Scanning Documents and Pictures

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:

  1. Scan Mode: Flatbed or Feeder (a stack of papers in the top of the scanner)
  2. Kind : Black & White
  3. Grays” 256 Grays
  4. Resolution: 100 dpi (300 dpi for small print)
  5. Custom Size: Check this box!
  6. Auto selection: Off
  7. Scan to: Desktop (anywhere you can find the scans easily)
  8. Name: Name it now or change it later
  9. Format: PDF
  10. 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.

Posted on March 12, 2014 .

WiFi and CB Radio

Still having a poor network experience accessing the WiFi network or browsing the internet, despite seeing full bars in the menu bar indicating a strong WiFi signal?

It's not just the strength of a signal, but the clarity that counts. Compare it to a noisy restaurant. Plenty of volume, but you have a hard time understanding the person across the table. While a whisper would be sufficient in a quiet bistro.

Remember the old days with CB radios? Only a few channels were available, but lots of people looking for a clear channel. If there was not enough space, people would pick a channel and start a conversation on top of another one. In crowded areas many people ended up only being able to connect less than a block away, while the technology was capable of covering thousands of miles, if the conditions were right.

In densely populated areas we have the same problem with our wireless routers. Very few channels are available for all of the WiFi enabled devices. Rather than leaving the settings of your router set to “automatic” it can make a huge difference to 'scope' WiFi signals and pick a channel that has the least amount of noise. There are two frequency ranges available, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Most older routers and all of the modems provided by Comcast and AT&T only have the 2.4 GHz band available. If you live in or near a condo building you may have a challenge in having a good connection to your wireless router.


First, use a wired connection if possible. Why use the WiFi if the router is located in the same room?  Improve the connection and reserve WiFi recourses for those devices that have have no other option. Next, enable the 5GHz WiFi on your wireless router. All Apple Airport stations have this option available.

Next, manually select an empty channel. It best to scope the network with an application like “WiFi Explorer” this will give you a graphical representation of the WiFi signals available and make it easy to pick your spot. Don’t forget to measure the signal from various locations in the space. What seems to be clear in one area can be useless in another.

Changing the wireless options in a Apple Airport or Time Capsule:
Open Airport Utility

  1. Double click on the Airport you want to change
  2. Edit
  3. Wireless
  4. Wireless Options
  5. Check the 5GHz box
  6. Change to a manual channel is needed
  7. Update

* For other brands, consult the manual.

Its a two-way connection!

Your WiFi station might beam out a very strong signal that can be heard all over the house. But, remember your portable device, like an iPhone has a weak transmitter with a small antenna, making it very hard to be heard by the base station.

Posted on February 19, 2014 and filed under Network.

iCloud storage management and up or downgrade

September 2013.

Recently many iCloud users have received notice from Apple that their free 20GB storage upgrade will expire on September 30th. Every iCloud account comes with 5GB of storage space. In this email I will help you to determine if its necessary to purchase the upgraded storage space.

iCloud storage space is used for:

  • Back-Up iPhone - iPad - iPod Touch
  • File storage for iCloud supported apps
  • Review your iCloud storage:
  • Mac: System preferences > iCloud > Manage
  • iPhone / iPad: Settings > General > Usage > iCloud > Manage Storage

Before you purchase the upgrade you might want to check and see if you can delete redundant files. Usually most space is consumed by the iCloud Back-Up of your iOS devices. You can free up space by removing old Back-Ups and possibly Back-Ups from devices you don’t already own. Often people share one iCloud account with one or more family members. If they also use iCloud for online back-up of their iPhone / iPad you will unlikely have enough space for these back-ups. Since iCloud is free I recommend that everyone gets their own account. If needed you can share one or more of your iCal calendars as described in this Apple Support article. iTunes is a separate account that can still remain the same on your family member computers allowing you to share the purchased music, movies and apps.

iCloud Storage upgrade pricing:

  • 5GB   Free
  • 10GB $20 / year*
  • 20GB $40 / year
  • 50GB $100 / year

The upgrade will be added to the free 5GB. So a 10GB upgrade will result in 15GB storage space etc.

*Click on "Downgrade Options" in the lower left corner


Posted on September 9, 2013 and filed under Mac Tips & Tricks.