Building my DIY book scanner

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on September 9, 2012 09:42:27 PM +00:00
DIY Book Scanner

Hungarian version of this article is available on

To explain this book scanner idea in a few words, compared to traditional flatbed scanners or special flatbed book scanners:

  • 90 degree holder plate for the book
  • no need to push the book
  • no need to disassemble the book
  • built from cheap leftover material
  • scanning with a compact photo camera
  • no wait for a flatbed scanner to move across a page slooooooooowly

There is an excellent community for building home made book scanners. By following the guides on it's easy to build your own scanner, that can scan a 300 pages book in 30 minutes. After 1.5 hours postprocessing work (in ScanTailor) you'll have very good black & white TIF images, that are straight, cleaned from noise, well readable. (No OCR or single-file conversion is included in this time frame.)

Book store links added to my Commodore book lists

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on August 23, 2012 10:06:04 PM +00:00
Commodore 64

Each book in my Commodore Book List has been extended with links to two major Hungarian antique book stores:

Thus if you like a book, you can easily check whether there is one for sale. ;-)

How to adjust dates in photo EXIF headers (and copy to file date)

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on August 20, 2012 08:28:12 PM +00:00

Have you ever had the problem that your camera's date was misset or reset, so all your EXIF and file dates were broken?

In this case you need to adjust the date in several images and preferably alter the file date accordingly. This is much easier than you thought, two simple commands using Linux tool exiv2. V2.0

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on July 24, 2012 06:43:53 AM +00:00

I've updated the website with some new features and new page layout. New features inlcude:

  • Autocomplete for Hungarian city names and streets
  • Remember last viewed position
  • Nice GUI using jQuery UI framework
  • Directly controll JOSM from "Edit in JOSM" menu
  • Improve "Send to" by e-mail field and URL copy field and better "Add marker" is up'n'running

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on October 30, 2011 08:58:12 PM +00:00

The domain was occupied by an empty HTML file for years. Recently I discovered it is free, so registered it immediately. Let's see if someone will complain.

Update: The old owner of the domain is happy with the new site. :-)

With help of an OSM-JS professional, we got the new site up & running in a few days  - thank you mate!

OSMTippek - A new OpenStreetMap help site

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on August 1, 2011 08:10:50 PM +00:00

Based on the RealProSite CMS, I've created a new Hungarian website where I write tutorials for editing OpenStreetMap the free wiki map of the world. (Hungarian text)

C64 XLFiles - Download extra large C64 archives

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on August 15, 2010 06:24:04 PM +00:00
Commodore 64

My new "C64 XLFiles" project hosts big collections of Commodore 64 games, demos and magazines for download. Every archive contains files that are directly usable on a C64, no need for futher file conversion or extraction. is back

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on September 18, 2009 09:04:40 PM +00:00
Commodore 64

The very old web and FTP server of C64 maniacs is back online.

The server was originally started by me and some friends in 1996 on a 386 PC. Hosted at Technical University of Budapest. A long time has passed since, hosting locations changed, servers changed, team changed several times.

Xaraya 2.0.0 beta 1 installation quick guide

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on July 21, 2009 05:31:24 PM +00:00
Web relatedXaraya

A few days ago the first beta version of the new Xaraya 2.0.0 (b1) has been released. Here is a quick screenshot tour of the installer and the installed system in brief.

Openmoko Neo FreeRunner wallpapers

Posted by: Ferenc Veres on May 22, 2009 09:42:40 PM +00:00

I've created some wallpapers when my FreeRunner - a fully open, Linux based phone - arrived. They may be useful until good designers start making wallpapers for Openmoko fans. Widescreen versions included.

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