The Image Capture app that comes with every Mac is a good alternative to scanner manufacturers’ custom software. You can use it to scan images from most scanners and it will adjust its features depending on the scanner’s capabilities.
Hi, this is Gary, with MacMost Now. Today’s episode, let’s look at using Image Capture to access your scanner.
So often, when you buy an image scanner, you sometimes get a CD or DVD with software on it, or something you are supposed to download, to use to scan the images. Sometimes the software is good, sometimes it’s not. But there is an alternative. Every Mac comes with the utility, called Image Capture. This could be used for variety of purposes, including photos off of your iPhone or iPad or digital cameras. But it can also be used to access the scanner. And after you’ve installed drivers for the scanner, often the Image Capture software is just as good as using the stuff you get from the manufacturer. So let’s take a look at it.
So here I’ve launched Image Capture and right away it has noticed that there is a shared scanner on my network. It’s a wireless printer/scanner and I can see it right here and select it. And I can choose at the bottom, scan size, where to save scan to, if I want to open it up in preview, so I can see it. I can click on show details and it will bring up all of the stuff that you might be used of seeing when you scan something in. So you can set the resolution and all sorts of other things, file format and it’s warming up scanner now, you can hear it in the background. You can see it is going to do a preview scan of what’s in the scanner bat right now. And it’s actually going to try to figure out where the different portions of the image are. So this was several photos, it may have actually figured it out what the separate items are. I can turn this off. Now, a lot of this stuff depends on the capabilities of the scanner and also the drivers for the scanner. So it may change, depending on which one you’ve got. Which is good, meaning that it will use the capabilities of whatever scanner you have. And then you can go and do the scan and going to choose my own area here, have it saved to the desktop, sets name, the format and…So now that it’s done I get the list of scan results, kind of like downloads folder. The file is actually here on my desktop as a .jpeg and I can open it and use it in whatever program that I want. And I can also change all these other things here, for better scans. Now I find it that I actually end up using Image Capture more often than the manufacturer software, just because once you know it, you can use it, doesn’t matter which scanner you’re using and I often find out that I get better results using it. So if you are using the image scanner and you are using the manufacturer software, maybe you should try giving image capture a go and see if that works better for you. And if you just get a new scanner, maybe try going right to Image Capture and using that to capture your images, rather than trying to install or update the software, found from the manufacturer. Until the next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.
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