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
19 Jun 2018, 13:58
Forum: HELP
Topic: 100-page handwritten guestbook workflow?
Replies: 2
Views: 116

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: 234

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: 329

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: 328

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: 474

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...
by dpc
24 Apr 2018, 20:25
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Two very similar pages, two very different results
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Two very similar pages, two very different results

Can you post a link to the second image (page 208) as it came right from the camera (without the shading and selection rects added by ST)?
by dpc
15 Apr 2018, 23:38
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: IXUS 160 Focal Plane
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: IXUS 160 Focal Plane

Might be interesting to see the ScanTailor result of that same page without using your image averaging step. What ISO setting are you using?
by dpc
12 Apr 2018, 17:58
Forum: Software
Topic: software to automatically remove fingers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3810

Re: software to automatically remove fingers?

I'd try something like these, as they are cheap and would offer a bit of grip that would help to turn pages: Harbor Freight 9 mil Black Nitrile Gloves If I were using my thumbs in the outer margins to hold the book open while shooting (i.e. not using a platen to hold down the pages), I'd use a blue ...
by dpc
19 Jan 2018, 11:45
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: AABBYY Fine Reader and I
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: AABBYY Fine Reader and I

If you're not aware of mobileread.com, you might want to check out the forums there. Lots of tips and info on the various software tools for creating epub files. More here.
by dpc
11 Jan 2018, 14:09
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: AABBYY Fine Reader and I
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: AABBYY Fine Reader and I

I too began my quest to scan all the books from my personal library as ePub. I soon discovered the same issue with AABBYY that you did in that this takes a LOT of hand tweaking to correct all of the OCR and formatting mistakes. I finally gave up and decided to save the books as PDF using Adobe Acrob...