If you love your books, you would want them all preserved like this

Our mission since 2010 is to create the perfect book scanner that produces impeccable scan quality without the exorbitant price, bulk, complexity and cumber of conventional industrial machines. These machines have huge overhead covers to block ambient light, power-hungry lamps to give adequate and uniform lighting, and v-shaped cradles together with glass platens to flatten book pages. We needed alternative answers in order to create an easy to use, fast, lightweight and affordable system. It turned out that software alone could not do the job. We had to firstly come up with an important hardware fix.


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The FSL Image Capturing System

Once ambient light disturbances (i.e. glare, shadows, coloration) enter an image, no software can remove them. With a combination of pulsed xenon flash illumination at 1/100,000 of a second, an ultra-fast mechanical shutter and a beam of laser, we created the effective and efficient FSL (Flash-Shutter-Laser) system that removes 99% of ambient light disturbances without the use of physical overhead covers and huge power hungry lamps.


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Intelligent Processing Algorithms

"It won't work", someone said after we introduced the idea of using software algorithms for digital page flattening. "If that's remotely possible, someone would've done it." That did not sound right to us. "What's going to keep book pages open?" Fingers, we explained. "Nobody wants those in their scans!" A pause ensued, followed by a determined reply - "Our algorithm will remove them." He had heard enough, and left.

That was back in 2010. Look at it now - from raw to perfection in 6 seconds*.


Automatic Instantaneous Image Capturing

The xcanex perpetually monitors the presence of a still open book under its camera, and automatically scans at the end of every page flip. We worked tirelessly at this feature because requiring a press of a button to initiate capture was never acceptable. Why? Try pressing a button, any button, once every second for 500 times. It's a real pain.

Automatic capture is not enough. It needs speed. We obsess over it. "Capture duration" is measured from the time pages are set until the time capture is complete. It matters because it is the time a user would waste doing absolutely nothing. That is why we spent years minimizing it, and it is now down to 1.5 seconds*.


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Pro Graphics Enhancement

Page curvature presents inevitable shadows that are almost impossible to remove. Document enhancement gets rid of them by brightening the background but erases subtle shades and details in graphics as well. That prompted us to develop an image recognition algorithm which is able to intelligently differentiate between curvature shadows and graphical content. The effort is justified by the result - beautiful scans of graphics on curved pages never before possible.  

See how the software has evolved throughout the years in these release notes.    


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Your other stuffs are worth preserving too

Photographs, letters, receipts, name cards and even stamps - the xcanex scans them all with equal quality, speed and ease.


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Integrate it with your laptop

Almost anything on a stand has to have a heavy base, otherwise it would easily topple. To minimize the weight for users who need the ultimate portability, we designed the xcanex to be attachable to laptops so that it serves as its 'stand'. With the xcanex's streamlined body weighing just 200 grams (7 oz), you have a book scanning station whenever and wherever you want it, with insignificant added bulk and heft. Without requiring a place to stand, it is also the ultimate desk space saver.

For use with desktop computers, it comes with a dedicated foldable stand for easy storage and portability.


 

We are glad to have embarked on this mission

We knew the risks well. But there was an unmet need. And we have what it takes to make it work. To all xcanex users who have continued to encourage and support us throughout these years - Thank You. You have kept us going. 

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The following are excerpts from Amazon.com's customer reviews and email correspondences with xcanex users. 

Excellent Scanner. Exceeded My Expectations.. this scanner will exponentially increase my scanning.. I can simply save the pictures together as one PDF, and add them to Zotero.
— Ryan Rippee - reviewer at Amazon.com
Awesome product. Stunning results! .. Just beautiful quality! .. you can see my screenshot on Imgur.com/Yv1yRpQ
— Lily - reviewer at Amazon.com
I’ve never seen such devotion to tech support from anyone, anytime, until now.. I scanned five short stories from three different books: hardcover and paperbacks. The scans were near perfect.
— M. Halpern - reviewer at Amazon.com
I give this product 5 stars for amazing potential and the ability to serve a need that was previously unimaginable.
— Berardi - reviewer at Amazon.com
The start of automatically scanning after page turnover is super!
— Wolfgang T., Wiener Neudorf, Austria.
Thanks VERY much for the update, your new PerfeCapture 3 is simply AMAZING! You have developed the best commercial software for scanning by far. Keep on guys!
— D. Ermacora, Arzene, Italy.
I am amazed at how well it auto-corrects curved pages in books.. It is an impressive achievement. Congratulations for an amazing product!
— Sharaine E., Washington D.C., USA.
I bought my xcanex one year and a half ago and just love it. I take it along to all libraries (worldwide) I go to and scan books and articles.
— Gustaaf V. (location unknown).
I love it! Well done everyone involved!
— Christine C.. Queensland, Australia.

Features

Integrated ABBYY FineReader OCR Engine (version 11 for Mac OS, version 10 for Windows OS). 

Direct save to multi-page searchable PDF, MS-Word, TIFF, RTF, JPEG, PNG ad BMP. 

Direct Copy & Paste selected content into another application.

Integrated Graphical Page Manager and Image Editor.

Document Visualizer with Digital Zoom - provides live streaming videos for projection to a class or group.

Ability to save scan sessions for later resumption (Mac OS only) 

Business Card Organizer (Windows OS only) - Extracts vital data from name cards into a searchable database  

Automatic file saving to Dropbox and OneDrive (Windows OS only).

Video Recording (Windows OS only). 


Specifications

Runs on computers with Windows 7, 8 and 10 or Mac OS X 10.8 ~ 10.13

Minimum Computer Requirement : Intel Core i3 processor or equivalent, 4GB RAM, 5GB free HDD space.

Scan Area : A4 (9 x 12 inches)

Fully USB Bus Powered at 5 volts DC @ 500 mA

Control & Communications : USB 2.0  

Scanner Body Weight : 200 grams (7 ounces)

Stand Weight : 500 grams (17.6 ounces)

Scanner Dimension (on stand, folded) : 25 x 6.5 x 3 cm (10 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches)

Imaging Sensor : CMOS Color RGB, 8 MP Bayer Array with Auto-focus Lens

Illumination : Customized Wide-Angle Xenon Flash Module + White LED

Ambient Light Blocker : Customized Miniature High Speed Mechanical Shutter with Dual Leaf 

Distance Detection : Class 2 Laser, powered at 1 mW with wavelength of 645~660 nm. (Complies with FDA Standards)

Angle and Motion Detection : High Precision Digital Accelerometer 

 

 

NOTE THESE LIMITATIONS

 

All automatic image processes and page detection applies only to book pages with no edge-printing (i.e. no ink printed at the top and bottom edges of page) - we are still working on this. 

The xcanex bookscanner does not run on the Linux OS, and was never tested on any virtual platforms (e.g. VirtualBox running Windows) on top of the Linux OS. 

Dual-page simultaneous capture supports only books measuring 6 x 9 inches or smaller (W x H when closed). Single-page capture supports books measuring 9 x 12 inches or smaller. Does not support scanning of books larger than 9 x 12 inches. 

Attachment to laptops is possible only on screens with height equal or in between 8.5 to 11 inches (vertical).

 

* All timing measurements were made on an average spec, year-2015 laptop with Intel i5 processor, 4 GB RAM. Measurements are averages of multiple samples taken during typical usage conditions. Performance may vary reasonably with scan subject and computer environment (e.g. other software/anti-virus running concurrently, hard-disk condition, page size and content, power saving/security settings).     


Shipping & Delivery

We provide worldwide free shipping via express air courier. Delivery usually takes 3 to 7 working days upon order placement.

*free shipping does not apply for return cases

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