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Opus FreeFLow Book

Freedom to Digitize Ad Hoc & On-Demand

Photos, Maps, Documents, Books...

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The Opus digitization process was designed specifically for academic libraries, museums and archives. Use Opus FreeFlow to build digital assets for preservation, archive, digital collections for the Web, and for viewing software. Its image treatment processes such as fan, gutter and book curvature removal, and content location and registration, are dramatically faster and easier to use than photo editing software.

Opus FreeFlow operates a wide array of preservation quality scanners and allows for the import of existing images as well. It then groups images into objects (i.e. books), which are easily managed and processed. Finally, it renders those objects into a variety of derivatives.

Opus FreeFlow 4-tab interface

With Opus FreeFlow 4-tab interface, users can switch dynamically between scanning, image treatment and outputting derivatives. Multipage objects can be reopened and reprocessed at any time. Pages can be deleted and rescanned and new pages can be scanned and inserted. Unlimited derivatives can be created with variations in image size, resolution, format and file type.

Opus FreeFlow is fully compatible with Opus Digitization Workflow software. While objects are in the middle of the Opus workflow, they can be opened with Opus FreeFlow for additional scanning, image modification and derivative generation.


No Compromise Treated Images

Curve Correction

book size correction

Finger Image Removal

delete artifacts

Bleedthrough Correction

Bleedthrough Correction
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Hierarchical Metadata

(with Templates)

OAI

Opus support for the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) takes on several forms. Opus has the ability to generate export derivative sets which can be added into an OAI-compliant metadata repository and made available via the OAI-PMH to any OAI compliant metadata harvesters. The DLSG operates and manages the cloud infrastructure necessary to support this need, thus freeing our users from having to acquire and maintain the expertise to make their chosen objects available to the digital archive community at large. For example, this feature of Opus allows its users to easily contribute to the Digital Public Library Project (DPLA) with just a few clicks.

The underlying object resources (images) described in the OAI-compliant metadata export may either be hosted by the OPUS customers themselves or the resources can be uploaded to a DLSG-maintained archive repository as part of the OAI publishing process.

Published objects can be further queried and made available by Opus's support for the OAI-ORE project. In addition to the cloud based OAI publishing features, the DLSG cloud repository allows the user community of Opus Systems to share or exchange Opus objects among themselves.

Opus Hierarchical Metadata Capture

Opus' hierarchical metadata capture is controlled by templates that can be created and modified to fit virtually any requirements. Input field characteristics include :required/optional, repeatable/one occurrence only and other characteristics that can be specified when templates are constructed of modified. Opus provides several generic templates to capture the data necessary to create virtual library output formats.

Opus provides a straightforward graphical interface for creating and modifying hierarchical templates. The templates carry the characteristics of XML elements and attributes. Data entry rules such as required/optional and single/multiple can be assigned to each field. During metadata capture and entry, Opus enforces the rules, thus simplifying metadata entry and reducing errors.

Manual metadata screen

In addition, the Opus hierarchical metadata input facility allows users to scroll back and forth through the images of an object (e.g. pages of a book ) while reviewing and entering metadata.

Taxonomy editor

One of the key benefits of the Opus Metadata capture system is its flexibility in allowing project curators to not only design and codify their own specialized metadata data capture needs, but to link these metadata collection sets to customized object meronomies. This degree of metadata capture task standardization affords the project's curator the confidence to know that their project's metadata needs will be meet by the data collection team.

Once these completed metadata collection templates have been defined , they can be shared back into the curator's community, thus allowing the project to expand beyond a single institute. This ensures that the resultant aggregate of objects can be blended seamlessly together into a single master archive to be used by the project's curators to publish their collective work as part of a single repository.

Opus Output: Image Derivatives & Metadata

Opus has a library of script files for common XML, flat file and other output formats for the metadata and associated images of digital objects (e.g. METS, MODS, Dublin Core).This script library is expandable with an unlimited number of custom formats. In addition to selecting the desired output format(s) for the metadata , the clarity , size and output formats of the images can be specified (e.g TIFF, JPEG, PDF, PNG, etc.).

DLSG staff technicians can assist in modifying existing formats and creating new custom output formats.

The most exciting and immediately usable format that Opus creates is a Web-ready output that provides the experience of browsing the virtual stacks, selecting a digital book, opening it and turning the pages; as DLSG staff though the printed book were in front of you.

