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
14 Mar 2021, 10:30
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: ABBYY 12 - why are end-of-line dashes an odd character?
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: ABBYY 12 - why are end-of-line dashes an odd character?

Now I think of what I should have added.

My biggest problem is that em dashes are detected as simple dashes. I have to watch for those all the way through.

Bill
by BillGill
14 Mar 2021, 10:27
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: ABBYY 12 - why are end-of-line dashes an odd character?
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: ABBYY 12 - why are end-of-line dashes an odd character?

I have FineReader 14. I have it output the text file to Word 16 and those marks show up, but only if I have Word set to show hidden characters: carriage returns, page breaks, etc. When I am through proofing the text I convert it to the EPUB format. At that point those characters, whatever they are, ...
by BillGill
21 Dec 2020, 10:30
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Creating a Digital Library
Replies: 21
Views: 11398

Re: Creating a Digital Library

I use EPUB because it is the most universal format for Ebooks. It was developed specifically to be used for Ebooks. There are a number of Ebook readers available for free down load. If you are not familiar with it it is based on HTML They designed it to wrap up a bunch of HTML files into one big fil...
by BillGill
19 Dec 2020, 12:18
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Creating a Digital Library
Replies: 21
Views: 11398

Re: Creating a Digital Library

I'm afraid I can't answer that one. I haven't ever tried archive.org. Let me look at it. Well, it seems to have a lot in it. I may have to check it out. At first glance it is kind of confusing.

Bill
by BillGill
18 Dec 2020, 14:53
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Creating a Digital Library
Replies: 21
Views: 11398

Re: Creating a Digital Library

I haven't been replying to this thread before, but now I think I might be able to help you. I have been doing just about what you are talking about. I have a large personal library and want to recreate a good portion of it as a digital library. So far I have been downloading the books where I can, f...
by BillGill
16 Nov 2019, 10:46
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My new "Tower" Scanner
Replies: 4
Views: 5865

Re: My new "Tower" Scanner

Wow, 15 X 15 is a big scanner. Good luck with it. I determined the camera position by trial and error. I built the mount so that the center of the lens was aimed at the center of the platen. Then I slid the camera up and down until it just covered the area I wanted to scan. I did this with no zoom o...
by BillGill
30 Oct 2019, 09:42
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Patents
Replies: 2
Views: 2200

Re: Patents

I don't know much about patent law, particularly in Israel. However, I will make a couple of observations. If anybody has patented the V platen configuration I don't think they can enforce it. It has been too widely used by too many people and if it was patented the patent owners have not enforced i...
by BillGill
29 Oct 2019, 09:27
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Flat Platen
Replies: 2
Views: 2635

Re: Flat Platen

A piece of flat glass or plastic that you could lay on the page might be all you would need. I don't know how your scanner is built, but it might be a fairly simple arrangement. Pressing it down might be the tricky part. A simple frame with a handle might be all you would need.

Bill
by BillGill
03 Oct 2019, 09:25
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Clean your camera lens
Replies: 3
Views: 2292

Re: Clean your camera lens

I now clean it with a microfiber cleaning cloth every time I start to scan a new book. I'm sure that there are people who really understand cameras who could answer the question better. The major thing about camera lenses is to clean them regularly and to be careful not to scratch them while you do ...
by BillGill
23 Sep 2019, 09:30
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Best camera for scanning?
Replies: 1
Views: 2035

Re: Best camera for scanning?

I don't thing there is a "best" camera for scanning. Almost any camera with a decent resolution will work. More important is how you plan to scan. Are you building a 2 camera scanner or a 1 camera scanner? For a single camera scanner you will need have a camera with a good resolution (about 2 megapi...