Monday, March 29, 2010

CanoScan LiDE 30 on OS X (10.4 - 10.7) - as easy as Linux (almost)!

Any scanner that works in Linux should work in OS X using the twain-sane drivers. No more running PhotoShop in Rosetta mode (I've never done it, but that's what I've read others have had to do).

[Edit: February 16, 2011] put steps 2 and 3 in the correct order
[Edit: April 21, 2011] added note to remove canon software
[Edit: August 14, 2011] began looking at fixes for Lion
[Edit: February 11, 2012] highlighted comments addressing fixes


OS X 10.7 Lion
  1. Manually remove any Canon software / drivers you may have installed previously
  2. Install libusb.pkg (Lion)
  3. unzip OSX_Lion_SANE (sane-backends for Lion) and follow the readme
  4. Install SNAC [direct download] (optional)
    Note: you may have to uninstall and reinstall if you already have it installed.
Skewing problems in Lion

https://discussions.apple.com/message/17563201#17563201 - actiyo
I had the same skewed scans problem. The button was on the unlock position at the bottom of the scanner. I found that you must select "Detect Enclosing Box" and set the rotation angle to 0. Then the scan is fine even at 300 dpi. -achille


OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

On OS X 10.6 twain-sane doesn't install properly via macports so you have to download and go through several next-next-finish clicks (painful, I know)
  1. Manually remove any Canon software / drivers you may have installed previously
  2. Install libusb.pkg (Snow Leopard) 
  3. Install sane-backends.pkg (Snow Leopard
  4. Install twain-sane interface.pkg
  5. Reboot (yes, you must do this)
  6. Open Image Capture
    open /Applications/Image\ Capture.app
  7. Click SANE
  8. Rock and Roll (and scan)

OS X 10.5 Leopard
  1. sudo port install twain-sane sane-backends # as easy as Linux :-P

OS X 10.4 Tiger
  1. Use the drivers supplied by Canon?
  2. Or follow the 10.6 instructions using these twain-sane drivers?
  3. Or use fink?

63 Comments:

Blogger Foguenne said...

Thank you very much, it's great.

April 26, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Thank you very much for this post.

June 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM  
OpenID doobya said...

Thanks for the tips! Worked great. Only correction: twain-sane-interface required me to install sane-backends FIRST before it would install, so I did step 3 before step 2. Whatever, it works ;) Cheers!

July 23, 2010 at 5:17 AM  
Blogger CatHater said...

YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE +4 WAND OF AWESOME!!

((seriously, thank you very much!))

September 13, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger xxx said...

Hello! Thanks a lot, works perfectly (with step 3 before step 2)!
Just a little hint for all the other Germans like me who happen to end up on your site: Image Capture is called "Digitale Bilder" in german. So this means: Plug in your scanner, go to Programme/Digitale Bilder and then click Sane.

December 12, 2010 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger gazelle said...

un-f'in real! how can i be the man, when you're the man. I never thought this would work. You sir, are a genius.

And yes, "Only correction: twain-sane-interface required me to install sane-backends FIRST before it would install, so I did step 3 before step 2."

January 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger tteegarden58 said...

Hi.... I followed the directions re:CanoScan LiDE 30 and Snow Leopard but it doesn't work. When I open Image Capture it doesn't find any scanner. Earlier today, I spent many hours on the web trying to get the drivers, plug-in, etc to make my good old scanner work and I thought this might be a work around. My 'upgrade' this weekend to Snow Leopard has been a pain so far. Too many old devices, etc. I guess. Anyway, does anyone have a suggestion. Thanks. Tom

February 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger CoolAJ86 said...

Try reversing steps 2 and 3. You're the first person to have a problem, but also perhaps the first person to do step 2 and then 3 in the "corrected" order. Maybe the correct order is actually 3, 2, 3.

February 16, 2011 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger tteegarden58 said...

Thanks CoolAJ86.... I appreciate your helpfulness. I reinstalled as you suggested but no good. The Image Capture just doesn't recognize any scanners of cameras to be connected.
[I did reboot].
A couple of questions: I wonder if the scanner needs to disconnected from the MAC until after installing the 3 programs above.

Another question: in the beginning of my efforts to get my scanner to work, I downloaded Canoscan 4.1, of course,..... I am wondering if perhaps I should delete that program?

Finally, one last thought: should I have deleted the 3 programs before trying to reinstall them. I mean, all I have done is reinstall them on top of each other. Am wondering about the 1,3,2,3 order, etc. What difference can it make if all are already installed? Hope this question makes sense!! Thanks again. Tom

Also, perhaps a dumb question...... when I install libush, sane-backends and TWAIN-SANE, the only option is to install on the HDD, which of course I have. They all install successfully. I wonder if the installations be in any particular place besides just HDD?

