Thanks for your quick reply.
When I initially tried the 'Create' in Gimp, there was no Xsane option. I searched the net and found articles mentioning using a sym link. I set one up but it still didn't work. In a terminal I typed 'xsane -v', and it indicated it was compiled with no gimp support. So I fired up Synaptic and removed gimp, xsane and xsane-gimp. I had assumed xsane-gimp was the 'Gimp' part that made the two work together. Anyway, after reading your reply I re-installed those three from the repositories and everything now works. I don't know why, but I'm happy