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Simple Scan works very well for basic day to day scanning; however, my scans are a bit washed out. Am wondering if there's way to adjust the contrast?

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Simple Scan 3.8 has available in Saucy Salamander, introducing various refinements and long-awaited features.

Navigating now to Simple Scan-->Document-->Preferences, summons the Preferences dialog containing the newly-implemented Brightness and Contrast additions.

Simple Scan 3.8 settings for adjusting values for Brightness and Contrast

Moreover, adjusting values for Brightness and Contrast is to be hassle-free performed via a draggable pointer, useful to increase and decrease the values per-user's likeness.

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Simple Scan is - by its name - simple.

There is this outstanding bug-report with a proposed pull-request.

However the main dev said:

I'm a little worried about how consistent drivers are with these settings, but I support the patch if it works. This setting will be "advanced" as most users will adjust the brightness/contrast after the scan is completed.

An alternative to Simple Scan is xsane from the software-center.

At first glance, it appears to be much more complex - however, its worth spending a small amount of time - it has great control over all aspects of scanning including contrast settings as shown.

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Thanks. One of my scanner's (Plustek OpticSlim M12 Plus) is really finicky and Xscane didn't render pages properly. Simple Scan works well, just wanted to be able to adjust contrast. – Kendor Jan 10 '12 at 3:22
both simple scan and xsane use the same sane backend. Strange that xsane doesnt work. There appears to be many front-ends - do any of them work for your particular scanner? – fossfreedom Jan 10 '12 at 14:23
In fact XSane is still a useful application in Ubuntu... – Pisu Feb 27 '12 at 22:21

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