Scanners, emulators and VueScan

Isaac Mushinsky itz at
Mon Mar 17 18:29:24 UTC 2008

I did write to the author, but it seems from his previous email exchanges
that he was not willing to release and maintain a FreeBSD version. Since he
only wants to release binaries, there is a limit to how many platforms he
can support. Although porting is probably trivial,
maintaining a FreeBSD system is unlikely to be cost-effective in his view.
And, for this type of software he would need FreeBSD installed on real
hardware (rather than emulated), and test a range of devices with it.

On 3/17/08, Bill Campbell <freebsd at> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 17, 2008, Isaac Mushinsky wrote:
> >Problem: I have a film scanner whose sane support is somewhat incomplete.
> >There is a commercial piece of software called VueScan, which reportedly
> can
> >do what I need. It can be had as either a Windows or Linux binary. It
> does
> >not use sane on Linux, but apparently implements its own set of drivers
> via
> >libusb. Rather than install another OS and boot into it to do the
> scanning,
> >I was wondering if I can make it work with any kind of emulation. If I do
> >not load uscanner, my scanner will appear just as a ugen device. Can I
> then
> >have the device passed through to VueScan and usable by it with:
> You might want to contact Ed Hamrick <EdHamrick at>, author
> of VueScan.  He has been very helpful to me when I had questions
> about it.
> I got VueScan for Mac OS X Tiger when I had to replace a bad hard
> drive on my Mac Mini and the HP drivers I had been using were no
> longer available (let's not go into backups shall we :-).  The
> support has been good, and it does what I need.
> Bill
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