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 stearn
04 Dec 2013, 17:27
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Sheet Fed Scanner for Destructive Scanning
Replies: 17
Views: 34593

Re: Sheet Fed Scanner for Destructive Scanning

I use scandallPro with an FI5750C, and whilst I will admit it isn't the best software I have used, it does the job, and I don't find it to be too much of a problem - stopping dust getting behind the sheet feed glass is the biggest problem. I tend to leave the colour settings alone for normal full co...
by stearn
15 Mar 2013, 19:48
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Looking For Ideas on my DestroTech
Replies: 6
Views: 11737

Re: Looking For Ideas on my DestroTech

All guillotines work best with stacks of flat sheets, and books are generally glued/sewn folios. The thicker the book, the more prone to curvature the spine is unless perfect bound - something like ( side on instead of the | required. This means that when you cue it up for cutting you generally will...
by stearn
26 Feb 2013, 20:11
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Version of ABBYY?
Replies: 2
Views: 2293

Re: Version of ABBYY?

Finereader allows you to load a series of JPEGS (or other image files), OCR, and then save to various file formats - PDF with the text embedded is one of them. There are various settings to the PDFs so you can play around with them until you hit the output size that suits. Acrobat X will allow you t...
by stearn
22 Jan 2013, 20:35
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: html conversion: "<b />" vs. "<p></p>"
Replies: 2
Views: 7818

Re: html conversion: "<b />" vs. "<p></p>"

Only just getting to grips with Acrobat X Pro myself, but if you are batch OCRing via an action then you can change the output options on the Save to section, just click the Export File(s) to alternate format, and choose HTML from the dropdown. I don't know what coding you might get, but it has got ...
by stearn
14 Jan 2013, 20:53
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Scanner purpose (glossy, magazine-type pages)
Replies: 5
Views: 7160

Re: Scanner purpose (glossy, magazine-type pages)

Have you thought of a larger scanner? The Fujitsu I have takes slightly larger than A3 on the flatbed and this translates to the document feeder on top (that duplex scans on the one pass). I simply remove the staples of the magazine (carefully as I put them back in afterwards!) and set the scan size...
by stearn
04 Jan 2013, 06:19
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Scanner purpose (glossy, magazine-type pages)
Replies: 5
Views: 7160

Re: Scanner purpose (glossy, magazine-type pages)

Is the plan to keep the magazines afterwards? What is the binding - perfect or stapled/stitched? Personally I have opted for stripping magazines of their spines (with a guillotine, although a craft knife is just as good, just slower) and scanning on a duplexing scanner. I have a couple, the Epson GT...
by stearn
10 Nov 2012, 07:28
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: DIY kit in EU
Replies: 9
Views: 5902

Re: DIY kit in EU

I have been making notes in readiness of building my own bookscanner and it appears that 12" x 9" x 3" is the maximum size I found on a thread, but I don't know which. The glass platten is obviously the main restricting factor, but the geometry of the rest of it will play a part, as will the camera ...
by stearn
31 May 2012, 19:03
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: OCR for text-only book copy
Replies: 6
Views: 16207

Re: OCR for text-only book copy

Finereader works best at 300dpi - tests I carried out some time ago using various flatbed resolutions confirmed this - and at around £100 I think it is the best value out of the box solution. I did quite a bit of work using another of their products - FlexiCapturePro - as structured text extraction ...
by stearn
10 Apr 2012, 15:24
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Adobe Acrobat deleting parts of page during OCR
Replies: 1
Views: 2010

Re: Adobe Acrobat deleting parts of page during OCR

I'm not sure what the problem is as I downloaded both files, but reprocessed the first one. Initially I did a straight OCR in Acrobat X Pro and got good recognition, and then I went into the settings and changed to clearscan and got a reasonable recognition (it is all there) but encountered a proble...
by stearn
09 Apr 2012, 19:59
Forum: Lighting
Topic: LED Camcorder lighting unit
Replies: 2
Views: 5153

Re: LED Camcorder lighting unit

Thanks. I guessed there was a reason I didn't spot any when searching through the lighting thread!