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Inside OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: Enhanced Printing & Scanning

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Printing and scanning will be enhanced in this summer's release of OS X Mountain Lion, offering a cleaner user interface with simplified menu bar buttons.

Replacing the Aqua-inspired customizable toolbar of the printer queue, Mountain Lion now offers a utilitarian menu bar with fewer, fixed icons that look more like those of Preview, Safari or Mail.

In the Printer view, Mountain Lion shows the same printer status and jobs information, but includes a thumbnail of your current job, which you can double click to view via Quick Look (Command Y also works).

The printer queue's Quick Look window sports a Sharing Sheet you can use to email, message or AirDrop the printer preview document.




In place of the large colored toolbar icons of previous OS X releases, Mountain Lion presents just four action buttons: delete, resume, pause and information. Rather than providing job information, this button pulls down the sheet formerly presented by the Printer Setup button (and essentially duplicated by the old Supply Levels button).




The scanning features of Lion are also enhanced in Mountain Lion, with a simple, automated scan interface presented when you click on the scanner button of a supported multifunction device.




Click Show Details and Mountain Lion presents the full scanner interface, with image correction and resolution settings, depicted below scanning an product page from Parallels.




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post #2 of 27
If there are printer jobs queued but not running, does your computer refuse to sleep no matter what you try to do until said jobs are completed?

Because that nonsense needs to stop.
post #3 of 27
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post #4 of 27
By the time Apple gets their printing and scanning straightened out no one will be printing or scanning.

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post #5 of 27
I am sorry but I think I missed it. Where are the enhancements? All I see is further movement towards a gray world.

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post #6 of 27
I wish there was just an easy printer... Printers now a days just don't "just work"
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by techno View Post

I am sorry but I think I missed it. Where are the enhancements? All I see is further movement towards a gray world.

Although the beauty (?) of the seldom-seen printer toolbar icons is now more subdued, check out the article text too: many other changes besides that one.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rokrad View Post

I wish there was just an easy printer... Printers now a days just don't "just work"

I just bought one last week for work, and it "just worked". I needed a laser printer with a duplexer, picked up an HP P2055DN and as soon as I plugged in the usb cable, it was recognized and I was printing my two sided documents. Running the latest Snow Leopard on a 3year old iMac.

I love not needing to even open HP's install cd.
post #9 of 27
The simplified interface is great but does this mean Image Capture is gone?

Also does this open up AirPrint for all printers instead of HP printers?
post #10 of 27
oh please, as if i can get excited about printing in snow lion while I'm trying to DOWNGRADE to snow LEOPARD so I can print properly on my xerox 6010. #vomit
post #11 of 27
Photosmart? I do not care Canon had maintenance extension for Mac since Tiger I believe.

I still use it so for me those are just differnt look of what I already know.

Obviously Apple will make those incompatible to promote "new way" so mountain lion sells while offering foolish tight coupling between application and document.

I really think about alternatives as this is not the same Apple I knew in 2006 when I would go for it blindy knowing it was going to be good.
post #12 of 27
I discovered the new Scanning interface in Preview when I went to scan a bunch of documents earlier today. Pleasantly surprised that it worked VERY well, and was much faster than it had been in Snow Leopard & Lion.

I always thought my Brother PS&C was horribly slow and unreliable....turns out it was Preview all along.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by nonanoplease View Post

oh please, as if i can get excited about printing in snow lion while I'm trying to DOWNGRADE to snow LEOPARD so I can print properly on my xerox 6010. #vomit

Snow Lion?
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post #14 of 27
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Snow Lion?

I think he meant Mountain Leopard.
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I think he meant Mountain Leopard.

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post #16 of 27
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oh please, as if i can get excited about printing in snow lion while I'm trying to DOWNGRADE to snow LEOPARD so I can print properly on my xerox 6010. #vomit

I had some trouble initially printing to and scanning from my HP 6110 on a new Macbook Pro with 10.7.2 - after first adding the printer to get the software to load - I removed the printer - powered down the computer and the printer - then rebooted the computer and then the printer - and when added back again it worked perfectly.
post #17 of 27
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I am sorry but I think I missed it. Where are the enhancements? All I see is further movement towards a gray world.

