How to Scan Books by iPhone without Breaking Books

February 5, 2014 - 10:19 AM

 

I’m going to introduce how to scan books by an iPhone without breaking books.

There is a specialized device to scan books without breaking them as below. But we can do it just with an iPhone.

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All we need is just an iPhone.

 

1. Take photos of each page by using the interval shooting function of the camera App “ProCam

2. Convert the photos to PDF with scanner App “CamScanner for Nakabayashi”

Merit

– A scanner is unnecessary. We can do it just with an iPhone.
– We don’t have to break our books.
– We can scan anywhere we like.

Demerit

– Letters on each page will be light-distorted.
– It takes about 10minutes to scan one book.
– OCR doesn’t work.

 

Here is what we need and the procedure to scan.

What We Need

iPhone
– Table
– Chair
– Books to adjust the height

Apps

– ProCam(¥100 / as at 2014.1.16)

ProCam

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CamScannerfor Nakabayashi(Free / as at 2014.1.16)

Procedure

Configure the ProCam

– Proceed to SET->PHOTO->Interval. Set the interval of shooting. At first, 4seconds is good for you. 2seconds is better after you get practiced.

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– Set the shooting mode to the Interval shooting. Then set the aspect ratio, image quality and ON/OFF of flash. I usually use ratio=4:3, quality =Medium(3MP), flash=ON.

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Configure CamScanner for Nakabayashi

– From “…” at the bottom right corner, proceed to Settings -> Enhancement Setting -> Auto Processing. Here you can set Crop and Color Mode. I usually use “Do not Crop” and “Grayscale”. Cropping doesn’t work well when I tried. Of course you can choose “Original” color, but it takes lots of space to save.

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Shooting

– Put the book you want to scan on the chair and put the iPhone on the table with its lense side down. Launch the ProCam and adjust the location, height and zooming. Putting the iPhone on the corner is a good idea to avoid taking the desk inside photos.

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– Launch ProCam. Choose the Interval shooting mode.

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– Show the contents of books on the screen. Tap the middle of screen to fix its focus there.

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– Press the shutter button to begin shootings. Flip pages after each shooting.

– Shooting after shooting. When you missed to flip a page, you should put your hand inside the photo so that you can skip it easily when you choose photos to convert to a PDF file.

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– After shooting all pages, press shutter button to stop shooting.

Convert Photos to a PDF file

– Launch CamScanner and tap the picture icon at the bottom.

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– Select photos to convert. You should skip the failure photos here. The select order will be the page order of PDF. This means if you select photos with wrong order, you have to reselect it with the correct order.

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– After selecting the photos, tap “Done” at the top right corner. Then converting will begin. If the iPhone gets into the sleep mode during the converting, it will stop temporarily. To avoid the stop, tap the screen with some interval or set the auto lock to “Never”.

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After the conversion, tap the “new doc” at the top. Choose “Landscape” at PDF direction and “Auto FIt” at The page size of PDF. You can also enter the title of it here.

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– Tap “Back” at the top left and proceed to  “->PDF”. You can choose the way to send the PDF file. I always use the Dropbox. Congratulations! You’ve done all the procedure.

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This is the way to scan a book without breaking it.

Enjoy your scanning.

 

Cheers,

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