How to Scan on a Mac with an Ambir (or any TWAIN compliant) Scanner

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Apple is rarely out of the news, but with their impressive recent surge on Wall Street, it’s as good a time as any to talk about Ambir (or any TWAIN compliant) scanners and Mac compatibility. (Yeah, yeah… we know the new iPad and iPhone are responsible for most of the freakish growth.)

We offer Mac OS X drivers for many of our scanners.  Because they’re TWAIN drivers, they ensure your scanner works with Image Capture, the standard image acquisition application in OS X. They also interface with any other TWAIN software available for your Mac.

Here are the steps to start scanning on a Mac on any TWAIN scanner:

  1. First, plug your scanner into any USB port on the Mac.
  2. Next, head to your scanner manufacturer’s site, download the appropriate driver and install. Or install from the disc that came with your scanner.
  3. Restart your Mac.

You should be ready to scan, since the TWAIN driver automatically facilitates image acquisition. If you wish to scan with Image Capture:

  1. Open the Image Capture application.
  2. Select your scanner from the Devices list on the left of the Image Capture window.
  3. Set preferences like: Kind, Resolution, Size, Output Format and Output Location.
  4. Click “Scan.” The file will appear in the location you selected.

Keep in mind Image Capture is a simple image acquisition application. It doesn’t offer nearly as robust a feature set as some other document management programs for Macs, like Presto! PageManager 9, which integrates features like scanning to Evernote and Google Docs.

Scanning on a Mac is simple with a TWAIN scanner. Just remember: Download your driver, install and restart.

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