BetterLight Scanning Guide

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Hello, this is the comprehensive guide to the use of the Betterlight overhead scanner. Lets begin scanning.


Turning on the machine: There are two power switches that need to be on for the computer to recognize the scanner

on the power supply located under the scan table
on the small external scanning harddrive
once these are on you will see a green light flashing on the scan back located in the camera

Turning on the lights: There is a red switch on the back of each hotlamp, flip these switches.

Turning on the program: Open the Viewfinder 4.7.1 application

Preparing to make a scan

  1. Select crop tool and open selected area it to the full size of the preview area.
  2. Place your materials to scan on the scan table. along with the focus card and the grey scale strip. Making sure to place those cards on the surface you want to image.
  3. Click the "prescan" button. (you need to do this right off the bat when opening the program for the first scan of the session, viewfinder will not let you do much else untill you make a prescan.
  4. Once you have made a prescan of your materials on the scan table, click the crop tool again and size the scan area down by dragging one of the corner pips making a rectangle that better fits your materials.
  5. To set the folder where the scans will be saved, click the viewfinder dropdown menu at the top on the screen and select preferences. the window that will appear has fields for "save scan folder" and fields for the components of the naming convention, "File name", "Starting number", "Step by", and "Suffix Length". "Save scan folder" is self explanatory click the "Scan folder" button and browse to the appropriate folder."File name" also is strait forward, "Starting number" is the sequence number that Viewfinder will step forward as you make successive scans. if you are scanning the 1st scan in a sequence set this to 1, if you are starting at the 27th set this to 27. "Step by" is the number viewfinder will count to get to the next sequenced number, so if you are scanning every page in a manuscript, "Step by" should be set to "1", if you are scanning every other page, than "Step by" should be set to "2". "Suffix Length" is the number of digits that are total in the last segment of the auto generated file name. So if you set "Suffix Length" to 6, and "Starting number" to 241 the last segment of the file name will be "_000241". If set to 9 it would look like this "_000000241"