Lardo Boffin wrote:Just wondering what you use to get these results?
It's a variety of (mostly commercial) software, plus a fair amount of effort
Effectively, the book has been recreated in a DTP application.
Regarding your scanning project, to turn the images into text you will need some form of OCR software. Was any provided with your scanner? Many of them do come bundled these days. If not, maybe other folks could offer some software suggestions. The one I have is probably overkill just for a single project.
Anyway, this is the process I used to put the book together... (you may regret asking after seeing all this!)
For scanning I use IrfanView with it's handy 'batch acquire' feature.
Colour photos are captured at 300dpi, 24-bit.
Black+white photos are at 300dpi, 8-bit greyscale.
Text and line-art are at 600dpi, 1-bit monochrome.
I always save the scans in PNG format to preserve the image quality during editing.
Photo editing and clean-up is done in PaintShopPro, with a final conversion to JPEG if appropriate.
For OCR I use Nuance OmniPage. It wasn't cheap, but it's had loads of use over the years so the investment was worth it.
I especially like its proofreading features.
The results of the OCR are saved as plain, unformatted text which is then imported into Serif PagePlus for layout and styling.
I usually redraw diagrams and illustrations as vector art within PagePlus. It's often quicker to do this than to clean up the original bitmap scans. The end result looks better too. Only the photos are kept as bitmaps.
Finally, after adding any active components like bookmarks and hyperlinks, the PDF is created from PagePlus.
So there you have it, more work than any sensible person would normally attempt for the purposes of preserving a retro book!