Gscan2PDF 2.0 Released! Now It’s Ported to GTK+ 3

March 13, 2018

Gscan2pdf, a simple GUI tool to produce PDFs or DjVus from scanned documents, reached the 2.0 release a few days ago. The new release has switched from GTK+ 2 to GTK+ 3.

Changes in Gscan2PDF 2.0 (and 2.0.1) include:

  • Fixed editing OCR output
  • Fixed displaying image after undoing
  • Fixed displaying image after deleting page
  • Fixed text in progress bars
  • Fixed warning message clearing all pages if no scanner detected
  • Switch from gtk+-2 to gtk+-3, requiring the reimplementation of GtkImageview in pure Perl, as C library not compatible with gtk+-3.
  • Fixed ghosting if flatbed only source option but not set.
  • Fixed setting preferences if frontend not set to libsane-image-perl and no scanner available.

How to Install Gscan2pdf 2.0.1 in Ubuntu:

The developer’s PPA contains the new release packages for Ubuntu 18.04 so far. Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 17.10 packages are in process.

Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, do following steps:

1. Add the PPA via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jeffreyratcliffe/ppa

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter.

gscan2pdf ppa

2. For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade it through Software Updater:

upgrade gscan2pdf

For the first time, you can either install it via Synaptic Package Manager or by running following commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gscan2pdf

How to Remove:

To remove gscan2pdf, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove gscan2pdf

And the PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

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