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Old 12-04-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Suggestions? Scan foreign language books & make non-searchable pdf

I have fast and perfect way of converting paper books in English to epub/mobi using a scanner with an ADF, Abbyy Finereader, Calibre (conversion), etc.

I now need to scan some foreign language books (Nepali, German, etc) and I want to save them as simple Non-Searchable pdfs. (basically scanned images in a pdf). I do not want to OCR them.

The problem I have is that when I use my ADF the page images are not always well centered and straight.

Any suggestions?

I have a Mac running both OSX and Windows (ABBYY FineReader). I can scan with any number of scan utilities (Apple Image Capture for example) or scan in FineReader. I know how to convert tiff to pdf, assemble pdfs, crop, etc in Acrobat Pro. As I said, I easily make OCR'd epubs and mobi's.

But what I can't figure out is how to simply "center and straighten" a page image somewhat automatically without having to manually rotate and "jog" hundreds of image pages in software.

I have a book scanner arriving today (Plustekk OpticBook 3800 RT) that will help yield consistent scans (image placement) but I really hate to have to scan hundreds of pages one by one (without an ADF).

Again, any suggestions?

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Old 12-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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You can run your scans through scantailor to make fix them. That should take care of the straightning and centering.
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You can run your scans through scantailor to make fix them. That should take care of the straightning and centering.
Perfect... thanks. I'll check it out! Appreciate the info.
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You should visit the treasure trove over at the DIY Bookscanner forums:

http://www.diybookscanner.org/forum/

There is a ton of tutorials/information over there on what people do to fix up scans. Everyone will have slightly different workflows... and there are probably some very in-depth Imagemagick commands that people have come up with to do what you want.

ScanTailor is probably the easiest way to do a lot of this, but it does "recreate" the images/fonts/text, instead of just taking your image and doing basic cropping/centering.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:02 AM   #5
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Ran my 244 pages of first book through the Mac version of ScanTailor last night. Worked perfect and did exactly what I wanted. Nice!

I'll absolutely spend some time at DIY Bookscanner. I've been so happy with my "normal" workflow (mentioned in OP) that I've not been looking for other ideas.

I will mention a nice little app for OSX that handled file re-naming. It's NameMangler and it allows you tot automatically rename batches of files making it easy to use batch ADF scanning without fancy "front/back" duplex software. (I don't like the ADF "faux duplex" options some software provides as if you get a misfeed or have a page scan issue the whole sequence gets messed up.)
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