Ubuntu Lucid Makes Scanning Simple
by Jim Mendenhall
Canonical is aiming to make the task of scanning documents super simple with version 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Canonical developer Robert Ancell is working on Simple Scan, a great little program that does exactly what it claims - it makes scanning documents simple! Simple Scan is now the default scanning software in Lucid.
Simple Scan makes scanning, emailing, printing and saving documents much less complicated. Sure, many of us geeks might want something like XSane that offers much more control over our scans, but for beginners, Simple Scan should take all the mystery out of scanning. Scanning documents and attaching them to an email in Evolution is now just a few-click process.
Simple Scan offers only the most basic of controls. It lets you choose the type of document you are scanning (photo or text), lets you do basic cropping, then lets you save the scan as a file, email your scans via Evolution or just print. It also handles multi-page documents, allowing you to save them as a PDF file or as a series of JPG images. That’s about all there is to it - it’s simple!
Have you had a chance to give Simple Scan a try? Is it too simple, or just right for beginners and for making quick scans? Leave your comments below!