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How to Do Everything With Your Scanner Paperback – July 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0072191066 ISBN-10: 0072191066

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Product Details

  • Series: How to Do Everything
  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill Osborne Media (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072191066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072191066
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Discover all the basics about your scanner, then put it to work with help from this step-by-step resource. Author Dave Huss looks at how and why scanning works, and examines many ways you can maximize the scanner you already own. Learn to use all your scanner's features. Explore graphic concepts including color correction, resolution, and image optimizing--plus, repair and preserve scanned documents, and more. How to Do Everything with Your Scanner is filled with projects, resources, ideas, and simple instructions to help you get the most from your scanner for home or business use.

  • Set up and maintain a scanner for optimal use
  • Discover the best scanner, peripherals, and applications for your needs
  • Optimize hardware to achieve the best possible scans
  • Organize and share files and images online
  • Correct and enhance your scanned images
  • Use your scanner to preserve and restore family heirlooms
  • Scan photos for placement on the Web or to send through email
  • Maximize home office tools such as OCR and paper document management
  • Learn to use popular photo editors to maximize your scanner experience
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About the Author

Jill Gilbert (River Hills, WI) has written 10 computer books, including MGI PhotoSuite 4 for Dummies, PC Anywhere for Dummies and The Online Investing Bible. She's teaches tax and computer classes at a local college.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rudy on July 14, 2004
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David Huss is a highly skilled digital imager, and a superb communicator to boot (see my rave review of his Photoshop Elements book). This paperback is no exception - other than that the title is a misnomer that leads one to expect an overview of scanning hardware. And that it ain't! Rather, the title should have been "How To Do Everything with >>Scanned Images<<", and that the author does very well indeed. If you had hoped to learn how scanners work (not even a diagram is provided) or how to get the most scanner for your budget - forget it. Moreover, the chapter on OCR (optical character recognition) is disappointing - many words but few pearls. To add to the confusion caused by the title, this paperback also appears as a hardcover book with precisely identical title, but entirely different author (of the opposite gender yet). Having said this, Mr Huss does a fabulous job of showing you how to scan photo's properly and, better yet, how to process the resulting digital images. The final chapters on correcting & enhancing photo's, and on restoring damaged photo's, rate 5 stars, making the book well worth the modest price. If only the title had not led to expectations unfulfilled.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 2001
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After having minor problems with my scanner, I went out and looked at various "how to" books -- this one beats the others hands down in termns of organizational format, content, ease to understand and depth. If you think scanners just scan, this book will teach you a few new tricks!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Dickens on June 25, 2003
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Before reading through this book I only used my scanner to occassionaly scan photos. After reading through this book I discovered that I can do a whole lot more and my scanner is no longer gathering dust on my desktop anymore. The author has a very friendly (often humorous) style of writing that makes you feel he is actually talking with you one-to-one. This book should be included with every scanner that is made.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2003
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This is quite possible one of the best "how to" books I have ever read. I have owned my scanner for several years and have never been able to produce anything better than a shabby reproduction, obviously attempted by someone that has absolutely no idea what to do. This book works great as either a reference or as a cover to cover read. Information is easily undrstood and thorough with step by step instructions and lots of great pictures. My ability to use my scanner has certainly improved. This book covers everything form selecting a scanner that is right for you to restoring old photos.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2003
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I saw this book at the library and checked it out to read. The book has a lot of chapters and topics, but doesn't go into much depth in most areas. For example, the chapter on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is 5 pages total. That includes some broad statements about how scanners do OCR, but no discussion of how to improve the processing, specific OCR software, etc.
The author seems to own PhotoSuite software (or it came with her scanner) since most examples of graphics software are presented with this package. No help with PaintShopPro, Photoshop, etc. if those are what you use.
This book may be useful to home users of scanners to add graphics to documents, retouch photos, etc. but this is NOT the book for people doing serious scanning applications. It is a misleading title that states "How to Do Everything".
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