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Suggestion: Acquire multiple images from the scanner


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More than half the time when I want to scan something, I need to scan several individual pages. For example, scanning all the receipts from a business trip, or a stack of old photographs. Right now I have to go through a whole boatload of menus and dialogs to do each one.

I'd like to be able to do this assembly-line fashion -- scan them all, then work on them. Going feed-feed-feed-feed (or maybe feed-click-feed-click) would be much faster. Maybe the pics get saved with the default set of values (type, compression level, etc) or maybe they're just left as multiple unsaved in-memory documents; either one is fine (although I suspect memory problems on large jobs if saving isn't an option.)

Any chance of this happening?

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This is really a device driver thing, I would think...

 

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The device driver can already do this (see the software ThumbsPlus, which I currently use for this task.) To do multiple scans it needs to be called differently and the resulting output needs to be handled.

ThumbsPlus software: http://www.cerious.com/featuresv7.shtml

Help option describing the feature at http://www.cerious.com/%5C/manual45/tp45man-2930.html

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Well, this question is certainly going to have to wait for Rick to answer.

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Paint.NET is not a scanning application, it's an image editor. The scan import is just a convenience feature that's there because it wasn't too much work. If you need more advanced scanning options, use a scanning application designed for such things.

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This is something I was looking at for Paint.NET v3.5. WIA supports it if the hardware and driver support it, but I just didn't have enough time left over for it.

On the app side, it's really no more difficult than File->Open with multiple images.

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