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 BruceG
24 Feb 2015, 03:52
Forum: HELP
Topic: How much processing for the book covers?
Replies: 2
Views: 2778

Re: How much processing for the book covers?

When I scan Jackets I also include the spine, I do this for both the front and back.

As I finish up with a pdf file, the covers may use more k's than a text page but not worth worrying about. The books I do already have colour pages to start with.
No changes/improvements are made.
by BruceG
23 Feb 2015, 01:18
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Library Scanning - Start of new project
Replies: 13
Views: 9435

Re: Library Scanning - Start of new project

fishent I had a look at your scans, are these originals or did you reduce the size. I would have expected 600dpi would have made larger files. Perhaps the Fujitsu did some processing. I used OmniPage to OCR them as is and output pdf files. The first without editing and the second I used InFix to do ...
by BruceG
20 Feb 2015, 02:11
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: OCR of printed tables
Replies: 9
Views: 8974

Re: OCR of printed tables

OmniPage can usually be found around the $100 mark. Acrobat does a reasonable job with new books. The only advantage is that it keeps the original scan/photo and creates a text layer on top. So gives the appearance and accuracy of the original. Copy and paste the text into a word processor, this wil...
by BruceG
18 Feb 2015, 01:15
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: OCR of printed tables
Replies: 9
Views: 8974

Re: OCR of printed tables

I use OmniPage for OCR. I have done tables in text pages before, but never just tables. OmniPage's output spread the material over 4 sheets. Why I do not know as I have never set output in excel before. I also outputed to pdf as well. excel Shelers 60 New Page 08 OmniPage.xlsx pdf Shelers 60 New Pag...
by BruceG
28 Jan 2015, 18:29
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Library Scanning - Start of new project
Replies: 13
Views: 9435

Re: Library Scanning - Start of new project

I have used scanner for most of my work, but recently I photographed a number of books on a interstate trip. I did this because of time. Camera on tripod pointing down to book on table, turn page, click etc. A poor mans Fujitsu SV600. I now have similar problems to you. My end point OCR searchable p...
by BruceG
12 Sep 2014, 23:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: LCD (Least Complicated Device)
Replies: 5
Views: 3905

Re: LCD (Least Complicated Device)

There is a scanner made with PVC pipe that is worth looking at http://diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2914 I have not built one yet but will in the future. You should be able to find 2 cheap cameras to use with it. Recently I just used a tripod, camera pointed down, 2 pages (about A4 s...
by BruceG
03 Sep 2014, 02:08
Forum: Tutorials/How-To's
Topic: Post-processing tweaks needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 13877

Re: Post-processing tweaks needed!

I down loaded 'Bristol' and OCR with OmniPage which produced a file of 2080 KB.(the original was 38,040 KB) As with all OCR there are mistakes. Getting the same font as the book and training it to select the right character helps. Editing within OmniPage produces the smallest file size. I normally u...