Scanning software?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Sapper, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. Sapper

    Sapper Guest

    Hi all, just got a HP ScanJet 3400C scanner, comes with a basic limited
    software, HP PrecisionScan LTX.
    Is there a good FREE package available? Got to be simple to use for me :-}
    If not what do you guys recommend, I'd rather support a part-timer software
    than a Pro job.
    TIA, Colin
    Sapper, Dec 11, 2005
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  2. Sapper

    Sapper Guest

    I like your comments, but the price was right ($15 CAD) for a 2 month old
    scanner and that takes me to the next part of your comment.

    Wouldn't I be alright by getting "better software"?
    And that's what I'm looking for, better software, preferably shareware -
    support the little guy, which quite often are as good as or better than the
    big boys.

    So what is the best bet out there?

    Sapper, Dec 12, 2005
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  3. Sapper

    Sapper Guest

    True, a cheap scanner from HP, no wonder the flexibilty isn't there.
    Anyway I'll probably use it to trade-in and up to a better one.
    Thx all for the feedback, an eye opener as usual.

    Thx, Colin.
    Sapper, Dec 17, 2005
  4. Glad to hear it. Us part timers do like to actually get paid occasionally.

    PrecisionScan's "helpful" limitations may be pretty useless, but it still
    has a TWAIN Data Source or DS (often erroneously referred to as a driver)
    that does give you more control, if you can get at it with the right

    Have a look at PiXCL 6 Imaging Suite or FreePiXCL 4.8

    If you are prepared to do a bit of simple programming with an easy to learn
    high level language, you can instruct the scanner's DS to deliver an image
    to your custom application, with the TWAIN UI turned off. TWAIN supports
    what are called Capabilities, and there's a mandatory subset that all OEMs
    (are supposed to) implement. This includes setting the brightness and
    contrast, gamma (sometimes) and region of interest ie subscan area

    Once an image is available to your app, you can view the image and apply
    additional image processing correction factors, and save to the image format
    of your choice.

    Several of the sample source progams that comes with PiXCL do exactly the
    above. The PiXCL code writer wizard will create working application skeleton
    that does this as well. Its about 80 lines of code.

    Stewart DIBBS
    Want to build your own scanner and digicam apps?
    PiXCL 6.0 is affordable and available now ! Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA
    Stewart DIBBS, Dec 18, 2005
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