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API that provides access to raster image scanner hardware

`Scanner Access Now Easy' is a universal interface that lets you get images from any device that produces raster images, including flatbed scanners, video and still cameras, and frame grabbers. With SANE you can write image-processing applications without worrying about peculiarities of individual devices. SANE also makes it possible to write a device driver once and only once, which t then can be used by any SANE-compliant application. SANE includes several scanner front-ends: scanimage, a command-line interface; xscanimage, a graphical front-end; and xcam, for acquiring images continuously from cameras.


User tutorial available from; Programmer's manual available in HTML format from; Programmer's manual available in PostScript format from;
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Janet Casey

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30 January 2001

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David Mosberger Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Required to uselibgimp1
Required to uselibgtk1.2
Required to uselibjpeg62
Required to uselibsane
Required to usexlib6g
Weak prerequisiteGIMP

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 3 April 2018.


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