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Technical Manual Scanning and Conversion Questionnaire. Also covers the conversion of Operating Manuals and Instruction or other structured publications.

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Technical Manuals
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Originals Tech Manuals
What kinds of manuals do you have?
Please list what kinds of other manuals do you have. Be specific!
Do you have the original paper books or are they already scanned? Maybe you have digital originals?
Please explain:
What is the percentage of pages that are printed double sided? We assume 100% for books, scanning both sides of a page. However, your case might be different. Please state the average $ of double-sided printed content.
Please explain special requirements regarding double-sided scanning.
Foldouts are large size drawings or illustrations that have been folded to fit to a certain page size. What is the percentage of pages that folded in the manual? Foldouts need to be scanned on separate equipment.
Please explain the nature, size and quantity of the foldouts in the manual(s).
We are interested in color space of your books. Book scanning can be done in B&W, Grayscale and Color format.
Please explain if you have specific requirements regarding color issues.
We would like to know the size of the text pages in your manuals.
Please explain:
Please specify how many pages are in one manual on average. For foldouts, use a number of equivalent standard page size.







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Tech Manual Condition
Using your best judgment, how would you characterize the overall condition of the books? Paper quality influences the scanning process.
Please explain in detail if needed
Please tell us more about your scanned files if applicable
Please explain in detail if needed
Tech Manual Preparation for Scanning
Our standard procedure is to disassemble the books and manuals and prepare them for high-speed scanning. Barcode tracking procedure will be used to track portions of scan blocks.
Please note special requirements for this important step. Usually this can not be undone.
Please specify what parts of the books and manuals need to be scanned.
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Some pages are so fragile, that they are not able to withstand the scanning process and special methods need to be deployed. Some of the methods are scanning those pages in a plastic sleeve, ironing the pages, sticking post-it notes on a separate sheet etc... Please explain here in detail if this is the case.
Scanning of Technical Manuals
Our standard procedure is to disassemble books and manuals and prepare them for high-speed scanning. However, some books call for a more gentle treatment. Those methods are usually not so gentle for your pocket book, but sometimes unavoidable.
Please explain:
Book Block is the main part of the book or manual. There might be several book block within one manual. As a general rule, the practically feasible highest scanning resolution and color depth should be used. Best practices show that the most viable solution right now is 600DPI, 24-bit color with JPG compression.
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The book cover scan, spine and sleeve scan are important and need special attention if the book is being converted for on-demand of offset printing. The artwork often has to be re-designed depending on the condition of the originals and publishing intent. These part will also be printed and handled through a different workflow that the book block(s).
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Foldouts should be scanned according to their condition, content and color space. As an example, good quality drawings according to DOD-1000 standards will scan well with 200 DPI B&W. However, it the drawing has been reduced to fit a certain size, 400, or 600 DPI and graysale should be considered.
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Tech Manual Image Processing
Image Processing Requirements
What kinds of image processing do you require?
Deskew is a needed operation because of the scanning process introduces some level of skew. In addition, there is usually a skew in the original document due to printing and binding. The first image processing step is the high quality deskew that works with color, grayscale and B&W images. In addition to the advanced detection routines and the possibility of a QC step, the most important aspect is the interpolated rotation that protects images and text characters (no sheering effect).
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Page alignment provides uniformity for the processed pages. The process consists of a detection phase, an alignment template and and the execution of the page alignment. The detection and execution routines use statistical data that are collected for all of the pages in a book at the time of the deskew operation. A good page alignment provides excellent front-to-back registration of the pages.
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Image Processing with Page Segmentation

Page segmentation provides the most advanced methods of digital conversion of scanned documents and books. Each page will be analyzed and broken up to image regions that best represents the original intent of the publisher or the printer. Page segmentation is a needed procedure if the documents or books will be re-printed in the future. Please see at link for further discussion of terms, methods and implementation of the page segmentation techniques.

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These are the most commonly used image processing operations, usually performed on B&W images.
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Advanced routines needed to address scanning and printing related problems posed by the capture process. These routines are applied to the separated continuous-tone pictures present in the pages.
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File output of the tech manual conversion process
Output Intent and Requirements
Please describe what kind of output requirements do you have for this project.
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The paper documents will be converted to digital files. What will be the final goal of the conversion process?
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PDF is the most popular choice these days, but other formats are supported as well.
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Many advanced PDF features are supported at the conversion process. Additional enhancements can be performed to enhance the usability of the document.
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Conversion Budget
What kind of engagement are you looking for?
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Please tell us about your proposed schedule
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Please tell us about your budget
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Please specify the location requirements for the project.
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