Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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by dpc
25 Aug 2018, 15:21
Forum: Chat
Topic: Going to the Maker Faire
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Going to the Maker Faire

Good luck at the faire! Give us an update on how things went.
by dpc
23 Aug 2018, 17:37
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 81
Views: 20661

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

Glad to see you got things "squared away". You must not have tried the same silicone material that I'm using. The Siconi pads that I have are about as sticky as double-stick tape. I can put one of those silicone pads on the door of my stainless steel refrigerator and it will hold the weight of a boo...
by dpc
23 Aug 2018, 12:24
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 81
Views: 20661

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

It works after a fashion, but I'm still trying to solve the issues of physical drift of the book as I turn the pages. I'm experimenting with clamping dowels and creating some physical framing to hold the book still.

Put one of these under the book and your problems will be solved.
by dpc
15 Jul 2018, 15:00
Forum: HELP
Topic: Flattening a wrinkled page
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: Flattening a wrinkled page

Another option: Since you only have a single page to worry about, just deskew the photo and create the text sections yourself in Word. Paste the photo into the document and you're done.
by dpc
14 Jul 2018, 11:39
Forum: HELP
Topic: Flattening a wrinkled page
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: Flattening a wrinkled page

I'd probably just grab smaller sections of the document and skew them individually in Photoshop to try to get something that appears more flat, then stitch these processed sections back together into an image that represents the 8.5x11" page. There seem to be about six separate horizontal sections o...
by dpc
19 Jun 2018, 13:58
Forum: HELP
Topic: 100-page handwritten guestbook workflow?
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: 100-page handwritten guestbook workflow?

If I was doing this I'd just save it as a PDF. Almost every device has a PDF viewer and it will allow the finished product to accurately represent the original. Have you looked through the forums at Mobileread.com? This site is more about the hardware side of book scanning and producing a collection...
by dpc
26 May 2018, 16:19
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A copy of David Landin's design
Replies: 1
Views: 499

Re: A copy of David Landin's design

Yeah, pictures would be helpful. You can always post them to a site like imgur.com and paste the URL here.
by dpc
17 May 2018, 13:12
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Scanning larger numbers of 1980's Magazines help
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Re: Scanning larger numbers of 1980's Magazines help

I've scanned magazines to PDFs in the past and the process differs somewhat from scanning books with black text on white pages. One difference that you've discovered already is that magazines will frequently have page content that gets very close to the gutter. You can also have photographs that spa...
by dpc
28 Apr 2018, 13:41
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Feature Comparison for the Various Flavors of Scan Tailor
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: Feature Comparison for the Various Flavors of Scan Tailor

Listing the current version numbers of the various flavors would be beneficial.
by dpc
26 Apr 2018, 11:49
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Two very similar pages, two very different results
Replies: 11
Views: 765

Re: Two very similar pages, two very different results

Okelvin, Thanks for providing the original image. I didn't experience the problem that you saw. I used the default setting for ST version 0.9.11.1 (64-bit, non-enchanced version) and viewed the output in Black & White and in Mixed output mode and the page was displayed as you would expect. I can pos...