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 Misty
18 Sep 2012, 12:38
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Daniel's Work Thread: Toward a Hackerspace Scanner
Replies: 215
Views: 141667

Re: Daniel's Work Thread: Toward a Hackerspace Scanner

Hoping I didn't miss too much in the long thread...

From one post I read earlier, the distance between camera and book is 17 inches, is that right? I'm doing some FOV calculations to figure out what focal length lenses I need for my cameras.

Edit: Argh... sorry, wrong thread.
by Misty
12 May 2012, 15:43
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Cameras for the Hackerspace Scanner
Replies: 77
Views: 69291

Re: Cameras for the Hackerspace Scanner

I'll dig out a copy of my camera spreadsheet and fill in some entries on Monday. (I needed the kick in the butt to get that up to date again!)
by Misty
02 Apr 2012, 19:26
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Olympus E-PL1?
Replies: 8
Views: 4392

Re: Olympus E-PL1?

You're doing mostly text? Are you planning on keeping the photos of the original pages, or are you going to be running the text through Scan Tailor? A higher-quality camera is really helpful for getting better images of illustrations, or retaining the texture of the book page, but there's much less ...
by Misty
02 Apr 2012, 17:06
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Olympus E-PL1?
Replies: 8
Views: 4392

Re: Olympus E-PL1?

While I haven't used the Oly cameras in production, I did do some evaluation shots with my personal E-P2 and was very positively impressed. The remote-trigger works nicely (as Dan mentioned), and the camera produces a very nice image - good sharpness with the kit zoom lens that comes with the camera...
by Misty
19 Dec 2011, 12:21
Forum: HELP
Topic: how do i change page numbers of a compiled PDF?
Replies: 3
Views: 11170

Re: how do i change page numbers of a compiled PDF?

If you have Adobe Acrobat, you can change the numbers. Open the Page Thumbnails tab, then select the pages you want to renumber. You can set the start number to use, and Acrobat will automatically fill in the range from there. I've used that to fix up page numbers before - for example, books with ro...
by Misty
14 Dec 2011, 17:17
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Scan Tailor "Enhanced"
Replies: 82
Views: 101697

Re: Scan Tailor "Enhanced"

@La_Tristesse: It's stored in /usr/local/bin, which is one of the standard locations for Unix programs. You can launch it from the commandline just by typing scantailor

If you want an icon for it, you can right-click on it and choose "Options - Keep in dock".
by Misty
13 Dec 2011, 14:57
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Scan Tailor "Enhanced"
Replies: 82
Views: 101697

Re: Scan Tailor "Enhanced"

You will need Xcode for this because the process involves building software. Sorry about that!

If you did not install Scan Tailor using Homebrew before, you should do

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brew install scantailor --enhanced
instead of upgrade.
by Misty
07 Dec 2011, 12:32
Forum: Software
Topic: pdfbeads - format of metadata file
Replies: 2
Views: 2521

Re: pdfbeads - format of metadata file

It's only documented in the Russian docs, but taking a look at the source: The metadata supports four fields: Title, Author, Subject, and Keywords. Fields should be specified one per line, in the format Key: "value" Multiple values per field seem to be accepted, though `Keywords` is probably meant t...
by Misty
01 Dec 2011, 13:10
Forum: HELP
Topic: Help: problems with ORC using Homer on OS X Lion
Replies: 2
Views: 2948

Re: Help: problems with ORC using Homer on OS X Lion

I haven't heard of Homer before. I haven't seen a discussion on the forum - do you have a link for it?

It looks like it's trying to write to a directory named 'my-user-name' instead of actually putting your username there. Maybe it's a bug in the program? Have you spoken to the author?
by Misty
21 Oct 2011, 16:20
Forum: Software
Topic: pdfbeads HELP!
Replies: 4
Views: 3608

Re: pdfbeads HELP!

I'm actually in the process of working on a Mac user megathread that will give you step by step instructions on everything you need to know to get and use scanning software on a Mac. You probably don't want to wait though, so in the meantime, follow the instructions in this post to get you started w...