July 23rd, 2003 • 11:43 pm
I gave up on Umax supporting my USB scanner (an Astra 4000U) under Mac OS X a long time ago. (When I need to scan, I just fire up Classic and use the stand-alone VistaScan application, which works OK. It’s a pain, and there’s always a risk that a future UPDATE of Mac OS X will break the compatibility, but for now it works.)
Imagine my surprise, then, when I read the following in a MacInTouch reader report on Mac OS X quoting a Umax representative:
Thank you for taking the time to contact UMAX technical support.Unfortunately, there are no plans to develop and OS X compliant drivers for any of the Astra series or older consumer level scanners, with the exception of the Astra 4400/4450 and 4000U.
This is the first time I hear about Umax possibly supporting my scanner in Mac OS X! Could this be true? Well, when I checked the Mac OS X support page on the Umax UK web site, I found nothing about the Astra 4000U or 4400/4450.
And that page also says
We expect independant developers to release OS X compatible drivers to support the older range of scanners over the course of the next few months. Given that the last time this page was edited is August 29, 2002, I am not raising my hopes too high. Intriguing nonetheless.