Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Kirtas introduces machine that will digitize 2400 pages/hour

The APT BookScan 2400 will digitize books more quickly by using two cameras, instead of one. The article says:
The APT BookScan 2400 offers search and data management using XML, and document repurposing with OCR for 177 languages. The BookScan Editor provides an automatic batch mode processing operation that performs extensive image post-processing functions. This offers significant image cleanup and enhancement, multiple output options, and an integrated interface for structural metadata.
It is important to point out that the machine does not "scan," but takes VERY high-quality photographs of the pages. It uses a 16 megapixel camera (see product specs) as does the APT BookScan 1200. There is no indication given of the cost. [Feb. 9: This machine has a list price of $189,000. The APT 1200 currently lists at $149,000.]

For those of you at the ALA Mid-Winter conference, Kirtas is exhibiting there. In addition, the company's CEO (Lotfi Belkhir) is giving a presentation. I think he's talking about the difference in quality between manually digitizing books and using an automated system.

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