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Formerly turtle2472
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Upstate South Carolina
2019-06-18, 15:34

I recently upgraded my main machine to Mojave and now I'm without my trusty Canonc MX850 that I've used as a scanner for years and years now. Still a great scanner, but it is largely unsupported since around 2013. Anyway, I'd like a scanner that does duplex ADF scanning as well as flatbed. I really don't need a print function, but in the case of the MX850 it was cheaper to buy the all-in-one rather than just a scanner. I don't know when the last time was I put ink in it so my new machine could be that same way or just a scanner.

Anyone know of a good scanner that works well with Mac? Ken?

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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Zone of Pain
2019-06-18, 17:46

Yes, please! I am also curious about what you may find that is a) flatbed, b) good + cost-competitive, and c) macOS supported without having to use VueScan or some garbage proprietary software. I also have no need for a printer-scanner combo; you'd think standalone scanners wouldn't be so hard to pick out.

I have a few 30+-year-old photo albums that are overdue for digital conversion/archival. I had been using an ancient CanoScan LIDE flatbed, but its motor is starting to give up and there are a few places in the scanning process where it consistently produces row-doubling artifacts. It also relies on an old 32-bit version of VueScan that won't work in the upcoming 64-bit-only world of macOS.

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Formerly turtle2472
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Upstate South Carolina
2019-06-20, 09:46

Hey Ken! Why you ignore us? Surely you know what me and Brad are looking for.

You know, it's times like this I wish we could tag people.
The Ban Hammer
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Boyzeee
2019-06-20, 10:10

LOL. Sorry. I hadn't even read all the way through.

We stopped selling printers and scanners several years ago. They have become commodity items and our cost is higher than the average resale prices at the big-box joints. We simply can't compete, so we don't try.

That being said, we still think Canon makes the best overall products. The ink is cheap (comparatively speaking) and they hold up reasonably well. At least as far as plastic boxes full of moving bits will hold up.

In the shop we use almost exclusively Ricoh products for document printing. Although we do have a Brother all-in-one for scanning and printing certain documents. When I get to work, I'll try to remember to look up the model number.

And, yes, generally the all-in-one stuff is cheaper than even a reasonable scanner with ADF.

If you're just looking for a single thing, then this would be it. Pricey at $300, but I bet you crafty internet buyers can find it cheaper.

Edit: So that Brother unit is an MFC-9840CDW. The thing has worked well for years, but it's probably more than you want or need.

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Last edited by kscherer : 2019-06-20 at 10:43.
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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Xenia, Ohio
2019-06-20, 14:41

I've been looking at using Scanner Pro that I already have on my phone for digitizing old photo prints. I don't really have any room for a flatbed and the scanners on AIO printers tend to be sub-par.

(Invision lets you @ tag usernames, just sayin' )

Edit: There are two fairly new CanoScan LiDE models that have Mac compatibility, although it doesn't mention if it's 64-bit or not. Canon's photo scanners have always been very good and priced reasonably.

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