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       scanadf - acquire multiple images from a scanner equipped with an ADF


       scanadf    [-d|--device-name    dev]    [-h|--help]   [-L|--list-devices]   [-v|--verbose]
       [-V|--version]  [-o|--output-file  name]   [-N|--no-overwrite]   [-S|--scan-script   name]
       [--script-wait]  [-s|--start-count  num] [-e|--end-count num] [-r|--raw] [device-specific-


       scanadf is a command-line interface to control image acquisition devices which are capable
       of  returning a series of images (e.g. a scanner with an automatic document feeder (ADF)).
       The device is controlled via command-line options.  After command-line processing, scanadf
       normally   proceeds   to  acquire  a  series  of  images  until  the  device  returns  the
       SANE_STATUS_NO_DOCS status code.

       The images are written to output files, specified  by  the  --output-file  option.   These
       files  are  typically  written in one of the PNM (portable aNyMaP) formats (PBM for black-
       and-white images, PGM for grayscale images, and PPM for color images).   Several  optional
       frame  formats  (SANE_FRAME_JPEG,  SANE_FRAME_G31D,  SANE_FRAME_G32D, SANE_FRAME_G42D, and
       SANE_FRAME_TEXT) are supported.  In each case, the data is written out to the output  file
       as-is  without a header.  Unrecognized frame formats are handled in the same way, although
       a warning message is printed in verbose mode.

       Typically, the optional  frame  formats  are  used  in  conjunction  with  a  scan  script
       (specified  by  the  --scanscript  option)  which is invoked for each acquired image.  The
       script is provided with a series of environment variables which  describe  the  parameters
       and format of the image file.

       scanadf  accesses  image  acquisition  devices  through the SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy)
       interface and can thus support any device for which  there  exists  a  SANE  backend  (try
       "apropos sane-" to get a list of available backends).


       The  -d or --device-name options must be followed by a SANE device-name.  A (partial) list
       of available devices can be obtained with the --list-devices option (see  below).   If  no
       device-name  is  specified  explicitly,  scanadf  will attempt to open the first available

       The -h or --help options request help information.  The information is printed on standard
       output and in this case, no attempt will be made to acquire an image.

       The  -L  or --list-devices option requests a (partial) list of devices that are available.
       The list is not complete since some devices may be available, but are not listed in any of
       the  configuration  files  (which are typically stored in directory @CONFIGDIR@).  This is
       particularly the case when accessing scanners through the network.  If  a  device  is  not
       listed in a configuration file, the only way to access it is by its full device name.  You
       may need to consult your system administrator to find out the names of such devices.

       The -v or --verbose options increase the verbosity  of  the  operation  of  scanadf.   The
       option may be specified repeatedly, each time increasing the verbosity level.

       The  -V  or  --version option requests that scanadf print the program and package name, as
       well as the version number of the SANE distribution that it came with.

       The -o or --output-file option specifies a format string used to generate the name of file
       to write the image data to.  You can use %d replacement in the output file name; this will
       be replaced with the current page number.  The default format string is image-%04d.

       The -N or --no-overwrite option prevents scanadf from overwriting existing image files.

       The -S or --scan-script option specifies the name of script  to  run  after  each  scanned
       image is acquired.  The script receives the name of the image output file as its first and
       only command line argument.  Additionally the scan  script  can  reference  the  following
       environment variables to get information about the parameters of the image.

              SCAN_RES - the image resolution (in DPI)
              SCAN_WIDTH - the image width (in pixels)
              SCAN_HEIGHT - the image height (in pixels)
              SCAN_DEPTH - the image bit-depth (in bits)
              SCAN_FORMAT - a string representing the image format (e.g. gray, g42d, text, etc)
              SCAN_FORMAT_ID - the numeric image format identifier

       If  the  --script-wait option is given, scanadf will wait until all scan-scripts have been
       finished before exiting. That will be useful if scanadf is used in conjunction with  tools
       to modify the scanned images.

       The -s or --start-count option specifies the page number of first scanned image.

       The  -e  or --end-count option specifies the last page number to scan.  Using this option,
       you can request a specific number of pages to be scanned, rather than scanning until there
       are no more images available.

       The -r or --raw option specifies that the raw image data be written to the output file as-
       is without interpretation.  This disables the writing of the PNM header  for  basic  frame
       types.   This  feature  is usually used in conjunction with the --scan-script option where
       the scan script uses the environment variables to understand the format and parameters  of
       the  image  and  converts  the  file  to a more useful format.  NOTE: With support for the
       optional frame types and the default handling  of  unrecognized  frametypes,  this  option
       becomes less and less useful.

       As you might imagine, much of the power of scanadf comes from the fact that it can control
       any SANE backend.  Thus, the exact set of command-line options depends on the capabilities
       of  the  selected device.  To see the options for a device named dev, invoke scanadf via a
       command-line of the form:

              scanadf --help --device dev

       The documentation for the device-specific options printed by --help is  explained  in  the
       manual page for scanimage.


              This directory holds various configuration files.  For details, please refer to the
              manual pages listed below.


       scanimage(1), xscanimage(1), sane(7)


       scanadf is an adaptation by Tom Martone of scanimage by David Mosberger, Andreas Beck, and
       Gordon  Matzigkeit  following  closely  the  features  of bnhscan by Sean Reifschneider of, ltd.


       Please send reports to

       This program relies on the backend to return the SANE_STATUS_NO_DOCS status code when  the
       automatic  document feeder is out of paper.  Use of this program with backends that do not
       support ADFs (e.g. flatbed scanners) will likely result in  repeated  scans  of  the  same
       document.   In  this case, it is essential to use the start-count and end-count to control
       the number of images acquired.

       Only a subset  of  the  SANE  backends  support  feeders  and  return  SANE_STATUS_NO_DOCS
       appropriately.  Backends which are known to work at this time are:

              sane-bh - Bell+Howell Copiscan II series scanners.
              sane-hp  -  Hewlett Packard scanners.  A patch to the sane-hp backend is necessary.
              The --scantype=ADF option must be specified (earlier versions of the  backend  used
              the --scan-from-adf option, instead).
              sane-umax   -   UMAX  scanners.   Support  exists  in  build  12  and  later.   The
              --source="Automatic Document Feeder" option must be specified.

                                           30 Oct 2004                                 scanadf(1)