[sane-devel] Scanning negatives with Epson Perferction 1260 Photo

Timo Pylvänäinen pylvanat@cs.tut.fi
Sun, 3 Aug 2003 21:41:00 +0300 (EEST)

On Sat, 2 Aug 2003, Karl Heinz Kremer wrote:

> Have you tried EPSON Kowa's IScan?
> You can download it from this link:
> http://www.epkowa.co.jp/english/linux_e/lsd_e.html
> I don't know if this will produce better scans. I don't have this
> scanner,
> so I don't have any first hand experience. What I know is that the IScan
> software produces pretty good scans (even from negatives) with other
> EPSON scanners.

I have. It produces slightly better scans than xsane for normal documents
(flatbed). Iscan, however, refuses to recognize the transparency unit and
thus the negative scanning option is not available for 1260. I even
tweaked the interface code such that the TPU selection came available, but
this resulted in "can't send command to the scanner" and a segfault.

I also noticed that IScan warms up the scanner much longer than xsane...

One other thing is that after a reboot I have to do a preview with
iscan before xsane works properly. I wonder what that's all about...

I know it's off topic, but no one has yet asnwered wether the original
software provided by Epson for windows provides scans beyond what a
skilled person can do with xsane and what ever other image manipulation
software under linux. In other words, wether it uses features of the
scanner that xsane cannot access.