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Snow Leopard includes greatly improved support for scanners connected directly to your Mac or on your local network, and this functionality is now built directly into Preview. You can now easily scan documents and photos directly into Preview and save them as PDFs or other file types, saving you the hassle of having to use third-party software or install additional drivers. Snow Leopard can recognize and run many of the most popular scanners on the market. To import a document into Preview from your scanner, choose File > Import from Scanner. Now the first time you do this you might only see the option that says Include Networked Devices.
I don't have a scanner connected directly to my Mac, but I do have one on my network so I am going to choose Include Networked Devices. Now when I go to File > Import from Scanner, Preview has detected the scanner on my network, the Photosmart C5100 series. I will select that. The Scan window opens up and I get this message saying, 'Press "Scan" to start.' I will say Scan. My scanner needs a moment to warm up. And here it's giving me a preview of the scan and all I really did here was I just stuck the box and the disk for Snow Leopard on my scanner bed.
Here comes the scan. And just like that you can see the scanned image has now popped up in its own window here in Preview. And that's really how easy it is. All I did was choose File > Import from Scanner and just selected my device and Preview took care of the rest. You can get more detailed than this. We can click the Show Details button and we can change all kinds of options here including the Resolution, what kind of document we are scanning. We even have options for Descreening, Color Restoration, Adaptive Lighting. These are all the things you can play around with on your own.
But you can see how easy it really is to scan a document right here in Preview. I didn't have to install any drivers. Snow Leopard just found my scanner and let me use it right away.
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