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Score 86%


Link:  Link
Minimum required   Qt 4.x
Downloads:  674
Submitted:  Jun 28 2007
Updated:  May 20 2008


- Development of SaneWidget has moved to KDE Extragear under the name Skanlite.
- libsanewidget is now libksane and it is developed in kdegraphics.
- libksane and Skanlite have been released in extragear together with KDE 4.0.4.
- libksane has moved to kdegraphics for KDE 4.1.

SaneWidget is an image scanning application (frontend to sane), with hopefully a sane user interface :) . SaneWidget is also an example of how one can use libsanewidget.

libsanewidget is a Qt4-based library that provides a widget, containing sane options and a preview area. The application only needs to create a sanewidget-widget and connect some signals to get a notification of when an image is ready to be retrieved.

The source package contains both the library and the application.

To compile the library:
] cd /path/to/libsanewidget
] mkdir build
] cd build

] cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ../
] make
] sudo make install

To compile the application:
] cd /path/to/sanewidget
] qmake-qt4 INSTALLBASE=/usr
] make
] sudo make install

The code can also be found at sourceforge:


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 by MamiyaOtaru on: Jun 29 2007
Score 50%

Is this intended to fill the hole left by the removal of Kooka, or as a guide to someone who wants to code a replacement app?

I for one think it's not ideal to make people start Krita or Digikam or whatever to scan something and would welcome Kooka's successor

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 Re: kooka

 by sars on: Jun 29 2007
Score 50%

I wanted to improve the userinterface of Kooka, but I found the code inflexible, so I started from scratch :)

My goal is to make a good library and then a light application that only scans images (not OCR, ....). Then if somebody is interested to use the library for something bigger, I'm more than happy :)

The library is licensed under the LGPL.

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 Re: Re: kooka

 by xep on: Jun 29 2007
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i found this project very usefull.
now everybody can add scan support to their apps by simple way.


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 Re: Re: Re: kooka

 by jimknopf on: Jan 6 2009
Score 50%

Thanks for this wonderfull app.

Maybe you can add an option to save the scanned image as pdf?

Also an idea is to add some default settings for scanning, like:

- fax ( 150 dpi / greyscaling )
- pdf ( 300 dpi / grey or color )
- foto ( some special values for light, dpi, and so on ... )

These are some things I'm thinking about. Maybe it's possible.

But first of all, thanks for your time and making scanning possible with a native qt4 app!

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: kooka

 by sars on: Jan 12 2009
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Skanlite uses Qt's image saving, which means that adding PDF would not be trivial.

I have adding "profiles" with saved default options on my TODO :)

But now I'm concentrating on adding auto selection and multiple selections.

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: kooka

 by jimknopf on: Jan 12 2009
Score 50%

Thanks for your answer! I hope you have had a good start in 2009!

I used xsane for a long time and thats why I asked for pdf savings. There you can choose what type of output do you want.

Maybe another possibility is to use multiple tiff images for scanning a document with more then one page in one file.

After scanning I can use the cups-pdf printer for converting. :)

As long as there is now way to implement this in skanlite.

Multiple selection is also a great new function. I like to see whats going on with your app.

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 by frenchpass on: Jul 3 2007
Score 50%

Since kooka interface have been removed with KDE4, we need to have an alternative to provide a scan interface for digiKam & others kipi hosts applications.

Kipi-plugins and digiKam have been started to port under KDE4. I would to see your application integrated in the AcquireImage kipi-plugin as well to remplace current kooka depency.

What do you think about ?

Gilles Caulier

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 Re: Kipi-plugins...

 by sars on: Jul 12 2007
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I would be delighted!

Mail me, if you have any questions or if you have any wishes for the API.

Kåre Särs

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 by gassauer on: Oct 9 2007
Score 50%

* great solution

* some of the "all options" need more explanation
(Speed?, scan speed? )

* checking/setting Permission for usb scanners (similar to k3b).

On SuSE 10.2 I had to manualy adapt /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/80-scanner.fdi, and to restart haldaemon to get permissions to acces my scanner.
using /usr/sbin/lsusb to find the appropriate numbers.
this is not a task for normal "users".

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 Re: suggestions

 by sars on: Nov 14 2007
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*All of the "all options" are scanner backend specific options that I don't know anything about :) (I get them through the sane API). What I should do is add the description of the parameter (from sane) as a tooltip :)

*checking/setting Permission would be a workaround, but is worth thinking about.

I guess you had the same problem with xsane :)

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