How do I find the sweet spot at the intersection of speedy and spiffy?
January 6, 2011 7:25 AM Subscribe
I would really appreciate any assistance in establishing a workflow for scanning images from the books I have piled on my desk as I prepare a series of "slide lectures" for an art history class I will be teaching from April. I'm sure there are AskMefites out there who are experienced enough to be doing this kind of thing in their sleep; I'd love
to hear from you! Any help is appreciated!
posted by segatakai to computers & internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What tips or tricks can you give me about getting good quality images that will project clearly and (relatively) true to the "original", along with keeping notes about the image itself somehow "attached" to the digital file?
Is there special software for the note-keeping part of this? Should I just dump all my notes and such into the Spotlight Comments box in the Get Info dialogue (I'm on a Mac)? Or should I use iPhoto and its tagging features? Maybe there is something in Keynote I don't know about (and that is likely what I'll be using to do the actual presentation). Just use a paper notebook?
What settings should I use in the scan software (resolution, etc. – pretend I'm a 6-year old, please)? What's too much and what's too little? Since we're talking hundreds of images here, what corners can I cut, and where am I advised to bide my time? Will it depend on what projector I'm using or the size of the screen (yes, I'm that clueless)? I'd like to get as efficient at this as I can, and I know I will learn a lot just by throwing myself into it, but I also would rather not re-invent the wheel.
What else haven't I thought of, that I'll be kicking myself for 3 months from now?
I've searched online – where I presume there must be some info – and here on AskMe, but I must not be using the right criteria. Please feel free to point me to other questions or web resources.
Thanks kindly, in advance!