Is Your Scanner Supported On Mac OS X Lion?

Is Your Scanner Supported On Mac OS X Lion?

Lion RoaringI have posted about how the Fujitsu ScanSnap is ready for Lion, but what about some of the other popular scanners for going paperless? What is their status on Mac OS X Lion? Let’s find out.


NeatDeskIt looks like NeatDesk for Mac has been updated for Lion. You need to make sure you have at least NeatWorks for Mac 3.5.4 and you should be good to go.

Canon imageFORMULA P-150

Canon P-150I haven’t seen any reports of the Canon P-150 not working on Lion, but when I go to Canon’s Mac Compatibility list or the P-150 product page, I don’t see Lion support or any drivers available. Do you have a P-150? Please leave a note in the comments and let us know how it is going.

Update: Reader Toralf pointed out that the Lion drivers have been posted as of 11/15/2011. You can download them here.


DoxieDoxie, according to this forum post is fully compatible with Lion. Make sure you grab version 1.4 of the Doxie software.

Epson GT-S50

Epson GT-S50Like the Canon, the Epson GT-S50 doesn’t actually list Lion drivers on their drivers page, but when you go through the Lion wizard thing for the scanner, it takes you to this page, which explains how to get updated Lion drivers. If you use the Epson GT-S50 on Lion, please leave a note in the comments with how it is going.

That’s a roundup of four of the most common scanners that DocumentSnap users use. If you use another one, let us know in the comments how the upgrade has gone for your scanner.

(Photo by Tambako The Jaguar)

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Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Steve - June 12, 2012 Reply

supposedly Lion is supported for the P-150. After installing the drivers and attempting to connect the Scanner I get a "cannot load driver" message.

    Steve - June 13, 2012 Reply

    FYI – I fix the issue. Lion is supported just make sure you switch the on/off toggle to off if you pre-install the drivers and the software 🙂

Martin - April 5, 2012 Reply

My Canon P-150 does not work with Lion OS at all

Randy - January 4, 2012 Reply

My Canonscan 90 and original PhotoStudio software no longer work with my OS Lion update on the iMac. What to do? Thanks

Toralf - December 1, 2011 Reply

According to this page there seems to be a driver for Lion.

    Brooks Duncan - December 1, 2011 Reply

    Thanks Toralf! Nice catch! I've updated the post.

Pat - October 27, 2011 Reply

Hi there, any updates on the GT-S50 or P-150M? I checked out the respective sites but there is no mention of OS X 10.7, only 10.6. I was also considering using a scanner that is compatible with Devonthink as another way around it. Many thanks!

    Brooks Duncan - October 28, 2011 Reply

    I just looked too and I can't find any evidence of Lion drivers for either. Amazing!

Anon - September 1, 2011 Reply

I have managed to get the P150M scanner kinda working on Lion – it will only work with the included "CaptureOnTouch" scanning software that loads in the menubar when you connect your scanner. If you try it with other scanning software on your Mac, it will start scanning, and then will error with "An error occurred during scanning."

    Anon - September 1, 2011 Reply

    Ah, I think I have a workaround for the other applications. When you click scan on your application make sure you DONT have any paper in the scanner. it will then ask you to add paper – if you add the paper after the dialogue box is shown, it should scan properly.

      Brooks Duncan - September 2, 2011 Reply

      Thanks for the workarounds, Anon.

Mike - August 31, 2011 Reply

P150 Working under Lion here by the way. I do not have auto start enabled. I open manually and or select from the app drop down menu.

Using snow leopard drivers from:

    Brooks Duncan - September 1, 2011 Reply

    Excellent, thanks for the report Mike. That'll be handy to know.

Nathan - August 31, 2011 Reply

I can confirm that the P-150 works in OS X Lion if you turn off auto start on the back.

    Brooks Duncan - August 31, 2011 Reply

    Thanks Nathan!

    Christian K. - September 6, 2011 Reply

    HI Nathan,
    I also would like to use the P-150M. Right now I have installed tzhe US Version of the scanner and have the "Auto-Start" Switch on the back off. Unfotunately it is not working. Which version of the scanner are you using ? The Lite from the device itself or the full version, which is installed from CD ?

    Thanks and regards

    Quy Ngo - December 2, 2011 Reply

    GENIUS! Trying to get it to work on OSX Lion and disabling the "Auto Off" on the back did the trick.

    Downloaded and installed the 1.2 drivers from the canon site.

      Brooks Duncan - December 2, 2011 Reply

      Thanks for the report!

klkl - August 23, 2011 Reply

P-150M works with "Lite" software. The driver needed for advanced options does not work.

    Brooks Duncan - August 23, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the report klkl.

