Scanning: Paper Documents / Bound Books / Large Format Drawings / Photos & Slides

Bound Books
Large Format Drawings
Paper Documents
Photos & Slides


Scanning & Conversion of Books

With our specialized scanning system we can scan archival books up to 17″ x 23″ in size. By using the “planetary” scanning method the books are scanned face-up so that the binding is not damaged. For larger volumes, and where appropriate, the books may be professionally unbound and rebound. The book is then published in electronic format on DVD with indexing and full text search capability.

Types of Books:

  • Archival Books
  • Periodicals
  • Textbooks
  • Scrapbooks
  • Magazines
  • By-Law & Minutes

Scan your precious books before they decay from age.

We also work with publishers to make copies of one of a kind books.

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Scanning Large Format Drawings & Maps

We can scan large format plans and drawings up to 36″ wide by any length. With our high quality production scanners, delicate older drawings, mylar and vellum are our speciality. For contractors, architects, surveyors, engineers and manufacturers we are able to produce a high quality image of your important documents. We can scan at resolutions from 200 dpi to 600 dpi in TIFF or PDF formats. Scanning includes straightening, cropping and despeckling to produce the very best image quality. Finally, the plans can be linked to a Microsoft Access database for easy retrieval.

Your organization may have a Geographical Information System (GIS). Many large format drawings are indexed geographically. Image Advantage has the technology and expertise to link the scanned images of the large format drawings to existing GIS databases and maps. In this way, plans and drawings may be found by searching for them in a database or by finding the area on the map and clicking on the link icon. To offer the latest technical capabilities we work closely with GIS solution providers such as ESRI and CGIS.

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Scanning of Paper Documents

We can scan an assortment of paper documents ranging in size from 5.5″ X 8.5″ to 11″ X 17″. Our scanners have automatic document feeders and are specifically designed to handle large volumes. We can scan at resolutions from 200 dpi. to 600 dpi. in black & white, grayscale or colour. Our output formats include TIFF and PDF.

The electronic images are returned to you on DVD and may be indexed by file name and folder or by linking to a database of your choice. If the Adobe Acrobat PDF format is used there is additional indexing available using the Adobe Acrobat Reader including full text indexing and retrieval. This allows you to search for specific words right inside a document or group of documents. We will also design and create an index page that will link to your documents much like a table of contents.

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Scanning & Conversion of Photos & Slides

We can scan any type of photo from 35mm slide to negative film to 8.5″ X 11″ at a range of resolutions from 200 dpi. to 6,400 dpi. in grayscale or 48-bit full colour. Our output formats include JPG, GIF, TIFF and PDF.

We will return the images to you on DVD indexed by file name or linked to a database of your choice. We can also create DVD slideshows of your photos for viewing on your television DVD player or PC.

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