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Has anyone had experience scanning large lab notebooks?

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Has anyone had experience scanning large lab notebooks?

Post by Kinnishian » 23 Mar 2010, 23:19


I'm approaching my potential bookscanner project with the goal of quickly scanning large lab manuals (these things are generally copied by hand on scanners by grad students so they don't get screwed with intellectual property rights ten years down the line, since the manuals have to stay in the labs they were created).

Has anyone dealt with the particular challenges of scanning this type of large graphing pad mixed with handwriting and text and graphics?

Would there be any concerns aside from making sure I have a fairly high megapixel camera (for the large notebooks)?

I was worrying about constrast issues when there's a mix of pen ink and text documents.

Since this would be my primary use I wanted to look for advice with anyone who's had experience or has ideas before I spent much more time thinking about the project (since it is very cool I want to make sure I can make good use of it).

Thanks (anyone/everyone),

[P.S, sorry if this isn't the appropriate forum, I think it fits best, being about the hardware contrasts/design]

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Re: Has anyone had experience scanning large lab notebooks?

Post by Misty » 24 Mar 2010, 09:55

It shouldn't be a problem, as long as you have enough light / make sure you're getting a good exposure. A good camera helps, but I think you should be fine even with an inexpensive point and shoot. Here's an example of an item I shot with both typewriting and pencil, with good results: http://images.ourontario.ca/brant/Page. ... 22&number= That's a crop of a full page photo (because I was photographing the insert on that particular page), but the results are just as good for the full page: http://images.ourontario.ca/brant/Page. ... 21&number= (The type is a little faint there because that's how it was in real life - there wasn't an issue with contrast.)
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