sane-artec - SANE backend for Artec flatbed scanners


   The  sane-artec  library  implements  a  SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy)
   backend that provides access to Artec/Ultima SCSI flatbed scanners.  At
   present,  the  following  scanners are known to work at least partially
   with this backend:

          * Artec A6000C
          * Artec A6000C PLUS
          * Artec ViewStation AT3
          * BlackWidow BW4800SP (rebadged Artec AT3)
          * Artec ViewStation AT6
          * Artec ViewStation AT12
          * Artec AM12S
          * Plustek 19200S (rebadged Artec AM12S)

   Although this manual page is generally updated with each  release,  up-
   to-date  information  on  new releases and extraneous helpful hints are
   available from the backend homepage:



   The contents of the artec.conf file are a list  of  device  names  that
   correspond  to  Artec  scanners.  Empty lines and lines starting with a
   hash mark (#)  are  ignored.   See  sane-scsi(5)  on  details  of  what
   constitutes a valid device name.

   Sample file:
   # artec.conf
   # this is a comment.
   # this line says search for any SCSI devices which are scanners and have
   #     a vendor string of 'ULTIMA'
   scsi ULTIMA
   # the next line forces the backend to assume the next scanner found has
   #     the specified vendor string (useful for testing rebadged models).
   vendor ULTIMA
   # the next line forces the backend to assume the next scanner found has
   #     the specified model string (useful for testing rebadged models).
   model AT3
   # now a line that actually specifies a device.  The backend is going to
   #     assume this is an Artec/Ultima AT3 because we forced the vendor and
   #     model above.
   # once we hit a scanner device line, the forced vendor and model
   # string are
   #     'forgotten', so the vendor and model for this next device will be
   #     determined from the result of a SCSI inquiry.


   Some  Artec  scanners  come  with  an  included  SCSI adapter.  If your
   scanner came with a DTC ISA scsi cards, you can probably  use  it  with
   recent  (>= 2.2.0) kernels using the generic NCR5380 support.  You must
   pass the following boot argument to the kernel: "dtc3181e=0x2c0,0"
   I do not have any information on the PCI  SCSI  adapter  included  with
   some newer Artec scanners.


          The   backend   configuration  file  (see  also  description  of
          SANE_CONFIG_DIR below).

          The static library implementing this backend.

          The shared library implementing this backend (present on systems
          that support dynamic loading).


          This environment variable specifies the list of directories that
          may contain the configuration file.  Under UNIX, the directories
          are  separated  by a colon (`:'), under OS/2, they are separated
          by a semi- colon (`;').   If  this  variable  is  not  set,  the
          configuration  file  is  searched  in  two  default directories:
          first, the  current  working  direc-  tory  (".")  and  then  in
          /etc/sane.d.  If the value of the environment variable ends with
          the directory separator character, then the default  directories
          are  searched  after  the explicitly specified directories.  For
          example, setting SANE_CONFIG_DIR to "/tmp/config:" would  result
          in   directories  "tmp/config",  ".",  and  "/etc/sane.d"  being
          searched (in this order).

          If the library was compiled with  debug  support  enabled,  this
          environment  variable controls the debug level for this backend.
          E.g., a value of 128 requests all debug output  to  be  printed.
          Smaller levels reduce verbosity: SANE_DEBUG_ARTEC values

          Number  Remark

           0       print important errors
           1       print errors
           2       print sense
           3       print warnings
           4       print scanner-inquiry
           5       print information
           6       print less important information
           7       print major called procedures
           8       print all called procedures
           9       print procedure info/data messages
           10      print called sane-init-routines
           11      print called sane-procedures
           12      print sane infos
           13      print sane option-control messages

           50      print verbose data/debug messages

           == 100  print software RGB calibration data
           == 101  print raw data from scanner to file

           == 128  print out all messages

   Example: export SANE_DEBUG_ARTEC=13


   Known  bugs  in  this  release:  A6000C+  users  with firmware v1.92 or
   earlier have  problems  with  the  backend,  the  cause  has  not  been
   determined.   Sometimes the backend is not particularly robust, you can
   possibly lock up the SCSI bus (and/or machine) by not  having  patience
   enough  when  scanning.   3-channel gamma correction is not implemented
   and single-channel gamma correction is not totally  working  on  models
   other than the AT3.


   sane(7), sane-scsi(5)


   Chris Pinkham (

                              11 Jul 2008                    sane-artec(5)


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