A small command line utility included in libsane-pixma library, named “scan” , can manage the MP610 scan buttons, which greatly helps for scanning several pages.
But a graphic frontend, like Xsane, is more comfortable to achieve this. Multi-pages scanning feature has been added to latest versions of Xsane, as well as in other frontends (like gscan2pdf…), for scanning multi-pages documents with an ADF scanner.
Xsane can only perform ADF multi-pages for now, as said in Xsane documentation.
As the MP610 does not have an ADF, setting more than 1 page to scan in Xsane will simply produce … an I/O error ;-(
Scanning multi-pages images, documents, projects, from various Sane frontends is now possible with the Sane library.
This fix should also work (but not confirmed) with other Pixma - non ADF - scanners too.
Install the latest Sane library as explained in this post.
Example with Xsane
When Xsane detects a MP610, a window (here on the right) gives access to several parameters. Note that this window can be activated from the main menu, "Window/Standard options".
- Select the “Button-controlled scan (experimental)” option.
- Set several pages to scan in Xsane main window, and the output document format,
- Click Xsane “scan" button. The MP610 does _not_ start scanning yet.
- Now go in front of the MP610, and select the scanner mode using MP610 rotating wheel. Choose saving documents to a folder.
- Place the first page to scan, and press the MP610 "color" button. The first page is scanned, then scanner pauses.
- Place the second page and again, press color button, and so on …
Scanning can be stopped at anytime by pressing the "B/W" button (note you will receive an I/O error in your Frontend ; this is currently working as designed, altough a bit clumsy. This behavior could be easily changed).
When finished, go back to your computer: the scanned pages will be waiting in Xsane…
Isn't time to archive on DVD, those old piles of invoices, papers …that fill your drawers…?!