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(Solved) Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:16 am
by Alvin
I have a dual-op system in which I chiefly use Linux Mint 19.1 64bit cinnamon.

I need to copy pages of sheet music that are a bit aged. For this purpose, scanner software that will resolve for printing the fine lines of a musical staff, the notes and other markings is necessary. I can do this successfully in Windows 7 using the software provided with my Canon LIDE 120 scanner, but I would like equally capable software to use in my Linux OS. I have tried XSANE but found the resolution poor in the printed result. Staff lines have gaps or in other places seem overly dark and many notations are hard to read. I have read XSANE's documentation but believe it was written for technical specialists to read. I am using the "lineart" setting rather than the "color" or "grayscale". I wish to fill an 8.5" x 11.0" page. Would someone please recommend software for performing this task that does not require a year at MIT to use?

Re: Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:37 am
by Lanser
Try VueScan

Lanser

Re: Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:53 pm
by cliffcoggin
Obvious question but it needs to be asked. Have you tried higher resolution scanning?

Re: Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:53 pm
by Alvin
My question obviously contains the answer to yours, but I appreciate your answer. For the Windows 7 software, I had no problem with the documentation. For the Linux XSane, I could not understand the documentation to do more than choose 300 for res and lineart. They gave me poor results.

Re: Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:55 pm
by absque fenestris
I agree with you - the SANE documentation is terrible.
I work with VueScan...
Lineart could mean a pure black-and-white conversion (also called bitmap).
Try a scan with grayscales 300 dpi or 600 dpi.
Adjust exposure and contrast either in the respective scan program or afterwards in an image processing like GIMP.

Re: Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:00 pm
by Alvin
Lanser: I could not get the software for Vuescan to install from the software manager. Further, I found that the non-commercial version leaves a watermark for Hamrick on the printed result. For that reason, I did not bother to go to the developer's website.

Re: Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:55 pm
by cliffcoggin
Alvin wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:53 pm
My question obviously contains the answer to yours, but I appreciate your answer.
Nothing obvious about it since you didn't mention the resolution you used. I have never looked at or used Xsane but when I opened it I got this panel where the resolution setting is clearly the seventh line down. Does that panel not open for you?
Screenshot from 2019-09-19 20-49-30.png

Re: Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:18 pm
by Alvin
cliffcoggin: I found just what you depicted and described; only when I previewed the image it was immense. Maybe I did not preview it correctly or made some other error.

In any case, I have launched "simplescan" from software manager and find it simple indeed. It produced just the image I needed. Thanks for going to the trouble to assist me! The generosity of LMF tutors is extraordinary!

Re: (Solved) Scanner software with comprehensible documentation wanted

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:16 pm
by cliffcoggin
Simplescan is all I have needed so far. I think I installed Xsane in my early attempts to get scanning operable, before I discovered I needed a higher version of HPLIP than was provided by the repository.