5 on Oct 29, '03 04:55:07AM
Image Capture can use any scanner that uses its native ICA (Image Capture Architecture) or Mac OS 10.2 TWAIN Data Source drivers. Thus far, I've only found that Epson is making such drivers, but there may be a few others out there. 10.2 (and I assume 10.3) comes with a few of these already, but you can go to Epson's site and download more. Here is from where I got that info.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/scanners.html

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107203


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It is documented
Authored by: barretpj on Nov 12, '03 07:58:25AM

The "EPSON Scanner" driver for Image Capture included in 10.3 supports the following scanners:

Firewire:
GT-9700, GT-9800
ES-2000, ES-2200, ES-6000, ES-8500
Expression 1600, 1640XL, 1680

USB:
Perfection 610, 636, 640
Perfection 1200, 1240, 1250, 1260
Perfection 1640, 1650, 1660
Perfection 2400, 2450
Perfection 3200
Expression 1600, 1640XL, 1680
CC-500L, CC-550L, CC-700
CX3200, CX5200



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What about Airport and USB hubs?
Authored by: dogboy on Oct 29, '03 06:25:55AM

Is it possible to hook a usb hub into the usb port on an Airport Extreme base station and have a shareable wireless digital suite?



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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Nov 09, '03 05:55:41AM

Which ports do I have to open in a local network for camera and scanner sharing?



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10.3: Share digital devices via Image Capture
Authored by: Jaharmi on Nov 10, '03 03:36:51PM

It looks like you'd need at least port 5100, as that's the port specified in the URL Apple gives you when you enable Web sharing of Image Capture devices.

I'd also assume you need the regular cast of Rendezvous ports open to allow discovery of your devices on your LAN.



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