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356Re: [MysticCrossing] Help: Document scanning specialists

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  • Robert Mela
    Feb 17, 2005
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      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
      ( http://enblend.sourceforge.net/ )

      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
      >historical maps.
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