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Use Image Capture with an unsupported scanner
Authored by: PizzaCake on Nov 30, '06 11:10:05AM
Great! Thanks. I got SANE to work with my Canon CanoScan N670U.

Check this page to see if your scanner is supported http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html. Get the name of the backend that works with your scanner. My Canon scanner uses a Plustek backend.

I got the packages you need to install from http://www.ellert.se/twain-sane/.

I installed the packages in the following order: first libusb.pkg, then sane-backends.pkg, then SANE-Preference-Pane.pkg and finally TWAIN-SANE-Interface.pkg. I then rebooted (don't know if this is necessary).

In System Preferences go to SANE and choose the backend you identified earlier as working with your scanner. Choose configure. Look for a line with just [usb]. Add the vendor-id & product-id to that line. e.g. [usb] 0x04A9 0x220D . Now close the preference pane.

Open Image Capture, and your scanner should be recognized :^) One funny quirk though with the SANE interface, the overview (preview) did not work until I went into options and adjusted the change overview scan resolution slider (only had to do this once). Now everything works great and I haven't experienced any crashes.

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