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Old 6th August 2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

Serif is delighted to announce the launch of Scan, Stitch & Share, the brand new program that makes the scanning and saving of large documents easier than ever before. Use Scan, Stitch & Share to seamlessly combine then digitally store and share printed documents that are too large to be scanned as one complete image by flatbed scanners. Now you can digitally preserve documents on your PC without the inconvenience of having to view segments separately.

Fully automated and optimised to stitch all types of scans with accuracy, Scan Stitch & Share is ideal for use with all types of home and office documents. It can be used to stitch:

Home: Building Plans & Diagrams, Children’s Drawings, Newspapers & Magazines, Posters, Scrapbooks

Business: Long Bills & Contracts, Portfolios, Press clippings, Maps, Marketing Materials

...and nearly anything else you can think of!

Some of the excellent features and benefits include:

Simple Scanning and Importing: Easily scan in multiple images and stitch them together seamlessly.

Works With All Scanners: Scan, Stitch & Share works with all TWAIN/WIA compatible scanning devices.

Automated Image Stitching: No matter which way the images are rotated, Scan, Stitch & Share will automatically detect the overlapping features of your documents.

Easy Sharing: Export and share your documents as a PDF, an image file, via email, or directly upload them to Flickr, Facebook, or DaisyTrail.

Find out more about Scan, Stitch & Share on Serif.com
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Old 6th August 2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Automated Image Stitching: No matter which way the images are rotated, Scan, Stitch & Share will automatically detect the overlapping features of your documents.
Hmmmm. almost sounds like PanoPlus has found a new use.

I've read the S3 pages and the forum posts, but I didn't see (or perhaps didn't notice) a specific mention that a scanned and stitched document that contains text, whether that text is rendered in an editable form. Is the scanned text editable in the current S3?
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Old 6th August 2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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Hi Jim,

SSS works only on flat images, it doesn't do OCR or anything similar to pick up text in the scanned documents.
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SSS works only on flat images, it doesn't do OCR or anything similar to pick up text in the scanned documents.
Ah, ok. Thanks.

Woulda been nice as an alternative to Nuance or Abbyy, etc. especially at the Serif price for S3.

I'm (still) using TextBridge Pro 11.
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Mmm, this sounds important. Hey, this is a historical document here, and should not be tempered with

Involving the software, it sounds very useful

Good job, but to whom?
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Saberking13, what is it that you are asking exactly?
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Old 11th August 2009, 09:06 PM   #7
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Umm, I dunno actualy, to be honest.
I think I was just saying good job and the new software sounds good, or something like that
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I can think of at least one use for this straight off - scanning paper maps to be used with GPS software.

It would depend, of course, on how accurate the program is, and if it has any options to 'prioritize' features on the scans, such as grid lines (which can be somewhat faint)

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Hi Jim,

SSS works only on flat images, it doesn't do OCR or anything similar to pick up text in the scanned documents.
I could have done with this a couple of years ago . I had some old Christmas sheet music for sale on ebay and the person buying was worried that the piano player, who was an old lady in an old people's home, wouldn't be able to read it with her poor eyesight. I suggested scanning the music and printing it out at a higher magnification but that was a difficult job, because even though I have an A3 printer, my scanner is only A4.This would have made that job a lot easier.
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Yes, I think the only snag is that this is the sort of job that only comes along once in a few years - and then you're really grateful for anyhting that makes it easy! I notice above a query about OCR and a mention of ABBY, which I have. I know I paid very little for it and it still seems top outperform the Omnipage top-of-range! I guess the recognition algorithm is very different as font-type never seems to be a problem. Something to do with being developed for Cyrillic users, perhaps?
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Serif on the phone tonight informing me of the product. Sounds useful but it's only for scanned images? if it could stitch digital photographs I could probably use it as panorama only stitches horizontally I believe.
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If it could stitch digital photographs I could probably use it as panorama only stitches horizontally I believe.
It will also stitch screen captures or digital camera images.

The resulting image size is limited though so you might have trouble stitching high resolution digital camera images. I was unable to stich two 600 dpi scans on my hardware (each approx 4750 x 6000 pixels) with a generous overlap.

I don't have Panorama Plus but if it can stitch horizontally, you could simply rotate the images to stitch them vertically, then rotate the stitched image back again.
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panorama only stitches horizontally I believe.
John,

I haven't used PanoramaPlus for a long time and I don't currently have it installed. However, I'm pretty sure version 3 stitches either horizontally or vertically (but not both at the same time) so you could presumably use it several times to create a set of strips, and then stitch those strips together.

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I'm pretty sure version 3 stitches either horizontally or vertically (but not both at the same time)
I think that PanoPlus 3 can stitch H, or V, or both!

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And PanoPlus is based on Autostitch which can do "2D" panos/stitches.

I've got PanoPlus 3 installed, but I've never used it to create a 2D "panorama".

Hmmm. A potential weekend project.
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I think that PanoPlus 3 can stitch H, or V, or both!
Thanks for that, Jim. If it can do both at the same time it would, of course, make the whole process much easier!

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Hmmm. A potential weekend project.
I'm sure we can rely on you to report back if such a project comes to fruition.

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And PanoPlus is based on Autostitch which can do "2D" panos/stitches.
So is 3S.
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I'm sure we can rely on you to report back if such a project comes to fruition.

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I have only used it to stitch horizontal panorama, but if memory serves me right (and I can't confirm this just at the moment), there is a tutorial in the manual that uses what is effectively a 3x5 (?) grid of photos to stitch a panorama shot of the inner courtyard of the Trent Building at Nottingham University (which is almost nextdoor to the Portland Building, famous for its Portland stone and funded by Jesse Boot, I believe, the name behind Boot's the Chemist ... I digress). This would suggest that it can stitch in both directions at once. I did once run through the tutorial, and it worked.
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I have only used it to stitch horizontal panorama, but if memory serves me right (and I can't confirm this just at the moment), there is a tutorial in the manual that uses what is effectively a 3x5
Both PnP and 3S will stitch pictures that overlap regardless of which bits overlap, top, bottom, side or corners. This is evident in some of the samples provided, and confirmed by my own experiences. Landscape and portrait orientation can also be mixed, and they can be loaded in any order. They are amazingly clever programs!

It may in some instances be necessary to rotate some pictures, or stitch them in small batches, then stitch the batches, to get the best results. And you need patience. The process can take a few minutes.

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Old 8th November 2009, 10:13 AM   #19
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Thank you all for your posts and you are correct PnP does indeed stitch vertically so that helps me out

Then I can't think of a need for S3.

Photo zoom was another bit of software Serif tried to sell to me, anyone used it?
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Photo zoom was another bit of software Serif tried to sell to me, anyone used it?
Yes, it works very well, usually giving better results than can be obtained with PhP.
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