Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
2Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Lupo Cosimo Scan Books Using Free Software and Digital Camera

Lupo Cosimo Scan Books Using Free Software and Digital Camera

Ratings: (0)|Views: 207 |Likes:
Published by aquarianflower

More info:

Published by: aquarianflower on Dec 16, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/16/2014

pdf

text

original

 
1
Scan Books using Free Software and aDigital Camera
H
OW TO BUILT
,
INSTALL AND USE
H
OMER
,
A
P
OWERFUL
,
 
S
IMPLE AND
F
REE
H
ARDWARE AND
S
OFTWARE PACKAGE FOR
S
CANNING
B
OOKS
 
B Cosimo Lupo an  Juliano Spye September, 2011
Homer
is a package of hardware and software that provides an inexpensive andefficient solution to create a powerful book scanner using a regular digital camera.This manual explains how to build the prototype, download and install the software,and proceed to transform loose images into readable PDF files.
Homer
produces a digital book that maintains the formatting of the printed versionwhile adding a second layer of data to allows the text to be searched, marked andcopied. To give it a glance, you can watch this video (1’15”) for a demonstration or watch this one (9’21”) for a more detailed introduction to the project. For the newest information, including the links to download the up-to-date software, pleasevisit: http://bookscanner.pbworks.com  The hardware “prototype” is based on a previous model developed by Daniel Reetz  and Matti Kariluoma.Dan is also the founder of an online community of technology enthusiasts sharing their knowledge and passion for do-it-yourself book scanning,  which is where we drew most of our original inspiration to create
Homer
.
 
2
M
ENU
 
1.
 
About this project …………….
p.2
 2.
 
How to build the prototype
p.3
 3.
 
How to install the software
p.4
 a.
 
Windowsb.
 
Mac OS Xc.
 
Linuxd.
 
Uninstalling Homer4.
 
How to copy a book ………….
p.6
 5.
 
How to process the images .
p.7
 a.
 
Step 1: Renaming androtatingb.
 
Step 2: Post-processingc.
 
Step 3: OCR andconversion to PDF6.
 
How you can help developingHomer …………………………
p. 11
 7.
 
Documentation ……………
p. 12
 a.
 
Homer bash script b.
 
Homer installer for Macc.
 
Homer installer forWindows8.
 
About us/Contact us …….
p.18
 
1.
 
 A
BOUT THIS PROJECT
 
Office scanners are made to copy office papers, not books. It is hard to fit correctly abook page and you also risk damaging the book.There are commercial solutions today that simplify the process of digitalising bookswhile lowering the chances of damage. Most of these make use of digital cameras,combined with some kind of software that converts the photos into readabledocuments. However, these solutions don’t work for all cameras and their prices put them beyond the reach of the average consumer.Homer is a prototype that aims to bridge this gap. It works with simple digitalcameras and uses a combination of free and open source software to transformloose digital images into a readable, searchable PDF. Plus, the software packageincludes an installer that automatically sets up all the programs, allowing also userswith basic computer skills to benefit from the solution.Our aim in putting together this prototype is to enable libraries, schools andindividuals with limited budgets to have access to a simple and yet efficient book scanning solution.
1.1 Why Homer?
Homer is arguably an invented historical character credited with the authorship of the Iliad and the Odyssey, epic poems that are the beginning of the Western canon of literature. If Homer indeed existed, it is possible that he belonged to a professionalclass of ancient sing-poets called
aoidoi
in classical Greece. The
aoidoi
used agenerations-old technique that emerged from oral literary tradition to memorizeand spread culture.For the younger generations, Homer may also be the patriarch of the Simpsonsfamily, an invention of modern-time
aoidoi
Matt Groening. This reference maysuggest that Homer is a friendly book scanner, even to someone generally seen asincompetent and lazy as Mr. Simpson!
 
3
2
 
H
OW TO BUILD THE PROTOTYPE
 
There is not much your need to know about how to build the prototype. Simply cut acardboard box in half (preferably cube shaped), use duct tape to attach a smallcamera tripod to one of the edges, and extract a piece of glass from a picture frame –you will need that to flatten the paper while scanning. Finally, position a desk lampat the opposite side of the camera in order to light up the paper surface without producing glare on the glass. We used our own compact digital camera (10 Mpx),obtaining surprisingly good results.Since our prototype is very similar to the original cardboard-box book scannerdesigned by Daniel Reetz and Matti Kariluoma, we suggest you to read their guide  for more detailed information on how to build the scanner (the guide is alsoavailable in PDF).Basically, the main difference between the two lies in the tripod: they used a tallerone attached to the table, while we use a smaller tripod fixed to the box itself. Thelatter solution makes the scanner more portable, but also means that the tripod’sposition is not adjustable: sometimes you may need to fix the inclination of thescanner by putting something (e.g., other books) under one end of the box, in orderto keep the book pages parallel to the camera’s lens.

Activity (2)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->