I went to a small college, between the years of 2004-2008. Thank God they were accredited before I finished, because they have sense closed. The school didn’t have a disibilities department, and I don’t think I could get the books in Braille. The first semester was long days, into long nights, after purchasing the books from the small campus book store, and scanning each night until 3AM on a flatbed scanner into Openbook software. I remember on a couple of ocasions when Openbook crashed while processing, after 5-8 hours of scanning. I got more common sense, I guess, after that first semester and purchased the books for the next semesters, before Christmas break, which of course, made for a fun break. I know so many of us have similar stories. I hadn’t touched a flatbed, really sense, until this last week.
It’s holiday time, and, Christmas gifts are being purchased. I found a hardback book for a friend. We have an all in one Brother print/scan etc. I found that there is an IPhone app that will print and scan, spisifically for the newer all in ones. I know Applevis already has posts regarding the I-Print&Scan app. This app is completely accessible on the scanning side, and you can scan multi page documents. First off, to have the all in one machine, in front of me where the computer would sit in college was nice, I didn’t have to reach over to my side. Second, the scanning time was at least two times quicker for each scan than my old thin Cannon model. I scanned 40-60 pages at a time, and then converted to PDF. I honestly didn’t know how much the app could handle. I believe it scans into PNG files natiely, and each scan is around 5 MB. The app didnt’ choke though at all, and I believe I could have scanned the 160 page document all at once. I then through the 4 pdfs on my NAS, and used JAWS OCR to Word. Holy goodness it was quick! I used to let Openbook process 40 to 50 pages for at least an hour.
It’s amazing to see how the OCR technology has come along too,as the scanns have much less error in the OCR than they used to, and that’s, a book in the flatbed, not cut apart, as I used to have the bindings cut off my school books to scan.
I’m just a little overwowwed, amazed that this is possible on an IPhone, and yes, given the proper OCR scan/convert app you could do this complete process on the phone I’m sure.