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 abmartin
25 Oct 2013, 19:12
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Monson's Full Auto Scanner Build #5
Replies: 50
Views: 40384

Re: Monson's Full Auto Scanner Build #5

I love to see music hardware repurposed! It's generally of a very high build quality, designed to survive roadies, transportation, and temper tantrums. Even after Keith Moon placed the explosives in his drum kits, the stands and other hardware always seemed to survive.... The machine head is just th...
by abmartin
25 Oct 2013, 19:04
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: First Build: "New Standard Build" Timelapse
Replies: 5
Views: 4208

Re: First Build: "New Standard Build" Timelapse

Very nice build! Every line and angle is so crisp and square. I made one a few years ago. (Not really sure how many) It's held up well over the years. I've done more than 75k pages, and the drawer slides still do their job pretty well. I really appreciate the design, since it hits a great balance be...
by abmartin
05 Oct 2013, 11:34
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 3763

Re: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread

Fixed a stupid mistake. I put the binaries for ppmunwarp in a directory that mint doesn't use for binaries. I've changed it to just put it in /usr/bin. #!/bin/bash ( echo -e "\nPreparing to install tools for bookscanning..." echo -e "\nUpdating repositories..." sudo apt-get update echo -e "\nUpdatin...
by abmartin
04 Oct 2013, 23:17
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 3763

Re: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread

Okay, it seems to install things properly. I've only tested it in Mint, but the package names would also work in Debian. (And, I assume that Ubuntu in the middle would be fine too, but that's just speaking out of the proverbial) On a normal system with a good internet connection, it won't take very ...
by abmartin
04 Oct 2013, 22:10
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 3763

Re: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread

I've got a start. I'm currently testing it on my old netbook, which is definitely on the slow slide of things when running off an old usb stick. I'm testing it with Mint 15. (It really makes me miss my Openbox Crunchbang when system resources are this tight) It's still early on in the process and is...
by abmartin
04 Oct 2013, 17:15
Forum: Tutorials/How-To's
Topic: Scanning Reference books
Replies: 2
Views: 7254

Re: Scanning Reference books

If you are trying to have clickable links in the document (like Google books sometimes have), you would probably need full Acrobat and a lot of manual work. I prefer just using the outline features of pdf and djvu file formats which mean that I don't need to browse to the TOC page. I make my files w...
by abmartin
04 Oct 2013, 17:04
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: PPM tools from mhr
Replies: 6
Views: 4367

Re: PPM tools from mhr

Thanks again for the updates! I really need to try them out!!! What I really wish I could find is a really large gray card so I don't have to worry about the crop issue. I love the idea of having something that can help with uneven lighting. I may just try some poster board and just do the math to f...
by abmartin
04 Oct 2013, 16:59
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 3763

Re: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread

Last weekend, I tried out a few live images to see how viable using a USB stick might be. To make a long story short, I found that unless it is a very fast flash drive, it's a horrible experience. Using a quick drive is definitely okay. (Still not as good as a full install) There are sometimes reaso...
by abmartin
11 Sep 2013, 21:46
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 3763

Re: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread

I agree that this is something that will be great to have in the future. It's certainly beyond my abilities to manage. Unfortunately, it would be pretty complicated, since we'd probably need 32 bit, 64 bit, and RaspberryPi versions too. I'd be concerned about how we did persistent storage of scanned...
by abmartin
11 Sep 2013, 20:32
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 3763

Debian Post-Install Script Work Thread

Since there seem to be a number of folks heading out onto the Linux side of the tracks, I want to do something to help out. I think a post-install script that can be run to install necessary packages and dependencies, download appropriate source code, compile, and install a standard set of applicati...