November 28, 2006
After quite some time of hibernation, i wake up the development process of Gnome Scan. Gnome Scan hit the 100th revision ! This revision is the first contributed patch Olaf Leidinger. It added –disable-gnome option for xfce people and other. I’m also very pleased to see news Swedish translation and nearby Dutch translation
Gnome Scan seems to spread more and more. How surprised where i to see that Foresight Linux 0.9.4 include Gnome Scan/Flegita ! Gnome Scan 0.3.1 is now in feisty/universe. I even saw unofficial ebuild. A bunch of people talk about Gnome Scan all around the web in French and German (some consider it as a good replacement of xsane, i find Gnome Scan in a too early stage to fully replace xsane).
Emmanuel Fleury, associate professor at Bordeau-I university, submitted Gnome-OCR project to its student. The project will start in January. The idea is to link tesseract-OCR and Gnome Scan. I wish this project will end up with an Abiword plugin. Even if i mainly work on flegita, the purpose of Gnome Scan is not a standalone app, but flegita is the first step. As long as Gnome Scan has no stable API, i don’t want to provide too many unmanagable plugins. I don’t want to end up with 7.0.0 libtool version for gnome-scan 1.0 :).
I guess that 0.3.2 will arrive as Chrismas gift to the FOSS world :). It will include nice features that may make Gnome Scan a reasonable replacement of xsane for basic end user.
So yes, Gnome Scan is still alive ! And very active !