Since I’m both a USAA customer and a Mac user, I was happy to see that USAA is now supporting Macs for its fantastic Deposit@Home service. Deposit@Home lets you deposit checks into your account using a scanner, which has been a huge help for me. If you’re a USAA customer, you should definitely check it out. For now at least, they’re crediting the account immediately with your deposit, which in itself is a benefit over banks that take a day or two to recognize a check deposit you make at a branch.
Macs aren’t usually well-supported on bank sites. If you’re on Windows, Deposit@Home works through Java applet that directly controls the scanner. On Mac, USAA is instead having you scan the check yourself in JPEG format, and then crop it using their applet. I’d guess that makes supporting Macs easier (since they don’t have to write scanner-control code for Mac scanners), if a little harder for Mac users, but that seems like a good trade-off. I’d rather have Macs supported, even a little awkwardly, than not at all. (Anyone want to try it on Linux and let me know what you find? If you can scan an image on a Mac, you can do it on Linux, too, I’d guess…)