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 BillGill
04 Sep 2018, 09:34
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?

The OCR program I use does autorotation. That is ABBYY FineReader 14 https://www.abbyy.com/en-us/finereader/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0tG_0rmh3QIVCYh-Ch1jmgncEAAYASAAEgKKTfD_BwE . It does a lot of other things that I don't use. I just load the images, run the OCR, and save them to my wordprocessor format. ...
by BillGill
02 Sep 2018, 09:56
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?

Yes, I found that I needed a very low angle of incidence for the lights to keep reflections down. So I have 2 bright lights facing one another to get enough light on the page without reflections. It is possible that it might work better with a slight slant on the lights, but they couldn't be tilted ...
by BillGill
01 Sep 2018, 09:57
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?

You are right I am only using one piece of plastic. The 'standard' 2 camera system does use 2 sheets of plastic, or glass, joined together at about a 90 degree angle. I think Deurig uses a larger angle. Because of the narrow gutter margin on many of the books I am scanning I kept losing the inner ch...
by BillGill
31 Aug 2018, 10:06
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?

The PiScan software is strictly for the Raspberry Pi. The advantage is that you can do all the scanning without having to hook it up to a computer. There is software that will run on a PC. If you load CHDK on the camera, which you need for PiScan anyway, you can control it using PtpCamGui http://chd...
by BillGill
30 Aug 2018, 09:47
Forum: Chat
Topic: Going to the Maker Faire
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Going to the Maker Faire

Update on the Faire. They say that there were 4000 attendees. I know I got the names and email addresses of 29 people who were interested enough to sign up for more info. I sent the info out and got replies from 2 who seemed to be excited about the possibilities.

Bill
by BillGill
30 Aug 2018, 09:37
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?

No I didn't use the 2 different cameras when I had a 2 camera setup. Back then I was using 2 of the Canons and controlling them with the PiScan software running on a Raspberry Pi computer. I had problems with scanning down into the gutter margin on a lot of paperbacks, so I went to a 1 camera system...
by BillGill
29 Aug 2018, 10:02
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?

There shouldn't be any problem with using any reasonable quality camera for both scanning and general purpose photography. In my scanner I am using a Canon ELPH 160. It is a nice little camera for scanning and general purpose photography. I have also used a Sony RX10 II, which is a much better camer...
by BillGill
25 Aug 2018, 21:31
Forum: Chat
Topic: Going to the Maker Faire
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Going to the Maker Faire

The Faire was great. There were a lot of people there and a lot of them stopped by the booth to talk about scanning and/or book repair. I had written up a document that gives more information than they could pickup in a few minutes demonstration and discussion. A lot of them signed up to receive a P...
by BillGill
23 Aug 2018, 09:19
Forum: Chat
Topic: Going to the Maker Faire
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Going to the Maker Faire

The Tulsa Maker Faire is this Saturday, August 25. I will be taking my latest scanner to show again this year. This year I will be letting people get their hands on the system so they can get an idea what book scanning is like. The show will be at Central Park Hall at the fair grounds here in Tulsa,...
by BillGill
08 Jul 2018, 13:20
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Ionaudio Booksaver?
Replies: 99
Views: 84330

Re: Ionaudio Booksaver?

I'm not certain if I have your idea quite straight, but let me comment on what I think you are saying. I'm not complaining about what you said, I realize that it is difficult to get ideas into words and sketches. I think you will need some kind of frame to provide stability for the platen. That 90 d...