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 reggilbert
30 Dec 2010, 23:04
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: bnz's new standard build thread
Replies: 6
Views: 5120

Re: bnz's new standard build thread

bnz wrote:Cutting the plastic glass was really a mess. . . . the plastic kept melting
One of the posters on this forum. I think clemd973, but I couldn't find it in his main build tread, said it was essential to use soap or something on the blade when cutting acrylic with a power saw
by reggilbert
30 Dec 2010, 00:39
Forum: Software
Topic: Cataloguing Software
Replies: 13
Views: 4471

Re: Cataloguing Software

the latest issue of a digital magazine called Computer Power User has a roundup of what it calls "archiving" software, programs that manage media collections, including book collections. it's the february 2011 issue, page 78. get to the page using the Acrobat-like page navigator at the bottom center...
by reggilbert
28 Dec 2010, 22:59
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)
Replies: 437
Views: 398052

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

I've tried making a light box for my flatbed scanner but it's not working very well. I'm not sure what you mean about a lightbox, but I would think few flatbed scanner would be up to the task of scanning microfiche. I understand the needed resolution for scanning microfilm (much larger than microfi...
by reggilbert
28 Dec 2010, 20:10
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)
Replies: 437
Views: 398052

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

I'm . . . trying to come up with a way to scan my microfiche collection. Have you checked out the readers at any of the better-endowed public or university libraries in your area? The newer microform machines print to PDF at viewing resolution, up to newspaper size in one image. I've never printed ...
by reggilbert
23 Dec 2010, 16:03
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: One more 80/20 build
Replies: 9
Views: 13318

Re: Lighting Specs

Found the spec/product sheets for the light rails I've been thinking about using. It may be that brightness ultimately does not matter, given the option on a solid rig to hold the camera shutters open for long times, but 278 lumens / 9W continuous lighting just doesn't seem bright enough -- isn't t...
by reggilbert
23 Dec 2010, 06:42
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Alert: Great deal on Powershot A495s
Replies: 3
Views: 2701

Re: Alert: Great deal on Powershot A495s

Let me give you the short answer As usual, Daniel, thanks for the detailed, patient answer, probably delivered more than once before in response to similar comments or questions posted more than once. As a result of a conversation with Idolse today it occurred to me that there's probably no need to...
by reggilbert
21 Dec 2010, 03:11
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: Alert: Great deal on Powershot A495s
Replies: 3
Views: 2701

Re: Alert: Great deal on Powershot A495s

They run CHDK . The embedded link seems to says they do not yet run CHDK, but a link a the bottom of the page leads to a thread dealing with a CHDK porting effort for the A495, listing on page 2 an October 29 posting with a CHDK beta port found here seemingly working pretty well, with just a couple...
by reggilbert
20 Dec 2010, 22:23
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Let's talk about Lighting
Replies: 90
Views: 61602

Re: Let's talk about Lighting

dear all, earlier in this thread (top of page 3) i posted some research I did on cree leds, tentatively concluding that the Cree XP-G R5s are brighter for less money per lumen than the Cree XP-E Q5s that seem to be the current favorite on the forum. i hope to start a scanner build soon and wondered ...
by reggilbert
20 Dec 2010, 21:58
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Daniel's 5th Generation DIY Book Scanner
Replies: 61
Views: 37723

Re: Daniel's 5th Generation DIY Book Scanner

dear daniel, somewhere in this topic you mentioned posting plans for this build and i was wondering if you were considering doing so anytime soon, or, if not full plans, at least more information about some of its parts. i can't figure out the platen-raising system from the various photos available ...
by reggilbert
17 Dec 2010, 14:41
Forum: Software
Topic: Colored Text
Replies: 28
Views: 13226

Re: Colored Text

Is it possible to keep the text color, and if so, how do I do that? Forgive me for potentially being dense, but I am not clear on the problem. Does simply compiling color photo images and then OCRing the result yield too big a final file and/or cause OCR difficulties? I scan full color books on a r...