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PeterAit
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« on: December 28, 2013, 02:31:22 PM »
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Someone who has the mistaken idea that I am an expert on these matters has asked me how to control a scanner without using the software - turn the lamp on and off, move the scanning head, and so on. In other words, a "scanner API." Any pointers will be appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2013, 03:22:46 PM »
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The simplest would be that the manufacturer has a software development kit available for signing a NDA. Nikon had one for their coolscan series, for example. Ed Hamrick of Vuescan fame has done a lot in this area with his scanning product. Ed might be able to point them to a library to use for USB or SCSI calls that would make the reverse engineering a small bit easier. Another idea would be to start with the LINUX open source code for scanner function calls over USB and SCSI - the SANE Project.

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