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Plustek Opticbook 3600 Plus A4 Book Edge Pdf Ocr Scanner

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  • Plustek Opticbook 3600 Plus Book Scanner OpticBook is the most portable and affordable book-scanning solution.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.8 x 4.1 inches ; 8.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EIYUAE
  • Item model number: B64-BBM31-A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Plustek Opticbook 3600 Plus Book Scanner OpticBook is the most portable and affordable book-scanning solution. The product uses patent-pending SEE (Shadow Elimination Element) Technology that includes a specially designed edge and lamp. This technology allows for “zero edge” scanning which means the scanning module can scan right up to the edge of the scanner where the book spine is placed. The book can therefore be scanned with the pages completely flat on the glass to avoid the annoying book spine shadow and distorted lines of text which occur when the books is scanned on a traditional flatbed scanner.

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Customer Reviews

Added: I got another reason to hate this scanner.
H. Lee
Works "ok" with XP, but the drivers will not initialize on my Vista laptop.
Eugene G. Hellickson
I have used the original 3600 for seven years and it has worked flawlessly.
Larry Reynolds

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By awheat2000 on August 29, 2007
If you read other reviews saying the software is unstable, DO BELIEVE THEM. I took my chances and bought it anyway. I found out they were right. You can (and should) consider purchasing some other software and just leaving the CDs in the box (except the driver). I have a lot of thick books to scan (500-2000 pages each) and I'd say the software crashes at least 3 to 5 times per book (and that was AFTER installing the patch from the web site - it was much worse with the version in the box). About once every thousand pages, the software crashes and gets corrupted to the point where you have to completely uninstall it and the reinstall it. Sometimes, even that doesn't do the trick and you have to know how to clean it out of the registry (NOT for the novice Windows user). The company does offer a clean-up utility to get it out of the registry but I found I still had to do it manually a few times. This is NOT acceptable and very discouraging. Find some other software and factor its price into the cost of this scanner when making your decision to buy. Now, as for the scanner itself... decent considering the cost (not a lot of other book scanners in this price range). Don't expect every page to be perfectly straight the first time (I learned to live with it) but the clarity is good. The file sizes will add up, especially when you convert to a PDF. The PDF stores each page as a graphic (picture) and you cannot select and copy text as you might expect. I tried using the OCR feature that comes with it but found it did not do a perfect job of interpreting the graphic into text. What's more, if you try to use OCR your PDF won't look like the book. Overall, buy it if you intend to use 3rd party software.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Lee on February 13, 2008
I was a big fan of this scanner until recently.
Opticbook scans books fast without damaging spines.
I used it very carefully.
I used another scanner of mine for non-book materials, because I didn't want to waste the lamp life.
The result? The lamp died after around 200 scans!
I used it intermittently, so I was out of warranty when the lamp died.
I've used scanners of several manufacturers, and this is the first time that a scanner lamp died on me.
In sum, $300 for 200 scans is not recommendable at all.

Added: I got another reason to hate this scanner. Service of the company is horrible. I sent several emails about my problem, but never got answers.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Avraham E. Amzallag on June 27, 2007
Aa long as you have no intention to upgrade to Vista, and if you want to scann books - this is the right scanner. But knoking on the company's door for service, no matter how strong you knok - no body home... All my mails to the company asking about Vista driver were not answered. The scanner is good the service s.........s The Plustek company doesn't understand that good scanner + bad service = bad scanner.
I can only imagin what will be my fate if the scanner will for some reason- stop working. In this case my friend turn your plustek 3600 plus into a nice cofee table... I am looking for another scanner....
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Garvey on July 7, 2008
I liked this scanner so much that I bought a second one. (Note: I did not buy the "Plus" version, which only adds the ability to save directly to PDF. I bought my scanners before the Plus version became available. The software that came with my scanners does create PDFs as well, but not "directly." I'm not sure if the direct-to-PDF feature is worth the extra $30 or $40; it may be if it generates higher quality PDFs with smaller file sizes.) I've had both for more than three years. I've installed them on both Windows XP and Windows 2000 (English and Japanese versions). I have never had a scanner install and work so flawlessly. Despite what some of the other reviews say, I have found the software to be stable and totally crash-free. Previously I have used Epson and HP scanners, and in my opinion the OpticBook 3600 offers comparable scan quality with software that is more innovative and less intrusive, if primitive looking in spots. The software does what it's supposed to. Most notably, it allows you to scan each page of a book with just a touch of a button on the scanner, automatically rotating every other scan if you so specify in the settings.

My scanners came with a light version of Abbyy's FineReader OCR software. I purchased an upgrade to the professional version for $100 or $150 (a free trial is available on Abbyy's web site), and I have found it to be excellent (well worth the price of the upgrade). I chose Abbyy over OmniPage because the latter doesn't provide a trial version (to my knowledge) and its activation policy struck me as too intrusive.

One issue that I've had is that occasionally the scanner lamp inexplicably fails to turn on after the warm-up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Plamondon on September 27, 2008
Verified Purchase
I have a small publishing operation (Norton Creek Press) that brings great-but-forgotten books back into print. Sometimes this involves scanning in rare or collectible books that would be damaged if I opened them all the way to make them lie flat on an ordinary scanner. The Plustek Opticbook 3600 lets me scan such books without damaging them.

I've used it hard for a couple of weeks, and I've been very happy with it. The Abbyy software that comes with the scanner is much better than the stuff I used to use (scanning in grayscale also seems to help), and upgrading to FineReader 9.0 makes it even better.

The Digibook software is sort of lame, sometimes hanging after scanning 100 pages or so, but I haven't had any trouble when scanning directly into the Abbyy software. Even when Digibook hangs, nothing is lost, because it saves every scan as a separate bitmap image anyway, even if you tell it not to. Select 'em all and suck 'em into the Abbyy OCR software. No problemo.

I find it useful to be able to scan by pushing a button on the scanner, rather than reaching across to the mouse. I can hold the book in position with both hands and hit the button with my thumb.

All in all, this scanner would be a bargain for my specialized needs at twice the price, and I'm very glad I bought it.
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