... Image Capture transfers images between your digital camera or scanner and your Mac for use in iPhoto and other applications....There's nothing there to suggest this ...
Good old Image Capture, which always had more abilities than most realized, is now a very sweet scanning app in 10.6. Apple has silently removed one of the OS X's bigger weaknesses -- crummy scanner support. Yeah, that was due to hardware vendors outsourcing device drivers to the lowest bidder, but users felt the pain all the same.
For years I've made do with Epson's crummy and buggy product, and I was worried how my sweet Epson V700 would do with Snow Leopard.
It took about 5 minutes to answer that question. I plugged a bright orange $10 LaCie 800-400 flat firewire cable into the i5 and the V700, then fired up Image Capture and clicked "Show Details". Everything is there, and the results are fine. (I scan to high res TIFF then post-process to archival JPEG in Aperture, or, as of today, in Lightroom beta 3.)
I didn't install anything. No apps, no drivers.
The new scanning features include automatic detection of separate items so you can scan multiple items at once. The downside is that not all scanners are supported; HP scanners are particularly problematic. Of course all HP consumer products are problematic ...
- Gordon's Tech: Epson vs. Canon scanners: who has better OS X support (how I picked the V700 - 2007)
- Gordon's Tech: Obnoxious old Epson Scan bug: EPSON Scan cannot be started
- Gordon's Tech: Image Capture for Scanning: the 2nd most underestimated OS X application (2007)
- Gordon's Tech: VueScan vs. Nikon Scan on OS X
- Gordon's Tech: Scantips advice on VueScan
- Gordon's Tech: Digital Imaging Software Review: Vuescan 8.1
- Gordon's Tech: Scanner support remains problematic in Tiger: Epson support
Update 12/27/09: It even automatically found my 4yo networked Brother MFC-7820N - with no drivers installed! It took a long time to do the initial scan - spent about 5 minutes spinning. I was about to kill the process when it completed. Subsequent scans start fairly promptly. Page processing seems slow - and I'm using an i5! The B&W 200 dpi scan PDF results are excellent though, 4 pages at 745KB with very fine post-processing. I suspect there will be glitches though, I've seen this machine have trouble switching between acting as a scanner and acting as a printer.