PDF output

One of Opus' most popular file format outputs of the images is PDF and PDF/A. Opus Image Treatment function publishes PDF images with consistent sizes. When coupled with Opus metadata output the PDF is presented with bookmarks hyperlinked to the section within the images, making content search extraordinarily easy. Opus' OCR function adds full text search giving the user the ultimate search tool.

* CONTENTdm is a trademark of OCLC
SharePoint is a trademark of MicroSoft Corporation
DSpace is a trademark of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PDF and PDF/A are trademarks of Adobe Systems Inc.

Content Stabilization

Content Stabilization is a general term for automatic and manual varieties of image treatment that can be performed during or after scan time with the purpose of producing clean, clear and consistently formatted digital images.

Book curve, skew, fan, gutter and black edges are automatically adjusted to render clean, consistent margins of uniform size and text position for a clean, professional look.

Text correction

Content Stabilization is typically applied automatically in batch after scan time and includes features like:

  • Book Curve Correction
  • Image Deskew
  • Margin Alignment and Uniformity
  • Horizontal and Vertical Centering
  • Black Border Removal
  • Finger Image Removal
  • Bleed through Correction
  • Reflection/Glare Correction

One more of the image treatment features above can be applied to a single image, to selected images, or all the images in a given batch. Manual Content Stabilization allows users even more precise control of the image treatment listed above and can be applied to one, many or all images in the same group.

Content Stabilization

Opus FreeFlow and Opus WorkFlow Features Comparison

Opus FreeFlow is an application that provides the scanning, image treatment and derivative creation capabilities of the full Opus Digitization Workflow system outside of its structured project management environment.

Unlike Opus Workflow, Opus FleeFlow doesn't perform automatic archiving or manage workflow. Opus FreeFlow is also fully compatible with Opus Workflow digitization software. They can be used independently or together. For example, while objects are in the middle of the Opus Workflow, they can be opened with Opus FreeFlow for additional scanning, image modification and creation of derivatives.

Difference between freeflow and workflow
Opus FreeFlow
Opus WorkFlow
Define Projects Features and Capabilities FreeFlow WorkFlow
Creates and manages projects YES
Creates and manages project templates YES
Creates and manages objects YES YES
Prints objects tracking sheets
Maintains a project history database YES
Scanning Capabilities FreeFlow WorkFlow
Automatically reads tracking sheets YES
Containerizes the images of an object YES YES
Supports continuous (batch) scanning YES YES
Supports multiple concurrent projects and objects - suspend and resume scanning of unfinished projects and objects YES YES
Supports many TWAIN scanners YES YES
Supports insertion, deletion, rescanning and rotation of images YES YES
Supports undo/redo YES YES

Opus WorkFlow and FreeFlow Features Comparison (Con't)

