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Old 04-02-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
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Question Scanning books - New need help

Just got a Canon CanoScan LiDE 70 and I need some help with scanning.

The software has JPG and straight to PDF capability. I'm scanning at Greyscale 300dpi and the results are pretty good.





Big thing I need help with is how do I compile the image files into something I can convert for Kindle use. Is there an automatic program that will rotate and crop my .JPEGs? Should I do straight to .PDF instead of .JPEG?

Sorry if this seems like a stupid question but I'm starting from square 1 and a search in this forum for "scan book" didn't help me. I need a nice person to walk me through this.
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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Does it include OCR software?

My Microtek at work came with Abby OCR as part of it's scanning software and scans right to an RTF no need to scan as jpeg's first. I'm trying my hand at scanning my first book on my lunch hour. Unless there's a reason to scan as an image and OCR separately?
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Is there an automatic program that will rotate and crop my .JPEGs?
Take a look at IrfanView. It has a batch mode that will automatically rotate, crop, etc. a bunch of JPEGs at a time.

http://www.irfanview.com/
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:24 AM   #4
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If you're scanning B&W pages, bitonal TIF is much better better than greyscale. You don't need the extra shading abilities, and it makes OCR harder.

I have a Canon LiDE-30, the older version. I haven't figured out how to do multipage Tifs (haven't much tried; most of what I scan on it is single pages), but that or PDFs would be better than jpgs. Also, you should be able to crop your scanning area to just the page itself, and not get all the extra space around it.

There are batch-crop programs for images, but they're all fairly complicated. Photoshop has batch processes that will do it. So does Acrobat--if you combine the pages into a PDF, you can use Acrobat Pro (or various freeware programs) to crop the pages, and then rotate half of them.
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Thanks for all the help so far guys.

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Does it include OCR software?
I'm not sure. My friend gave it to me without the disc.

The software I got from Canon (CanoScan Toolbox) does have a OCR option but it needs an external program.

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Also, you should be able to crop your scanning area to just the page itself, and not get all the extra space around it.
How do you do it with yours? I don't see an option for it with Toolbox.
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Thanks for all the help so far guys.



I'm not sure. My friend gave it to me without the disc.

The software I got from Canon (CanoScan Toolbox) does have a OCR option but it needs an external program.



How do you do it with yours? I don't see an option for it with Toolbox.
You can buy a OCR program. There is a pretty complete list in the wiki of what is available. See OCR.

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I was actually just doing this today. Instead of scanning the images, I placed a digital camera on the tripod. This made "scanning" 300 pages take 20 minutes. After I scanned all my images, I imported it into Lightroom, did a batch crop / adjust the settings. Then I imported it into Adobe's OCR program and threw it into my sony reader. It's readable, but I'm not that happy.

Attempt number 2, I converted my images to greyscale this time, maxed the contrast, clarity, sharpness and blew out the grey background. Let's see if this will make the text sharper / clearer on my reader.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:20 AM   #9
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What do you think the best format to scan a book to is? I plan on loading them into a Sony 505. I usually read PDF files.
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I scan either directly to PDF or to PNG.

If you have Photoshop or a similar program use Unsharp mask and Curves tool. Here's a good tutorial on scanning and OCRing: http://www.usfca.edu/its/learning/ci...ing_bas_pc.pdf.
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