3.3 A. Tips for scanning using Kurzweil 1000 software

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3.3  A.  Tips for scanning using Kurzweil 1000 software

Contributed by Bookshare volunteer  Mayrie ReNae


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Scanning a Book Using Kurzweil 1000 Version 11
 
The settings that I use in Kurzweil 1000 version 11.03 for preparing a book for submission to bookshare are those that I have found to be the most accurate.  Though there are many options for differing settings, especially scanning settings, these are the ones that give the best results in my experience having worked on well over 500 books.
 
The processes that I describe for preparing the book for submission are those that are most helpful for a proofreader, again in my experience with well over 500 books proofread.
 
Scanner settings are as follows:

Scan and recognize, automatic page orientation, gray-scale data, resolution at 300 DPI.

Recognition settings:
Collumn identification disabled, two pages recognized per scan, speckle removal disabled, Text quality is normal, partial collumns kept, suspicious regions kept, blank pages kept, recognition engine is FineReader 8.0, English will be recognized.

Reading settings:
Line endings will be ignored by the editor and tables will not be identified.

I do not identify tables in straight fiction because junk sometimes scans as a table and is more of a pain to remove that way, more time consuming.  I have to know when I'll need table recognition so I can enable it. If you have a book containing tables, you're best advised to know that before beginning to scan.

Conversion settings:
This set of settings is not available in versions earlier than version 11. In this dialogue the only deviation from the defaults is to disable "split long pages" wherever this option is available.

General settings: Raise the confidence level to 98.5. The default of 95.0 leaves too many errors to correct.
 
Save the file as a kes file under the name of the book. Convert to rtf as bookshare requires its submissions to be in rtf format only once you have done all clean-up.
 
Clean up preliminary pages and confirm accurate page count:
Label: [From The Back Cover] [From The Front Flap] [From The Back Flap][This Page is blank.] if any blank pages exist. Read through all preliminary pages and correct all scannos.
Determine where the publisher thought page one should go and set an opperator defined page number there as page 1.
Check that the last page in the book is numbered properly, telling you that you do not have any missing or duplicated pages. If the numbers don’t match, either rescan and insert pages that you missed, or delete duplicated pages. It is helpful to proofreaders if you insert missing page numbers if they have not scanned at all or are unclear.
 
Once you have done these things, you're ready to convert your book to an rtf file and submit it.

Once the book is approved don’t forget to go back and clear out all the backup files relating to this book.

NOW YOU'RE DONE!


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