Image Treatment Capabilities FreeFlow WorkFlow
Automatically locates content(configurable) YES YES
Automatically splits pages (configurable) YES YES
Automatically removes fan and gutter (configurable) YES YES
Automatically corrects for book curve (configurable) YES YES
Automatically levels background YES YES
Manual review, redo and override YES YES
Automatic process can be individuality invoked by user YES YES
Image treatment scheduling (e.g overnight) YES
Template-based image treatment processing YES
Metadata Capture Capabilities FreeFlow WorkFlow
Automatic capture of technical metadata YES YES
Hierarchical metadata entry YES YES
Template-based metadata entry YES YES
Custom template creation YES YES
Capture of METS metadata YES YES
Capture of MIX metadata YES YES
Capture of MODS metadata YES YES
Capture of Dublin Core metadata YES YES
Capture of structural metadata for 3-D virtual page turning Web output YES YES
Capture of metadata for import to OAI-PMH Compliant Repositories YES YES
Capture of metadata for import to OAI-ORE Compliant Repositories YES YES
Capture of metadata for import to D-SPACE, Content DM, Re-Discovery, Fedora YES YES
Data entry rules: (e.g required/optional fields, repeat/once only fields) YES YES
Collection Composition and Creation Capabilities FreeFlow WorkFlow
Current object output of images in formats that can be imported by D-SPACE, Content DM, Fedora, Re-Discovery and other content managers YES YES
Selection of an unlimited number of objects to be output as a collection or for overnight processing YES
Assignment of attributes to each collection YES
Collection history and attribute database YES
Collection list management YES
Object search capability YES
Derivative attribute specification (e.g file format, size, res, color depth, quality factor) YES YES
Output of TIFF, JPEG, PDF, PDFA, PNG, GIF, rich text, ASCII, Unicode, audio and other file formats, (one image per files or the entire volume in a single file) YES YES
Output of full images, reduced images, Web images, thumbnail images YES YES
Automated, unattended (e.g overnight output of multiple derivatives) YES
Output of METS metadata YES YES
Output of MIX metadata YES YES
Output of MODS metadata YES YES
Output of Dublin Core metadata YES YES
Output of structural metadata for 3-D virtual page turning Web output YES YES
Output of metadata for import to OAI-PMH Compliant Repositories YES YES
Output of metadata for import to OAI-ORE Compliant Repositories YES YES
Output of metadata for import to D-SPACE, Content DM, Re-Discovery, Fedora YES YES
Archive Capabilities FreeFlow WorkFlow
Output of images and metadata for archival YES YES
Automatic archive of scanned images YES
Automatic archive of treated images YES
Automatic archive of metadata YES
Project-Level archive control via customizable YES
Incremental archiving YES
Supports Open RAID Off-line storage YES YES
Searchable archives YES
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Opus FreeFlow digitization software provides all the necessary functionality to create digital books and other materials from scanned images. Prior to Opus, digitization had to be performed one image at a time using photos editors for image treatment, and content managers for keying metadata. With Opus FreeFlow, after scanning and treating images, digital derivative images are output to destinations such as digital content management systems, and digital master images to digital archive systems.

Opus Digitization Workflow software allows for the use temporary workers with minimal training while minimizing the chance of errors and ensuring that preservation quality standards are met. Unlike FreeFlow, Opus Workflow applies somewhat rigid managements principles. Opus FreeFlow and Opus Digitization Workflow work seamlessly together and can be used by a trained digitization staff member at any time to perform processing and output independently of Opus Workflow.

Freedom to Digitize Ad Hoc & On-Demand

Photos, Maps, Documents, Books...

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Opus FreeFlow also works with third-party software. For example, if a user wishes to perform an image treatment function supported by a popular photo editor, the press of a button in Opus FreeFlow can launch the third-party application with the current image ready for editing. Once the edits are completed and saved, exiting the photo editor will return the user to Opus FreeFlow with the image showing the modifications that were made.

Opus FreeFlow Features

Scanning
Containerizes the images of an object
Supports continuous (batch) scanning
Supports multiple concurrent objects - suspend and resume scanning of unfinished objects
Supports many TWAIN scanners
Supports insertion, deletion, rescanning and rotation of images
Supports undo/redo
Image Treatment
Automatically locates content (configurable)
Automatically splits pages (configurable)
Automatically removes fan and gutter (configurable)
Automatically corrects for book curve (configurable)
Automatically levels background
Manual review, redo and override
Automatically process can be individually invoked by user
Collection Composition and Creation
Current object output of images in formats that can be imported by D-SPACE, Content DM, Fedora, Re-Discovery and other content managers
Derivative attribute specification (e.g file format, size, resolution, color depth, quality factor)
Output of TIFF, JPEG, PDG, GIF, rich text, ASCII, Unicode, audio & other file formats, (one image per file or the entire volume in one file)
Output of full images, reduced images, Web images, thumbnail images
WideTEK® 36 DS Scanner

WideTEK® 36DS - Wide Format Duplex Scanner
for documents to 36 Inches Wide

The WideTEK® 36 DS is the world's first wide format scanner for duplex digitization of newspapers and other double-sided printed documents up to 36 inches (915 mm) in width. This compact device needs only four seconds to scan the front and back sides of a newspaper page (at 300 dpi).

The idea of double-sided scanning in one production step primarily means less production effort: The document no longer needs to be flipped over and scanned again on the other side. That makes the scanner an ideal companion for press clipping, archiving and library services.

The scanner features two camera boxes, both consisting of three CCD systems, integrated into the upper and lower part of the device - only a few inches from each other. The WideTEK 36 DS captures both sides of the newspaper at the same time. After scanning, software separates the scanned document into four single images; capturing the left and right sides on the front and back of the newspaper - all in a single step.

