sane-pixma(5) SANE Scanner Access Now Easy sane-pixma(5)NAMEsane-pixma - SANE backend for Canon PIXMA MP series
The sane-pixma library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy)
backend that provides access to Canon PIXMA multi-function devices
(All-in-one printers). Currently, the following models work with this
PIXMA MP150, PIXMA MP170, PIXMA MP450, PIXMA MP500
PIXMA MP800, PIXMA MP830,
MultiPASS MP700 (no grayscale), PIXMA MP750 (no grayscale)
The following model are marked as experimental because they are not
well tested and/or the scanner sometimes hangs and must be switched off
and on. Therefore they are disabled by default. (See PIXMA_EXPERIMENT
MultiPASS MP730, PIXMA MP760, PIXMA MP780
The backend supports
* resolutions at 75,150,300,600,1200 and 2400 DPI,
* color and grayscale mode,
* a custom gamma table with 4096 entries and
* automatic document feeder.
The device name is in the form pixma:xxxxyyyy_zzzzz where x, y and z
are vendor ID, product ID and serial number respectively. Example:
pixma:04A91709_123456 is a MP150.
This backend is in alpha stage and will stay in this stage until we get
the programming manual for the hardware. Although we have tested it as
good as we could, it will not work in every situations. You will find
an up-to-date status at the project homepage. (See below)
Besides "well-known" options (e.g. resolution, mode etc.) pixma backend
also provides the following experimental options for button handling,
i.e. the options might change in the future.
This option can be used in combination with scanadf(1) and scan‐
image(1) in batch mode, for example when you want to scan many
photos or multiple-page documents. If it is enabled (i.e. is set
to true or yes), the backend waits before every scan until the
user presses the "SCAN" button (for MP150) or the color-scan
button (for other models). Just put the first page in the scan‐
ner, press the button, then the next page, press the button and
so on. When you finished, press the gray-scan button. (For MP150
you have to stop the frontend by pressing Ctrl-C for example.)
button-update button-1 button-2
These options are interesting for developers. To check button
status: (1) set button-1 and button-2 to zero, (2) set button-
update (Its type is SANE_TYPE_BUTTON.), (3) get button-1 and
button-2. If the result is not zero, the corresponding button
The static library implementing this backend.
The shared library implementing this backend (present on systems
that support dynamic loading).
If the library was compiled with debug support enabled, this
environment variable controls the debug level for this backend.
Higher value increases the verbosity.
0 print nothing
1 print error and warning messages (recommended)
2 print informational messages
3 print debug-level messages
10 dump USB traffics
Setting to a non-zero value will enable the support for experi‐
mental models. You should also set SANE_DEBUG_PIXMA to 10.
SEE ALSOsane(7), sane-dll(5), http://home.arcor.de/wittawat/pixma/
I would like to thank all testers and helpers. Without them I would not
be able to write subdrivers for models I don't have. See also the
sane-backends 1.0.18 1 July 2006 sane-pixma(5)