Here is how to use your older scanners with macOS Catalina
If you’ve just upgraded to macOS Catalina only to find your scanner no longer works because it relies on 32-bit drivers and – despite plenty of warning – the manufacturers have failed to ship 64-bit replacements, then help is at hand:
Hamrick Software VueScan can save you
The issue is that macOS Catalina requires that software be 64-bit and include additional code-signing, and lots of older scanners lack this.
Hamrick Software’s VueScan is the world’s most widely used scanning software with an excellent t reputation built across 20-years. VueScan 9.7 enables Mac OS Catalina users to continue using their existing scanners.
Ed Hamrick, President of Hamrick Software, said:
“One of the main things that Apple has done in Catalina is remove support for running 32-bit programs. Scanners don’t wear out and people like to use their scanners for a long time, sometimes for 10 or 15 years. However, most vendor-supplied scanner drivers are 32-bit programs on Mac OS and don’t work on Catalina. VueScan lets people to continue using their scanners on Catalina, saving the environment and saving money.”
Some notable scanners that work with VueScan 9.7 and don’t work with the vendor-supplied software on Catalina are most Fujitsu ScanSnap document scanners, most Canon DR-series document scanners, many older Epson flatbed and film scanners, many older Canon scanners and most PIE and Reflecta film scanners. Support for Plustek OpticFilm film scanners on Catalina is almost ready to release and will be available in the next month.
VueScan supports over 6000 scanners from 42 manufacturers in a combination of 3 operating systems – Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
VueScan offers a range of advanced features for document, photo and film scanning. Most importantly, you can ‘Try before you buy’ as a full version of VueScan can be downloaded and tested for free.
VueScan is available in two editions, Standard Edition ($49.95 USD) and Professional Edition ($99.95).