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Does it exist? There are some great options in Linux using gscan, so it seems like it should make it's way to Mac, too. But after searching and searching, I can't find anything. Thanks!

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And I guess b/c Preview.app does it so well, there are no other free/simple alternatives. –  Richard Herron Sep 22 '10 at 13:06

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It's built-in in, for example, Preview. Connect the scanner and choose menu File, Import from scanner. Next, save as PDF.

(This does not do OCR text recognition though, so the PDF won't be easily searched and it depends on the PDF reader whether you can select text while viewing. See Simple, free OCR software (for OS X)?)

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Holy cow! Just when you consider yourself OS savvy! Thanks! And it has a lot more options than I expected. –  Richard Herron Sep 20 '10 at 1:25
    
Hmmm, @Richard, you do know about Preview's annotation options? ;-) –  Arjan Sep 20 '10 at 5:48

image capture is another easy way to scan right out of the box.

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Most scanners will have a TWAIN driver, which then most image software can hook into.

As far as free software, I've used GIMP for this (and I've also used the bundled software).

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