Ugh. Orbital -- Minolta PS7000 and BookEye -- both run about $15k and
can only handle about 17"x23"
Wide-format sheet-feed scanners are similarly pricey.
I'm starting to think hack -- a flatbed scanner & something like enblend
Jon Niehof wrote:
>I used to work for a document management company. On-site work
>was not the sort of thing that one would pay for out of one's
>own pocket as a hobby.
>Digital camera probably wouldn't be good enough. There has been
>some discussion among the Project Gutenberg Distributed
>Proofreaders and consensus is that, at this point, the results
>from the best cameras get barely OCR-able text. I can't imagine
>a map would be accurately reproduced.
>You're probably looking for an "orbital scanner" or "planetary
>scanner," where the picture-taking equipment is above the
>material on a rigid mount. It's similar in principle to the
>digicam idea but much less chewing-gum-and-baling-wire.
>Sheet-feed large format scanners probably aren't appropriate for