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Some more experiments with the portable scanner.

A big issue with this device is that it can't scan margins too well. The thing needs to actually roll in order to scan. So, if it runs out of page, it may miss the ends because the wheels come before the actual scanning sensor.

I had the delightful idea this morning to use cardstock as a ramp of sorts. On bit of cardstock goes over the spine of the notebook, to gently introduce the scanner to the page being scanned. The other bit goes under the page at the end so it can roll a ways more.

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It also turns out my flatbed scanner cuts off margins too, despite everything being lined up in the box. I may still try and get to the bottom of that. Otherwise, pretty clean results and not too terrible a process.

Lots of sneaky tradeoffs with these technologies. No silver bullet.

@zens good thought. I actually tried that too this morning with a 1/4 inch thick slab of glass I have lying around.

The results ended up being blurry. I think the lens(?) of the scanner only works with things right up against it. No glare though, so that's something.

I do have thinner pieces of glass around that I should try to see if the focus is any better. Thin acrylic would probably be better (and less stressful to work with)

@paul I wonder if this is a thing you could configure with a driver. Some printers have built in margins set by default with the print driver.

@joemama I'm currently using it standalone, which is super convenient. Maybe there's some setting I can adjust from there.

It may be worth an investigation at some point. If there are Linux drivers available, it be possible to script out more efficient workflow than the self contained setup.

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