Great points, Jason! We have run into the same issue with Windows 7 drivers on our ILL scanner here. 

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
UAMS Reference and Outreach Librarian
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Book scanner suggestions redux

It's interesting to me to see people question the long term viability of an open source project. Not because it isn't a valid concern, but because, especially with scanners, the same issue arises with the commercial stuff. Just recently we have had to do some finagling with two very expensive ILL scanners so that we can isolate them from the network. Minolta doesn't make any Windows 7 or later drivers for them (nor does anyone else), effectively anchoring them to XP. I've seen this a few times now with scanners (probably because they tend to be longer term investments than other peripherals). The same seems to happen a lot with medical imaging devices. If I were a cynic I might suspect that Minolta and friends wanted to ensure turnover. I'm viewing the current situation as a stopgap until we can look at replacing the scanners, but, when we do that, I intend to move forward on much lower-priced alternatives. Given that, for a variety of reasons, we're pretty much a Windows shop, and given what seems to be the increasing pace of Windows releases, I feel like we have to consider that our scanners will have an highly indeterminate but likely limited shelf life. It's too bad . . . some company could probably do well by creating and selling third party drivers for some of these old imaging machines.

Best regards,

Jason Bengtson, MLIS, MA
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On Mar 19, 2014, at 5:50 AM, Johannes Baiter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi all,
> spreads developer chiming in here :-)
> @Cindy:
> I'm curious - how does the shooting time per page compare to something 
> like
>> a Minolta PS7000? We've got an old PS7000, buit my experience with 
>> the one I've used before was that it took sooo long to shoot each 
>> page.  Also, the
>> PS7000 model didn't accommodate a bound volume that wouldn't open 
>> flat all that well.  Would this be an improvement over that?
> With my Canon A2200s I can currently shoot at 1400-1500 pages per 
> hour, although the bottleneck is probably my lifting the 
> cradle/flipping the pages.
> @Aaron:
> It seems like the software piece is a big variable with the DIYBookScanner.
>> It's interesting to hear about various setups, I just wonder about 
>> the
>> long(ish) term viability of some of these open source projects. 
>> Obviously, the software is essential for an efficient system and I'm 
>> not sure we're interested in building/maintaining our own suite of tools.
> While I can't give any guarantees, I'm very optimistic that I'll 
> continue development for the foreseeable future.
> I'm very passionate about the software and the project (DIYBookScaner) 
> as a whole and my list of things I'd like to do in the software should 
> probably suffice for at least the next two years :-) And even in the 
> case that I should be hit by a bus, I've tried to make the code as 
> clear and idiomatic as possible, so an experienced Python developer 
> should be able to get up to speed pretty quickly.
> Additionally, as Raffaele already mentioned, spreads is very modular, 
> you can add your own functionality very easily through the Plugin API.
> If you are playing with the thought of using spreads in your 
> institution, please drop me a message, I would love to hear about your 
> workflow and what kinds of things you'd like the software to do.
> All the best,
> Johannes

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