My book scanning station
I've used several different tools to convert documents and books into searchable PDF+Text files. Today, I decided to start simple and use my OpticBook 3600 Book Scanner and Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional to create the files. Here are the steps I used.Once I got the routine down, it actually went reasonably quickly. (I only scanned the first two chapters of my business law text this week.) The most tedious part, and it really wasn't that tedious, was the steps to tell Adobe to merge, create, and OCR the files. I plan to experiment with other tools, such as OmniPage Pro and Adobe Capture among others. These tools allow me to automate the process.
Meanwhile, here are the steps that I used this afternoon.
Launch PlusTek OpticBook 3600 Action Manager (I choose not to keep this in my startup group)
Power on Book Scanner
Launch book scanner preview
Press "Book" Button
Press "Book Pilot" button.
Adjust book scanner settings
Select Gray scale scan
Adjust the scanning zone
Select Rotate 180 on even
Select TIFF output
Click on CLOSE
Start scanning the book
Click on the Black SCAN button. This will bring up the preview window
Click on the Black SCAN button again; this will start the first scan
Rotate the book and click scan again
Repeat as needed
Click CLOSE to exit book scanner
Optional: Take a quick look with windows explorer for page orientation & sequence
Create a PDF file from TIFF files. (Several ways to do this. Right now, I'm using Adobe Acrobat Pro 7.0)
Open Adobe Acrobat
Select "Create PDF from Multiple Files"
Navigate to directory where book scanner placed files. Select the files. Click OK
This will create a PDF file. Designate the target file. I use the format: Book Title + "Chapter XX" Example:
"Law for Business - Chapter 01"
Convert the PDF file to searchable PDF+TEXT using Adobe Acrobat built-in OCR
Open PDF document in Acrobat (It should still be open from previous step
Select DOCUMENT, RECOGNIZE OCR, START. Select "ALL Pages" and press OK
When OCR is complete, click SAVE icon
This will create a searchable PDF+Text file
Delete the source TIFF files