    Junket - August 25, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the tip – but, sorry to be ignorant, but what's the "Lite" software please?

    Thorsten - August 29, 2011 Reply

    Yes, please specify “lite” software.

    Best regards

Richie - August 21, 2011 Reply

No support for my lide500f. Tried a few drivers without success, found the best way to get a scan is via the System Preferences / Printers and Scanners. Click '+' to add your scanner from the list (make sure scanner is connected). If you then click on open scanner a fairly basic scanner window should open.

    Brooks Duncan - August 21, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the report and the workaround!

    catriona - January 3, 2012 Reply

    can you use your lide 500f at all? what software did you download.. ? mine just says it does not support power pc.. i am on macbppk pro with lion.

    Jen - February 9, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for the information, I use my ancient Canoscan LIDE 25 once in the proverbial Blue Moon, but when I need it, I need it! I kept it in use by using my old OSX6 laptop which has now died completely. I just spent hours trying to find software and drivers to make the scanner OSX7 compatible, gave up and put it away to go in a yard sale. Found your post by accident when looking for an alternative compatible scanner. A basic scan image is all I need and now I have it. Thanks for posting the instructions, isn’t the internet wonderful!

clyde2801 - August 19, 2011 Reply

Epson GT-S50 is still not adequately supported in 10.7. Minimal functionality…using event manager is excruciatingly slow, or does not work. Epson scan function command/app does, but has only very limited functionality.

No help from Epson customer service as to when or if drivers will be updated.

Compare and contrast that to Fujistsu, where my scansnap (windows model hacked to osx) hasn't had a single hiccup with the 10.7 transition.

    Brooks Duncan - August 19, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the report Clyde. Not good!

      clyde2801 - August 19, 2011 Reply

      And no word from tech support as to when or even if I could expect updated drivers from Epson. So far, the scanner is not on the 'supported in Lion' list on Epson's website. Maybe they won't support it-after all, it appears to be their base workstation model-but you'd think they'd want to update the only model that you can buy at a brick and mortar store.

      Tell you what, I'm not going to look at the generic mac icon on a box anymore and blindly buy a product expecting to work with a new OS. Honestly, I'd be expecting this….if I was still using windows!

        marty - June 23, 2012 Reply

        I've found great support with a little app called YEP (in the app store) it handles the full duplexing and is faster than the epson software which on Lion is painfully slow.
        on little glitch.. one needs to quit the app and start up again for new scan.. as some options without doing this will be greyed out.. (soft bug i'm sure)..

Anon - August 11, 2011 Reply

Yes, I have a P150-M also not working on Mac OS Lion with the Snow Leopard drivers. I've also been fobbed off by Canon. I'm having to use VMWare Fusion to use the damn thing. Very disappointed.

crikos - August 9, 2011 Reply

I have a Canon P-150M and Lion on my iMac. The driver is not working.

    Brooks Duncan - August 9, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the report. Will update if I find anything.

    Junket - August 11, 2011 Reply

    +1 – Me too. I contacted Canon support but they redirected me to a local business centre. No support at all. I've not managed to find out when they'll provide a 10.7 driver. Mine was with an upgraded Snow leopard machine.

      Junket - August 31, 2011 Reply

      I've found this note from Canon – I have no idea if it's referring to a specific device, but October seems to be a date to watch for.

        Brooks Duncan - August 31, 2011 Reply

        Good detective work, thanks Junket.

Dawn M - August 8, 2011 Reply

The Canon P-150 is working with my OS-Lion Mac using the software and drivers that came on the CD. Please note that this is the P-150 and not the P-150M so I couldn't test the Canon with the Auto Start in the On position. It was also a fresh install; I didn't try running the scanner in Snow Leopard and then upgrading to Lion.

This is one fast and accurate little scanner. It does skew a bit, but for my purposes that's acceptable.

    Brooks Duncan - August 9, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the report Dawn!

Thorsten - August 3, 2011 Reply

My P-150 doesn't work under Lion after reinstalling the pre-Lion drivers. This page of Canon… also lists only a driver for Snow Leopard.

The other Canon scanner I have, the flat bed scanner LiDE 70, already got a driver update for Lion.

    Brooks Duncan - August 3, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the report, Thorsten.

@MarkFrman - August 3, 2011 Reply

ExactScan, ExactScan Pro and DevonThink Pro Office users are covered in OSX Lion, which also means a ton of scanners are covered too. I use ESPro with my Xerox Documate 162. I would like to try some of the rebranded Mac Documate drivers to see if they will work but since ESPro works nicely I don't need to. I still get to use my 9 (18) programmable Simplex/Duplex buttons. The German company that makes DevonThink actually sells some Mac rebranded Documates which is probably why it works so well.

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