February 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Travis said...

Thanks,

I just picked up a Canoscan Lide30 for five bucks at goodwill and it works great on my MacBook Pro using snow leopard.

March 6, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger tteegarden58 said...

HI I will try once more. I loaded the three files mentioned and restarted the machine. Opened Image Capture and this time it shows the Sand USB link in the pane to the left. When clicked it TRIES TO OPEN SCANNER SESSION and then says "FAILED TO OPEN A SESSION".

I suspect I am close but don't know which files to move nor where or ????

Thanks again. Tommy

March 17, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger SL Jobe said...

Tried 1 2 3 and it didn't work.

Tried 1 3 2 ditto.

Ideas? I have an iMac snow leopard 10.6.7

April 9, 2011 at 6:25 AM  
Blogger Helge said...

Doesn't work for me on Snow Leo 10.6.7. Tried different orders, 2-3 and 3-2. Image Capture doesn't even show SANE to click. Just plainly says no camera or scanner connected. Pity...

April 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Helge said...

Okay, correction. It started working after I manually removed all Canon-related drivers and software, and rebooted! So perhaps you should mention that in the instructions above.

April 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Stève said...

I use this plug-in too : http://www.driversbay.com/drivers/scanners/canon/canoscan-lide-30/apple-mac-os-x-10-6-snow-leopard/

SCAN appear to Photoshop CS3 (not Capture for me)

April 25, 2011 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Wow! I dusted off my Lide 30 and I haven't had this think work since Leopard (had to use it with vuescan). This is a nice free alternative and the software is nicer! Worked perfect on Snow Leopard!!!

Thanks for posting. I just went through all the steps as is, listed above.

June 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger ryanturcotte said...

The Canon website said it wasn't supporting the LideScan 30 scanner on Snow Leopard, but I did a last ditch search for "lidescan 30 snow leopard" and got this page. You're a genius. Thanks for making someone's life a little better.

June 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Kenneth said...

Does anyone know if this works on Lion? (Haven't upgraded to Lion yet.)

July 26, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger M. said...

Hello GENIUS!

August 12, 2011 at 3:42 AM  
Blogger K and A Alesandrini said...

Instructions worked perfectly in Lion for my LideScan 30. You're a life saver. Wow!

August 19, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Luki said...

Hi CoolAJ86

thanks for the post. Works great for me on Lion 10.7.1 with Canon Lide 30. The readme in OSX_Lion_SANE says you don't have to restart to use the scanner. However, to make the SANE appear in Image capture, I had to restart. For command line use, restart was not necessary. Christian

August 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger vasu26deva said...

Awesome! Thank you!

August 28, 2011 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger jwlussow said...

For some reason my scans are all skewed. The preview looks fine but the actual scan looks like someone moved the photo during the scan. Anybody else seeing this?

August 31, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger CoolAJ86 said...

@jwlussow is the lock button on the bottom of your scanner halfway rather than all of the way towards 'unlock'? That was my problem when I saw that.

August 31, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger didip said...

It works great with my iMac i7 and Lide 30, but all the saved files like jpeg, png etc. are demaged. Only the preview is ok!

September 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Luki said...

I have the same problem with skewed scans on lion on an i5 mac book pro and Lide 35. Previews are fine.

September 9, 2011 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger jwlussow said...

Same here. Preview looks great. Scan is skewed.

September 9, 2011 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger dr_hits said...

Hi

Thanks a lot!! Works great. I have listed my experience for others.

I have a MBP OS X 10.6.8 and a LiDE 30. I followed the steps for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard above, installing the files in order listed. I also had the scanner connected to the MBP while installing.

After step 4 (before the 'Reboot' step), the scanner came to life. Launched Image Capture, scanner started perfectly, no problems with the image.

Have just done this and have not rebooted yet - but it is working perfectly.

Fantastic, thanks a Million!

Hits

September 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger grupodx5 said...

Hi folks!

I also get my images skewed while the previews are well. But - what is even stranger - sometimes, without any logical explanation, the are well (but just 2 o 3 images in 25 or 30 scans...). Most of them are skewed...

Do you know why? Any solutions?

Does anybody have an explanation or (better) a solution??

I have a MacBook Pro i5, OS 10.7 Lion

September 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger BigAl said...

thanks for this thread! Unfortunately I have 10.6.8 and followed the Snow Leopard instructions and the scanner is not recognized. I'd like to try it again, but how do I uninstall the stuff I did in Steps 2, 3, and 4? Where are they on the computer? I'm a clueless user!
thanks

October 4, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Teekocher said...

