[sane-devel] Scanning for VistA/ADF-scanner

Wolfram Heider wolframheider at web.de
Wed Aug 17 21:16:09 UTC 2005


Nancy meanwhile chose a Brother MFC 5440 CN (multi-functional device - cheap 
but.... hmhm) and seems to be happy with it.

Since ADF-scanners are of growing importance in daily work (not only in huge 
digitalization-projects as that of google) and there probably is a broader 
interest for it here is a short survey of the results of the quick inquiry I 
made to be able to give her some advice - only pure ADFs no MFDs and only 
models currently available in store:

as you said, Fujitsu is a good address for scanners of this type. There are 
really expensive models but also two ones in the affordable region:  the 
Fujitsu 5110C and the 4120C (pricing from 600 to 1000 Dollars). Sane-support 
is basic and as far I can see the maintainer of the backend Allan Noah is 
working on further improvement.

Then: Avision. The AV 600U, AV 610 and  the AV 220 (pricing from 400 to 700 
dollars) are rated good or even complete in sane-support.

Finally one may consider an Epson 3170 with an 
additional offered 30-sheet-ADF-unit (total price 500 dollars) - supported by 

Maybe there are some more but surely not very much.

Hope this may of any help for those looking out for ADFs running under sane.

Wolfram Heider

Am Dienstag, 16. August 2005 14:46 schrieb Giuseppe Sacco:

> Hi Nancy,
> I think your question already appeared on this list so you might have a
> look at the list archives.
> Il giorno sab, 13/08/2005 alle 09.44 -0400, Nancy Anthracite ha scritto:
> [...]
> > All this leads up to my question.  We have some volunteers working on
> > developing the software to do that scanning now, and we are looking for a
> > cross platform solution.  We feel that using SANE is the logical choice,
> > but we need some help choosing a scanner or group go scanners that can be
> > used from both Windows and Linux and maybe even eventually with OS X as
> > seamlessly as possible using SANE.  We would like to choose scanners that
> > have sheet feeders, and ideally, a range of scanners from high speed
> > business to very small business type for no more than a $200. Having
> > scanners that are easy to get running properly is much more important
> > than having a wide range of choices.
> [...]
> Anyway I had very bad experiences using SANE on Windows with cheep
> scanners, mainly because these scanners require the libusb library. This
> library is working very well on linux but is absolutely not stable (at
> least for uwing it with SANE) on Windows.
> About scanner with ADF support, you might want to try the fujitsu (they
> have both USB and SCSI interface) and they are well supported by SANE,
> but they are expensive compared to what you asked.
> Regards,
> Giuseppe

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