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scanadf(1)		    General Commands Manual		    scanadf(1)

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

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

DESCRIPTION
       scanadf is a command-line interface to control  image  acquisition  de-
       vices 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 im-
       ages, 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 for-
       mats 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 environ-
       ment 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).

OPTIONS
       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	device.

       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 /usr/local/etc/sane.d).  This is par-
       ticularly  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	admin-
       istrator	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	gener-
       ate  the	 name  of file to write	the image data to.  You	can use	%d re-
       placement in the	output file name; this will be replaced	with the  cur-
       rent page number.  The default format string is image-%04d.

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

       The -S or --scan-script option specifies	the name of script to run  af-
       ter  each  scanned  image is acquired.  The script receives the name of
       the image output	file as	its first and only command line	argument.  Ad-
       ditionally  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 --scipt-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 writ-
       ing 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	unrec-
       ognized 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.

FILES
       /usr/local/etc/sane.d
	      This directory holds various configuration files.	 For  details,
	      please refer to the manual pages listed below.

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

AUTHOR
       scanadf	is  an	adaptation  by	Tom Martone of scanimage by David Mos-
       berger, Andreas Beck, and Gordon	Matzigkeit following closely the  fea-
       tures of	bnhscan	by Sean	Reifschneider of tummy.com, ltd.

BUGS
       Please send reports to sane-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org.

       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 scan-
       ners) 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 con-
       trol the	number of images acquired.

       Only a subset of	the SANE backends support feeders and return SANE_STA-
       TUS_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	speci-
	      fied (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)

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