October 13th, 2005

belize

Lazyweb: Scanning help!

Dear Lazyweb,

I need some scanning advice.

My parents have a ton of photo albums that I want to digitize. My little brother, still living at home, is in need of additional employment and has so graciously agreed to be my paid laborer in this regard.

What I need advice on is hardware and software for scanning some 3,500-4,500 photos, a good percentage of which have text on the back written in pen should be preserved as easily as possible.

Open questions:

-- are there scanners which take a stack of photos and reliably process them?

-- scanning the backs? if so, great, if not...

-- (Free?) software to take a bunch of photos laid down on the bed and find all the rectangles (possibly slighly out of rotation?) and cut them into individual photos, naming them in predictable order inrelation to their location on the bed (left-right, top-down) .

Any other suggestions, software or hardware wise?

Thanks!