I'm pretty new to this board, but I was reading the board for the last few weeks or month, time just slip into my hands, trying to figure out how this system work. I'm from mechanical and woodworking tech. background but with an implication in PC curiosity since apple IIe in 1983.
As I read the board, I notice that the hardware part of the system is going strong, Daniel and Rob take care of this part, there last version v0.9.10 is out and I already have one under a local CNC router to see how we can import a .dxf file from the south to the north part of America.
Over the week-end I work on a down to basic system made from cardboard box for the craddle, base on the design from Daniel , regular photo tripod, some lighting device I used for some ceramic object photos shoot, and glass my friend Lulu bring me from old aluminium windows, he salvage the aluminum part of it and I salvage the glass for old casement windows restoration. Last year I cut about +/- 500 panes 8 1/8" X 10 1/4" from those salvage glass for a restoration project.
I also work with Scan Tailor, this software do the job and it's user friendly even for a newbie like me. Believe me. I do start with something not easy to scan. My first book was an atlas of 1881 , about 19" X 12" with four columns of text and a strait line between each column.
How about the capture software ????? None seam to be available.... This is the missing link I think... For a small organization like our, buying commercial software that will let us hook up our laptop to control the two cameras and view the two pages we are scanning is a dream on feature. Scanning historic documents and be able to make it OCR need good camera for sure, our community are able to provide it . I think many small organization like our is in need of this software and do not have access to any grant that will give them the opportunity to have access to commercial software doing that. Most of the time opportunity to scan those historic documents is a one shot deal. You get it perfect or you have to live with a poor quality scann..... I been there, I done that !!!
Our organization does'nt have the knowledge to design and program this software. We can give helping funds to help make it a dream come true... Many small organization like our can do that too... Let see if I'm dreaming on !!!
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