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New Project: Scanning the Windows 3.0 manual!

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    New Project: Scanning the Windows 3.0 manual!

    Hello!
    I am exited to announce that I am beginning to scan the original Windows 3.0 manual for all to use. I have already scanned the first "chapter" of the manual, and I now have to crop and format the scans. Any advice would be helpful!
    For the ones who have no fun

    #2
    Um, if that is the one you wanted to sell, that is going to put a lot of wear on the spine.

    I've been hoping a torn up 3.0 manual would show up on eBay for cheap, then I could just cut off the spine and scan it with an automated document scanner.

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      #3
      Originally posted by SomeGuy View Post
      Um, if that is the one you wanted to sell, that is going to put a lot of wear on the spine.

      I've been hoping a torn up 3.0 manual would show up on eBay for cheap, then I could just cut off the spine and scan it with an automated document scanner.
      True.
      For the ones who have no fun

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        #4
        Dont wish to be a killjoy but ....

        As somebody who spent literally thousands of hours scanning manuals ....

        a) always check if somebody else already did an excellent job. If YES then stop right there

        b) I would always recommend guillotining the spine and then scanning each page, double sided, colour, at high dpi, then textify searching the resulting pdf document so that when web hosted it is searchable by Google and others

        c) Once chopped your chances of reselling the manual are low. You might be able to gift it or use it personally, but i found after I have a decent PDF then the paper becomes a bit surplus!

        I'd reckon a several hundred page manual would end up at over 100 MB in size even with PDF compression set to high

        Regards & keep up with the enthusiasm!


        Marcus B

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          #5
          Originally posted by amouse View Post
          Dont wish to be a killjoy but ....

          As somebody who spent literally thousands of hours scanning manuals ....

          a) always check if somebody else already did an excellent job. If YES then stop right there

          b) I would always recommend guillotining the spine and then scanning each page, double sided, colour, at high dpi, then textify searching the resulting pdf document so that when web hosted it is searchable by Google and others

          c) Once chopped your chances of reselling the manual are low. You might be able to gift it or use it personally, but i found after I have a decent PDF then the paper becomes a bit surplus!

          I'd reckon a several hundred page manual would end up at over 100 MB in size even with PDF compression set to high

          Regards & keep up with the enthusiasm!


          Marcus B
          I don't think there are any manuals scanned.
          Wanted: Any old clunky 286-P1 machine that has some kind of working battery or replaceable with off the shelf parts. Preferred: 10+lbs 386 machines.

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            #6
            Originally posted by twistedpneumatic View Post
            I don't think there are any manuals scanned.
            You're probably gonna garner quite a response to that statement!
            PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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              #7
              There were many different OEM versions of the Windows 3.x manual. If you can fine one that was spiral or comb bound, instead of a paperback-style glue binding, then you can easily take it apart and then you'll have individual sheets which will be much easier to scan.

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                #8
                Too bad we don't have Johnny 5. That would be easy. You should probably look into this: https://www.diybookscanner.org/
                Wanted: Any old clunky 286-P1 machine that has some kind of working battery or replaceable with off the shelf parts. Preferred: 10+lbs 386 machines.

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                  #9
                  I ended up buying an optik plus book scanner (it has glass that runs to the edge) instead of building my own. It works well enough for manuals that have market value (ie. computer game manuals), and since the spine is never opened more than 90 degrees, it mostly preserves the spine.

                  For manuals that don't have market value, I just cut the spine off and run it through a double-sided scanner with an ADF.
                  Offering a bounty for:
                  - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                  - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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