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OCRing a non-standard font

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]
posted by Solomon on Aug 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Genealogy-specific digitalization services?

How can I help my dad digitize his extensive collection of genealogical documentation? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Jul 15, 2014 - 1 answer

What's *like* scanning on my phone, but without the phone? Or a scanner?

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!
posted by largecorp on Jun 29, 2014 - 4 answers

How best to track medical expenses and medical records?

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Photo scanning service in the UK

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]
posted by theyexpectresults on Jun 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Negative scanning services?

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.
posted by pombe on May 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Signing and scanning electronic documents without a Printer?

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]
posted by Elysum on Mar 19, 2014 - 21 answers

Poor man's EDMS (electronic document management system)

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]
posted by alex1965 on Feb 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Corpus of printed letter images

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.
posted by Zarkonnen on Jan 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Integrating receipt scanner with Sage 50, Canadian edition

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]
posted by angiep on Dec 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Best & most cost efficient way to scan pics for eventual shutterfly book

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?
posted by juliagulia on Oct 2, 2013 - 3 answers

scanner with document feeder, b/w images encoded as GIF or PNG or equiv.

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]
posted by amtho on Aug 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Photo Scanning Service - 2013 version

It's been asked before, but what's the current best recommendation for a service that can scan several thousand family photos? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate on Jul 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Best practices for scanning slides

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]
posted by zompist on Feb 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Reams and reams of paper

In search of large scale scanning solutions in NYC to convert a ton of paper into PDFs. [more inside]
posted by lassie on Jan 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Scanning many old, thin pages

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]
posted by dylan_k on Oct 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Who will scan my books for cheap?

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.
posted by caitlinb on Sep 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Need an electronic filing cabinet.

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]
posted by gracedissolved on Sep 1, 2012 - 12 answers

What is the best way to digitize all my old notes from school?

What is the best way to digitize all my old notes from school? [more inside]
posted by jModug on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Bookfort self-destruct will commence in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...

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!
posted by Inspector.Gadget on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Please recommend scanning software for my Fujitsu fi-6130

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]
posted by dogmom on Apr 28, 2012 - 2 answers

How to scan from foamcore.

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]
posted by sciencegeek on Feb 8, 2012 - 4 answers

DC area scanner for slides?

Where in the DC-VA area could we scan a large quantity of slides? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jan 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommendation for a 35mm Scanning Workstation in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a place where I can scan 35mm slides on my own at a workstation in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Digital_Man on Dec 31, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for an OCR program that will handle batch processing and columns automatically.

We're looking for an OCR program that will handle batch processing and columns automatically. [more inside]
posted by pahool on Nov 28, 2011 - 5 answers

OCR solutions?

Looking for hardware/software that will scan a physical form with handwritten fields and generated accurate delimited text with it. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Epson Shcam.

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]
posted by sully75 on Oct 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me turn my real junk into digital junk.

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?
posted by beyond_pink on Oct 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Microfilm Digitization: What's the Better Machine?

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]
posted by sleepy pete on Oct 7, 2011 - 4 answers

photo scanning service recommendation

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]
posted by Mave_80 on Aug 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Fujitsu ScanSnap 300m refuses to feed paper.

Why won't my Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M pull in sheets of paper anymore? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Aug 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Which scanner should we use for slides?

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]
posted by COBRA! on Jun 29, 2011 - 25 answers

How to best organize a lifetime of family photos?

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]
posted by mintchip on Jun 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Bulk family photo scanning?

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?
posted by artlung on Jun 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Wrapping my head around scanning smuggled mug in the round.

How can I scan a wrap-around image on a mug? [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Jun 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Free Mac OCR/E-book software/toolchain

How can I get from paper to e-books for free on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by tellumo on May 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Scanning - how much?

I have been asked to provide a quote for digitizing a bunch of documents. What is the going rate for this type of work? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by archivist on May 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Best way to scan a book image into a high-quality print?

Hi all, I am a neuroscience student and I'd like to get my mentor a print of one of Santiago Ramon y Cajal's famous drawings of a neuron as a going away gift. Unfortunately, I can't find anywhere that sells prints or photos of these drawings online, but I was able to find a book at my university's library that has larger (12" x 24") high quality images of these drawings. My question: what is the best way to go from book to print? Are there particular scan qualities or types? Particular types of paper/material to print onto? Places (FedEx, architecture firms) to go to? Any advice would be really helpful. Thanks! Brian
posted by quickasfoxes on May 4, 2011 - 3 answers

How safe is fMRI for pregnant technicians?

As an ad hoc pregnant fMRI technician, how safe is it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2011 - 11 answers

How to scan a notebook's blue gridlines?

I draw and write with a variety of black pens in a Rhodia Reverse notebook. The notebook's paper is gridded with thin bluish lines, which I appreciate to help with ruling, etc., and because I like how the grid pattern looks with my drawings. I'd like to scan the notebook for safekeeping, but find that my scanner will only pick up a fraction of the gridding. I don't know if the gridlines are a true photo blue, but is there any way to ensure that my scans will match how I see the pages? I'm using an Epson Perfection 1660 Photo scanner.
posted by the sobsister on Jan 31, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I find the sweet spot at the intersection of speedy and spiffy?

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! [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Jan 6, 2011 - 8 answers

"Pen scanner" recommendations? Is it even called a pen scanner?

"Pen scanner" recommendations? Is it even called a pen scanner? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Dec 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Photo scanning service near Altadena, CA?

Photo scanning service near Altadena, CA? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Dec 16, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I give my parents a lifetime of photos?

My Christmas gift to my parents this year is that I have been scanning my baby pictures using a Pandigital Photolink One-touch scanner, which scans individual pictures. I have been saving them to a memory card, and then to my computer. I am trying to figure out the best way to present this to my parents. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies on Dec 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for ideas for photo and document scanning, storage, and translation

Best practices for scanning, care, and storage of old documents and photos? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Nov 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Need 20 books scanned, OCRed and proofed. Robots need not apply.

I need to have about 20 novels scanned, OCRed and professionally proofed for conversion to ebooks. Destructive scanning is acceptable. Have you had recent experiences with a company that provides such a service? What did it cost, and how was their proofing? [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Sep 30, 2010 - 6 answers

How can I digitize my entire library?

I have many books - several thousand. I may soon be moving to a house with more limited space. I'm considering scanning all the books, and then destroying them or putting them into storage. Is this feasible? What hardware and software would I need? Has anyone done this already, and are there any internet resources to help with this? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Aug 11, 2010 - 56 answers

My Epson Scanner is producing weird, noisy, solarized scans of my transparencies. Help?

My Epson Scanner is producing weird, noisy, solarized scans of my transparencies. Help? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jul 13, 2010 - 6 answers

I Promise I'm Not a Spy! Just need to take photos of documents...

I need a Digital Camera (Sub-$300) suitable for taking handheld pictures of documents. [more inside]
posted by Benjy on Jul 7, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable?

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Jun 16, 2010 - 7 answers

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