[bksvol-discuss] Re: Becoming A Black Belt With openbook

  • From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 14:45:44 -0500

Hi Roger. If you do some test pages and find that letters are being
split up, such as when the letter m is scanned as rn, you need to go
lighter on the contrast. You'll see errors like corning when it should
say coming or rnany instead of the word many. So if you're currently
on the normal setting, you may want to try the lighten page option. If
you find that letters are being joined, such as when the letters rn
are scanned as an m, the contrast is set too light and needs to be
moved toward a darker setting. Words like turn become tum and barn
become bam. So if you're on the normal setting, try switching to the
darken page setting.

The best pages to do your test scans on are pages of the content of
the book itself. Using the title page isn't very helpful because
publishers sometimes use larger type and special fonts on those pages.
Testing several pages from the book will give you a good idea of how
Openbook will process the text.

One thing I really like about Openbook and Kurzweil is that they have
the ability to adjust a scan if we get a page slightly crooked on the
scanner glass. I also like the automatic orientation option so we
don't have to worry if a page is sideways or even upside down. Those
are two things Openbook handles really well.

This process really is like learning to ride a bike or play the piano.
You make a grand mess at first. Then you begin to see how it works and
get better. Soon it becomes second nature so that you almost don't
even have to think about it. I understand that you may have limitted
time for scanning. I just want you to know that it does get much
easier after a few sessions. I can talk on the phone or listen to an
audiobook while scanning now. It definitely wasn't that way in the
beginning though.

Monica Willyard
Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com
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