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
29 Aug 2011, 11:03
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: 0.9.10 release
Replies: 18
Views: 73768

Re: 0.9.10 release

Calmadigital: "Use other software" probably isn't the most helpful answer, but it's the best I can personally do. If you use Homebrew with Lion, you can install Scan Tailor much faster and easier. While it also compiles most things from source, it distributes precompiled Qt and other libraries neede...
by Misty
22 Aug 2011, 13:08
Forum: Help with this site
Topic: Add hidden text layer from different pdf files
Replies: 4
Views: 15728

Re: Add hidden text layer from different pdf files

This is tricky to do with free software, but it can be done. PDFBeads can make tiny PDFs with OCR text layers. One of the problems with making PDFs is that compressed images in greyscale or colour are huge - very huge. It's very difficult to get them down to an acceptable size. That's why many peopl...
by Misty
19 Aug 2011, 10:07
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Mac users: jbig2enc is now in Homebrew! (Make better PDFs)
Replies: 4
Views: 5933

Mac users: jbig2enc is now in Homebrew! (Make better PDFs)

Good news for Mac users interested in making PDFs! jbig2enc just got added to Homebrew , the best way to install open source software in Mac OS X. jbig2enc is an open source tool that allows you to make very small PDFs from pages you've processed in Scan Tailor, a fraction of the size of what you ca...
by Misty
16 Aug 2011, 16:47
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Powershot A495's for $50 today
Replies: 2
Views: 8021

Re: Powershot A495's for $50 today

I didn't read in detail, but it appears to work - certainly it does USB triggering.

http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?topic=5570.330
by Misty
16 Aug 2011, 13:42
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Book Scanner webiste
Replies: 6
Views: 4723

Re: Book Scanner webiste

I notice that most of them have built-in 5mp cameras - only the high-end model uses external cameras (DSLRs, like Atiz). I'd be curious (and wary) of the image quality, but it might be enough for some people.
by Misty
16 Aug 2011, 13:29
Forum: Software
Topic: Outline of software to use
Replies: 7
Views: 4842

Re: Outline of software to use

If you're looking for DjVu, Strider's software and workflow is your best bet. If you need PDF (for instance, to use on e-book readers that only do PDF), PDFBeads is your best option right now: http://diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=683 It's a little tricky to get working on Windows, but...
by Misty
16 Aug 2011, 13:26
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: PDFBeads — Convert Scanned Images to a Single PDF File
Replies: 46
Views: 46414

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

While I don't know for sure, my guess would be that Preview probably recompressed the pages and did something much less efficient than PDFBeads. Having to use Acrobat would kind of suck, so I'd suggest looking for 3rd party PDF tools that let you add annotations without the bloat. There must be some...
by Misty
16 Aug 2011, 11:30
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: ScanTailor wont except my DPI
Replies: 4
Views: 9571

Re: ScanTailor wont except my DPI

How did you install Scan Tailor?
by Misty
15 Aug 2011, 10:09
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: PDFBeads — Convert Scanned Images to a Single PDF File
Replies: 46
Views: 46414

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

I'm looking for an open source, free or cheapware way to do this, so I can appreciate the importance of this program, but I have to say, I don't really get how this is done. I downloaded and installed most of the programs (I think), but not being familiar with Ruby and being on a windows machine, I...
by Misty
10 Aug 2011, 13:35
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: 0.9.10 release
Replies: 18
Views: 73768

Re: 0.9.10 release

Thanks, Tulon!

I've updated the formula in Homebrew. Any Mac users with Homebrew can install it by typing

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brew install scantailor
Apologies for the delay - I was on vacation when 0.9.10 was released.