Scanning old manuals

From: Sergey Svishchev <>
Date: Tue Mar 9 16:47:03 1999

On Tue, Mar 09, 1999 at 12:32:43PM -0500, Stephen Dauphin wrote:

> I'd like to second this notion. Could those on this list, who are
> scanning for posterity, share their methods?
> What platform(s), what hardware(s), what software(s). Any intermediary
> format(s), final output format(s). Whatever it takes.

* Operating system of your choice, as long as PStill binaries work in it.
* Scanning software of your choice (SANE <URL:>,
  XVScan <URL:>, ...)
* NetPBM <URL:>,
  for its pnmtotiff utility.
* libtiff <URL:>, for its tiffcp and tiff2ps
* PStill <URL:>
* Lots of disk space for intermediate PostScript file and PStill temporary

  Example: 39-page A4-size document scanned at 300dpi is 1.5 MB in TIFF
  format (Group 4 Fax compression), 84 MB in Level 1 PostScript (PStill
  does not grok Level 2 PostScript produced by tiff2ps.)

  Result: 3.5 MB PDF (could be less, if PStill used CCITTFaxEncoding.)


  scanimage --mode Lineart --resolution 300 | pnmtotiff -g4 >manual-nn.tiff
  tiffcp -a -c g4 manual-??.tiff manual.tiff
  tiff2ps -1 -a -O manual.tiff
  pstill -c -o manual.pdf
  . . . grindgrindgrind . . .

BTW: you can view multi-page TIFF file in Netscape or "I, Explorer" (Win32)
with a SwiftView plugin: <URL:>

Sergey Svishchev -- svs{at}ropnet{dot}ru
Received on Tue Mar 09 1999 - 16:47:03 GMT

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