The scanner is equipped with two processor units. This allows an extremely fast data throughput. The patented stitching procedure and the optical resolution of 1200 x 600 dpi guarantee brilliant scan results.

The mechanical construction of the WideTEK 36 DS is also a highlight. The more extensive mechanics and additional camera and light units were integrated into the device without dramatically enlarging its dimensions. The duplex scanner is only 13 centimetres larger than the compact WideTEK 36.

The complete camera optical system is integrated in a hermetically sealed housing. Once optimally adjusted, it remains stable, dust-free and requires virtually no maintenance.

Special transport rollers, with individually spring loaded ball bearing pairs serving as pressure points; ensure the best possible gentle document transport. WideTEK 36 DS digitizes even historical and fragile documents without damage to the source document.

Key Features of WideTEK® 36 DS

  • Gigabit ethernet connectivity
  • Comfortable operation via touch screen or web browser
  • Rotation while scanning and auto-page location detection
  • Easy and convenient face-up scanning
  • Print on any network printer, save to USB or send via email or FTP
  • Compatible with all platforms - Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Unix
  • Remote maintenance and analysis

For demanding applications in a wide range of markets

  • Construction drawings, drawings and long measurements charts and diagrams
  • Detailed architectural drawings
  • Maps - e.g. road maps and street maps
  • Color posters, displays and large format photographs
  • Large format and extra-long documents
  • Newspapers and tabloids - e.g. graphical designs, advertisements

More Features

High Speed Scanning: Image Access scanners always run at rated speeds regardless of how powerful your computer is. We do a full scan into the scanner memory at full speed, without any stops. We're the only scanner company that does that. Only the time between scanning and output are dependent upon the transfer speed of the network and the computer, and even our transfer rate is twice as fast as competing products because data is transferred to your workstation at 1 Gigabit speeds, while other scanners use significantly slower transfer rates (1/2 Gigabit or less). Learn More

Works Well With Others: Works Well With Others: Create JPEG, PDF (both searchable and image-only), or TIFF file formats and email or save to USB or network (PC, server, FTP).

Easy to Use: Single button scanning, optional foot pedal, built in touch display.

Great Durability: WideTEK's metal casing resists scratches and dents, and its hermetically sealed optical components translate to less maintenance. We've even designed the case so that it works only with the WideTEK's tools that ship with each unit.

High Duty Cycle: WideTEK scanners are designed for high-volume, professional use. Their duty cycles far exceed that of desktop scanners.

Minimal Space: WideTEK's footprint isn't much larger than the maximum paper width it scans. With a footprint of only 40.4 x 30.8 inches, it takes surprisingly little space for full- scale operation.

Clear, Crisp, Colorful Scans: Fast scanning in B&W, gray scale and color, high-quality resolution of up to 1200 by 600 dpi. WideTEK's optics include multiple CCD arrays sealed in an airtight camera box for dust-free and quiet operation. We've made it our business for over 15 years now to be experts in image resolution, and since there is some confusion among users regarding this matter, we've provided a white paper that debunks some longstanding myths. Learn More

State of the Art Illumination: State of the Art Illumination: WideTEK's bright white LED illumination lasts significantly longer than other lighting systems. LED lights also consume less power and produce far less heat.

Easy Setup: WideTEK scanners connect over your network using standard IP (Internet Protocol) addresses and can be operated by a standard browser without drivers or add-on cards.

No Warm Up Time: WideTEK scanners are ready to scan anytime you are. Other scanners can require several minutes to warm up before use.

Room to Grow: Firmware upgrades are available online and are directly downloadable to the WideTEK using a standard browser.

Environmentally Responsible: We all know that scanning and saving images to email, USB, etc., rather than photocopying or printing saves paper and toner, but it's hard to get a feel for just how much savings are likely.

Remote Scanner Management: Remote Scanner Management: You're in full control from any browser. Change any and all scanner settings remotely or using WideTEK's built-in touch screen.

User Statistics Monitoring: WideTEK lets you manage and monitor the usage, statistics and settings of each scanner you own. The reports are automatically uploaded and available online from your web browser.

