The sane-canon library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy)
backend that provides access to the following Canon flatbed and film
Parallel port and USB scanners are not supported by this backend; see
the manual pages for sane-canon_pp and sane-canon630u for further
IMPORTANT: This is beta code. We tested the code on the scanners listed
above, using the computers and operating systems available to us, but
we cannot guarantee that the backend will work smoothly with future
operating systems, SCSI adapters, SANE frontend programs, or Canon
scanners not contained in the list above. In some cases your computer
might even hang. It cannot be excluded (although we consider it
extremely unlikely) that your scanner will be damaged.
That said, TESTERS ARE WELCOME. Send your bug reports and comments to
Manuel Panea <email@example.com>; for questions concerning the FB620 and
FB1200S contact Mitsuru Okaniwa <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for the
FS2710S Ulrich Deiters <email@example.com>.
Scanning either slides or negatives has been found to require rather
large gamma corrections of about 2.2 to 2.4 (same value for red, green,
and blue). It is recommended to use the automatic exposure controls of
the frontend xsane for best results.
The "Auto Focus" function triggers a special pass to determine the
focus value. After that, the real scanning pass takes place.
Even with "Auto Focus" turned on, the scanned image is often a bit too
blurred. Using the GIMP to do a "Filter->Enhance->Sharpen" at about 40
to 60 improves the image considerably.
Gamma corrections are done not by the scanner, but by the backend. The
scanner is always run in 12-bit mode. In "color" mode the image data
are corrected for gamma, shadow point, etc., and then truncated to
8-bit intensities; the default gamma value is 2.0. In "raw" mode the
image data are exported without corrections as 16-bit intensities; this
mode can be recommended if extensive adjustments have to be made to a
picture (and if the frontend can handle 16-bit intensities).
Negatives are handled by simple color inversion and may require manual
removal of blue discoloration.
environment variable controls the debug level for this backend.
Higher debug levels increase the verbosity of the output.
Example: export SANE_DEBUG_CANON=4
doc/canon.install2700F.txt (installation of a CanoScan 2700F
Helmut Koeberle, Manuel Panea, and Markus Mertinat; FB620S and FB1200S
support by Mitsuru Okaniwa; FS2710S support by Ulrich Deiters
Man page by Henning Meier-Geinitz (mostly based on canon.README)
11 Jul 2008 sane-canon(5)
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