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 Heelgrasper
02 Mar 2012, 10:33
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Portable Build Lighting Question
Replies: 24
Views: 37146

Re: Portable Build Lighting Question

Any supplier of this light fixture in Canada ??? No USA dealer on Ebay ship in Canada ? Otherwise I will have to order from China or Thailland.... Seems a bit odd since I've seen them here in Denmark both in stores like our version of Home Depot and in online shops. So why not Canada? At least they...
by Heelgrasper
02 Mar 2012, 10:12
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: light washes out text AND noise in photoshop not in ST
Replies: 33
Views: 18790

Re: light washes out text AND noise in photoshop not in ST

I've experienced the problem with getting a shadow of the other side of the page both when making photocopies and flatbedscanning (haven't done much actual book scanning yet). When flatbedscanning I usual have played around a bit with brightness/contrast and managed to tone it down quite good but I ...
by Heelgrasper
01 Mar 2012, 10:29
Forum: Chat
Topic: Book Scanning - What You Can and Cannot Do
Replies: 8
Views: 168239

Re: Book Scanning - What You Can and Cannot Do

Since the thread was brought back to life I figured I just as well add a short summary of the Danish rules. I assume they are pretty much the same all over the EU but I'm not sure. Copyright belongs to the creator/author or heirs until 70 years after the death of the creator. It's legal to make phot...
by Heelgrasper
29 Feb 2012, 15:50
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Homer software package
Replies: 9
Views: 25022

Homer software package

The Homer Book Scanner Open Project, http://bookscanner.pbworks.com/w/page/40965440/FrontPage , includes a very useful software package for both Windows and Mac OS X that makes the processing part of book scanning quite easy. In particular for newcomers and people who just want to keep it simple. Th...
by Heelgrasper
26 Feb 2012, 23:22
Forum: HELP
Topic: Processing for a newbie - help needed
Replies: 0
Views: 1982

Processing for a newbie - help needed

I’m a total newbie so it’s no wonder I sometimes get a little confused and perhaps just isn’t able to find the right place where something is mentioned here. Bear with me if that’s the case here. And I know you’ll have to bear with me for making this so long in pretty crappy english. I use Windows 7...
by Heelgrasper
26 Feb 2012, 16:49
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Scan Tailor problems with A480
Replies: 11
Views: 6879

Re: Scan Tailor problems with A480

You seem to be confusing pixel dimensions with DPIs. The tutorial covers this subject. I'm well aware of the difference. I am given a single dialog to correct the problem. Correcting it there does nothing to fix the output though. Then why do you put the actual pixel size in a box that asks for DPI...
by Heelgrasper
25 Feb 2012, 17:01
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: DIY book scanner kit in europe.
Replies: 10
Views: 9755

Re: DIY book scanner kit in europe.

Hi there! We, my wife and I, are about to go on a "little" shopping tour, dragging all of the printed shopping list AND the construction instructions to some kind of german Home Depot tomorow morning. Most likely we will drive some poor salesman nuts :P in trying to hunt down all the bits and pices...
by Heelgrasper
24 Feb 2012, 21:29
Forum: Help with this site
Topic: pdf links dead?
Replies: 2
Views: 5264

Re: pdf links dead?

They work fine from where I'm sitting.
by Heelgrasper
23 Feb 2012, 08:29
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 399
Views: 380516

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

Heelgrasper, that should gradually increase from the minimum focal distance (usually just a few cm) as you zoom. I suspect it will be just fine. I would hope so but I wonder. With my old PowerShot A540 the difference (with macro on) is 5 cm to 30 cm. With the 4x zoom it has that roughly translates ...
by Heelgrasper
22 Feb 2012, 23:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: A DIY Book Scanner In Every Hackerspace /DIY Kit
Replies: 399
Views: 380516

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

No, the optical zoom of the camera is enough to zoom in on smaller pages without losing any detail. If you have to use digital (i.e. fake) zoom to get a full image, your book is probably too small for the scanner. I could have overlooked it somewhere in this 25 pages but just to make things clear: ...