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Book2Net's 71 MP Camera: Unprecedented Design and Quality for High Resolution Document Imaging

December 23, 2015

Digitizing analog documents, books and works of art has developed into a broad-based professional activity with the aim of saving and preserving our cultural heritage and making it accessible to research and reference for generations to come. The proliferation of digital image processing and enhancement techniques along with the development of high-resolution and color-stabilized cameras, the proper storage and distribution media has brought professional digitization systems into the mainstream of technology evolution, not as present as entertainment media but an equally important technology.
Almost every library and document repository in the developed world today has a well-funded department charged with the ongoing effort of digitizing their holdings. This is, no doubt, a costly and tedious task, since every book has to be scanned page by page by specialists who know how to handle sometimes unique, irreplaceable and fragile items with due respect to their status. Equally demanding are the requirements placed on the design of the equipment used in this process to prevent damage to the items scanned.

High-resolution cameras specifically designed as book scanners are a precondition for these delicate tasks. Equally important are professional organizations and industry groups such as “book2net” – an international alliance of solution providers and users – developing the appropriate scanning systems and procedures for archives, libraries and museums around the world. An additional objective is the continuous upgrade of these scanning systems to meet the increasing user demands.

Microbox GmbH, a highly specialized systems developer and service provider in this field, headquartered in Bad Nauheim, Germany, is marketing a broad range of book2net book and document scanners. Their systems are equipped with sophisticated LED illumination systems and are offered in several configurations from manual entry-level to fully automated workflow optimization. Additionally they feature OCR character recognition and support a wide range of standard, single- and multi-page file formats. An online document and book presentation software, called “Virtual Reading Room” enables an authentic reading experience of the scanned materials.

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About two years ago, in the context of expanding its offering of book scanners, Microbox became aware of the new extremely high-resolution CMOS image sensor developed by CMOSIS, a pure-play supplier of standard and application-specific CMOS image sensors for industrial and professional markets such as machine vision, scientific, medical, automatic data capture and space, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium. Their low-noise area-array sensor CHR70M realizes an up to now unprecedented image resolution of 71 Megapixels on a 36 x 24 mm² CMOS chip, laid out in a square pixel pitch of 3.1µm. The CHR70M sensor provides an extremely large image area of 10,000 by 7,096 active square pixels in a standard Bayer color layout but is also available as a grey-scale system with even higher resolution.

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Xplore K71 CMOS camera overview at Kirtas/Ristech website:

Great Quality In A Small Package: The LuraTech PDF Compressor

October 21, 2015

Ristech is excited to announce that we are now offering the LuraTech PDF Compressor software technology that can benefit your operation of providing Cultural Heritage content easily via the internet to your patrons.

The PDF Compressor is the professional solution for high quality, process-oriented conversion and compression. It is flexible, scalable, and designed for processing very large files to a manageable size for network delivery. This solution can be configured for any size project you have!

 The software’s outstanding compression reduces large files significantly and delivers outstanding image quality in one of several PDF/A formats that are ISO-compliant designed for long-term archiving. The LuraTech PDF Compressor turns all your image and data files – whether scanned or born digital – into a single unifying file format.

The award-winning mixed raster content (MRC) layer-based compression technology processes high-resolution black-and-white, grayscale, and color images or scanned documents, with compression ratios of 100:1 or better. Outstanding image quality and crisp text legibility are preserved, while storage costs and bandwidth requirements for transfer are drastically reduced.


Benchmark: LuraTech PDF/A compared with conventional formats


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(Scanned page: 300 DPI, 24 bit full-color RGB, A4 size)


This industry solution can be used for projects of all sizes and can be purchased as a license for recurring use or one-project use starting at 12,000 pages a year to hundreds of millions pages a month. The PDF Compressor is used in many industries, including scanning services, libraries, government agencies, cultural heritage and archives.

Email us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a link to the trial software.

Revive Your Digital Collections

So you’ve successfully started your digitization project. Scanners in place. Check. Team trained. Check. Workflows created, IT infrastructure constructed and inventory established. Check, check and check.

You’re producing files and uploading it to your storage devices.  But, after the files are digitized and the documents re-shelved, is the job really over?

While digitizing your files and preserving them for the future has its purpose, there is so much more that can be done. Breathing new life into a document and making it accessible now in the present gives your works a new purpose and a second life.

One way to achieve this is with the new LIMB Gallery online digital library. LIMB Gallery is a fully featured online, solution for building and managing your digital library. With sleek viewers and a powerful search engine, LIMB Gallery provides a rich, unique user experience combined with an easy way to manage your collections.

With LIMB Gallery you can:

  • Easily browse and connect with intuitive, faceted search and full text search
  • Modern user interface with responsive design allows for multiple ways to browse and access content across different media
  • Display collections as an image mosaic, timeline, geolocation or detailed lists
  • Document viewer with deep zoom for large images and page flip
  • Fully featured back office to manage and customize your gallery
  • Flexibility to store documents, audio, video and metadata
  • Available for local on premise hosting or in a dedicated Cloud
  • Free upgrades as new features become available
  • Data hosting, unlimited bandwidth, and storage according to subscription plan

Whether you are just starting your project or have files that were digitized years ago and are now archived in storage, LIMB Gallery is a great tool for promoting and sharing your collections with your patrons in a brand new, exciting way.

Contact us for more information on how put collections to work long after your projects are complete. 


Utilizing Kirtas' Unique Line of Digitization Systems, Ohio Library Preserves Rare Soviet-Era Labor Camp Diary

September 9, 2015

A teenager's diary documenting life in a Soviet labor camp more than seventy years ago is now available for the public to read, thanks to a digital preservation project by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

The diary is among the first documents digitized in the library's new digitization lab. In 2013 the library procured a KABIS III automated book scanner and an i2s SupraScan Quartz A0 flatbed imaging system through Kirtas Inc. using funds granted from the federal government's Library Services and Technology Act program.


I'm Ready Maestro

Manager: “Where are we on the Hanover Project?”

Supervisor: “Hold on. Let me check my spreadsheet. I haven’t finished entering all the numbers from the last shift yet.”

Manager: “Oh. I’m asking because a customer is looking for an update on document 3988750493.”

Supervisor: “Hmm sounds familiar. According to the spreadsheet it was last in QA. But I checked the file server and it looks like it went back to reprocessing.”

Manager: “Can you find out why? They really need an update on that document.”

Supervisor: “Hey Alice, before you leave can you tell me what happened to the Hanover document 3988750493.”

Alice: “It was sent back because a page was blurry. I wrote it on my worksheet that I handed in a few minutes ago.”

Manager: “Alice said it went back for reprocessing because a page was…”

Supervisor: “I heard. I’m standing right here.”

Manager: “Okay! I’ll get right on entering all the numbers from last shift.”

Managing projects with multiple Excel sheets and paper worksheets has many disadvantages and obstacles. Updating data, creating reports, sharing information among team members and keeping everyone up-to-date can be time consuming and demanding.

If you’re facing similar challenge then you should check out the new LIMB Maestro project management application. ;This web-based tool allows you to easily design, prioritize, and track your digitization projects. The app centralizes all processes of you digitization project including inventory and post processing tasks. And best of all, it is accessible from anywhere with just a simple web browser.

LIMB Maestro highlights include:

  • Customizable workflows
  • Custom pass/fail options and transition screens
  • Real-time reporting
  • Note system for team member input
  • Barcode support

Head over to the official Maestro website to view a short introduction video and get more information. Then contact us for a live demo to see first-hand how you can simplify your projects.