[sane-devel] Mac/PC & SCSI setup for Fujitsu fi-4750C?
m. allan noah
kitno455 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 22:13:50 UTC 2012
Fujitsu still makes twain drivers for this machine, even for ancient
versions of windows. Even though I happen to think the sane-fujitsu
backend is better, I don't see any reason to use it (and sane-twain)
over the native drivers on the windows platform. Find a scsi card that
works, and go to it.
On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM, Mike Wirth <mwirth at gmail.com> wrote:
> The good news: I am now the proud owner of a Fujitsu fi-4750C scanner and
> anticipate converting the mountain of paper in my life to bits in PDF files.
> The bad news: I now have to revisit the sins of my youth and reconstruct a
> suitable SCSI and driver environment so I can use my copy of Adobe Acrobat 9
> Pro to scan directly to image PDFs and thence OCR in ClearScan format.
> (ClearScan is neat -- check it out if you don't know about it. Gives you
> high compression from the images scans, searchable text, and very legible
> synthesized vector fonts -- no jaggies, by sampling the glyph bitmaps.
> Disclaimer: I used to work at Adobe on Acrobat engineering, not ClearScan
> directly, but my team did help with it and integrated it into Acrobat.)
> I have several options for host machine and OS:
> A variety of Macs, including Intel Macbooks, a PPC Mac Mini (no PCI slots on
> any of these, sigh... :-) and a PPC G5 (has slots, running Mac OS X 10.5.8)
> Run a Win XP VM under VMware Fusion (post-4.1 beta) on the Macbooks. (Don't
> recall the SCSI support in Fusion.)
> Also have an IBM ThinkPad T23 running Win XP with(!) a full (not mini) dock
> with a PCI slot.
> Could even buy a cheap PC to dedicate to scanning.
> Re SCSI cards, I rifled through my junk bin and found a handful by ATTO,
> Adaptec, etc., But it seems like driver and OS support for all of them and
> compatibility with my machines is problematic. But, hey, used ones are cheap
> and a glut online.
> And, of course, I have a whole bushel basket of SCSI cables, terminators,
> etc :-)
> So here are a couple questions:
> 1. I'm presuming I can use SANE for part of my solution, possibly in
> combination with SANE TWAIN. What configuration of hardware and SANE would
> you recommend? Any experience with similar configurations?
> 2. How about experience with the scanner itself? Is there an internal
> maintenance guide available? (I have the operator's and user maintenance
> docs. And I have my own small electronics and machine shop :-)
> BTW, I do software (and hardware) development and am comfortable with C (and
> even have used it in anger :-)
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