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       sane-artec - SANE backend for Artec flatbed scanners


       The  sane-artec  library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) backend that provides
       access to Artec/Ultima SCSI flatbed scanners.  At  present,  the  following  scanners  are
       known to work at least partially with this backend:

              * Artec A6000C
              * Artec A6000C PLUS
              * Artec ViewStation AT3
              * BlackWidow BW4800SP (rebadged Artec AT3)
              * Artec ViewStation AT6
              * Artec ViewStation AT12
              * Artec AM12S
              * Plustek 19200S (rebadged Artec AM12S)

       Although  this  manual page is generally updated with each release, up-to-date information
       on new releases and extraneous helpful hints are available from the backend homepage:



       The contents of the artec.conf file are a list of device names that  correspond  to  Artec
       scanners.   Empty  lines  and  lines  starting  with  a  hash  mark  (#) are ignored.  See
       sane-scsi(5) on details of what constitutes a valid device name.

       Sample file:
       # artec.conf
       # this is a comment.
       # this line says search for any SCSI devices which are scanners and have
       #     a vendor string of 'ULTIMA'
       scsi ULTIMA
       # the next line forces the backend to assume the next scanner found has
       #     the specified vendor string (useful for testing rebadged models).
       vendor ULTIMA
       # the next line forces the backend to assume the next scanner found has
       #     the specified model string (useful for testing rebadged models).
       model AT3
       # now a line that actually specifies a device.  The backend is going to
       #     assume this is an Artec/Ultima AT3 because we forced the vendor and
       #     model above.
       # once we hit a scanner device line, the forced vendor and model
       # string are
       #     'forgotten', so the vendor and model for this next device will be
       #     determined from the result of a SCSI inquiry.


       Some Artec scanners come with an included SCSI adapter.  If your scanner came with  a  DTC
       ISA  scsi  cards, you can probably use it with recent (>= 2.2.0) kernels using the generic
       NCR5380  support.   You  must  pass  the  following   boot   argument   to   the   kernel:
       I  do  not  have  any  information  on the PCI SCSI adapter included with some newer Artec


              The backend configuration file (see also description of SANE_CONFIG_DIR below).

              The static library implementing this backend.

              The shared library implementing this  backend  (present  on  systems  that  support
              dynamic loading).


              This  environment  variable  specifies the list of directories that may contain the
              configuration file.  Under UNIX, the directories are separated by  a  colon  (`:'),
              under  OS/2,  they  are  separated by a semi- colon (`;').  If this variable is not
              set, the configuration file is searched in  two  default  directories:  first,  the
              current  working  direc-  tory  (".") and then in @CONFIGDIR@.  If the value of the
              environment variable ends with the directory separator character, then the  default
              directories  are searched after the explicitly specified directories.  For example,
              setting SANE_CONFIG_DIR to "/tmp/config:" would result in directories "tmp/config",
              ".", and "@CONFIGDIR@" being searched (in this order).

              If  the  library was compiled with debug support enabled, this environment variable
              controls the debug level for this backend. E.g., a value of 128 requests all  debug
              output to be printed. Smaller levels reduce verbosity: SANE_DEBUG_ARTEC values

              Number  Remark

               0       print important errors
               1       print errors
               2       print sense
               3       print warnings
               4       print scanner-inquiry
               5       print information
               6       print less important information
               7       print major called procedures
               8       print all called procedures
               9       print procedure info/data messages
               10      print called sane-init-routines
               11      print called sane-procedures
               12      print sane infos
               13      print sane option-control messages

               50      print verbose data/debug messages

               == 100  print software RGB calibration data
               == 101  print raw data from scanner to file

               == 128  print out all messages

       Example: export SANE_DEBUG_ARTEC=13


       Known  bugs  in  this  release: A6000C+ users with firmware v1.92 or earlier have problems
       with the backend, the cause has  not  been  determined.   Sometimes  the  backend  is  not
       particularly  robust, you can possibly lock up the SCSI bus (and/or machine) by not having
       patience enough when scanning.  3-channel gamma correction is not implemented and  single-
       channel gamma correction is not totally working on models other than the AT3.


       sane(7), sane-scsi(5)


       Chris Pinkham (

@PACKAGEVERSION@                           11 Jul 2008                              sane-artec(5)