[BCAB] Document Scanning

Agent Orange agentorange at talktalk.net
Fri Feb 21 13:32:27 GMT 2014

On the subject of high speed double sided document scanning, I recently
purchased a Cannon DR-C125 A4 Document Scanner.  This scanner scans double
sided at the rate of 25 pages (or 50 sides) per minute - faster than any
camera based system is likely to be.  It's not a flat bed, so it will not
scan books, unless, like David, you cut out or take photocopies of the
pages, as it scans from an ADF.  

Unlike other Cannon scanners previously discussed on this list, I have found
that the driver settings dialogue box is completely accessible using JFW -
it is a standard Windows dialogue box employing standard Windows controls
like buttons and combo boxes.  If you are scanning via third party software
such as Abbyy Fine Reader 11, you can use the Cannon driver interface to
make settings adjustments with no problem at all.

The scanning software bundled with the scanner itself, called Capture On
Touch, is not particularly accessible with JFW, but it is just about usable
with a bit of fiddling with the JAWS cursor, though I could not recommend
this.  You would do better with Abbyy Fine Reader 11.

As George says, double sided scanners do not come cheap, but this one is
rather good value in my opinion.  Currently available from Amazon at just
under £370.

Anyone wants more info let me know.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of George Bell
Sent: 20 February 2014 19:15
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] Document Scanning

An interesting discussion.

We have often found, especially with paperbacks, that our friendly local
printer can guillotine off just enough of the spines to enable us to use our
duplex Kodak Scanner.  This means first that we can scan both sides at
around 20 - 30 pages a minute.  Second, we often find that there is
sufficient margin left to allow us to comb bind the original.

Of course a double-sided scanner is not cheap at around £400 - £600, but if
you can get access to one, it sure saves a great deal of time.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
Sent: 20 February 2014 18:15
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] Document Scanning

No doubt. Actually for my PhD I explained this to an assessor and I was able
to get a book allowance on DSA, precisely because I was buying books and
effectively destroying them for any other usage . 
The fly in the ointment is using library books of course. Sometimes you have
to compromise and suffer a less comprehensible scan. The key is to target
the most important books for more destructive scanning.

Since I started and finished my studies the need to scan books has become
reduced through the greater availability of academic Kindle eBooks.  I think
my need for scanning nowadays would have been reduced. . If I was starting
out now I would probably argue for DSA support to purchase Kindle books over
the imperfect scanning of hard copy from libraries. In essence the principle
should be the same. I wanted a level playing field with sighted students. If
I had to read books with gibberish caused by scanning errors this was not a
level playing field.  It seems to me that a modern argument to support the
purchase of Kindle books for visually impaired students, rather than rely on
free library books as sighted students can should still hold good.

David Griffith

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Colin Phelan
Sent: 20 February 2014 17:17
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] Document Scanning

Interesting thought and very pragmatic!
I guess it would reduce the re sale value of any book though!

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
Sent: 20 February 2014 17:15
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] Document Scanning

Personally I found the only real reliable way of scanning books with a
problem of page curvature near the spine was to tear the pages out.

Obviously this is not an option for library books but I did do this for
books I purchased. People were often horrified that I did this , including
other visually impaired people.  I found their attitude and emotional
attachment to the shape and feel of a book puzzling. A nice book to hold was
absolutely no use to me. I needed to read it and if the most accurate
reading required that I tear out the pages to achieve better scanning
results then so be it.

It did mean however that where ever possible I purchased second had copies
of books.

Whether you take this  approach probably depends on how serious your study
needs are. If you are a formal student needing to achieve academic
credibility then this would in my view trump any squeamishness about tearing
pages out of books.

David Griffith
-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Padma
Sent: 20 February 2014 17:01
To: tink at tink.co.uk; 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Document Scanning


Pardon my ignorance;  but can you please if docuscan can scan books?  I have
Kurtzweil software which is self-voicing.  I use it for scanning books.
However, I find it does not scan text near the spine of the book which is
very frustrating.   


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Léonie
Sent: 20 February 2014 15:47
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Document Scanning

I use DocuScan+ with a Canoscan Lide 210 desktop scanner. I don't do a great
deal of scanning, but it's a good combination that does the job pretty well.

Couple of things. DocuScan+ is a self voicing application, which I
personally find a bit irritating. It automatically silences Jaws when it's
in focus though.

I also choose not to store sensitive documents using the DocuScan+ cloud
feature. It isn't clear what level of encryption Serotek uses for its cloud
storage (if any), so I store all sensitive documents on my local machine. 

It is remarkably easy to use though. The Canoscan just worked as soon as I
plugged it into my Windows 7 computer, and DocuScan+ is easy to install and

The DocuScan+ website is here:


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