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I have a client who just switched to Mac and, even though I'm a Mac user and enthusiast, it's turning out to be a mixed blessing for me. The current challenge is scanning.

After doing a lot of searching around, it's beginning to seem as if support for scanning -- especially sophisticated scanning needs -- is pretty weak in OS X. For my personal needs, VueScan works well because I have a supported scanner (Canoscan N670U) but I can't recommend this to my client because neither his HP OfficeJet nor his Fujitsu 5110c are supported.

I've identified a couple of scanners that may work but fall short in some areas. The Fujitsu "ScanSnap" scanners are designed for Mac but they have a proprietary means of communicating -- neither TWAIN nor ISIS are supported. There are also some HP models designed for Mac -- I'm looking into the ScanJet 5590 -- but it's not clear from what I've read whether they are TWAIN or ISIS compliant.

The reason this is an issue is that I hope to be able to provide my client with a Mac version of the Java-based custom software I wrote for him that, at the moment works only in Windows. Java TWAIN libraries have become available for Mac as well as Windows since I first wrote the software but it does me no good if I can't identify a TWAIN-compliant scanner for OS X that has the features we need (high speed, duplex scanning and color). Can anyone here offer some guidance?

Thanks in advance,

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