I've read some older threads regarding this discussion but they must be closed since I couldn't add a comment. So, I thought it would be best to open a new one. I apologize if I'm treading old ground.
Here's my setup: MacBook Pro (mid-2010), Mac OS X v10.6.8 Snow Leopard, Safari 5.1.2. I needed a basic scanner, did research and everything looked good, so I bought a Canon CanoScan LiDE 210 scanner. All I need is to be able to scan documents (minimal graphics) to the MacBook, preferably in PDF format. Not really interested in scanning photos etc.
I just want to be careful and would like some clarification, please. So regarding installation, I've gotten three "recommendations/methods":
1) With the purchased Scanner, included was installation CD with instructions.
2) Emailed Canon Support and was told to download the latest driver and the MP Navigator EX from their website instead.
3) Read and referenced Apple Support Article HT3669 , which has been updated recently - February 15th, 2012.
Now, step #3 is my preferred selection, since it comes from Apple Software Update and the article lists the LiDE 210 as supported.
I also noticed on the other thread (that I could not comment on), that PAHU commented:
I have the LiDE200 and it works fine with Image Capture and Preview. The driver was included with one of the Canon updates hosted via Apple and part of Software Update. Checking the [latest Canon update|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#canon] hosted by Apple, the LiDE210 and LiDE700F are both included as supported scanners.
This sounds exactly what I want to do for installation and use (Image Capture and Preview).
So before mucking up anything, if possible, could someone please confirm the step #3 approach and the supporting comments. (PAHU ?! ).
The way it appears, step #3 seems like minimal hassle, straightforward, and the best way to go. Also, do I really need this "MP Navigator EX", if I have Image Capture and Preview? I would prefer to avoid as much third party SW as possible.
I apologize for the lengthy post and thanks in advance for the help!