I work for a small non-profit that has had six linear feet of historical records on paper in somebody's basement for the last few decades. Can the hive mind (1) recommend a company that can scan/OCR these papers for us and (2) recommend resources for teaching me how to design and implement a document retention policy? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cheap or DIY 3D scanner just for hobby/fun purposes. Has anyone used or can anyone vouch for a decent one? [more inside]
Can you recommend a reasonably-priced scanner for 35mm and glass negatives? [more inside]
In preparation for my wedding, we've been going through some family photos. We've been able to scan some of them, but others are too large or awkward to fit onto our scanner. Can you recommend a service that will scan and digitize these albums for us, while keeping them intact? More inside. [more inside]
I have a LOT of hand-written notebooks. I want to move my note-taking habits into the 21st century as I've written on in the past. Future note-taking devices aside, I would like to ideally have a way of digitizing my existing handwritten notebooks. [more inside]
Librarians, researchers, logisticians: I'm working on a research project that centers on a court case from 1910. There appear to be only two copies of the transcript in existence. Please help me figure out my options. [more inside]
I'm hoping to automatically extract the individual portraits from scans of yearbook pages without having to manually crop and save each photo. Each page has about 20 portraits. I'm using Windows 8.1.
I'm looking for a good, free, feature-rich, third-party document scanning program that's compatible with the Canon Pixma MG7520 and Windows 8.1. Do you have a recommendation? [more inside]
Having just earned my amateur radio license, I've purchased a handheld transceiver with decent wide-band coverage and I'm trying to figure out what I should program into it. I've added the nearest repeaters on my licensed bands, but what's worthwhile to add next? What else do people program on their mobiles, HTs, and scanners? I'd like to find active and interesting channels to monitor when I'm not conversing with someone myself. [more inside]
I want to take my original art and sell prints and such on Society6. I don't have a scanner so I took the three pieces to Staples and they scanned them onto a jump drive for me. I didn't think to say, "hey can you scan these as JPEG," and when I opened the files at home they're all PDF. [more inside]
I'm helping a friend with scanning her family's artwork from the 40s and 50s. Can you walk me through the best practices and equipment? [more inside]
Is there an affordable desktop scanner than can scan to SFTP?
I have several hundred pages (sleeves) of 35mm color negatives. A few years ago I started a project to scan-in all the negatives. But because of my own disorganization, the project has turned into a big mess. [more inside]
I have ~9,000 pages I'd like scanned and OCRed, spread across 20 books. What will this cost me? [more inside]
I would really like to be paperless. As soon as I receive them, I'd like non-junk mail and documents to be digitized, then shredded. [more inside]
I have a dead-tree book that I want to use OCR software on, but it has a strange font. My attempts so far have not been very successful. [more inside]
How can I help my dad digitize his extensive collection of genealogical documentation? [more inside]
I have and use Turbo Scan on my iPhone. It does what it does beautifully--snaps a picture of a page, straightens it, compensates for perspective, and best (for me), takes the yellow age coloring away, leaving me with a pure black and white image. (I'm mostly scanning old sheet music). Are there any Macintosh apps that would do the same corrections from a digital snapshot? Reason: I have a lot of pre-existing images--high res, but they look like photographs of a page, not that easy-reading, clean black and white. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Can you give some advice on how to document/archive medical expenses and medical records? My wife and I are particularly meticulous filers, but I don't think we've found our best practices for the medical stuff. Details inside. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good, reliable photo scanning service in the UK? I need to scan a decent number of old family photos, and I've also got some VHS tapes I need to digitise. [more inside]
I have a bunch of 35mm negatives from the 90s and 00s I'd like to get scanned, and I'm wondering what services people recommend. ScanCafe was recommended in a previous post, which sounds like it would work for me, but I'm wondering if other folks have better / cheaper recommendations. In particular the color correction seems unnecessary to me since I can color correct the few images I'll probably want to post myself in Lightroom.
I have no printer. I have some documents to be signed and scanned, preferably in the next few hours. How can I accomplish this? [more inside]
I work for a small non-profit organization that is drowning in old paperwork, and we’d like to scan it into a searchable electronic archive. Our budget is limited. [more inside]
I like playing around with text recognition algorithms, but am stymied by a lack of a good corpus to train and test my code against. I'm looking for a large number of images of individual printed letters, labelled with the correct letter. (With the letter in the file name, or each set of letters in a directory, or something equivalent like a metadata file.) Something like this, but more of it.
My husband and I have a small consulting business. I would like to scan all our receipts and then download them into Sage 50 so as to save time when doing our monthly accounting. Do you have any experience doing this? What hardware/software did you use? Did you have to do anything special to be compliant with the CRA? [more inside]
I want to have photo books of old printed photos. My current plan is to scan in old photos onto my computer. I have a fantastic crisp and fast scanner, though I may need to crop or turn some of the photos. I then want to upload these photos to shutterfly or snapfish or similar to make a photo book. Is this the best and most cost efficient way to do this? As for the "best" part of my question, I would think my scanner would take care of this; with the exception of one of the books I want to make, I'm not picky about the photo quality. But as for the efficiency part, I would think sending out the photos to be scanned would be quite efficient (little work for me!), but do not meet the "cost efficient" part of my question...but perhaps I'm wrong about this and it's not too expensive to send photos out to be scanned?
