Interested in scanning?

drago01 drago01 at
Sat Jun 6 10:34:14 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 6:35 PM, Adam Williamson<awilliam at> wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-06-05 at 11:23 +0100, Bastien Nocera wrote:
>> Heya,
>> Yesterday, I was browsing Ubuntu's "Blueprints" for their next release,
>> and saw this:
>> gnome-scan is already packaged by Deji, but I gather that more
>> integration work could be done to make setting up and using scanners
>> easier in GNOME and Fedora in general.
>> Any takers?
>> I think a good start would be making a list of problems seen in setting
>> up scanners (additional packages required, tweaks), and make sure that
>> gnome-scan and the necessary plugins are installed in a default
>> installation.
>> Cheers
>> /Bastien, who doesn't own a scanner
> I have a scanner, but it's a rather well-behaved one (an HP ScanJet
> 2100C). As long as SANE is installed you don't really need to do
> anything to set it up - you can just run GIMP or xsane directly and get
> to scanning.
> Looking at gnome-scan, I see the author is asking for help:
> testing it out, it seems a bit odd - it certainly has a nicer interface
> than xsane's horribleness, but it seems a bit weird in places. It
> defaulted to a rather odd scanned image size for me, and the preview tab
> would only show that area of the page. I then switched to the 'Letter'
> size on the main tab, previewed again, and the preview seemed to come
> out right - but I couldn't then click and drag to resize the area to be
> scanned. I had to go back to the main tab, switch back to 'Manual', then
> go back to the preview tab before I could click and drag to resize - and
> if I then tried to refresh the preview, it didn't preview correctly
> again, it only previewed a tiny corner of the area and I couldn't click
> and drag the selection to make it any bigger.
> So I think the gnome-scan interface is nice but if my results are
> reproduced by others, we can't really replace xsane with it until it's a
> bit less buggy. It would be nice if any coders with scanning interest
> could contribute to the code I guess (I'm unfortunately not a coder).

The thing that I did not like about gnome-scan is the interface.
It resize the window without any reason so that the buttons do not fit
on the screen (I have no idea why it does resize the window at all in
this stage).
I just went back to xsane but probably I should file a bug.

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