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Thursday
Jan292009

Scanner: Canoscan LIDE 50 & How VueScan rode to the rescue

For some years I've had this scanner and it's worked reasonably fine on a sequence of Macs.  The driver install process has always been a bit finicky, but I usually managed to get the plug-in for it working in Photoshop.  

No more.

As Maria explains the Canoscan driver does not work with Intel Macs, UNLESS you do a work-around of forcing Photoshop to run in Rosetta (PowerPC emulation) mode.  Not wanting to bother with that hassle (and wondering how long Rosetta will be around) I've given up and am trying out some 3rd party scanner software called VueScan.

I did first have to install the CanoScan driver.  Based on VueScan's recommendation I downloaded the driver for the LIDE35 (apparently identical innards as my LIDE 50), version 7.7.2.0X 12/07/2007 from www.usa.canon.com.  (The driver listed for the LIDE 50 on this site looks older.)  If I ever need to uninstall, there is an uninstaller listed on the web site as well.  I did have to restart, ugh.

Thus far VueScan is working great and I'm planning to purchase it in a few minutes.  Update:  I have purchased VueScan, but it is slightly finicky, having already crashed on me twice.  Also, following an aborted scan I could get nothing to work.  The clue was in the lower right corner it was claiming it was scanning "8400x0" pixels.  The fix was the menu item: "File : Default Options" and just starting over.  But, on the whole, VueScan is doing what I want without too much hassle.

(Note to self:  To re-find my serial number for registration purposes, search in Mail for "VueScan" and look for an email with an attached PDF.)

Update 2009-02-12:  My wife has a Canon LIDE 60 that, to outward appearances, looks the same as my LIDE 50.  We downloaded the latest Canon driver last night and it worked fine with Photoshop.  No Rosetta silliness etc..  Who knows why Canon decides to update some drivers and not others?