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
17 Oct 2011, 12:54
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: OCR for text-only book copy
Replies: 6
Views: 17340

Re: OCR for text-only book copy

Absolutely seconded on Scan Tailor; it may get you better OCR results than the current book. The bleeding colour on the edges of your text pis probably making OCR worse. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with reflowable content for e-readers. That may be tricky for Kindle. However: Calibre is capable o...
by Misty
16 Oct 2011, 23:46
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Scan Tailor "Enhanced"
Replies: 82
Views: 101891

Re: Scan Tailor "Enhanced"

Theoretically, but it's not recommended. However, since Homebrew builds are generally much faster than on Macports, it wouldn't take you long to get back up with the software you care about. If there's something that was keeping you with Macports (like software that's not in Homebrew), let me know a...
by Misty
13 Oct 2011, 12:08
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Why you should build with Homebrew instead of Macports
Replies: 0
Views: 7140

Why you should build with Homebrew instead of Macports

Sorry to start up a holy war here, but since I've seen several people having trouble with Macports it looked like this could use some evangelizing. So here's the pitch: for book scanning software on a Mac, you should probably be using Homebrew instead of Macports. Here's why: Homebrew is fast and li...
by Misty
13 Oct 2011, 10:01
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Lion
Replies: 8
Views: 11463

Re: Lion

Seriously, Macports still hasn't fixed Qt under Lion? That's ridiculous. Scan Tailor can be built using Homebrew on Lion (and Leopard and Snow Leopard). By default it downloads a Qt SDK binary that is very speedy to install, so you can get Scan Tailor going in about 10 minutes. Installing Scan Tailo...
by Misty
06 Oct 2011, 17:43
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 399
Views: 380678

Re: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit

This is GORGEOUS, Dan. Really fantastic. I'm looking forward to this.

As always, if there's some way I can help out.
by Misty
06 Oct 2011, 16:11
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: B/W source - how to keep format?
Replies: 29
Views: 26153

Re: B/W source - how to keep format?

It does a visual analysis to try to pick out dark text on light background from illustrations. It's usually quite accurate, but does make mistakes.
by Misty
06 Oct 2011, 10:15
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: B/W source - how to keep format?
Replies: 29
Views: 26153

Re: B/W source - how to keep format?

Mixed mode will convert part of the image into pure black/white, and part of it into a greyscale or colour image with multiple shades. The advantage is that pure black/white text compresses much, much better than greyscale. If you use mixed mode, you can then use a program that will separate the two...
by Misty
05 Oct 2011, 15:30
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Mac users: jbig2enc is now in Homebrew! (Make better PDFs)
Replies: 4
Views: 5853

Re: Mac users: jbig2enc is now in Homebrew! (Make better PDF

Well, thanks! Glad I could help. I recognize a lot of this stuff is confusing. Acrobat does a perfectly good job of doing OCR, as long as you find it's not pumping up your filesizes too much. The other option is to use an open-source OCR program plus PDFBeads to join it. The problem is that open sou...
by Misty
04 Oct 2011, 17:38
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: PDFBeads — Convert Scanned Images to a Single PDF File
Replies: 46
Views: 45631

Re: PDFBeads — Convert Scanned Images to a Single PDF File

Windows user needed - I have a test version of pdfbeads available that I need a Windows user to try out. Requirements: ImageMagick installer from here: http://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/64917/RMagick-2.12.0-ImageMagick-6.5.6-8-Q8.zip Don't worry about installing the gem - I took care of that for...
by Misty
04 Oct 2011, 11:13
Forum: Software
Topic: Total Beginner Needs Help
Replies: 2
Views: 2407

Re: Total Beginner Needs Help

rxninja, I've given you some advice in the jbig2enc thread. I think I'm going to create a Mac user omnibus thread at some point to give some more guidance. Hope, that sounds mostly good, but here's a few comments I'd make: - You don't have to use both Book Scan Wizard and Scan Tailor (though you can...