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 recaptcha
11 Sep 2017, 13:58
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Autoscan feature in commercial scanner?
Replies: 10
Views: 12330

Re: Autoscan feature in commercial scanner?

jpkeyzer wrote:
24 Aug 2017, 10:15

I have just purchased a Microtek XT3500 scanner and will be testing this.
Can I ask where you bought your XT-3500?
by recaptcha
06 Apr 2017, 20:55
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr
Replies: 100
Views: 91930

Re: Original ~600pg/hr, very portable scanner now achieving ~900pg-1100pg/hr

I wonder if there's a better way to stabilize the platen more, as well as the book.

Perhaps there could be adjustable bumpers to line the book up against. And maybe the platen could be mounted in some loose or adjustable way on the right hand side?

Just thinking out loud...
by recaptcha
01 Feb 2017, 20:33
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Best non-DIY book scanners
Replies: 44
Views: 53212

Re: Best non-DIY book scanners

Thanks SPM. It might be worth considering for me. I have a lot of small paperback books from the 1960s and 1970s that have tight spines, and I'd need to hold them down while scanning.
by recaptcha
14 Dec 2016, 21:50
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Best non-DIY book scanners
Replies: 44
Views: 53212

Re: Best non-DIY book scanners

Thanks bobcat. I was seriously thinking of ordering the Avison from Amazon.uk (I live in Canada), but your comments have made me pause. There used to be a Microtek bookedge scanner, but all my attempts at contacting them have failed. There doesn't seem to be any other quality flatbed scanners availa...
by recaptcha
21 Aug 2016, 14:43
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Mattias Hovgard's Automatic Book Scanner
Replies: 2
Views: 2481

Re: Mattias Hovgard's Automatic Book Scanner

Just as a general rule, the glass platen designs with cradles typically don't work very well on books that flip close on their own. Trying to scan a mass market paperback with an Archivist or Archivist Quill is just an exercise in frustration. It seems like you'd need a whole different design, mayb...
by recaptcha
05 Mar 2016, 06:09
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Announcing the Archivist Quill
Replies: 30
Views: 38352

Re: Announcing the Archivist Quill

Thanks. You are my hero! BUT....isn't the Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 already taking care of this? http://scanners.fcpa.fujitsu.com/scansnap11/features_sv600.html It seems like the real problem with laser scanning is on the software side (i.e.dewarping), not the hardware. Dewarping hasn't been perfected ...
by recaptcha
03 Mar 2016, 04:59
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Announcing the Archivist Quill
Replies: 30
Views: 38352

Re: Announcing the Archivist Quill

A larger version? It's already HUGE.

How about a smaller version?

I have a lot of pocket paperbacks I need to scan.
by recaptcha
29 Feb 2016, 17:26
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: First consumer automated bookscanner
Replies: 9
Views: 4934

Re: First consumer automated bookscanner

It's not the first consumer automated scanner. Other prototypes have been in the works for years.

The Linear Scanner will be available this year. It's faster and much more elegant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdMtOvKqw4Q

I'm on their mailing list too.
by recaptcha
21 Dec 2015, 21:43
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: my sheet metal, weld-less, archivist derivitave
Replies: 2
Views: 7286

Re: my sheet metal, weld-less, archivist derivitave

Agreed, this looks beautiful. The platen could always be painted a dark color. Does the light hat really need to be so tall? :-) Duerig, would it be possible to offer an aluminum-based version of The Archivist? Perhaps a bit smaller than the current wood version, and based on rolling29's or other de...
by recaptcha
19 Nov 2015, 18:08
Forum: HELP
Topic: How to create searchable PDF out of scanned files?
Replies: 6
Views: 13080

Re: How to create searchable PDF out of scanned files?

Thanks Bruce. How was the second sample (white background) achieved? Does this have to be done manually for each page? I haven't tried scanning anything yet, and am just deciding on whether to go with the camera/cradle method or flatbed scanner (with bookedge). I don't want to have to do any more po...