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 victoriaaustralia
19 Nov 2013, 18:41
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Homer glitch with OCR component
Replies: 2
Views: 3412

Homer glitch with OCR component

I think Homer is an excellent conversion of pdfbeads to a Windows environment without having to learn any programing for the simple minded like myself. I am having an intermittant glitch that I cannot fathom with the OCR component. As per this thread: http://www.diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtopic.ph...
by victoriaaustralia
15 Sep 2013, 17:20
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A new scanner design using plastic tubing
Replies: 224
Views: 141644

Re: A new scanner design using plastic tubing

Great scanner! Thanks for sharing. As Daniel states a very smart solution to keeping the cameras orientated to the platen.
by victoriaaustralia
15 Sep 2013, 17:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: kindle, lego, bookscanning and the analog hole
Replies: 7
Views: 4286

Re: kindle, lego, bookscanning and the analog hole

. There is a far easier way to capture the ebook pages -- without using a camera at all, and you don't even need the handheld Kindle device at all. In fact, it's a handicap. Yes this does seem it would be easier. Another commenter here: http://www.teleread.com/drm/lego-mindstorms-kindle-laptop-e-bo...
by victoriaaustralia
10 Sep 2013, 20:02
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: kindle, lego, bookscanning and the analog hole
Replies: 7
Views: 4286

Re: kindle, lego, bookscanning and the analog hole

This is an interesting suggestion from a Slashdot reader on the Kindle/Lego scanner - perhaps it also has some relevance for the 5x7card reader question: One day I was looking at a pile of papers from school I was thinking about saving digitally and recycling. But I didn't have a scanner, and I sure...
by victoriaaustralia
10 Sep 2013, 16:37
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: kindle, lego, bookscanning and the analog hole
Replies: 7
Views: 4286

Re: kindle, lego, bookscanning and the analog hole

This is an automated solution however any bookscanner design will do the same with manual pressing of the page forward button. I imagine the kindle ePaper takes a decent photograph, the LCD screen ebook readers may be more fiddly to achieve a good photograph of.
by victoriaaustralia
08 Sep 2013, 18:35
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: kindle, lego, bookscanning and the analog hole
Replies: 7
Views: 4286

kindle, lego, bookscanning and the analog hole

This is a short article and video about an associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology who has a short video on how he uses a lego mindstorm kit to advance pages on a kindle while his computer photographs each page: http://allthingsd.com/20130906/how-a-man-in-austria-used-legos-to-hac...
by victoriaaustralia
03 Sep 2013, 20:50
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Scanning 5x7 Index Cards - Help?!
Replies: 9
Views: 8224

Re: Scanning 5x7 Index Cards - Help?!

If there is any budget money for it I would still suggest the sheet feeding scanner as the fastest option, the Fujistu ScanSnap works well at our work and will do odd shaped documents. Although I love my bookscanner it is best for non-destructive scanning of books. If I was happy to band saw books t...
by victoriaaustralia
30 Aug 2013, 16:23
Forum: Tutorials/How-To's
Topic: Freeware Windows workflow: 40Mb 400pg OCR'd A4 book pdfs
Replies: 13
Views: 18028

Re: Freeware Windows workflow: 40Mb 400pg OCR'd A4 book pdfs

Homer for me does not OCR but does create lovely small, quality PDF files easily, without having to struggle with pdfbeads, ruby or gem environments. This PDF file is the OCR'd using PDF-Xchange Viewer , this creates text as a separate layer. FOr my 400 page book this was only 2MB extra. If any rea...
by victoriaaustralia
30 Aug 2013, 16:19
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: best software to use for my setup
Replies: 4
Views: 5605

Re: best software to use for my setup

I just backed up my computer, erased the HD and re-installed Windows Vista and then Homer, the OCR component now works! There must have been some bug on my prior install that allowed all the other components of Homer to work but not Tesseract. I just compressed 613 tiffs at 1GB, the output of scanta...
by victoriaaustralia
30 Aug 2013, 16:14
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Daniel Learns About Spreads (on Windows, at least)
Replies: 22
Views: 10335

Re: Daniel Learns About Spreads (on Windows, at least)

Spreads does look interesting and obviously jbaiter has done a heap of work on it. I think Daniel has the Model T ford of the bookscanner in the Hackerspace kits and this Spreads will probably be debugged and used in that environment. From my point of view the image capture/post processing is well t...