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
19 Jun 2018, 09:25
Forum: HELP
Topic: 100-page handwritten guestbook workflow?
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: 100-page handwritten guestbook workflow?

I don't have any real help for you. I just wanted to say that it sounds like a great project. As far as I can see you have the process well planned and you should be able to get a good output. The biggest problem that I can see will be keeping the momentum going after your first book. Things will al...
by BillGill
01 Jun 2018, 16:01
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: Freelancer to scan books
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Wanted: Freelancer to scan books

Google has been taken to court about that. They won. The idea is, I believe, that they are archiving the books, not selling them. I am not completely sure about the technicalities involved. Anyway, as I understand it, if somebody digitizes a book for distribution then that would be a copyright infri...
by BillGill
23 May 2018, 09:35
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: What is the best free OCR software?
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: What is the best free OCR software?

Well, I am asking now so I will have time to get familiar with the new software. The show will be the last Saturday in August, so I am preparing now. That way I won't have a rush at the last minute to get everything together, and won't go off without something I need.

Bill
by BillGill
23 May 2018, 09:34
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: What is the best free OCR software?
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: What is the best free OCR software?

Well, I am asking now so I will have time to get familiar with the new software. The show will be the last Saturday in August, so I am preparing now. That way I won't have a rush at the last minute to get everything together, and won't go off without something I need.

Bill
by BillGill
22 May 2018, 18:29
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: What is the best free OCR software?
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: What is the best free OCR software?

I'd rather show a free OCR package. I want to show people that they can get started without a large outlay. I am even planning to build a cardboard scanner, with a phone for a camera, just to show how simply you can get started.

Bill
by BillGill
22 May 2018, 10:05
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: What is the best free OCR software?
Replies: 7
Views: 215

What is the best free OCR software?

Backstory: I am planning on taking my scanner to the Tulsa Maker Faire in late August. Here at home I use my desk top computer with ABBYY Fine Reader to convert my scans to text. However, I will be taking my lap top to the Faire, and I don't want to buy Fine Reader for the small amount of time I wil...
by BillGill
22 May 2018, 10:00
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Newbie questions about cameras
Replies: 6
Views: 239

Re: Newbie questions about cameras

My first suggestion is that you not get too uptight about what camera and the setup you need. Since you say they are mostly text books they are probably of good quality. That means that you should be able to get good scans with a reasonably priced camera. I am using a Canon Elph 160, but that is no ...
by BillGill
12 May 2018, 09:33
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Is there an optimal angle of view of the camera?
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: Is there an optimal angle of view of the camera?

In regard to lighting, I find that I get the best results if I have the light source at a very low angle with respect to the document being scanned. For this to work you need a bright source. I am currently using 2 500 Lumen daylight floods set at right angle to the page (one on each side). The prob...
by BillGill
13 Apr 2018, 09:22
Forum: Software
Topic: software to automatically remove fingers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3816

Re: software to automatically remove fingers?

Thanks, I had been thinking something like that for the gloves. I just hadn't been motivated enough to do the research. Now I have gotten somebody else to do it for me. That's always good for us lazy people.

Bill
by BillGill
12 Apr 2018, 09:16
Forum: Software
Topic: software to automatically remove fingers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3816

Re: software to automatically remove fingers?

I have been having some problems with fingers showing up around the book. It isn't a huge problem for me, but I have considered getting some black gloves. That way the fingers would blend into the background and pretty much disappear. I haven't tried it, but it might be at least a partial solution. ...