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 cfmorrill
06 Feb 2012, 22:40
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: an initial effort...
Replies: 8
Views: 6491

Re: an initial effort...

Sure Daniel,
I might need a couple of days because my two jobs are quite busy right now. Also, I'm not exactly sure how to attach a .pdf file to one of these posts...hmmm. Is there a tutorial about?

Regards, Charles
by cfmorrill
05 Feb 2012, 22:29
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: an initial effort...
Replies: 8
Views: 6491

Re: an initial effort...

Still hammering away at this. It's kind of funny, because I read about different hardware builds and and the problems folks have seem so simple. Then I get into software issues and the simplest things for everyone else can take me several days. I guess it's all what you're used to. I had thought awh...
by cfmorrill
15 Jan 2012, 23:57
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Prizmo
Replies: 3
Views: 5684

Re: Prizmo

Fascinating. The software question really gets to the heart of what one is trying to do. I'm finding the big question here is are you doing books, or parts of books, or complete books that have to be done perfectly? I have an imac and like it alot, so I'm thinking lately that I'll stay with that alt...
by cfmorrill
15 Jan 2012, 11:19
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Prizmo
Replies: 3
Views: 5684

Prizmo

Has anyone tried Creaceed's Prizmo lately? It looks like an interesting product...

Charles
by cfmorrill
14 Jan 2012, 14:36
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 399
Views: 336671

Re: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit

Hi Daniel, Thanks, I was wondering if that might be the case. Sandpaper trick seems to be working but I'm thinking a better solution might be a couple of small, narrow wood wedges. One thing that might be worth noting is that I'm using nylon 1/4 X 20 bolts (Lowes, specialty fastener cabinet) for bol...
by cfmorrill
14 Jan 2012, 07:25
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: an initial effort...
Replies: 8
Views: 6491

Re: an initial effort...

Hi Rob, Hmmm....that's interesting. Maybe I need an acrobat expert (dare I say an acrobat "acrobat"?) Clearly I've got to work the whole thing through from beginning to end starting with better camera placement so I can capture a page at better resolution... Charles PS...I keep drawing up grids of w...
by cfmorrill
12 Jan 2012, 23:23
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 399
Views: 336671

Re: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit

Fired up the scanner for the first time this evening and was pretty impressed. I can see the need for all sorts of different sized dowels to fit underneath the spine of a book. This may have been dealt with somewhere else. Shots of the pages were pretty much dead on and needed very little deskewing ...
by cfmorrill
12 Jan 2012, 23:07
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: an initial effort...
Replies: 8
Views: 6491

an initial effort...

O.k. so I fired up the hackerspace scanner for the first time and photographed two pages. Next, I imported the pages to iphoto (this is an imac), then parked them on the desktop, fired up Scantailor, deskewed, margined, etc. to an output file. Next opened up Acrobat 9 and OCR'd my first page. Damn, ...
by cfmorrill
07 Jan 2012, 09:46
Forum: HELP
Topic: An acrobat question
Replies: 2
Views: 5480

An acrobat question

So I'm at the beginning of the curve in learning to use Acrobat 9 for Mac to OCR my camera images. I installed acrobat pro o.k. Next, I attempted to OCR a very simple picture of a sign from a museum conference. Acrobat responded it could not do this as the image was greater than 45 X 45 inches. How ...
by cfmorrill
05 Jan 2012, 19:22
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 399
Views: 336671

Re: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit

What a lot of great progress everyone! I've had to take a break on my own effort. It's basically finished and now jet black (with a few red accents) but am currently traveling. Hope to visit NextFab studio in Philadelphia this weekend. I should be able to start the great scanning/software learning c...