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       sane-cardscan - SANE backend for Corex CardScan usb scanners


       The  sane-cardscan  library  implements  a  SANE  (Scanner  Access Now Easy) backend which
       provides access to the Corex CardScan 800c & 600c small-format scanners.

       The backend supports only grayscale and color modes and media of (theoretically)  infinite

       This  backend may support other scanners. The best way to determine level of support is to
       get a trace of the windows driver in action, and send it to the author.


       The cardscan backend supports the following options:

       mode m
              Selects the mode for the scan. Options are "Gray" and "Color".


       The configuration file "cardscan.conf" is used  to  tell  the  backend  how  to  look  for
       scanners, and provide options controlling the operation of the backend.  This file is read
       each time the frontend asks the backend for a list of scanners, generally  only  when  the
       frontend  starts.  If  the  configuration  file  is missing, the backend will use a set of
       compiled defaults, which are identical to the  default  configuration  file  shipped  with

       Scanners can be specified in the configuration file in 2 ways:

       "usb 0x04c5 0x1042" (or other vendor/product ids)
              Requests backend to search all usb buses in the system for a device which uses that
              vendor and product id. The device will then be queried to  determine  if  it  is  a
              cardscan scanner.

       "usb /dev/usb/scanner0" (or other device file)
              Some systems use a kernel driver to access usb scanners. This method is untested.

       Additionally,  there  are  two configuration options that control the protocol used by the

       "lines_per_block 16" (or other number from 1 to 32)
              Controls the number of lines of image data which will be  acquired  in  each  pass.
              Older scanners will require this number set lower, often 1.

       "has_cal_buffer 1" (1 or 0)
              Causes  the  backend  to  get  calibration data from scanner during initialization.
              Older scanners do not support this request, and must be set to 0.


       The backend  uses  a  single  environment  variable,  SANE_DEBUG_CARDSCAN,  which  enables
       debugging output to stderr. Valid values are:

              5  Errors
              10 Function trace
              15 Function detail
              20 Option commands
              25 SCSI/USB trace
              30 SCSI/USB detail
              35 Useless noise


              The  scanner does not seem to have much control possible, so the backend cannot set
              x/y coordinate values, resolutions, etc. These things could  be  simulated  in  the
              backend, but there are plenty of command line tools.
              The backend also does not send all the commands that the windows driver does, so it
              may not function the same.
              The backend does not have the  calibration  or  ejection  options  of  the  windows


       The hardware to build this driver was provided to the author by:
         Jeff Kowalczyk <jtk a t yahoo d o t com>


       sane(7), sane-usb(5)


       m. allan noah: <kitno455 a t gmail d o t com>

@PACKAGEVERSION@                           10 Feb 2010                           sane-cardscan(5)