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mpemburn

 
Member Since: Nov 02, 2007
Location: Bel Air, MD USA
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I couldn't agree more that VueScan is great -- but it's essentially a one-man show and it only supports the scanners that he's had an opportunity to test it with. He's created his proprietary protocol to communicate with the scanner hardware rather than using a standards-compliant layer like TWAIN or ISIS. That's probably because he had no choice at the time he began the project ten years ago and there was no reason to change his method as time went on.

I downloaded and installed the SANE packages this afternoon. The system is actually not as arcane as I feared. There's a back end that handles the scanner hardware and a USB library that's needed for USB scanners. The interface puzzled me for a while because it doesn't install as a app that you can open from Applications. Instead, it automatically comes up in Image Capture. My initial impression is not all that favorable, though: the Overview (Preview) doesn't work and no matter what I do, it'll only scan the upper-right corner of the page.
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