Canon MX330 Simple Scan

I finally got my Canon MX330 printer to work with Ubuntu’s Simple Scan. I never had a problem with setting up my printer and/or printing documents on Ubuntu, but I never got the scanner to work. Not once, but now it works, with an application called Simple Scan. I’m so stoked! Ok, here’s how I did it. If you have a Canon MX330 and you want Ubuntu’s Simple Scan to work with your printer/scanner, just try to do the following steps.

  1. Download the Canon MX330 ScanGear Drivers.
  2. Unzip the package. Go to the Packages folder.
  3. Type the following commands from the Terminal.
  4. sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture scangearmp-common_3.00-1_i386.deb
    sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture scangearmp-mx330series_3.10-1_i386.deb
  5. The package above is the current version. You may get a newer version.
  6. One more thing, that’s a double dash before force-architecture.
  7. Start Simple Scan from Applications > Graphics > Simple Scan menu.
  8. The application should start scanning.
  9. Save the image as JPG.
  10. That’s it.

Hopefully that setup works for you!

Simple Scan in Ubuntu Lucid

It looks like Simple Scan will be the default scanner in Ubuntu Lucid. From Starry Hope:

Simple Scan makes scanning, emailing, printing and saving documents much less complicated. Sure, many of us geeks might want something like XSane that offers much more control over our scans, but for beginners, Simple Scan should take all the mystery out of scanning. Scanning documents and attaching them to an email in Evolution is now just a few-click process.

Simple Scan offers only the most basic of controls. It lets you choose the type of document you are scanning (photo or text), lets you do basic cropping, then lets you save the scan as a file, email your scans via Evolution or just print.  It also handles multi-page documents, allowing you to save them as a PDF file or as a series of JPG images. That’s about all there is to it – it’s simple!

It’s about time. It’s a much needed feature that has been missing for a very long time. I’m glad it’s included in the latest release of Ubuntu. Kudos to the Ubuntu development team for including this neat little program.