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CanoScan LiDE 30 on Mac OS X 10.5 
3rd-Feb-2009 06:54 pm

This technical help may seem completely out of place on this art blog but after scouring the internet for 3 hours trying to set my 6 year old scanner up on my new MacBook, I found this info half way down a lengthy comments section of a random blog. So I thought I'd post it here (slightly altered) as a message in a bottle to anyone else in need of it.

How to set up CanoScan LiDE 30 on Mac OSX 10.5


Select MAC OS X

Download BOTH:

LiDE 20/LiDE 30 Scanner Driver Ver.
(Mac OS X) 


CanoScan Toolbox Ver.
(Mac OS X)


INSTALL CanoScan Toolbox Ver.

INSTALL LiDE 30 Scanner Driver Ver. . Make sure Applications>CanoScan Toolbox 4.1>Plug-Ins is selected as the install location.

You will be asked to RESTART. You should.

When you run CanoScan you can choose Photoshop as the default program to open the image in once it has scanned. You do not need Photoshop to open using Rosetta for this to work.

NOTE: If you want to scan directly from within Photoshop CS3, you need to copy the driver 'ScanGear CS 7.0X' which is found in Applications>CanoScan Toolbox 4.1>Plug-Ins into the photoshop pluggins folder, Applications> Adobe Photoshop CS3>Plug-Ins>Import/Export. You also need to open photoshop in Rosetta mode. Apple + I on the photoshop icon and select 'Open using Rosetta'. I would not recommend using this method though.

Go to System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items and remove both of the following:


I hope you find this information much quicker than I did.
3rd-Feb-2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
I had to up trying to find a driver for my old scanner when I moved to OSX. Which was annoying.
3rd-Feb-2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I had to give up trying to find a driver for my old scanner when I moved to OSX.

That's what I meant to say.
3rd-Feb-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
4th-Feb-2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Aw dude, luckily I found something to get my big ol' A3 Mustek scanner going on OS X fairly promptly seeing as various comic artists had already been there before me! I'll link it, just in case you ever get one of those cheap A3 scanners so you dont have to go to too much trouble!

Hows the Macbook? Also, shouldn't you be poor right now? ;)
4th-Feb-2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
I am very poor right now. I had to get a laptop because I have no home. Being a hobo with a desktop PC just isn't practical.
4th-Feb-2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
And this is exactly why I'm too scared to take my old scanner off my del and put it on my macbook....tsk scanners!
26th-Mar-2009 12:34 am (UTC) - Thanks
Worked perfectly, thank you so much!
30th-Mar-2009 06:27 pm (UTC) - This works.
Can't thank you enough. You saved me a ton of time!

BTW I didn't reboot and everything still worked.
12th-Apr-2009 01:16 pm (UTC) - thanks

Switching to 10.5, and been nothing but trouble with my current equipment, and with no real benefits. Im glad to get this working again.
16th-Apr-2009 01:22 am (UTC) - Scanning without photoshop
Ok, I've installed the Driver and Toolbox onto my Mac. But it still says I need a plug-in. I don't have Photoshop installed since it's so damn expensive. Is there another program I can use? I think this is the only thing holding me up. -Jodi
16th-Apr-2009 01:41 am (UTC) - Re: Scanning without photoshop
One more question...if I decide to purchase Photoshop (which it looks like I'll need to), can I purchase Photoshop CS4 rather than CS3? Will it work the same way?
18th-Apr-2009 09:58 pm (UTC) - Excellent!
Worked perfectly! Thanks!!!!!!!
24th-Apr-2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Canoscan toolbox won't let me select photoshop CS4 as the default program. :(
1st-May-2009 02:40 am (UTC)
when you get the window that pops up. there is a file called 'icon' . select that. worked for me.
11th-May-2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!!
5th-Jun-2009 12:42 pm (UTC) - Good Stuff - Thanks so much.
Like you I spent a fair while searching for information on setting up my CanoScan LiDE30 on my MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.5. Your guide was spot on though, thanks a ton. I don't get why this install has become such a task. Installing on Tiger / PPC was an absolute doddle!
5th-Jun-2009 09:34 pm (UTC) - Re: Good Stuff - Thanks so much.
Thank you, you glorious bastard!
15th-Jun-2009 03:17 am (UTC) - yes!
ah! great....thank you for posting this.....i have a macbook as well and was about to buy a new scanner.....this is awesome. well done with the links and explanations and all that......mine works great now.....you saved me 50 bucks!

18th-Jun-2009 03:15 am (UTC) - no
I followed your method and where I am getting stuck is when you select the application that will import the scan in Canoscan toolbox the folders all show the contents folders and so on. So I can't actually select the application itself. Weird. Any hints?
23rd-Jun-2009 09:26 pm (UTC) - Thanks so much
Thanks a lot. I wouldn't have gotten this figured out without this walkthrough. Thanks a bunch!
8th-Jul-2009 12:05 pm (UTC) - Re: Thanks so much
I didn't do step 8 and seems like the procedure brought promising results so far. What's step 8 for anyways?
11th-Jul-2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Found this via Google. Finally can use my scanner again after years of non-use. Thanks!
8th-Aug-2009 09:07 am (UTC) - Thank you!
Thanks for this - now working perfectly!
11th-Aug-2009 04:52 pm (UTC) - THANK YOU!
Recently upgraded to Photoshop CS4 with Leopard running on a MBP 2006...found this post which helped save me from purchasing an unnecessarily new scanner! Photoshop CS4 no longer recommends using the TWAIN approach to importing images from the scanner...this solution is a life-saver -- THANK YOU FOR POSTING!!!
14th-Aug-2009 07:39 pm (UTC) - You are my hero! :-)
18th-Sep-2009 08:05 pm (UTC) - thanks!
thank you for posting this - you are a hero!

23rd-Sep-2009 03:25 am (UTC) - Argh, I've followed all of these instructions to a T and still can't get it to work.
Any ideas anyone? Mac OS X.4.11
23rd-Sep-2009 08:13 am (UTC) - Re: Argh, I've followed all of these instructions to a T and still can't get it to work.
It's important to install the Toolbox first, then the Scanner Driver. If you did it the wrong way around, just uninstall/delete everything then start again.

If that's not it I don't know how to help, this has worked for most other people.

Good luck.
3rd-Oct-2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the guide! I was worried I'd have to unnecessarily purchase a new scanner just because of some silly software issue.

Note: this guide worked on my 13" MacBook Pro running CS4 and Snow Leopard (in 32-bit).
15th-Oct-2009 08:30 pm (UTC) - yay it's working
Thank you so much! I never would have figured this out. I know nothing about computers and couldn't get this old scanner to work! Thank yoU!!
18th-Oct-2009 12:56 am (UTC) - You. Saved. My. Sanity.
Seriously- I've been dreaming of you for almost a year now as my scanner sat useless. It just came back to life and I can't thank you enough!
Thanks so much for posting this!!!
26th-Oct-2009 02:51 am (UTC) - Perfect
This really worked out great. Thanks for posting this information, and particularly the recommendation to uninstall and reinstall.
7th-Nov-2009 04:51 am (UTC) - CANOSCAN Lide30
Thanks dude! This worked just like you said!
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