Many scanners do not have drivers for the newest versions of Mac OS X, but are still valuable. If you want to continue to use your existing scanner, try Hamrick’s VueScan ($40–$80) or LaserSoft’s SilverFast ($49 & up).
Both are likely far better than the software that came with your scanner, with advanced options such as noise reduction, restoring faded colors, IT8 calibration, batch scanning and much more.
In fact, VueScan and SilverFast are great upgrades for your scanners even if they already work with Mac OS X! You can download a free trial version of both, to see how they work with your scanner.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.