Would Scandoc be somthing for Extragear?

Klaas Freitag freitag at kde.org
Wed Nov 9 19:59:15 GMT 2022

Am 09.11.22 um 20:22 schrieb Nate Graham:

very interesting, seems we had a similar idea.

I wanted it even simpler for the every day office with one (and exactly 
one) scanner - with less options for (pot. confused) users.
I wrote a tool called PDF Quirk: https://dragotin.github.io/quirksite/

It is also in production for quite some time with good success.


> Have you checked out Skanpage? It does PDF scanning, including creating 
> multi-page PDF documents out of the scanned files. It also integrates 
> with the Purpose framework to offer a simple "Share" menu that lets you 
> email scanned documents very quickly.
> Nate
> On 11/9/22 06:32, Tobias Leupold wrote:
>> Hi all!
>> Nowadays, sending PDFs of scanned documents via email or uploading them
>> somewhere has become a recurring task. For years, I was using shell 
>> scripts to
>> kind-of automate scanning, doing some post-processing and conversion 
>> -- after
>> a fashion. But I thought that there should be some more 
>> straightforward tool
>> for this.
>> The known general-purpose scanning applications we have didn't do what I
>> wanted to. So, at the beginning of the year, I started to write a quite
>> specialized scanning program whose only purpose is to make scanning 
>> documents
>> and turning them into a PDF file as easy as possible.
>> The result is Scandoc. It currently lives at
>> https://invent.kde.org/tleupold/scandoc
>> The Readme contains a description of what it is. It uses KSaneCore to 
>> access a
>> scanner and runs (by default well-known) helper programs to 
>> post-process the
>> scanned pages and save them as a PDF file. By default, ImageMagick's 
>> convert
>> tool is invoked for the colour/sharpness/gamma post-processing and TeX 
>> Live's
>> pdfjam is used for the PDF conversion. However one can use any CLI helper
>> program or script for those tasks. E.g. the repository contains an 
>> example
>> script to output searchable PDFs by using the Tesseract OCR engine.
>> Scandoc has been used for half a year in production now in my (dentist's)
>> office, and -- from what I heard from the (of course by now only few) 
>> users --
>> it makes this very task of creating PDF files from documents a lot 
>> easier and
>> can be used quite conveniently.
>> I thus wondered if this would be something we could need in Extragear.
>> At least, I wanted to share this with you, maybe, someone may find 
>> this useful
>> :-)
>> Cheers, Tobias

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