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In this movie, we're going to discuss how to set up a scanner on your Mac. But truth be told, if you have a scanner that was manufactured in the last several years, you most likely don't have to do anything to get it to work with your Mac, as long as you're running Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard or later. Whether the scanner is connected to your Mac directly through a USB cable or if it's a network scanner connected to your home or office network, your Mac should be able to see and use it right away. So the first step is to connect your scanner to your Mac or to your network, and then turn it on. That's it as far as the physical setup goes. Now there are two built-in applications you can scan from in Mac OS X. One is called Preview, and the other is called Image Capture.
Both are located in your Applications folder. Both work pretty much the same way. We'll look at the specifics of how to scan in a separate, upcoming movie. But for now, let's just see how we make sure the Mac is seeing the scanner. I'm going to start by opening the Preview. In Preview, choose File > Import from Scanner. If your scanner is connected directly to your Mac, you should see it listed in this menu. If your scanner is connected to your network, you'll have to first select Include Networked Devices. You'll then immediately be able to click File > Import from Scanner again.
Then any network scanner as your Mac found will appear in this menu. So I'll go ahead and select the one my Mac has found. That opens the scanning window. Again, we'll take a look at how to do an actual scan in a later movie. So I'm just going to close this for now. So my Mac is clearly communicating with my scanner through Preview. Let's check out the other application, called Image Capture. In Image Capture, any scanners, or digital cameras for that matter, connected directly to your Mac will appear under Devices. Network scanners will appear under Shared.
Unlike in Preview, I don't have to tell Image Capture to look for network devices first. So that's really the one practical difference between scanning through Preview and Image Capture. I tend to use Image Capture myself, because I can just click to select my scanner, which immediately opens the scanning pane, identical to the scanning window we saw in Preview, and I can begin scanning right away. That's really all there is, in terms of setting up a scanner on the Mac. There really is no setup to speak of, except for physically plugging in your scanner. You don't need to install any of the software that came with your scanner or worry about updating drivers or anything like that. Mac OS X has everything you need build right in.
Now on the off chance your Mac doesn't see your scanner, you may need to visit your scanner manufacture's web site to see if they've released any new software for your scanner. If not, your scanner might be too old to work with the Mac, but again, unless your scanner is a lesser known brand or just really old, you shouldn't have any trouble using it with your Mac.
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