Hint for older scanners:

I use a LIDE 20 - it wouldn't work with Lion, until I

1 - installed the driver for LIDE 70
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/scanners/canoscan_series/canoscan_lide70#DriversAndSoftware

2 - used VueScan
http://hamrick.com/

It works.

October 6, 2011 at 12:51 AM  
Blogger Jeff Fox said...

I am running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and I have a Canon LIDE 30.
Software installed with no issues. I did not have to reboot.
Works great.

October 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Kenneth said...

I also have the problem of scans (with a resolution of greater than 75 dpi) being skewed.

Running 10.7.2 on an i5 MBP.

October 15, 2011 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger insomnibus said...

This worked very nicely when first performed, but now a week later I go to scan another document and get only "failed to open a session on the device"

Not sure why this is. Anyone found a solution to this? I checked the lock switch and made sure it is unlocked. Made me wonder, what is the value of that switch?

October 17, 2011 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger ARF said...

iMac C2DUO 27" 3.06 with 10.7.2
The answer to my prayers! Well, some of them anyway...
It all worked fine with a Lide 30 but will not see an HP 4670, my preferred scanner. The only problems were that I did have to restart the Mac before ImageCapture saw the scanner and some of the scansare randomly skewed except as follows:
TIFF at 300 colour OK
JPEG at 300 colour OK
TIFF at 150 colour skewed
these settings seem consistent, other settings may or may not be skewed but not consistently.

October 27, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger ARF said...

A follow up to my 'skewed' post:
If I select two areas and auto detect then the first smaller scan is skewed but the larger second scan is fine. This seems to be fairly consistent over most of the settings I tried. It doesn't seem possible to predict what other single scan settings work OK.
Thanks for what looks like it might be brilliant useful software!

October 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger c21Dodo said...

Same problem with skewing - preview is OK but the final scan is very skewed.
OS 10.7.1, LIDE20 scanner

November 4, 2011 at 4:22 AM  
Blogger Kenneth said...

Anyone have a solution to the skewing issue or not what piece of the puzzle is to blame?

November 5, 2011 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Image capture doesn't see my LIDE30, but it works with scan image.

Odd.

November 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger helles said...

10.7.2 on MacBook Air: CanoScan LiDE 30 works, CanoScan LiDE 50 makes crunching sounds, and only scans tiny fractions of image, if at all. Anyone else sees this?

December 6, 2011 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Dan Sz said...

December 11, 2011

The instructions for Snow Leopard work. Pictures scan properly as JPGs and open in other programs. My guess is it will work in Lion, but I'm not upgrading just yet.

However, it wouldn't scan a second item without quitting Image Capture.
I had to quit and restart it to scan the second item.

It's better than paying $40 for Vuescan and buying a new scanner as I scan so seldom, anyway.

December 11, 2011 at 7:59 AM  
OpenID 2b04f1be-30cb-11e1-8462-000bcdcb5194 said...

I think the skewing issue is related to custom page sizes. When I selected the standard A4 page size, no more skewing!

December 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Graciela said...

I have tried this solution on and on but no positive results... I'm thinking of giving up! Am I doing something wrong or it's not possible to make my scanner work? I have a Canoscan Lide 30 and a Macbook Air with Mac OS X 10.7.2. Maybe it's I'm not deleting things properly... how do I do this in Mac? Thanks for your help!

January 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Basil said...

Hey AJ thanks very much for this man. I followed the instructions for snow leopard exactly as above and my mac ( 10.6.8 ) is talking to my Lide30. The only slight issue is that when I hit the 'cancel' button, it doesn't stop the process, but I can live with that ! Again thanks for putting this helpful stuff out there.

January 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Rafael said...

Worked like a charm for my LiDE 30 on OS X Lion, even without restart, I'm scanning in Acrobat right now! Thanks a lot!

January 17, 2012 at 3:35 AM  
Blogger Dak said...

The skewing problem goes away for me at resolutions of 75 dpi and fewer. Not a fix, but may be worth something if you're in one.

February 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger actiyo said...

For the skewing problems in Lion see my posts here: https://discussions.apple.com/message/17563201#17563201

February 11, 2012 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger achille said...

Thanks very much CoolAJ86!

I had the same skewed scans problem. The button was on the unlock position at the bottom of the scanner. I found that you must select "Detect Enclosing Box" and set the rotation angle to 0. Then the scan is fine even at 300 dpi.

