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O'Reilly Network: Living Linux: Scanning Images With SANE

Jul 22, 2000, 15:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)

"SANE, "Scanner Access Now Easy," is the de facto Linux scanner interface, which you use to scan an image from an image scanning device -- such as a flatbed scanner -- and save it to an image file. The SANE tools are available in the Debian sane package or on the Web at http://www.mostang.com/sane/."

"As the acronym implies, getting a scanner to work on a Linux system hasn't always been smooth going. The SANE interface is completely open, and its developers are making sure that it is generalized enough to be implementable on any hardware or operating system."

"SANE works with a wide array of scanning hardware, but you'll want to make sure the scanning hardware you want to use is compatible by checking the Hardware HOWTO and SANE's list of supported scanners. Once you have SANE installed and going, you can scan images with applications like the GIMP image editor; do this to scan images with a self-explanatory, point-and-click interface. The rest of this column focuses on a command-line scanimage tool, which comes with the SANE package."

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