Batch Scanning/Document Imaging Applications

Subject: Batch Scanning/Document Imaging Applications
   Date: Thu, 03 Sep 1998 01:24:49 -0400
   From: Tom Martone 


I am interested in document imaging applications on the Linux
platform.  I need to scan large amounts of business documents
an would like to use a command line program like scanimage, but
have the ability to aquire multiple images from the scanner in
a single execution of scanimage and have them saved into 
consecutively numbered image files.

I was wondering if anyone has attempted to write backends for 
the heavy-duty scanners from Bell & Howell, Fujitsu, Ricoh, etc
that have automatic sheet feeders and duplex capabilities.  

Are these hardware vendors holding back the necessary 
specifications and documentation necessary for such an effort?

It would seem to me that getting support for a heavy-duty,
high volume machine through SANE would open up a whole new
application area on the Linux platform.

My search for such a solution thus far has led me to a single
commercial vendor, Vividata, which I've tested with the Fujitsu
ScanPartner 10 and the Bell and Howell 6338.  Their product
lacks full support of the scanners and dealing with their 
technical support staff has not been very productive.

I would love to have a viable non-commercial, non-proprietary
alternative and would devote what energies I could to helping
out with the development and testing of such a backend.

Tom Martone

Tom Martone
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