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I'm trying to efficiently and cheaply scan many documents (Device that feeds paper to scanner blindly)

Getting a flatbed scanner with a document feeder appears to be the best option, but I'm worried it won't work with my Linux computer.

Is there a flatbed scanner with document feeder that lets me attach a USB/flash drive to it, and then automatically scans images to that drive? If so, about how much should I expect to pay for one?

I could then mass-scan documents without worrying about OS compatability.

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marked as duplicate by Rory Alsop Jul 19 '13 at 10:22

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

This question actually might be better suited for SuperUser, but I'll give it a go. gscan2pdf seems to be the go-to software.

Documentation here suggests it should work with most scanners.

You didn't say what version of linux you're running what what base, but I think knowing what is compatible with your OS will leave you with more (read: cheaper) options. See SANE

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Thanks. I actually have SANE installed and use it to scan from my flatbed (one-page-at-a-time) HP PSC 1510. However, it was a real pain to setup (I'm on Fedora 11, which I realize is a bit dated). I'm worried that scanning page-after-page will add complications, assuming the scanner wants some sort of software signal for "next page". – barrycarter Jul 18 '13 at 21:06
That's where the software solution gscan2pdf comes in, it has all sorts of settings in case it is waiting for a button press of some kind – Raystafarian Jul 18 '13 at 21:09
Thanks @Raystafarian. I meant that the scanner may want to work only with its own (Windows/MAC) software, and that my Linux box won't know how to send the "scan next page" signal. If SANE can't send that signal, I don't think software could (the software would communicate with SANE, I'm guessing). – barrycarter Jul 18 '13 at 21:34

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