February 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger CoolAJ86 said...

@actiyo, @achille,

Thanks guys. I'm glad you've found a solution for the skewing problem!

February 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Edinger said...

I started the installation process and installed libusb.pkg, but I've changed my mind.

How can I uninstall libusb?
Is there any way?
Is it necessary?

Thanks!

February 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger andyisavinit said...

Hi everyone. I'm using a CanoScan LiDe 30. On snow leopard. I followed the instructions above and I also downloaded the CanoScan ICA driver for Mac OSX driver from http://www.driversbay.com/drivers/scanners/canon/canoscan-lide-30/apple-mac-os-x-10-6-snow-leopard/ as Stève mentioned earlier in this thread.

Now I did get image capture to recognise the scanner but only once and since I've done a restart it doesn't!! Very annoying! I tried reinstalling everything but with no luck.

So I downloaded another scanning app called VueScan and this seems to be recognising the scanner. Hope this helps someone.

Andy

March 3, 2012 at 3:28 AM  
Blogger Brad Lartigue said...

Thanks Andy @ andyisavinit! This was VERY helpful

Brad

March 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger ckp said...

Not much of a terminal guy but actually got this working perfectly in terminal...even scans fine....

My problem now is I can't see the LIDE30 scanner in in Image Capture. It says "No camera of scanner connected."

Any ideas?

April 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger ustarroz said...

thanks a lot!! you've saved my day!! :)

June 12, 2012 at 2:47 AM  
Blogger raLo2 said...

THANK YOU!!!
Now it WORKS with Snow Leopard!!!
(Step 3 before Step 2)

Canon Toolbox SUX. Scan Gear SUCKS. CanoScan Support SUCKS.
ImageCapture is at least OK.

July 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Anne Carpenter said...

Hi there! I'm working on a new laptop with OS 10.7.4. I'm on step 3 and there were lots of folders and files already there, so I'm copying the files one by one into their proper folder. There are, however, a number of files that already exist in the designated folders. They are listed here:

bin:
libusb-config

include:
usb.h usbpp.h

lib:
libusb-0.1.4.dylib libusb.la libusbpp.dylib
libusb.a libusbpp-0.1.4.dylib libusbpp.la
libusb.dylib libusbpp.a

So it asks me whether I want to overwrite the files existing there. Should I? I've only installed some Brother printer/scanner related drivers but otherwise have installed nothing related to printers/scanners, certainly nothing from Canon. Thanks!

September 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger CoolAJ86 said...

Short answer: It doesn't matter. I would overwrite them, but they're the same versions of the same files so they should be compatible.



Is it new from Apple? Or new from a relative (or store) who takes pride in their computers?

Either someone (or something) installed those things before (possibly for using another scanner or printer) or they're now be included in the download whereas they weren't before.

September 21, 2012 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Anne Carpenter said...

It's brand-new from Apple, via my company. Thanks! I will copy the old versions as backups just in case and let you know how it turns out. Tomorrow.

September 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Anne Carpenter said...

Ok, had a chance to replace those files, so at that point I had followed all instructions (except for the optional last step to install SNAC). I didn't see any devices in Image Capture...

If I followed the readme instructions to test using the command line (To verify that SANE can find your scanner: scanimage --list-devices), I got:

device `plustek:libusb:001:003-04a9-220e-ff-00' is a Canon CanoScan N1240U/LiDE30 flatbed scanner

And, running (scanimage --mode Color --format tiff --resolution 300 > ~/Desktop/scan.tiff) works! It scans an image to the desktop. Then I restarted the computer and voila! Image Capture works! As well, I'm able to use the File > Import from scanner option in the Preview application.

Thanks so much to the original poster and additional commenters! I'm so relieved this was relatively painless.

September 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger JEBB said...

Will the files for Lion work with Mountain Lion?

October 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
OpenID yojenny said...

Thanks for this! It was so easy to follow. Now I can continue to use my Canon LiDE 30 with an ancient Macbook Pro (circa 2007). I was about to get rid of this scanner because it no longer works with my new laptop which is running on Windows 7.

October 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM  
OpenID JohnMazz said...

Wonderful! I got a bit discouraged on the way but it worked out perfectly!

Unfortunately Image Capture didn't work, but Snac worked like a charm. Thanks!

November 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger iveesee said...

@ andyisavinitMarch 3, 2012 3:28 AM
"So I downloaded another scanning app called VueScan and this seems to be recognising the scanner. Hope this helps someone."


Thanks Andy!
Image Capture didn't work, but VueScan did!

January 3, 2013 at 8:01 PM  

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