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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby spiny » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:14 pm

dexterslab wrote:@shredder11 & spiny

if you both can confirm they will be scanned and made available to everyone... then PM me your addresses and i'll post them out



turned up today - theres a -lot- to scan :D thanks :)

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby spiny » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:04 pm

NVDI 3 manual up:

http://www.spiny.org/atari/scanned_manuals/nvdi_3/

will add it to my atari site later, about to cook dinner :)

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby Shredder11 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:21 pm

My Falcon 030 and Quartet user manuals arrived this morning, so I will be scanning and uploading the latter soon.

A big thank you! :cheers:

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby dexterslab » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:27 pm

cool, thanks for the scanning guys!

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Postby Shredder11 » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:45 pm

Okay as promised here is the scanned Quartet User Manual which took me well over an hour to do. I have not made a pdf as I do not have Adobe Acrobat installed at the moment, but you can use the jpg files to make one if you wish. Enjoy!

http://rapidshare.com/files/349333067/Quartet_-_User_Manual__1990_.zip

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby spiny » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:32 am

I've made a start in the UIS III manual, and will tidy the NVDI scans today as it looks like I might have a quiet time at work :)

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby bj » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:31 pm

Thanks for the images Shredder. I've converted the Quartet manual images to PDF & RTF files - here you go.
No corrections done to them. The PDF file seems to have come out as the more accurate one but the RTF file should be handy for direct access on an ST.
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby bj » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:35 pm

OOps! :oops: The RTF file didn't upload. Second try--

I'm looking forward to seeing the DA Picture Manual.
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Postby Shredder11 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:39 pm

That is excellent work and the only tiny error is that page 54 is labelled 64, but the content is correct. Thanks for the conversion and maybe you could share your pdf writer settings, because I like the smaller file size.

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby spiny » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:07 pm

universal item selector III is done:

http://www.spiny.org/atari/scanned_manuals/UIS%20III/

tweaked the scanner settings so the images are much clearer that the NVDI scans (which I will redo)

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby spiny » Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:22 pm

and 'XBOOT' is also up:

http://www.spiny.org/atari/scanned_manuals/xboot/

the other manuals will take a while to do as they are about 500 pages all in, and I'll have to do 500 separate scans I reckon :D

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby Mug UK » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:43 am

Grabbing them now and, time permitting tomorrow, will get some editing /trimming done and convert them into shiny PDF versions.
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby bj » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:26 am

Hi

Have cadged the use of friends computer again So .... :)
Here's UIS III as PDF & RTF files. Not as neat looking as the Quartet PDF but still servicable. Ahh if I'd known you were on it Muggie I might have scived out of this - being a novice scanner an all! It was a bit more difficult to get recognition of the images right so I switched software. Not moaning the software did all the work - just had to run it a few times. Any tips on improving recognition quality wellcomed. As before unedited files & the RTF is rough at the edges so edit it to your own taste.

Settings info: The Quartet fles were produced with Abbyy Finereader 8 set to "medium" for the PDF screen quality. UIS III files produced with version 9 of Finereader similarly set to "medium" for PDF screen output..
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby spiny » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:26 am

nice one :)

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby Mug UK » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:35 am

No probs BJ .. saved me a task and can concentrate on the XBoot III one :)
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby spiny » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:10 am

Shredder11 wrote:Okay as promised here is the scanned Quartet User Manual which took me well over an hour to do. I have not made a pdf as I do not have Adobe Acrobat installed at the moment, but you can use the jpg files to make one if you wish. Enjoy!

http://rapidshare.com/files/349333067/Quartet_-_User_Manual__1990_.zip



would you mind if i added the scans to my docs collection ?

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby wongck » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:34 am

spiny wrote:and 'XBOOT' is also up:

http://www.spiny.org/atari/scanned_manuals/xboot/

the other manuals will take a while to do as they are about 500 pages all in, and I'll have to do 500 separate scans I reckon :D


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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby wongck » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:36 am

Mug UK wrote:Grabbing them now and, time permitting tomorrow, will get some editing /trimming done and convert them into shiny PDF versions.


Thanks MUG for converting to PDF. Let us know when it's done. :cheers:
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby Mug UK » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:11 pm

Off work at the mo but back in tomorrow so will have a play with the files @ lunchtime or when I've got spare 5 minutes throughout the day :)
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby spiny » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:22 pm

interlude:

did a game today: 'Knight Force' by Titus, 'fox hits 7' budget release

http://www.spiny.org/atari/scanned_game ... ox_hits_7/

is there somewhere that scanned games go ? I know quite a few projects have been setup in the past, but i'm hopelessly out of date on whether there is a central repositiry for game stuff.

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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby Mug UK » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:48 pm

Atarimania seems to be the main place for manuals as Guardians are asleep and we never bothered with manuals in AL. Outside of the Atari community, there's also Replacementdocs but I'm still waiting for a ton of my stuff I sent there (some of it up to 2 years ago) to make it through to the outside world.
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby Mug UK » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:40 pm

A quick update ...

During the time the forum has been down, I've been plugging away at these three manuals and I'd say I'm about 75% of the way there with all three of them.

First pass was to stitch them together into a PDF and OCR as much as possible to shrink the files down. Cue lots of editing of text where the scanned pages were too bent in the middle to fix and some guesswork. That got them to about 50% good quality and 25% so so quality and the remainder unOCRable still.

So I've re-exported the pages as PNG files and, using Paint.NET ensuring that the backgrounds are now 100% white. Once this is done, I'll do some simple fixes to those pages which were not OCRed fully in the middle of the booklets, and remove the screen-shots as Adobe's OCR engine gets really confused with ST screen-shots inside a manual :)

Then the final sweep is to bring them all back into a PDF format and re-do the OCR. This time it should be a lot easier and we'll get a full set of pages that can go through one final pass of export, re-add the missing screen-shots and then re-create into a proper looking PDF with searchable text and intact screen-shots :)

Not bad for a week's worth of fiddling about during my lunch-breaks :)
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby wongck » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:23 pm

Mug UK wrote:A quick update ...
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Not bad for a week's worth of fiddling about during my lunch-breaks :)


Thanks for status update.
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby Mug UK » Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:44 pm

As much as I enjoy getting told off once a week at 'Fat Club', I like my food too much to miss lunch :)

Because of our flextime system, I can spare an extra 10-15 minutes each day so that's when I start on a few more pages here and there.
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Re: Manuals Project !!

Postby Mug UK » Wed May 05, 2010 7:18 pm

Here's the redone UIS III manual with the pages 'washed'.

http://depositfiles.com/files/wxr7427px

And here's the redone Xboot manual with the pages 'washed' also.

http://depositfiles.com/files/yr15aifp3

Quartet is a nightmare - it'd be easier to rescan the pages as there's so many words missing that are near the centre of the pages.
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