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A marvellous little device - Copycat Handheld Scanner

Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:14 pm

I've been looking for something to make it easy to scan in newspapers. I bought this online yesterday

See

http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/copycat- ... index.html

Cost was £79.99 + £18.00 for a SD micro 4Gb card. Very easy to use you just slide it across the page. Then plug it into your PC or MAC and the card appears as another Drive.

PS I've also got a promotion link for £5 off I'll post that later.

Here is a sample from the very first edition of the 'Evening Despatch' from Nov 17th 1923.

I scaled it down from 3000+ pixels wide to 800. I'll try it on some photos and post the results later.


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Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:07 pm

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:53 pm

Jackson; James; Jackson; James; Jackson

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Post by nightfire » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:18 pm

Where did you scan the newspaper?

I'm not sure how receptive the Mitchell Library would be to allowing that with their collection.

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:09 pm

nightfire wrote:Where did you scan the newspaper?

I'm not sure how receptive the Mitchell Library would be to allowing that with their collection.
At home.

I bought 5 bound volumes in a second hand bookshop whilst waiting for the pub to open. Covers 10 years between 1923 and 1939. Hence looking for the handheld scanner.
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Post by Scottish » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:32 am

On a related note: is there any way to save the pages from Google's newspaper archive of the Herald? Any time I try to save an article all I get is the front page and it isn't even possible to drag to the desktop.

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:06 am

scottish wrote:On a related note: is there any way to save the pages from Google's newspaper archive of the Herald? Any time I try to save an article all I get is the front page and it isn't even possible to drag to the desktop.
It's a bit of a pig but

There's an add in called 'Fireshot' for Firefox and IE. This allows you to capture the screen OR the complete webpage. Unfortunately with the Herald. You have to do it screen by screen allowing some overlap on each screenshot.


I do it on my 'large' monitor so you get a bigger screen capture rather than on my laptop. So you get 4 to 8 screen shots. Save these as individual files then I use the 'photomerge' function of Photoshop to stitch the files together. Then save as 1 image.

I've started doing them for some of the Herald pages.

See sample below from 4th Oct 1937. It covers Sat 2nd Oct.


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Post by Sat31March1928 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:39 am

9th Oct 1937

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Post by John Meffen » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:45 am

You can also use screengrab for firefox, or if like me you prefer chrome Awsome Screenshot is the best I've found, if you prefer IE, I'd say you should have a rethink about which browser you use.

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Post by Scottish » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:34 am

Thanks. As you say it's not as simple as grabbing a file and I'd imagine the screen grabs are a lot chunkier too. Chrome's designed for Mac OSX 10.5 and upwards and I'm still stuck on 10.4.11. I don't have a desktop either so there's real difficulty in fitting the files to the page. I'll give it a try later though and see now much space files would take up.

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Post by stuthejag » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:12 am

from Google's archive I use my mobile phone's camera

http://partickthistleahistory.wetpaint. ... on%2C+Neil


and also use it with the readers in the Mitchell.

http://partickthistleahistory.wetpaint. ... m+Crichton

not great, but better than nothing.

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Re: A marvellous little device - Copycat Handheld Scanner

Post by bobby s » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:05 pm

I'm looking at getting a mobile scanner so that I can scan in some books that I've given up ever reaching kindle. Will it work? I've tried on a flat bed, but I find it's awfy difficult not to damage the spine.

Any suggestions?
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Re: A marvellous little device - Copycat Handheld Scanner

Post by nfm24 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:45 pm

Tip for book scanning : find out if your nearest major library (public or university) has an overhead book scanner. You can probably then scan to USB without damaging it much.

Tip for saving from Google Newspapers Archive : I wrote about this on another forum (as an answer to my own question):
http://roonba.fr.yuku.com/reply/27403/G ... eply-27403

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Re: A marvellous little device - Copycat Handheld Scanner

Post by bobby s » Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:45 pm

nfm24 wrote:Tip for book scanning : find out if your nearest major library (public or university) has an overhead book scanner. You can probably then scan to USB without damaging it much.

Tip for saving from Google Newspapers Archive : I wrote about this on another forum (as an answer to my own question):
http://roonba.fr.yuku.com/reply/27403/G ... eply-27403
I ended up rigging up one of these:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bargain ... board-Box/

Great fun and has produced some good results
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