[sane-devel] Where do I get the SANE support on Sun SPARC for HP 5590 Scanner

Omar Halaseh omar at omnix.ae
Sun Mar 7 11:35:09 UTC 2010

Many thanks for your prompt help Ilia. I really appreciate it.
Actually we are trying to write a simple front end solution within 
Active/X to interact with scanners connected to SunRay thin clients 
running on Solaris servers.
We'll take a look at the documentation and try to make use of ready made 
components as much as possible. Isn't there any Windows libraries that 
will help in building a frontend that doesn't rely on Cygwin?

We've tried some of the windows frontends such as XSane, and scanimage 
that accompanies it. The SANE libraries accompanying it seems to be of 
an older version "1.0.16". We get an error "Can't determine the option 
count." Is this error due to a difference in the version numbers of the 
network protocol. We're using the "net" backend to communicate with the 
scanner remotely and the backend at the server is 1.0.20.

I have another question. Do you know if we can use SANE with fingerprint 
reader devices such as U.ARE.U 4500 fingerprint readers from Digital 

Best Regards

On 3/7/2010 1:09 PM, Ilia Sotnikov wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Omar Halaseh<omar at omnix.ae>  wrote:
>> Dear Ilia,
>> Thank you very much. We've made excellent progress so far in getting a
>> Plustek scanner which we have at the office to work.
>> We'll work on the HP 5590 once we receive it from the customer.
> Hello, Omar!
> I would expect that backend should work on this architecture as well.
> Of course, you'll need to get GNU develepment tools (GNU
> make/autoconf/automake/gcc/binutils) to compile the backends yourself.
>> In the meantime, we are trying to write code in our windows application
>> (Active/X) to interact directly with "saned" the SANE daemon.
>> Do you have any documentation regarding the protocol/messaging used for
>> saned? Where do we start?
> The protocol itself, as well as API documentation, is on SANE project
> site (http://www.sane-project.org/docs.html).
> To reuse the existing code, you could take SANE libraries compiled for
> Win32, and use them in your project. Long time ago I've made some
> successfull efforts to port SANE backends for Win32, although the
> changes didn't reach the mainline. I could send you the compiled
> libraries along with the patches, if you wish.
> You should also take a look at existing frontends
> (http://www.sane-project.org/sane-frontends.html), maybe some solution
> would fit.
> Best regards,
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