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 duerig
05 Oct 2018, 11:55
Forum: HELP
Topic: ideal compact budget system for viewing only?
Replies: 2
Views: 3953

Re: ideal compact budget system for viewing only?

There are two possibilities that you might want to look into. First, you might just want to buy a large tablet computer whether an iPad or an Android/Microsoft one. For $300 you can probably get a last-generation refurbished or used model. Then you can use it as a large screen with an attached camer...
by duerig
05 Oct 2018, 11:48
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Introducing spreads: command-line workflow tool
Replies: 80
Views: 39287

Re: Introducing spreads: command-line workflow tool

As far as I am aware, Spreads is no longer maintained. It is a neat project that I hope gets reborn some day if Johannes gets more time to work on it. In the mean time, you might take a look at TwoCamControl (a similar project for windows) and Pi Scan (a similar project meant for running on a Raspbe...
by duerig
29 Aug 2018, 11:35
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Dire camera situation 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 16782

Re: Dire camera situation 2017

Just a quick update on this. ELPH 180 cameras are now supported by CHDK. So the camera situation is not nearly so dire thanks to the brilliant efforts of reyalp and others in the CHDK community. It also seems that Canon has pulled back from the yearly release-and-obsolescence cycle. So hopefully thi...
by duerig
29 Aug 2018, 11:32
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Options re: writing drivers for additional cameras
Replies: 2
Views: 6170

Re: Options re: writing drivers for additional cameras

The 'drivers' for these cameras will be part of one of two projects: CHDK uses some hooks that are available in the cheap Canon point and shoot cameras to bootstrap a more full-featured environment onto the camera that also lets you control it via a computer. Porting CHDK to a new camera can be eith...
by duerig
29 Aug 2018, 11:25
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Can 2 different cameras be mixed & matched?
Replies: 2
Views: 6194

Re: Can 2 different cameras be mixed & matched?

The only issues are that the two pages might not match exactly. If you are buying cameras, I'd recommend getting a matched set. But if you are using cameras you already have on hand, then I'd say give this a try and see if you like the result. There is no software or other insurmountable problem. -J...
by duerig
29 Aug 2018, 11:24
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?
Replies: 16
Views: 6024

Re: Do cameras with manual mode minimize/eliminate need for remote software?

To follow up on BillGill's answer, control software is mostly about having a convenient way to trigger the shutters of the cameras. There are some other nice things that a controller can do at the same time (automatically interleave odd and even page photos, automatically choose good settings), but ...
by duerig
16 Jul 2018, 12:13
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: 2xUSB in laptop used for TTC. How to obtain aditional USB for mouse as a trigger
Replies: 1
Views: 2787

Re: 2xUSB in laptop used for TTC. How to obtain aditional USB for mouse as a trigger

I'd look for bluetooth input devices. A keyboard, a mouse, or even one of those presentation remotes might work out. Just make sure that your laptop supports bluetooth and that the device you get works with the built-in bluetooth rather than through a USB base antenna.

-Jonathon Duerig
by duerig
26 Jun 2018, 12:33
Forum: HELP
Topic: Need Pi Scan to output .tiff, please advise
Replies: 2
Views: 121152

Re: Need Pi Scan to output .tiff, please advise

Pi Scan supports downloading raw images on DSLR and mirrorless cameras. But not on the cheaper point and shoot cameras. As far as I know, there is no way to generate TIFF files directly on any of the cheap point and shoot cameras. At some point this summer (hopefully early in July), I plan to releas...
by duerig
06 Jun 2018, 13:35
Forum: HELP
Topic: Fast, Automated and Simple scan routine for single sheets of papers
Replies: 4
Views: 4267

Re: Fast, Automated and Simple scan routine for single sheets of papers

What you need is a document scanner. This is the fastest way to scan large amounts of loose paper. An alternative would be a camera with a copy stand. This might be better if you have lots of different odd sized papers, while I think document scanners tend to work best with standard sized full sheet...
by duerig
05 Jun 2018, 13:29
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Pre-assembled scanner for comic covers
Replies: 5
Views: 122341

Re: WTB: Pre-assembled scanner for comic covers

Agreed that a flatbed scanner might be just what you are looking for. The other alternative which would be faster to actually scan is what is called a 'copy stand'. This is a simple device for holding your camera vertically above a bed looking down for quick scanning of flat documents. There are alm...