[sane-devel] Request

m. allan noah kitno455 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 22 11:24:41 UTC 2016

The author of XSane is not a member of this mailing list, try
contacting him directly. You might try gscan2pdf and see if you prefer
its behavior.


On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 4:01 AM, MR ZenWiz <mrzenwiz at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have an HP Officejet 5740 which is an all-in-one with two scanning
> methods available - ADF and flatbed.  I'm currently running Xubuntu
> 14.04.4 LTS with all the latest updates, and xsane version 0.998
> (2010!).
> I love that sane handles this, but there are two settings that I
> cannot seem to control and they drive me up the wall every time I
> start xsane and don't remember I have to control this.
> Whenever I start xsane up for the first time with this scanner, it
> defaults to whatever feeder and resolution I had it set for last,
> which is fine.
> However, if I change from the current feeder (whether ADF or Ftalbad),
> it defaults to 75dpi for either new source, and size A for the
> flatbed, or "actual size" (legal) for the ADF.
> I routinely scan in forms that I need to fill-in and later print out
> on the same size paper I was given, which here in the US is routinely
> letter size (8.5"x11"), almost always in portrait layout, and 75dpi is
> not enough for a good reproduction for printing.
> I can't believe it would be too hard to add a couple of settings so
> the user could control these defaults such that:
> 1) I can tell xsane, use 200dpi as the default on EVERY scan,
> regardless of feeder (or at least a setting for each feed method), so
> if I switch feeders, my defaults take priority.
> 2) I can tell xsane to use a specific size of my choice WITHOUT having
> to invoke the preview pane and set it manually when I change feeders
> in either direction and back.
> It seems to me that if it can remember what I set it to with the
> preview window when I switch between the feeders the first time in
> either direction, it should be able to record this so the next time I
> change feed methods, it will restore what I had set for that feeder's
> defaults.
> I may be alone in this method of user xsane, but I can't believe that
> no one ever switches feeders between scans in a single session of use,
> or that people actually like having the software control what the
> resolution and paper size is, regardless of the reality of the paper.
> Is that even a possibility?  Is there another method (bugzilla?) where
> I can make this request and have it addressed (any response, even a
> yes or no, would be nice)?
> I really like xsane and from what I've seen, it works better than any
> other free scan software for Linux, but with the above deficiencies,
> it feels substandard.  I don't even have any software to compare it to
> since I never use other OSes for this type of function, although my
> photocopiers don't seem to be so deficient in their recognition of
> paper size (and higher default resolution - the norm is 200 on most
> photocopier/scanners Ive used in the last 20 years).
> Thank you for your time and anticipated response.
> MR
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