Sharing a Scanner
A unique (and little known) ability of OS X is sharing scanners! With scanner sharing, you can use a scanner that is connected to a desktop system as if it were connected directly to your iMac. Before proceeding, make sure that you’ve correctly installed a scanner on a Macintosh on your local network (see Chapter 10, “Making the Most of Your iMac Hardware,” for details).
Enabling Network Scanner Sharing
Scanner sharing is virtually configuration-free! To enable scanner sharing on your Macintosh, follow these steps:
- In the System Preferences window, click the Sharing icon.
- Click the checkbox in front of the Scanner Sharing service.
- Review the list of available scanners and then click the checkboxes in front of each scanner that you want to share. The scanners can now be accessed in Image Capture or Preview from any Macintosh connected to the local network.
- Close the System Preferences.
Accessing a Shared Scanner
Accessing a shared scanner is just like using a locally connected scanner. Make sure that both the computer sharing the scanner and the scanner are turned on, gather your materials to scan, and then follow along:
- Open your preferred Mountain Lion scanning utility—Preview or Image Capture (Preview is used here).
- Choose Import from Scanner from the Preview application’s File menu.
- Proceed with scanning as if the scanner were connected directly to your iMac. .