What is scansreaderScansreader is a "do the right thing" lean and mean unix/linux X C program to read a set of images scanned from printed documents as confortably as possible. This page is at http://colas.nahaboo.net/software/scansreader
GoalsScansreader was done to:
ImplementationI could not find a program satisfying these criteria. All involved too much interaction or option-setting to really read scans as painlessly as a real book.
I stumbled on a nice and fast linux image viewer QIV by Adam Kopacz, and decided to use it as the base for scansreader, removing a lot of its code and adding functionalities. It makes use of the X, gdk and imlib libraries.
LicensePure Open source: GPL
More detailsSee the README text file, the HISTORY of versions, and the Manual page. You can be mailed of new versions
DownloadDownload the last version in the files directory. Included in the distrib is also a precompiled executable, in normal (scansreader) and statically linked (scansreader-static) versions. Just copy it in your path, e.g. in /usr/local/bin.
User manualJust run scansreader. it will read all the images in the current directory, (or the directory or zip, cbz, rar or cbr archive given as argument), and open the first one full screen, resized to the full width of the screen.
PhilosophyWhen reading a book, I do not want to be bothered having to get to the mouse or touchpad, especially when potato-couching with my notebook, and have to aim for menus, scrollbars, buttons. Thus scansreader do not use any of this interaction method, and is always fullscreen.
It also do not provide things that belong to generic image manipulation programs like the gimp: no thumbnails, no 2-page mode, no dialog box to open files (you just run scansreader via your favorite desktop program).
Why Scansreader? there was no google hit with scansreader, but scanreader was already the name of many products.