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Author Topic: Solutions for blogging sketches and diagrams?  (Read 2315 times)

JennyB

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Solutions for blogging sketches and diagrams?
« on: October 26, 2009, 12:24:44 PM »
By which I mean take the sort of thing you would draw on the back of an old envelope and convert it to a GIF or PNG.

It looks like this would need some hardware, but should I be thinking of a cheap graphics tablet or keep the sketches on paper and use some way of digitally copying them? I have an old scanner, but it uses a parallel port, and the last compatible computer is banjaxed.
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Re: Solutions for blogging sketches and diagrams?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2009, 01:01:13 PM »
Digital camera would work. Might well be cheapest solution if you already have one (or camera function on your phone).

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Re: Solutions for blogging sketches and diagrams?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2009, 02:02:07 PM »
You could probably buy a new scanner much cheaper than a camera and you'd have much better results.

A friend of mine picked up one for about $20 not that long ago. It ain't the greatest scanner, but it does the job.

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Re: Solutions for blogging sketches and diagrams?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009, 06:37:14 AM »
You could probably buy a new scanner much cheaper than a camera and you'd have much better results.

A friend of mine picked up one for about $20 not that long ago. It ain't the greatest scanner, but it does the job.

I sorted through my junk and found an Epson all-in-one inkjet I assumed just did direct-to-paper copying had scanning software too!  :-[

Here's a first attempt with that. [attach=#1][/attach]


I also found an Instructable on using a digital camera for copying.
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Re: Solutions for blogging sketches and diagrams?
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009, 06:32:25 PM »
Looks like a solution to me. Doesn't look half bad. And it's already paid for. :Thmbsup:

I especially like the casual 'sketchy' look your scan has. Makes it look like a diagram you jotted on a napkin while explaining something to a friend. Very cool!

« Last Edit: October 27, 2009, 06:41:24 PM by 40hz »