Scanner Software

I have an old AGFA SnapScan 1212u scanner and it’s always worked fine for me. However, when I upgraded my MacBook Pro to Snow Leopard, the scanner no longer worked. I remember looking for a solution at the time, but didn’t find one. In the meantime, I had the scanner attached to an old Mac Mini that I currently have attached to my computer. If I wanted to scan something, I’d remote into the Mac Mini, open scan from the remote computer and then move the file to MacBook Pro. It worked, but it also meant I had to keep my scanner next to the TV! Not ideal…

I did another search recently for some scanner software and discovered this post. The post gives two possible ways to get old scanners working on new operating systems. The first way is free, but involves a little more work than I wanted to do. The second way was to install Vuescan software. That’s what I chose. I spent the $40 and within a few moments I was scanning. If I had a little more time I’d probably go the free route. It involves installing binaries, and would be fun to configure. But, alas, we don’t always have the luxury of time…

So far I’ve been very happy with my purchase of the Vuescan software.

Bad Apple…

I just realized that the Adobe products for the Mac will not open as separate applications in dual monitors but are always tied to the top menu bar. I probably haven’t explained this properly but try this:

1. Lauch Photoshop and Dreamweaver on your Mac.
2. Move Photoshop to your right monitor.*
3. I’m assuming your left monitor is the main.
4. Go into Photoshop and build a web comp. or wireframe.**

Notice anything funny going on? File, Edit, Image, Layer, etc., all these lovely menu items are stuck to the top of the main monitor. Isn’t it fun running the mouse all the way over across the 2 screens to select one of these menu items?

On the PC you can drag the entire application to it’s own monitor. This is great when you are buidling a website – put PS on one side and Dreamweaver on the other. I should probably learn more keystrokes to bypass this issue but instead I’ll go on using the PC for now.

* Fun times.
** By now you’ve no doubt figured out the problem.