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 spamsickle
11 Jun 2009, 01:00
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Plustek-Bookscanner
Replies: 17
Views: 10907

Re: Plustek-Bookscanner

I think the Opticplex automatically orients pages as it does OCR, but even if it didn't, software like PDFTK can flip a single page (or every odd page, etc.) in a PDF document. Breaking down after a few months is another thing. I know people are more likely to post a review if their unit breaks down...
by spamsickle
10 Jun 2009, 20:16
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: ABBYY FineReader
Replies: 25
Views: 20737

Re: ABBYY FineReader

I see. So instead of thinking image --> text --> PDF, I should be thinking image --> text --> ePub. And I will, about the time solar-powered PDAs (or book readers) come online.
by spamsickle
10 Jun 2009, 18:42
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: ABBYY FineReader
Replies: 25
Views: 20737

Re: ABBYY FineReader

I'm curious why people are doing an OCR step. OCR makes it easier to search and find specific content that you have read . It is especially useful for technical references, when you can't recall details. I'm not sure of leagle issues with scanning a copyright book and putting it online to be indexe...
by spamsickle
10 Jun 2009, 18:35
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: ABBYY FineReader
Replies: 25
Views: 20737

Re: ABBYY FineReader

Yep, its "just text" For PDA's and phones Mobipocket is well supported, if you have an iPhone go for Stanza and Android phone owners should look at FBReader or Aldiko. I am an early adopter :) So when you say it's "just text" do you mean it will re-flow and paginate a text-searchable PDF (with illu...
by spamsickle
10 Jun 2009, 13:57
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: ABBYY FineReader
Replies: 25
Views: 20737

Re: ABBYY FineReader

Will it re-flow and re-paginate on PDAs too? I thought things like Kindle had their own format and didn't even handle PDFs. As you may be able to tell, I'm not an early adopter...
by spamsickle
10 Jun 2009, 13:14
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: ABBYY FineReader
Replies: 25
Views: 20737

Re: ABBYY FineReader

I'm curious why people are doing an OCR step. Is it to make the text searchable? If Google books has scanned your books, the text is already searchable, and you can search across a collection of books rather than just inside the book you're reading. Is it to have text-to-voice software read the book...
by spamsickle
09 Jun 2009, 10:12
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: My handle design for jradi
Replies: 25
Views: 19010

Re: My handle design for jradi

I may as well get my name in the queue for one of your kits. My hacker friends keep telling me I need to learn to solder, but I'm more of a software guy than a hardware guy, and the sum total of my electronics education consists of playing with one of those Radio Shack "spring clip" 100-project kits...
by spamsickle
08 Jun 2009, 17:10
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Hardware buildup for a Sliding Glass platen scanner.
Replies: 17
Views: 24222

Re: Hardware buildup for a Sliding Glass platen scanner.

Since Daniel posted the link to the Canon store, with cheap refurbished CHDK-capable cameras, I thought I might go ahead and get started with an upgrade to my book scanner. What I notice in the specs for those cameras is that the "normal" focus needs about 18" to 20". Obviously, macro focus will go ...
by spamsickle
08 Jun 2009, 14:55
Forum: Tutorials/How-To's
Topic: Examples from my postprocessor software
Replies: 28
Views: 31004

Re: Examples from my postprocessor software

I'm on a PC, I'd be happy if you'd just toss out the source and tell us to get it working ourselves.
by spamsickle
08 Jun 2009, 09:50
Forum: Tutorials/How-To's
Topic: Examples from my postprocessor software
Replies: 28
Views: 31004

Re: Examples from my postprocessor software

FWIW EV stands for Exposure Value and 1 "stop" of EV is equivalent to 1 "f-stops" of true exposure. It's basically a representation of shutter and aperture for a given exposure. More EV = More Exposure = Brighter image. Thanks. It's funny, I used to be a serious 35 mm photographer, but I always use...