Scanning is the process of converting analogue images to digital form. There are two main types of scanners:
- Flatbed scanners - for originals on paper,
- Transparency scanners - for originals on film.
We have several public-access scanners located around the Lincoln campus. There is one flatbed scanner in most of the computer suites - these are all HP5530 scanners. Instructions for using these can be found on the wall by each scanner. All these scanners are available for use by staff, post-grads and under-graduates. As well, many faculties and departments have their own scanners.
There is also a Nikon Coolscan V ED scanner for scanning 35mm film originals.
There are two flatbed scanners in the iZone:
- An HP5590 which is similar to the HP5530 with the addition of an automatic document feeder (ADF) that makes it more convenient to handle multi-page originals. The HP5590 computer is also equipped with a full version of ScanSoft OmniPage Pro OCR software (v16), which is useful for converting complex or difficult text scans to editable text documents.
- A Canon DR-1210c which also has an ADF and is placed alongside the HP scanner on the south wall of the iZone. This scanner is equipped with a cut-down version of OmniPage (scanSoft OmniPage SE).
I have prepared documentation to help people use these scanners effectively. This includes a general introduction to scanning as well as device-specific instructions. These documents are available as PDF files from the links below.
The scanner-specific user guides consist of a simple step-by-step guide (first page) followed by more detailed instructions for using the scanning software. I have tried to make these guides short and useful rather than comprehensive. If you have trouble using a scanner, please refer to the documentation and the on-line help first. If these do not help please contact the ITS Service Desk (email firstname.lastname@example.org).