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XSane is a GTK-based X11 frontend for SANE. It works either standalone or as a gimp plugin. It is an alternative to xscanimage. Xsane does not support any scanners itself, but instead uses SANE to do so. You can scan to file, do a photocopy, create a fax and start XSane from the GIMP as gimp plug in. Xsane is specifically designed to work with scanners; other devices (like cameras and video devices) that SANE may support are not supported by xsane. Additionally, it has both email and scan to file functions.


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey16 July 2002

Leaders and contributors

Oliver Rauch Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use gtk+-1.2.x and the corresponding version of glib-1.2.x (the author recommends gtk+ 1.2.5)
Weak prerequisite libz and libpng (for png support); jpeglib (for jpeg support); libtiff (for tiff support); gimp (to run xsane as a gimp plugin); libgimp and libgimpui (for compiling with gimp support)
Source requirement sane-1.0 or newer (with sane-1.0.4 or later: sane-backends-1.0.4 or later)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 23 October 2010.


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