Simple Scan is an easy-to-use application, designed to let users connect their scanner and quickly have the image/document in an appropriate format.
Simple Scan is basically a frontend for SANE - which is the same backend as XSANE uses. This means that all existing scanners will work and the interface is well tested.
Simple Scan is an easy-to-use application, designed to let users connect their scanner and quickly have the image/document in an appropriate format. Lots of people have complained that XSane is too complicated for many users, but little progress has been made towards creating a user-friendly and stable replacement for the SANE GUI.
Simple Scan lives up to its name. The interface is uncluttered and offers only a few options. If no changes are made, Simple Scan will scan in photos at 300 DPI, or text documents at 150DPI. Photos and text are the only presets available. The DPI can be changed via the Preferences dialog. In fact, that's nearly all that can be changed, along with the scan source if more than one scanner is attached to the system. Once preferences are saved, you can choose to scan in a single page, or all pages if you happen to have a scanner with a document feeder. Unfortunately, the Epson is a flatbed scanner and I wasn't able to test the feeder feature.
Simple Scan makes it easy to scan in a document and send it as an email. Once a document is scanned in, just select Email from the File menu and Simple Scan will open a new email with the scan as an attachment. At least that's what will happen if you're using Evolution as the default mailer on GNOME. If you're using Thunderbird or another mailer, this doesn't work so well. Simple Scan will initiate a new email, but without the attachment. When selecting email, Simple Scan will always default to PDF. At the moment there appears to be no way to change this. That might be desirable for forms, but not so much for pictures.
Naturally, Simple Scan doesn't hold a candle to XSane's bag of tricks, nor is it meant to. If a user wishes to do color correction, optical character recognition (OCR), scan in slide negatives, or any number of other more complex operations, then XSane is still a better choice. But, if all you need is a fast scan of a form or quick and dirty scan of a color document or photo, then Simple Scan is shaping up to be a good choice.
How to Install Simple Scan on LinuxThis program is currently installed by default by Linux Mint operating system. But if your version of Linux doesn't have Simple Scan installed, you can install Simple Scan Manually from Terminal because it is available on Software Center (beside of using Terminal, you can also install Simple Scan using Software Manager by clicking Start Menu >> Administration >> Software Manager and start typing simple scan).
Okay open your Linux Terminal and type:
Wait until installation completed. Now you can open Simple Scan using Start Menu >> Graphic >> Simple Scan
sudo apt-get install simple-scan