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Q903: Serial Port Scanner for Unix??

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Serial Port Scanner for Unix??

Date: Sat, 15 Jun 1996 18:29:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Campbell < >
Subject: Re: Serial Port Scanner for Unix?

>Has anyone made one of the variety of inexpensive personal scanners
>that are now available work with Unix? They seem to work with a
>serial port on PC's and Macs.
We use a standard HP ScanJet on a Windoze box on the network for any
fax scanning we need (Windows machines are nice I/O devices for Real
Computers :-).


Date: Sat, 15 Jun 96 22:05:14 EDT
From: Nico Garcia < >
Subject: Re: Serial Port Scanner for Unix?

I've used an HP Scanjet to get hardopy into Postxcript. The expense
with UNIX is primarily the software, especially OCR software. I
investigated the price early this year and found a good OCR package
and scanner would run about $1500, although the OCR could then be used
with Hylafax on incoming faxes! APUNIX is good: they have a webiste at

But a scanner is 1200 to 2400 dpi, and usually color these days. You
don't *need* that for faxing, and it's a waste of money to get for
just that purpose.  A cheap fax-machine works to fax it to the Hylafax
modem: I've done this from a fax down the hall to send schematics to
people, faxing it to my hylafax server so I can resend it at will, use
my Hylafax cover pages, and have it online myself.

			Nico Garcia

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