UFRaw is a decent and opensource RAW file utility. It works on many platforms and despite the ’80 looking site works quite well with NEF file from Nikon cameras. Moreover, it is fairly well integrated with The GIMP, thanks to a dedicated plugin. Setting it up on Windows may be tricky, especially regarding the Gimp integration. I found out an interesting post from with a workaround. It worked for me fairly well.
Ufraw is an helpful add-on to Gimp; it enables the latter to open and edit NEF raw files from Nikon cameras. . Installation is trivial but making them work together is not. I especially encountered an error message saying libgdk-win32 was missing.
It works, at the end (Update 23/01/2011 read at the end!)
Your mileage may vary, as I had to compile from source. Follow this interesting thread.
You have to install all the relevant tools and pay a bit of attention at the end of every ./configure, as it will complain without failing if you lack some important libraries, such as libusb. Pay attention and install the required libraries from ubuntu depositories. Personally I didn’t install backend and frontend in /usr but in /usr/local. Even if you are going to uninstall everything related to SANE (including libraries) I don’t want to mess with Ubuntu policies. ./configure –prefix=/usr/local –sysconfdir=/etc –localstatedir=/var
I did export BACKENDS=”net mustek mustek_usb genesys” ./configure
to esclude the magicolor backand from compile and it worked. If you are going to use sane with a frontend, you’ll need to compile it as well, since installing the frontend from the repos will install also the backend as a dependency. Even if you installed in /usr/local/, you don’t want that.
So git clone the sane-frontend source, pay attention to the configure phase ( I installed it in /usr/local too), install the required dev libriaries (especially, Gimp ones if you are going to use it) and compile it as well. I did not compile xsane but sane-frontend and I’m using xscanimage The udev rules mentioned in the Ubuntuforums post is important, sinche it will allow you to scan as user.
That probably all. To use it with The GIMP, I created a
Gimp will not enable the device dialog of xscanimage unless you create a new image first with File->New.
It now works. Save your source dir as you could need in the future to uninstall the whole thing in the event the next packaged version of Sane will allow us to use the Lide 100 without compiling.
Version: xscanimage (sane-frontends) 1.0.15git.
scanimage (sane-backends) 1.0.22git; backend version 1.0.22
on ubuntu 10.10 amd64.
Update (23/01/2011): I did a bit more of research and it turns out that the genesys backend version in sane 1.0.21 (presently included in ubuntu 10.10 and also in natty) it’s too old. Complete support for Canonscan 100 LIDE was added in 1.0.62 (see here http://www.sane-project.org/lists/sane-mfgs-cvs.html). So instead of compiling it, I just searched a newer package for Ubuntu. It turns out that Alf Gaida has it in his PPA. I installed them and the scanner is now working flawlessly.
Alf provides scanimage (sane-backends) 1.0.22git; backend version 1.0.22