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Scholarly Commons Scanners: Plustek OpticBook A300 Scanner

This guide provides instructions for using the scanners in the Scholarly Commons (Main Library 306)

Plustek OpticBook A300

Plustek Scanner Image


  • Open the “Book Pavilion” program on the desktop.
  • Place the item on the scanning table.
  • By default, multiple scans will be saved in one PDF file. Every other page will be rotated 90
    degrees to accommodate book scanning.
  • Add a prefix for the filename in the File Name Prefix field in the Save Setting box.
  • Select the Color Scan option to scan a page in color.
  • Before finalizing the scan, be sure to select a file location.
  • Once the desired pages are scanned, click the Transfer button. This will save all the scans into a
    PDF file in a folder that you designate.

Adjusting the Scanned Area

  • The scanner allows for both manual and automatic adjustment of the scanned area.
  • For automatic detection of the scannable area, check the Auto Crop checkbox.
  • To manually adjust the scanned area, first perform a preview scan with the Preview button,
    then adjust the box that appears in the image frame to fit around the image. All succeeding
    scans will crop everything outside of the box until the images are transferred to a file.

Setting the Scan Mode

  • Scans can be performed in Color, Grayscale, or as a Text scan using the buttons for each of
    these options.
  • Selecting Color will capture the full spectrum of colors in the image, Grayscale will
    transform the image into shades of gray, and Text will transform the image into purely black
    or white pixels.

Scanning Attributes Options

  • The Rotation options control how each successive scan is added to the PDF. Since this
    scanner is intended for book scanning, the default rotation option is to rotate 180 degree
    on even scans, but options exist for no rotation, 90 degree rotations in either direction and
    180 degree rotations on odd scans.
  • The File Option format allows scans to be combined into one file, or saved as separate files.

Saving in non PDF‐formats

  • Non‐PDF file types are allowed when the Purpose option is changed to FILE Utility or SCAN
    Utility. JPEG, TIFF, BMP, and PNG are all supported file types.
  • Images can be scanned directly to printer or email client using the COPY Utility and the EMAIL
    Utility option.

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