Almost all scanners rely on Apple's standard application “Image Capture”. You can find this application via:
- Applications > Image Capture
- Preview > File > Import from xxx scanner
- System Preferences > Printers & Scanners > xxx scanner
- Software provided by the printer manufacturer
*The Scanner is only visible if your printer/scanner is turned on and connected to your Mac!
Below are the settings that will work for most of your document scanning needs:
- Scan Mode: Flatbed or Feeder (a stack of papers in the top of the scanner)
- Kind : Black & White
- Grays” 256 Grays
- Resolution: 100 dpi (300 dpi for small print)
- Custom Size: Check this box!
- Auto selection: Off
- Scan to: Desktop (anywhere you can find the scans easily)
- Name: Name it now or change it later
- Format: PDF
- Combine into single document: Check this box for multiple page documents
Overview & Scan
If the scanner has not done so already, click the “Overview” button. Soon you will see a preview of the entire area. Next select the area you want to scan with your mouse or trackpad on the preview area.
Start the scanning process by selecting “Scan”. Within a few seconds your digitized piece of paper is ready and can be saved or shared via email.
Scanning pictures is an "Art", a quick scan for your website or email can be made by changing to settings to: Color > Millions > JPEG. Resolution for email or website choose 72 dpi and for printing 300 dpi.
If you want to go paperless and want to digitize all documents I highly recommend the Fujtsu Scansnap document scanners.