xsane needs autoinstallation of sane libraries for printers and a simpiler interface

Registered by Brett Alton on 2007-06-06

Scanning is in dire need of reshaping in Ubuntu. Scanning is almost as common as printing as most printers are now sold as a "all-in-one" printer/copier/scanner. Scanning simply has to work. A simple GTK+ application is need to scan images for ALL printers, whether it's HP, Brother, Canon, Dell, etc. and will install the proper libraries needed. i.e.: http://solutions.brother.com/linux/sol/printer/linux/sane_drivers.html

Suggested that this be integrated with the new specification of printerdrake.

Common error: "Failed to open device 'brother:bus1;dev1': Error during device I/O." What is a regular user supposed to do about that? If xsane knows that it's a Brother printer, should it not download and reinstall the Brother-supplied .deb libraries?

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Proposed for gutsy
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Gnome is developping its own scanning platform and application. See gnomescan 0.4.1 in gutsy (development is active).

Dumb-down the interface of xsane for beginners, with a second option for experts (this would be the current interface).

The current interface is intimidating and may confuse a lot of users who are used to "click and scan" type interfaces.

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