I need to scan a bunch of documents that are mostly simple black/white or grayscale text, lines, etc. I'm probably going to just buy a sheet-fed scanner, and I'd like recommendations for that. I'm hoping for a solution that will automatically generate PDFs with the included scanned images encoded as GIFs or PNGs or similar, since they will mostly be black/white or grayscale, which compresses much more cleanly with these formats. [more inside]
It's been asked before, but what's the current best recommendation for a service that can scan several thousand family photos? [more inside]
My Dad has a collection of nearly 12,000 35mm slides, which I want to digitize. They've been out in the garage for years, and many of them are 30 to 50 years old. I'd like to make them look as good as possible after scanning. Early results are not what I'd like. [more inside]
In search of large scale scanning solutions in NYC to convert a ton of paper into PDFs. [more inside]
I have inherited a 1,000+ pages of my grandmother's writings. I would like to scan them, OCR them and (after fixing OCR mistakes) share them with the rest of my family online. My question is this: what's the best way to scan so many pages? Also, I should point out that many of the pages are on thin typing paper. Maybe this is carbon paper? or onion skin paper? I'm not sure but I don't want to damage the originals. [more inside]
Is cheap book-scanning available to consumers yet? I'd like to get a few hundred books scanned, to save space, destructive OK. AskMe hasn't addressed this for a couple of years, and I'm hoping folks know - and ideally have personally experience with - what the best options are these days.
I'm getting a scanner. I would keep my personal files electronically. Is Evernote Premium pretty much my option, or is there some other less expensive alternative I can use if I don't need cloud storage? [more inside]
What is the best way to digitize all my old notes from school? [more inside]
I have a large number of books that I want to donate to a library or sell. I want to give my friends and family first pick at anything they want (my primary aim is to quickly reclaim the physical space used up by the books). I need a workflow that will allow me to scan the books' UPCs, etc. with my iPhone 4's camera and end up with an email-able spreadsheet pre-populated with ISBN/Title/Author. Columns for genre, edition and/or year, and short blurbs would also be welcome. I have a PC laptop with the MS Office suite in addition to the iPhone. What are my options? Thanks, hivemind!
I have a Fujitsu fi-6130 ADF scanner that I get to keep at home as long as I occasionally use it for work stuff too. I need software recommendations. [more inside]
I have a poster of great sentimental value mounted on foamcore that I'd like to scan and make a couple of copies of for some family members. How do I get this to happen? [more inside]
Where in the DC-VA area could we scan a large quantity of slides? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a place where I can scan 35mm slides on my own at a workstation in NYC? [more inside]
We're looking for an OCR program that will handle batch processing and columns automatically. [more inside]
Looking for hardware/software that will scan a physical form with handwritten fields and generated accurate delimited text with it. [more inside]
Is there a way to run an annoying program (Epson Scan in this instance) so that it doesn't obliterate your desktop? Any way to force it to use less processing power? [more inside]
I'm about to go through my old belongings from age 0-18. I plan to photograph or scan some of the interesting or sentimental items before I get rid of them. Examples include: stuffed animals, concert tickets, favorite magazine covers, handwritten notes... What naming convention / folder structure would you use for the files, and if you've done anything like this, do you have any other tips?
Librarians, Record Keepers, Microfilm Users: I have a big digitization project coming up and I'm wondering if you have a preferred microfilm scanning machine. [more inside]
Online Photo scanning services that ship to/from UK - does anyone have any recommendations? Doesn't need to be professional quality, they're just normal everyday pics. [more inside]
Why won't my Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M pull in sheets of paper anymore? [more inside]
My museum is about to set off on a big slide-scanning project. After finding out how much it would cost to outsource the scanning, we've decided to just buy a higher-end scanner and throw an intern at it. I'd like some guidance as to which scanner to buy. [more inside]
Elderly parent has boxes and boxes of photos which are not in any particular order. Some are loose, some are in albums, and a few are on CDs. I have offered to assist in the organization and scanning of some or all of these photos. What would be the easiest way to accomplish this? [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out what services are good for scanning a large number of family photos. We have about 60 photo albums, some with photos marked on the back with descriptions, and we want to scan them and keep them somewhat organized so we can view and print them. So I think we have somewhere 3000 photos and I want to know if these online places do what they say on the tin, if some are better than others, etc. We are in the US, California. What services do this, and how do I make sure I get the originals back, and the photos get metadata added to them if it's there?
How can I scan a wrap-around image on a mug? [more inside]