Section: SANE Scanner Access Now Easy (5)
Updated: 14 Jul 2008
The sane-umax_pp library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy) backend that provides access to Umax parallel port flatbed scanners. The following scanners work with this backend:
Genius ColorPage-Life Pro
This backend handles 75x75, 150x150, 300x300, 600x600 and 600x1200 for 1220P/1600P/2000P dpi scan resolutions, and 75x75, 150x150, 300x300 and 300x600 for 610P. In color and gray levels, there is a software lineart mode.
The new generation models share a newer version of the 610P ASIC embedded in an EPAT chip. Only parts such as CCD and ADC change from one to another. They even all reports being UMAX Astra 1220P via IEEE1284. There isn't software way to recognize them properly. Under windows, model is set by the driver installed, regardless of the hardware.
This backend does support parport sharing only if you have a kernel with ppdev support.
Note that if you don't use the ppdev character device, the backend needs to run as root. To allow user access to the scanner run the backend through the network interface (See saned?(8) and sane-net?(5)). A more relaxed solution (security wise) is to add suid bit to the frontend (See chmod?(1)). The backend drop root privileges as soon as it can, right after gaining direct access to IO ports, which lessen risks when being root.
This backend expects device names of the form:
<DD CLASS="c2|port value:
Where value is :
NOTE: in all cases, you must have sufficient privileges to get access to the chosen device or address. Depending on the security settings, devices may not be available for all users. You have to change permissions on the dev/ppi* or /dev/parport* devices.
You can rename any device using the
options. These options apply to the last port option.
Please make sure to edit umax_pp.conf before you use the backend.
The contents of the umax_pp.conf file is a list of options and device names that correspond to Umax scanners. Empty lines and lines starting with a hash mark (#) are ignored.
The eight options supported are red-gain, green-gain, blue-gain, red-offset, green-offset, blue-offset, astra, and buffer.
Options red-gain , green-gain and blue-gain allow you to adjust the sensitivity of your scanner for the given color. Values range from 0 (lowest gain) to 15 (highest). If the advanced option "Gain" isn't checked in the frontend, the backend does automatic gain calibration, and do not use user provided values.
Options red-offset , green-offset and blue-offset allow you to adjust the offset of your scanner for the given color. Values range from 0 (lowest offset) to 15 (highest).
Option astra allows you to change the model of your scanner. Current auto detection is based on side effects on scanning when using 1220P command set on other models, so it may fail on unknown hardware combination. Valid values are 610, 1220, 1600 and 2000. It is useful only when autodetection fails to detect properly your scanner model. If your scanner work properly but is reported wrongly, let it be that way. The only valid case to change the model is when your scanner produces "black" or "inverted" scans. In this case you can put the model. Be aware that it will prevent scanner model autodetection.
Option buffer allows you to change the size of the scan buffer. The size must be specified in bytes. The default value is 2 megabytes. Decreasing this value will improve the smoothness of progress bar in the frontend, but will stall the scan more often.
level debug output ------- ------------------------------ 0 nothing 1 errors 2 warnings & minor errors 3 additional information 4 debug information 5 code flow (not supported yet) 6 special debug information
level debug output ------- ------------------------------- 0 nothing 1 errors 8 command blocks 16 detailed code flow 32 dump datafiles 255 everything
:For latest bug fixes and information see <DD CLASS="c2|http://umax1220p.sourceforge.net/
Stéphane Voltz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Support for the 610P has been made possible thank to an hardware donation by William Stuart.
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