[sane-devel] searching for business card scanner compatible with sane

Jelle de Jong jelledejong at powercraft.nl
Fri Nov 6 18:33:49 UTC 2009

Hi Allan,

m. allan noah wrote:
> I have not seen any business card scanners with a 50 card input tray.
> In fact, most card sized scanners are single sheet simplex. You might
> have to move up to something like an A6 or A4 sized scanner to get
> multi-page duplex.

You are right. I think 50 page business card (250 g/m2) are a bit to
much to ask, but but an ADF for 10 times A8 (74 × 52 mm) (250 g/m2)
business cards would be nice.

I also did some searching, and found that even the most sick priced
>3000 euro scanners that do scan A8 (business card) sized media do not
indicate that they are capable of scanning 250 g/m2 paper... So this
seems to be an useless parameter to select a new scanner on...?

Last year I replaced my standalone HP ScanJet 6300c ADF scanner (support
broke with a new sane version) with a new HP Officejet J5780

This printer with ADF only cost 130 euro and scans very nice. I did have
regression issues (HP messed up there code) with the network saned
server systems. But support of Julien BLACHE has been really good so now
I got a very usefull scanner setup togheter with my pct-scanner-scripts
available in Debian. I manage a few hundred scans per week, duplex is
not really needed, I got a nice software rearrange duplex feature.

I looked a bit further and found the following two options:

ScanSnap S300 (between 200 and 320 euro)

^^^ that looks like an useful addition to my scanner setup. I want to
buy this one but I am so afraid I will not get the sane driver features
I need because of an under developed driver. Are my fears justified!?

If somebody can convince me that missing features that are supported by
the hardware will be added to the driver then I will buy this unit...

ScanSnap S1500 (between 420 and 496 euro)

^^^ this scanner is also an option but its lot of money. I got perfect
results with a 130 euro all-in-one but no A8 scan support. Would 450
euro be worth it? It driver seems to be developed with the availiable
featurs. http://www.sane-project.org/man/sane-fujitsu.5.html

Any advice is welcome.

Thanks in advance,

Best regards,


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