Any scanner (or software) with "auto rotate"?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Rod, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Rod

    Rod Guest

    G'day Trendsetters,
    I have an Epson Perfection 1670
    and I use it for scanning Postage Stamps
    I am pleased with it in general, as I can scan 30 stamps
    in one operation, however the images are naturally
    never perfectly positioned.

    I notice with my OCR, the scan will "auto rotate" the image
    prior to reading for text, and I'd like that option to give correct
    (or best possible) aspect for my stamp images.
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
    Rod, Apr 12, 2006
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  2. There's a PiXCL sample application that provides adaptive realignment.
    There's
    screen shots on the "Common Applications" link on my Web site.

    regards,
    Stewart DIBBS
    ========================================
    Want to build your own scanner and digicam apps?
    PiXCL 6.0 is affordable and available now !
    www.pixcl.com Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA
    ========================================
     
    Stewart DIBBS, Apr 12, 2006
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  3. Rod

    Rod Guest

    Cheers Stewart,
    that was prompt!
    I'll mosey on over and kick a few tyres.
    Thx
    Rodney
     
    Rod, Apr 12, 2006
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  4. Rod

    Rod Guest

    G'day,
    Is the sample app "plug and play"?
    I am not interested in writing code.

    How would the sample app handle postage stamps in particular ?,
    the edges are perforated, but generally the impression is aligned
    with the perforations. All I seek is "adaptive realignment", I rather
    crop individually using a marqee tool , as I prefer a black border
    of approx 5mm. All images have to remain *.jpg

    I dont run any plastic, so Int Money Order OK?

    Thanks for any comments.
     
    Rod, Apr 12, 2006
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  5. Rod

    Rodney Guest

    Thanks CK,
    I didn't hear back from the other chappie,
    so I'll have a dekko on your site.
    Cheers.


    |
    | Check out Art-Copy at http://www.art-copy.com
    |
    | It has a "deskew" function in the Business, Enterprise, and Scripting
    | versions. This will detect and realign items. The edges may be a bit
    | problematic, but we offer shareware so you can try before you buy.
    |
    | And we do accept Intl Money orders...
    |
    | Now that I think about it, we wrote an article about this feature:
    | http://www.scanhelp.com/ScanEdu/deskew/deskew.html
    |
    | ck
     
    Rodney, Apr 14, 2006
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  6. Rod

    Rodney Guest

    Just a few questions:

    Is your software stand alone?
    I have an Epson 1670 perfection, with Seiko software
    which I dont overly like much, but it offers multiple pass
    scanning (eg 30 postage stamp scans at 500dpi , with one click)

    I need this option the most.

    If your product offers this, then consider me a customer.

    I tried you pricing, the "Art copy consumer" does not offer deskew
    then I tried the "Scripting" and it said "not available at this time"

    Feel free to email me off list with prices if you so wish.

    Rodney

    --
    pookiethai at iprimus.com.au

    | Rod wrote:
    | > G'day Trendsetters,
    | > I have an Epson Perfection 1670
    | > and I use it for scanning Postage Stamps
    | > I am pleased with it in general, as I can scan 30 stamps
    | > in one operation, however the images are naturally
    | > never perfectly positioned.
    | >
    | > I notice with my OCR, the scan will "auto rotate" the image
    | > prior to reading for text, and I'd like that option to give correct
    | > (or best possible) aspect for my stamp images.
    | > Any suggestions?
    | >
    | > Thanks.
    |
    | Check out Art-Copy at http://www.art-copy.com
    |
    | It has a "deskew" function in the Business, Enterprise, and Scripting
    | versions. This will detect and realign items. The edges may be a bit
    | problematic, but we offer shareware so you can try before you buy.
    |
    | And we do accept Intl Money orders...
    |
    | Now that I think about it, we wrote an article about this feature:
    | http://www.scanhelp.com/ScanEdu/deskew/deskew.html
    |
    | ck
     
    Rodney, Apr 14, 2006
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  7. Well, it's a sample application, as I said, but it would not take much tweak
    up the code to produce an app that does exactly what you want. PiXCL
    includes its own compiler to produce the "plug and play" app you require.

    I do offer a prototype / development service (see my web site for details
    www.pixcl.com/developmentservice.htm). References are available on request.
    The second app listed on the Commonly Needed Apps page was recently
    developed for a building inspector to speed up his workflow when preparing
    his reports.

    Yes, I do take International Money Orders. These have to be cleared by my
    bank, but once this happens, we'll be off to the races. I also take PayPal
    transactions, which is a lot faster.

    regards,
    Stewart DIBBS
    ========================================
    Want to build your own scanner and digicam apps?
    PiXCL 6.1 is affordable and available now !
    www.pixcl.com Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA
    ========================================
     
    Stewart DIBBS, Apr 15, 2006
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  8. Rod

    Rod Guest

    Thank you.


     
    Rod, Apr 16, 2006
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  9. Rod

    mgfv43 Guest


    I haven't tried it on postage stamps, but the next version of
    PaperPort has tools that will autostraighten and rotate printed text
    it get it printing in the right direction.

    It isn't worth buying the software just for this, but if you want a
    better front end for your scanner, it might be worth a try when it
    appears. You can always get your money back.

    MK
     
    mgfv43, Apr 16, 2006
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  10. Rod

    Rod Guest

    Thanks MK,
    Oh Yeah? :)
    my current image database is around 40,000 stamps,
    so price tends to become insignificant in the schema.
    Just getting the right scanner/software matrix, rules.
     
    Rod, Apr 16, 2006
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  11. Rod

    Rod Guest

    Thankyou Carl,
    I use an early vers of Photoshop,
    so this option sounds interesting.
     
    Rod, Apr 16, 2006
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  12. Rod

    Rodney Guest

    G'day Clarence,

    | I think I know what you want... basically to have the ability to lay 30
    | stamps on your scanner, and then have one pass on it? If that is your
    | plan, then unfortunately Art-Copy does not have this feature.

    No, lay 30 stamps down, mark area to scan with 30 x marquees,
    then the scanner makes 30 passes in automation.


    | Can you please tell me where you saw this "not available at this time"
    | error? As it is :)

    Well, with most web products the prices are generally hidden down
    in the hiearchy. I chose "artcopy scripting" then "buy now"
    to see what price it was, and it still reads "unavailable at this time"
    IIRC.


    |
    | Thanks,
    | Clarence
     
    Rodney, Apr 18, 2006
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  13. Rod

    mgfv43 Guest


    In which case, a good filing system must be essential for you!

    PaperPort, also bundled with various scanners, is better for text
    files than for graphics. But it does use a conventional "folder"
    system for filing. (Unlike some scanner software that I have seen.)

    Photoshop Elements might be best for graphics, but I use Acrobat Pro
    and reckon that Adobe ranks alongside Microsoft as a crap software
    house if support is at all important to you. Adobe is also very bad
    value for money, but you probably have plenty of that sloshing around.

    MK
     
    mgfv43, Apr 19, 2006
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  14. Rod

    Rod Guest

    In which case, a good filing system must be essential for you!
    Well no,
    "sloshing around" indicates a possible disrespect for money,
    I feel a good informed choice will save you $ over the longer
    course.
    My folder / file system goes no further than Windows Explorer style in
    ACDSee
    It takes my current base of 200,000 images well,
    (not all stamps) marry that to "Agent Ransack" which will locate
    an image within the 200,000 in about 4 seconds flat, and one has
    a powerful stamp album.
     
    Rod, Apr 19, 2006
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