Would Scandoc be somthing for Extragear?

Klaas Freitag freitag at kde.org
Thu Nov 10 08:28:17 GMT 2022

Am 09.11.22 um 21:18 schrieb Tobias Leupold:
> Am Mittwoch, 9. November 2022, 20:59:15 CET schrieb Klaas Freitag:
>> Am 09.11.22 um 20:22 schrieb Nate Graham:

> That is essentially what my old document scanning script did -- using the same
> tools. But without a GUI of course. Nice idea! Seems like I'm not the only one
> who worked on getting this very task done as easy as possible ;-)

Yes, well, that is what people in the office need. "Classical" office 
suites are just the beginning. Things that we Linux guys considered 
black magic for long time (such as printing, scanning, ocr, doc analysis 
etc) are now super easy and available on mobile platforms. And that is 
what we compete with on the office desktop.

I know people who run Kraft on Chromebooks to enable the users to use 
the "nice" productivity apps available with android. Tough times ;-)


>>> 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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