I don't get that either - I don't avocet bright gaudy distracting colors - but subtle clues such as color and even sound (cross fingers that Unsanity will get updates out soon) - can make the computer experience easier and better.
post #18 of 27
That they added a "Descreen" feature but the still need add a document straightener.
post #19 of 27
You know, I would like to print from an iOS device. Perhaps they could get that to work. I tried one third party software and it sometimes works, but most of the time not. I bought a new printer right before they came out with this AirPrint thing but it's not supported by HP for AirPrint and I'm not about to buy a new one for a while.
post #20 of 27
I have one of the HP Airprint printers and sometimes my Mini gets recognized when I try to print and sometimes nothing I do makes it get recognized. About half the time I have to go over to the printer and reboot it to make it notice my printer. My Mac will say the printer isn't connected. Granted, that printer is only hooked up to a power cord and we're using its wireless functionality, but it doesn't always "just work" for me. Hopefully ML tweaks that a bit
post #21 of 27
So far all my mulitfunction USB printer can do when driven with my Airport is print (then it is only 50% of the time without restarting). Scanning, Faxing, checking toner, fuggetaboutit!

Apple should get the printing part right BEFORE adding more and better nonworking features.
post #22 of 27
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So far all my mulitfunction USB printer can do when driven with my Airport is print (then it is only 50% of the time without restarting). Scanning, Faxing, checking toner, fuggetaboutit!

Apple should get the printing part right BEFORE adding more and better nonworking features.

that is fairly typical of what I have seen with any solution that takes a printer that does not have built in networking support and putting it on a network device. wether Apple Airport or Hawking print server or USB to ethernet gizmo - or even a Parallel to USB converter.
post #23 of 27
Oh yippee! another fine mess for those using Large Format Printers. Maybe they'll iron out the bugs such as options locked out or disabled which are essential for paper and color profiles this time around. Who knows
post #24 of 27
"In place of the large colored toolbar icons of previous OS X releases,"

which were clear, reasonably attractive, not without a certain cheerful charm, and above all, easy to read

"Mountain Lion presents"

a barely legible series of drab gray glyphs that offer no additional functionality beyond increasing the sale of reading glasses and antidepressants.

Because after all, humans have a marvelously sophisticated visual system that evolved in a monochrome environment where we spent entire days staring at the dirt under our smallest toenail, and we want to take full advantage of that when designing virtual environments. Why not eliminate the visual interface entirely and let us all just sort of feel our way around in the fog, like naked mole rats in grotesquely overpriced burrows? I find it sinister than the one tech company on earth that isn't suffering a depression is trying to induce it everyone else.

The graphic designers at Apple either need more or less medication, but their current dosage just ain't right. Less ceases to be more when you start out with too little. Can someone within ranting distance of Cupertino tell them that even the Japanese don't actually live in those lovely raked gardens, any more than Europeans sleep on the altars of all those magnificent cathedrals? If I found anorexics who've had their faces surgically removed attractive, I'd live in LA. The whole thing is beginning to remind me of the old "White Box" episode of Ab Fab (start 4:55).

OS X increasingly resembles the environments that are driving Apple's factory workers insane. I'm beginning to wonder if those poor people are throwing themselves off the roof just to put some color other than gray on the sidewalk. If I had to label Apple's favorite paint chips, I'd call them "Despond," "Ennui," and "Drear" and group them into the "Dysthymia" collection.

Oh well. Let's not think of it as a complete abandonment of beautiful humanist engineering in favor of an idiotic Bauhaus prison fad utterly divorced from everything we know about our own neurology, psychology, and pleasure. Let's think of it as a business opportunity for the sort of "redesign your horrible environment before you go insane" applications Windows users have always been forced to resort to.

Historically, Microsoft's designs have resembled a preschool designed by its students. Apple's now look like a tomb built by its occupants. Is this what Stepford Capitalists mean when they pundefecate about "brand differentiation?" It's like being forced to decide, "Who would you rather marry? Tammy Faye Baker or Terri Shiavo?"

Neither, for the luvva god! They're both dead!
post #25 of 27
This strike me as rather uninspiring. Since Apple starting bundling their poorly implemented scanning system none of the third-parties have been including software for Mac, and this looks like it will only further decrease their interest in supporting Mac, while providing Mac users with not more than a slightly modified interface. Apple, you either need to partner with developers in way that makes them money, or you need to provide us with the professional level tools that we need out of the box.
post #26 of 27
Yeah - I wonder if Microsoft Spies have infiltrated Apple to Sabotage the OS…

I don't like all that grey either… It makes things hard to tell apart – without spending more time looking at them to see which one you are clicking on…
post #27 of 27

Thou art brilliant and correctamundo!

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