Your thoughts on the best way to scan or photograph large format print materials?

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One of the nice things Matt and I received on our San Francisco visit from one of our interview subjects was extraordinarily rare trade publications from the late 1970s to early 1980s related to things like the videogame and computer industry and CES. These publications feature fascinating ads and articles on many preproduction, unreleased or rare items, for instance Atari's Cosmos tabeltop or Mattel's Keyboard Component. Since I had the task of transporting these back in my suitcase, it now falls upon me to scan these in somehow before mailing them back to their owner. The problem is, these are oversized publications, even well beyond 11" x 17", so no scanner that I know of will accommodate them. So what's the answer? Should I simply carefully use my high resolution digital camera? Is there another answer? Your help is appreciated. Thanks, everyone!

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Rowdy Rob
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Panorama/Stitch?

My initial thought, even though I've never tried it myself, is to try one of the many photographic "Panorama" or "stitch" programs that combine several photographs into one seamless image. Perhaps you could scan your document "piecemeal," then combine them in a "stitch" program for one full image, which you could scale to your liking.

Just a thought. It might not work, but it might work great!

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Stitching apps
Rowdy Rob wrote:

My initial thought, even though I've never tried it myself, is to try one of the many photographic "Panorama" or "stitch" programs that combine several photographs into one seamless image. Perhaps you could scan your document "piecemeal," then combine them in a "stitch" program for one full image, which you could scale to your liking.

Just a thought. It might not work, but it might work great!

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That is certainly a thought. Anyone have any thoughts on good stitching apps or a stitching function built into another program? Technically, I could only scan the most interesting pages to save myself some trouble. I could photograph the whole thing, since that's easy and quick, but then high quality scan the most important or relevant stuff.

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Rowdy Rob
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Stitching software and Kinko's.
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Anyone have any thoughts on good stitching apps or a stitching function built into another program?

I have no suggestions software-wise, but I've heard there are good freeware stitching programs out there. But Matt's Kinko's suggestion is also a consideration, since a friend of mine says that Kinko's (in this area) is able to scan extra-large documents with an oversized scanner. Apparently they didn't care about copyrights and such there, since my friend was scanning old "Life" magazine articles, which was an oversized magazine.

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This may be worth a shot and

This may be worth a shot and I can go the digital camera route: http://www.creaceed.com/prizmo/

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Matt Barton
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I'm wondering if Kinko's

I'm wondering if Kinko's might have a solution? Then again, I know they're concerned about copyrights and so on.

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My Canon camera came with

My Canon camera came with stitching software that has a setting for scanned documents. Worth a shot if you have it.

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