MANUCAPTURE

2018 - Present

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ManuCapture is a user-friendly book and manuscript-scanning software application designed to work with dual-camera book-scanning systems such as Factum’s Portable Book Scanner. ManuCapture enables dual-camera shooting using either continuous light sources or through flash-to-camera synchronisation. Combined with an Arduino based trigger board, the software also supports multiple shutter configurations.

The user interface is simple and optimised for ‘one-click’ actions (with either mouse or via touch screens) for performing useful tasks such as dual-page preview, zoom, recording queue and page crop editing.

The software integrates a set of important open-source tools supported by a wide community of users and developers, including GPhoto2 for camera control, Processing/Java for the user interface, raw image processing software such as Rawtherapee, ImageMagick and DCRAW, and standards-based archiving with ICA-ATOM. Combined with an Arduino based trigger board, the software also supports multiple shutter configurations. The ManuCapture software has been developed and tested in Linux and a Mac OS version is currently in progress.

ManuCapture App features. The manuscript shown in this screenshot and all other screenshots belongs to the IHAE archive © Factum Foundation

Flow chart showing relationships between ManuCapture and the scanning and archiving systems in planification for the IHAE archive © Factum Foundation

The images in the slider below show screenshots from the ManuCapture app:

ManuCapture home page © Factum Foundation

The user generates a project folder by entering a unique name and path © Factum Foundation

ManuCapture home page © Factum Foundation

'Live View' mode can be used to help position the book on the scanner © Factum Foundation

In 'Calibration' the user takes images of a colour checker with both cameras. These images can later be used in post-processing © Factum Foundation

After 'Calibration' the user can places a manuscript on the book scanner for recording. The horizontal and vertical linear guides help position the book © Factum Foundation

The blue guides set by the user will later be used to crop the images to size in post-processing © Factum Foundation

Zooming in to check the data © Factum Foundation


For more information on ManuCapture and our archive recording projects contact info@factumfoundation.org.

The design and development of the ManuCapture software was led by Enrique Esteban. The software was developed by several contributors and supported by Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation.

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