Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:09

Hamrick adds to Android scan options


A well-regarded developer has thrown its hat into the Android scanning software ring. Support for other mobile platforms is forthcoming.

Hamrick Software's VueScan software for OS X has earned a good reputation among Mac users. It allows the use of a wide range of scanners even though their vendors do not provide or no longer support OS X drivers.

VueScan Mobile for iOS was introduced in 2011, and the company has now announced VueScan Mobile Free for Android. The app allows the use of Canon, Epson and HP Wi-Fi scanners and all-in-ones directly from an Android device.

"A year ago we also decided to make a reduced version for free – the VueScan Mobile Free App - which still contains all the essential features needed for scanning. We wanted to give everyone with a supported scanner the opportunity to experiment with VueScan without any obligation to pay," said Ed Hamrick, a partner at Hamrick Software.

"The VueScan Mobile Free App makes scanning extremely convenient. Simply press the Scan button and, in a few seconds, the document will appear on your Android device, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch."

The paid version of VueScan Mobile for Android will be released shortly at $US4.99. If the iOS version is any guide, additional features will include high-resolution scanning, cropping, rotating, and saving to other applications such as Dropbox and Evernote.

The iOS versions of VueScan Mobile and VueScan Mobile Free were also recently updated with a number of big fixes.

Mr Hamrick added "we will be announcing support for new platforms over the next 6 months" - candidates presumably include Windows Phone, Windows RT (for Surface) and BlackBerry 10 (RIM has been working very hard to court developers).

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