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
26 Feb 2012, 12:49
Forum: Book Scan Wizard
Topic: won't open in Mint 11
Replies: 10
Views: 14986

Re: won't open in Mint 11

I'm glad that installing the two libraries went well! It took me awhile the first time thanks to the corrupt imageio files. I just tried to run it from the scripts too. I get the same error as you. I'm not sure why either. (I am not a programmer, and the script seems okay to me) Try just running the...
by abmartin
25 Feb 2012, 18:22
Forum: Book Scan Wizard
Topic: won't open in Mint 11
Replies: 10
Views: 14986

Re: won't open in Mint 11

diogomundi, I can confirm that problem on my linux installs too. That problem was a recent security innovation in Java so that one launch file could only launch programs signed by a single source. The workaround is to create seperate launch files for each signing source. I believe that the creator o...
by abmartin
17 Sep 2010, 21:40
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My New Standard - Plexiglass Platen
Replies: 2
Views: 2284

My New Standard - Plexiglass Platen

Last week, I built my very first DIY project. Thanks to Dan's extremely accessible build instructions, my Father and myself, both of whom have terrible mechanical reasoning skills (seriously, they are rotten!), managed to get most of it together in one evening (Except for a really poor attempt at a ...
by abmartin
17 Sep 2010, 20:25
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Interesting LEGO camera
Replies: 6
Views: 3358

Re: Interesting LEGO camera

I really wish I had thought of doing this before I built a New Standard! A quick browse through modern Lego parts (there are a lot more now than when I was a kid!) shows that most of what we would need to build a base, cradle, and platen would be there! The only thing that we probably could not do w...
by abmartin
17 Sep 2010, 15:58
Forum: Chat
Topic: What's broken about eBooks? What would un-break them?
Replies: 43
Views: 21290

Re: What's broken about eBooks? What would un-break them?

Since we might be in danger of hijacking the thread, I'll start a metadata thread in software later this evening after I have a chance to really work through some of the great thoughts that all of you have already had! Ideally, digital publishing (or conversion) would embed each digital product with...
by abmartin
15 Sep 2010, 17:57
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)
Replies: 437
Views: 393190

Re: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)

Andrew, have you seen this? Music has come up on the forums a few times... really looking forward to seeing your work. Thanks! I have given it a brief read, but will think some more before posting back in that thread. Diastematic notation has some unique problems for scanning since no image will ev...
by abmartin
15 Sep 2010, 17:22
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: On comparing one page to another.
Replies: 3
Views: 2697

Re: On comparing one page to another.

Just a few thoughts as someone who has done a bit of bibliographic work. First of all, Hinman collators are a migraine waiting to happen! ;) I've only used one once, since there are rarely two or more copies of an early modern handpress book in the same place (except of course for Hinman's work on t...
by abmartin
15 Sep 2010, 16:38
Forum: Chat
Topic: What's broken about eBooks? What would un-break them?
Replies: 43
Views: 21290

Re: What's broken about eBooks? What would un-break them?

Metadata! Most electronic formats have pitiful metadata! I have read through the specs of most archival and ebook formats and am shocked at how badly they are designed. They are worse than ID3 tags for music files, which are also woefully inadequate. I would love for my archived documents to have a ...
by abmartin
15 Sep 2010, 16:03
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)
Replies: 437
Views: 393190

Re: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)

My name is Andrew and I am a graduate musicology student in Ohio. I work mainly with Elizabethan music, but teach nearly everything. (Two weeks ago, I was teaching Indian music, and in seven days start a rock music history class - which is way more difficult than you might think) I've been lurking o...