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16 Sep 2007: Superabundant Sheet Shreddings

Favourite purchase of 2007: A Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 scanner with auto-document feed. It's not a cheap scanner, but I've been drowning recently under a sea of paperwork and clipped articles, and it sounded pretty neat: scanning both sides of A4 and quickly. The scanner comes with a ton of Windows software: a driver, some OCR stuff, a full version of Acrobat, business card scanner, organisers, and a gadzillion menu entries for all those things. But it is pretty amazing to watch as you feed in a few hundred pages of A4 and within minutes you have a fully-searchable PDF file out.


So in two days I've scanned just under 2000 pages; some of it into nice fully-searchable PDF files, and some (the stuff I know I want to be able to see in 10+ years time) in jpeg. I've now got an overheated shredder and little shredded bits of paper everywhere.

Although the scanner doesn't work out-of-the-box with current Linux distributions, it just needs a single line adding to a configuration file and then works perfectly with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (I tried RHEL 5 Client as well as Fedora 7). I've sent it to the maintainer so hopefully future updates to Sane will be able to handle the scanner without any editing.

So if you've got a Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 scanner (I keep typing SnapScan for some reason), and you've got sane-backends installed then the following will get it up and running:

# echo "usb 0x04c5 0x1155" >> /etc/sane.d/fujitsu.conf
Then you can use any scanning front-end, or from the command line say you wanted to scan at 150dpi colour, double-sided, then use "scanimage -L" to figure out where your scanner is, and replace the 005:004 below with the location:
# scanadf --device fujitsu:libusb:005:004 --source "ADF Duplex" --mode Color -v --resolution 150 --y-resolution 150

Created: 16 Sep 2007
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Hi! I'm Mark Cox. This blog gives my thoughts and opinions on my security work, open source, fedora, home automation, and other topics.