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    XSane Alternatives

    XSane is described as 'graphical scanning front-end for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy). It uses the SANE-library to talk to scanners' and is an app in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to XSane for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, iPad and Android. The best alternative is NAPS2, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like XSane are Simple Scan, VueScan, gscan2pdf and PDFill.

    XSane is mainly a Document Scanner but alternatives to it may also be PDF Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of XSane.
    This page was last updated Oct 22, 2021
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AmigaOS
    XSane is a graphical scanning front-end for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy). It uses the SANE-library to talk to scanners.
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    1. NAPS2 is a document scanning application with a focus on simplicity and ease of use.


      No release since 2019-07-27, see

      NAPS2 vs XSane opinions
      Some users think NAPS2 is a great alternative to XSane, some don't.
      brunofin NAPS2 is not a SANE front-end, it supports only Windows scanning protocols (SANE and TWAIN), thus network scanners can't be connected.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    2. Simple Scan is an easy-to-use application, designed to let users connect their scanner and quickly have the image/document in an appropriate format.
      Simple Scan vs XSane opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Simple Scan is a great alternative to XSane.
      interface nowhere near as comprehensive as Xsane
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Simple interface, no missing resolution settings. It gets the job done.
      Positive comment about 6 years ago


    3. Third-party software for film scanners and flatbed scanners.
    4. gscan2pdf can scan, clean the scan and do OCR on the scan or imported images (incl. existing PDFs, DjVus or other file types), and make PDF and DjVu-files with embedded OCR-text.
      gscan2pdf vs XSane opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      riveravaldez It has some of the most useful XSane characteristics. Also Free Software.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    5. With PDFill you can create, fill, delete and submit PDF form fields; insert new formatted text, check, image, hyperlink, whiteout, highlight, drawing, comment and annotation anywhere in the document; save, print or email the filled and password-protected PDF; save and resume...

    6. Skanlite is a simple image scanning application to scan and save images. Skanlite is based on libksane, an interface for SANE library to control image scanners.
    7. Mopria Scan makes it possible for Android users to scan documents using any compatible scanner or multi-function printer on the same WiFi network. Digital scans can be then organized, renamed and shared as PDF or JPEG files.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Super simple scanning tool, that works with majority of scanners out of the box. This software does one thing - you can quickly and simply scan to PDF.


      Development of KOMA Code apps stopped in January 2017. Last version of Scan2pdf can be still downloaded from the official website.

      • Mac
      • Windows
      SilverFast is renowned as the worldwide standard when it comes to scanner and digital imaging software. SilverFast is able to bring out every device's maximum quality and considerably exceed the results of the manufacturer's own software.
    8. Scan, Print, Fax, Download and Store Microsoft Office, PDF and Text Documents and images.
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