Proposal: Most Efficient Workflow (e.g. 300 pages in under 60 minutes)
- 1. Assuming you use the New "Standard Scanner," zoom both cameras appropriately, attempting to "crop inside the camera" by removing views of the book's spine/crease seen in Hank's (BTW great build) samples (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=333&start=70#p3693). Save these settings to your camera's Custom option, if available. Hints: Use 1-bit black and white TIFF for primarily text scans or grayscale/color JPEG for image-heavy or long (e.g. over 500 page) scans.
2. Transfer images from #1 into a "left" and "right" folder on your computer. Launch IrfanView (freeware for personal use, $12 commercial; probably PC exclusive, any Mac alternatives?) and run a batch process: (optional) crop (see #1), (optional) force DPI, (optional) resize, etc. as needed. Most importantly, run "Batch conversion - Rename result files" twice (once for left, once for right), saving the results of both into a single "book" destination folder, with left source images renamed as 1,3,5,7... and the right source images renamed as 2,4,6,8,...
3. Import/Open the "book" folder into ABBYY FineReader, enable its automatic "image pre-processing" feature, and output the OCR'd results to your desired file format (e.g. PDF, Word, OpenOffice, etc.). FineReader's Version 10 User's Guide says the "pre-processing" feature is capable of automatically "removing noise from digital photos, deskewing, straightening text lines, and correcting trapezium distortions" with the capability of removing motion blur, reducing noise, rotating and flipping to standard orientation, changing image resolution, splitting images, reading mathematical symbols (via pattern training), and (non-automatic) cropping. Best of all, it's very fast and very accurate.
Estimated Times For a 300-page book, where A=Attended (i.e. manual or "your") processing time and U=Unattended processing time
- 1. 15 minutes (A), 0 minutes (U)
2. 3 minutes (A), 2 minutes (U)
3. 3 minutes (A), 21 minutes (U)
TOTALS: 21 minutes (A), 23 minutes (U): 44 minutes combined
If "cropping inside the camera" is not possible in your setup (workarounds anyone?), #2 allows cropping in post-processing. I tried to derive this list from -- among many others -- spamsickle's Photoshop idea (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=416), Spamsickle's Custom Camera Settings post (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=285#p2530), and JJM's Workflow (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=424#p3920).