Document Formats
Autoformat Size Recognition Yes
DIN Formats DIN A5 - DIN A0
ANSI Formats Legal, US E
User defined Formats Yes
Document Specification
Maximum Document Size 38 inch (970 mm)
Document Width 38 inches (970 mm)
Document Thickness Up to 3 mm
Scan Width Up to 36 inches (915 mm)
Scan Length 124 ft (24 bit color depth)
(Full scan width at 150 dpi) 1312 ft (bitonal)
Optical Resolution 600 x 1200 dpi
Performance Specification
Scan Speed (24 bit, full bed) 1200 x 1200 dpi - 1 inch/sec
600 x 600 dpi - 2.1 inch/sec
300 x 300 dpi - 4.2 inch/sec
150 x 150 dpi - 8.4 inch/sec
Technical Specifications
Color Depth 36 bit color, 12 Bit gray scale
Scan Output 24 bit color, 8 bit gray scale, bitonal, photo mode
File Formats JPEG, PNM, TIFF, TIFF G4 (CCITT), PDF (optional)
Interface 1 GBit Fast Ethernet with TCP/IP
Camera 6x CCD camera, 136,800 pixels
Light Source White LEDs, classificated to IEC 60825-1: class 1, no IR/UV emission
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions of Scanner (H x W x D) 9 x 43 x 22 inches
Dimensions Scanner W/ Floorstand (H x W x D) 42 x 43 x 27 inches
Weight of Scanner ≈ 185 lbs
Electrical Specifications
Electrical Connection 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption 3.5 W (Stand-by)
110 W (Ready to scan)
230 W (Scanning)
Ambient Conditions
Operating Temperature 41 to 104° F
Relative Humidity 20 to 80 % (non-condensed)
Noise Level < 35 dbA (Scanning)
25 dbA (Stand-by)
Accessories
Foot switch optional
Options and Functions
Software Options KIC
Opus FreeFlow
Opus WorkFlow
Hardware Options Foot pedal
Table for external Monitor
White Backplate
Clear envelope for drawings A1
Functions Digital color balance
Automatic black value
Automatic white balance
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ENERGY STAR qualified products and practices help you save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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The cETLus Listing Mark is used for products going into the Canadian and US markets. Products with the cETLus mark have been examined and have passed tests determining compliance with device safety requirements. The standards for IT-equipment are UL 60950 for the US market and CSA.C22.2 No 60950 for the Canadian market.

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The ETL-EU Listing Mark is used for products going into the European market (shown by the "EU" in the mark). Products with the ETL-EU mark have been examined and successfully passed tests according the requirements for device safety. The standards for IT equipment are IEC 60950-1 and EN 60950-1, or the new standards (from 2014) IEC 62368-1 and EN 62368.

Compliance Logo CCC

The China Compulsory Certificate (CCC mark) is a compulsory safety mark for a wide range of products imported and sold in the Chinese market. It became effective on August 1, 2003, when China became a member of the WTO (World Trade Organisation). The CCC mark is required for both Chinese manufactured and foreign imported merchandise. The CCC certificate must be renewed annually as part of a follow-up certification which includes a factory audit.

Compliance Logo bis

BIS is the acronym for Bureau of Indian Standards.

Relevant safety standards for India are:

  • IS 13252-1:2010
  • IEC 60950-1

The BIS mark is a requirement for manufacturer who intend to export their products to the Indian market. Tests executed by accredited laboratories ensure that the tested device fulfils all safety relevant requirements of the above named standards.

Compliance Logo CE

2004/108/EG (Electromagnetic compatibility):

  • EN 55022:2010 Class A
  • EN 61000-3-2
  • EN 61000-3-3
  • EN 55024:2010 Criteria Class A and B
  • EN 61000-4-2
  • EN 61000-4-3
  • EN 61000-4-4
  • EN 61000-4-5
  • EN 61000-4-6
  • EN61000-4-11

2006/95/EG (Low voltage guideline):
Tested according to the following standards

  • IEC 60950-1:2005
  • IEC 62368-1:2014 (for devices tested as of 2014)
  • EN 60950-1 (European Standard)
  • UL 60950-1:2007 (US Standard)
  • CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1:2007 (Canadian Standard)
    for Safety of Information Technology Equipment
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WEEE is the European Community directive 2002/96/EC on waste for electrical and electronic equipment which, together with the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, became European Law in February 2003, setting collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods.

Compliance Logo ROHS

This device is in compliance with the requirements of RoHS-guidelines (Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.)