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12 March 2009, 11:18

Kodak releases scanning application for Linux

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Kodak has released a free scanner application for Linux called ScanTWAIN that promises "production quality scanning." The software is released under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) version 2 and comes with a complete GUI that supports all of the options of its Windows counterpart. Support is included for duplex scanning with automatic feeding of multiple pages through an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). An included API using TWAIN 2.0 allows users to create custom imaging solutions that can use individual components over a network. Kodak products are also supported by the SANE Project (Scanner Access Now Easy) that provides compatibility with imaging applications such as the GIMP and XSane.

ScanTWAIN supports Kodak's i1210, i1220, i1310, i1320, i1410, i1420 and i1440 scanners and Kodak's A3 and A4 flat bed accessories. ScanTWAIN can run on Suse Linux 10.1+, Fedora 8+ and Ubuntu 6.06 or higher. The user interface requires Mono version 1.26 or higher. ScanTWAIN is available to download from SourceForge. More information can be found on Kodak's web site.

Other printer and scanner manufacturers also provide some driver support in Linux. Epson are major shareholders in Avays and Avays provides a number of drivers for Epson scanners from their web site. HP provide Linux support for imaging and printing via the HPLIP Project. According to HP, the HPLIP software supports over 1,600 HP printers, some of them multi-function with built-in scanners, and is usually included in most major Linux distributions.

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