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Thread: Scanner and software recommendation

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Portland, OR
    Xubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

    Scanner and software recommendation

    I recently inherited all of my grandfather's work on our family's genealogy. There are about 5 boxes of notebooks from my grandpa's research and I really would like to digitize everything. I'd like to get it done as quickly as possible.

    Can anyone recommend a scanner that fast and is compatible with Ubuntu that's under $50(USD) that I can buy online?

    Also, can anyone recommend scanner software that is fast and compatible with Ubuntu? I know I have Simple Scan, but if anyone knows any application that is better, please let me know
    - Chuck
    Toshiba C655-S5141 Laptop, dual-booting Xubuntu 13.10 and Win7, Intel Core i3 dual-core @ 2.53GHz, 8GB of RAM, 750GB HDD, replaced CD-drive with HDD caddy

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005

    Re: Scanner and software recommendation

    Most epson and HP scanners seem to work well using sane, which is standard in Linux and ubuntu.

    For the best and most configurable software, I would suggest xsane. It gives as many and possibly even more options than my old windows package did, though I admit that was about 7 or 8 years ago.

    There may be some proprietary packages that will do the same or even better but I know of none personally, so suggest you look at xsane first than look elsewhere if it does not do what you want.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 14.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Scanner and software recommendation

    For a list of supported scanners take a look at the SANE website:

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