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The latest GScan2PDF has recently reached 1.7.3 release. Here’s how to install it in all current Ubuntu releases including Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and higher.

gscan2pdf is a GUI to ease the process of producing PDFs or DjVus from scanned documents. You scan one or several pages in with File/Scan, and create a PDF of selected pages with File/Save PDF. At maturity, the GUI will have similar features to that of the Windows Imaging program, but with the express objective of writing a PDF, including metadata. Scanning is handled with SANE via scanimage. PDF conversion is done by libtiff. Perl is used for portability and ease of programming, with gtk2-perl for the GUI. This should therefore work more or less out of the box on any system with gtk2-perl, scanimage, and libtiff.

While Ubuntu repositories only provide old versions, you can install the latest GScan2PDF (1.7.3 so far) via the developer’s PPA and keep it up-to-date by receiving updates via Software Updater.

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1. To add the PPA, open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T, when it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jeffreyratcliffe/ppa

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) and hit Enter.

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2. Have an old version installed? You can now launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and upgrade the software to the latest:

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 Restore:

For any reason you can easily restore to the stock version of gscan2pdf in your Ubuntu main repository by purging the PPA via command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:jeffreyratcliffe/ppa

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gscan2pdf is a GUI to ease the process of producing PDFs from scanned documents. You scan one or several pages in with File/Scan, and create a PDF of selected pages with File/Save PDF.

gscan2pdf 1.2.0 was released recently with various bug fixes and translation updates. This tutorial shows how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 10.04 and Linux Mint.

gscan2pdf 1.2.0 changelog:

  • Don’t lose extension if user-defined tool converts pnm to pbm, ppm or pgm.
  • Allow thread to import different number of pages than requested. Fixed import of pdf no longer working
  • Take the resolution directly from the scanner when scanning rather than assuming that the system value is up-to-date.
  • Fixed UTF8 handling with gocr
  • Fixed import existing multipage tif file loads only the first one
  • Actually change the device when the device combobox is changed.
  • Show/hide options in CLI frontends via Edit/Preferences
  • Fixed Thunderbird detection (for send email) does not work reliably on XFCE
  • Fixed bug opening a session file from multiple sessions
  • Added option in Edit/Preferences to automatically open the scan dialog in the background on program start.
  • Translation updates: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, French, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish, Ukranian

Install gscan2pdf 1.2.0:

The latest release has been made into Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, install it in Ubuntu Software Center after checking for updates.

For other releases, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jeffreyratcliffe/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gscan2pdf

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