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In photography, stitching refers to the use of special software to create a large photograph from various smaller individual shots, which usually show overlapping sections of the subject, e.g. for panoramic shots, if the individual shot does not capture the desired image angle.

In scanning, stitching is used sporadically to achieve a higher resolution in the large format range than would be possible with a full-format single shot.

Surface structure

In addition to a distortion-free and true-color imaging technique, the optimal reproduction of surface structures requires in particular a differentiated lighting technique. Not every original to be digitized has a flat surface or texture that is sufficiently illuminated by a simple, conventional light source to be digitized without shadows or reflections./span>

For example, valuable illuminated old manuscripts with heightened and waved surfaces, special inks and colors and especially gold grounds and gildings require a special and equally gentle, conservational illumination technique.

Therefore, we at book2net have developed special lighting systems for the optimal illumination of a wide variety of objects. Whether you want to digitize stamps or large formats, coins or paintings, sealed letters or glass negatives, loose, bound, flat, raised or corrugated originals, glossy or matte surfaces or a wide variety of material structures (transparent, metallic, wooden, textile, earthen etc.) – the book2net scanning systems meet all requirements.

Gentle illumination from cold-light LEDs and Fresnel lenses ensure uniform, flat illumination with a soft edge and infinitely variable regulation of the light emission angle. Depending on the system, additional lighting or individually controllable and synchronized lighting units provide the greatest possible flexibility in the design of desired lighting scenarios such as incident light, sided light or transmitted light.

Scanning time

Scanning time basically refers to the speed at which a scanner performs a scan. It should be noted that, in contrast to the process time, which covers the entire cycle including image processing and data storage, the scanning speed only includes the pure capturing time.

In order to achieve comparability between different scanning systems, it is therefore essential that the scanning speed is always specified in relation to the format and resolution, e.g. 400 dpi for A2 color.z.B. 400 dpi bei A2 Color.


The book2net scanners Cobra, Flash, Mosquito, Hornet and Dragon are designed as special and production scanners for mass digitization of large formats as well as bulky and heavy originals.

In order to guarantee a gentle, efficient and at the same time user-friendly process, these systems are equipped with an automatic scanning system for convenient and variable control of the book cradle/layout table and glass plate.

Industrial standards and components such as precision guidance, linear drive and PLC control guarantee smooth and consistent guidance and adjustment of all moving elements.

Thus, the systems can be adapted to the workflow processes of the respective project requirements by individually configured scanning processes. Different programs are available for fully automatic, semi-automatic or purely manual operation. The travel paths are optimized according to the original format.

Variable control:

  • fully automatic
  • semi-automatic
  • manual
  • time controlled
  • action controlled
  • user controlled

Special formats (paper formats)

Under the unofficial name A4+ (A4 plus), there is an oversize format based on the DIN A4 format that is used in inkjet and laser printers. It is offered to end customers specifically by printer manufacturers and paper suppliers. Due to the lack of standardization of this oversize format, the formats differ somewhat. Some A4-based formats have a uniform bleed of three millimeters per side (216 × 303 mm) and sometimes corresponding tear-off edges. Some (U.S.) suppliers also specify A4+ as 9½ × 13 in (inch/inch) (241 × 330 mm), which is virtually the same as the untrimmed A4U (240 × 330 mm) sheet format from ISO 5457 for technical drawings.

In photographic and commercial printing, the likewise non-standardized oversize format A3+ (A3 plus), also known as Super A3 or Super B, exists accordingly. The dimensions are usually selected so that an A3 page can be printed borderless on a paper manufacturer’s printer.

For the class of 17″ printers (usually referred to as A2 printers), there is an oversize format A2+ (432 × 648 mm), with the 2:3 aspect ratio common for photos. This format is aimed at users who want to use the full width or flatness of their printer. In the 36″ printer class, an oversize format known as E/A0 or A0 big (917 × 1189 mm) is sometimes used, which combines the height of a DIN A0 sheet with a width of approximately 36.1 inches.


The positive customer feedback confirms the quality of our service. With us you are not simply a client number, but you communicate with your personal contact person. Even the most reliable products working with the highest possible accuracy and durability need regular maintenance to keep this up.

Therefore, MICROBOX GmbH offers a worldwide service network of trained technicians and a telephone hotline in several languages. We are also happy to support you via remote maintenance in case of problems, questions and configurations.

However, should a component be defective, our service team will be on the spot quickly. Thanks to the high availability of spare parts and the sophisticated logistics concept, the technician usually receives the desired part overnight.

In particular our customers benefit from the fact that they can book services directly through us rather than via third parties. We only work with our own service technicians, who receive regular training. This ensures the quality of the service at all times and guarantees a smooth service. And above all, it’s fast. This is exactly what users appreciate so much about the MICROBOX service.

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Stitch binding

One of the most common and simplest types of book binding is stitch binding. In stitch binding, the individual sheets are first folded to the appropriate format and inserted into each other. Then the sheets and the cover are stapled from the outside at the folding points twice, three times or several times with wire staples.

Stitch binding is a very popular and old type of book binding. However, it is only suitable up to a book thickness of around 5 mm, otherwise the staples no longer hold together.

Intuitive scanning software

Especially for professional digitizing, but also for use in public areas, such as reading rooms or visitor areas of archives, it is important to work with scan software that is intuitive and easy to use, but at the same time offers all the functions needed for productive digitization.

All our systems work with the Easy Scan software that we have developed. We have placed special emphasis on simple and convenient operation and made sure that the most important functions can be found quickly and are not hidden in confusing submenus.

The entire interface is also optimized for touchscreen use and, if desired, available with a Windows Embedded operating system that guarantees security, reliability and long-term availability.

This means that operation takes place in a protected area, similar to an ATM or ticket machine, for example. This is particularly useful when installed in a public place, to protect the scanner from unintentional tampering with the operating system or the introduction of viruses.

Easy Scan scanning software

Our Easy Scan software is the user-friendly interface for controlling our scanning systems. With its clear appearance, you will be guided to an optimal scan even without previous experience.

The integrated video mode provides you with essential support during the placement of the originals. With the additional “Live Control Professional” module, the software analyzes the original in video mode before the scan, recognizes its size and possible incorrect positioning, adjusting it automatically by deskewing and placing frames to align the image. Thus, without any additional effort, you get an optimal scan proposal, which you can then confirm directly by triggering the scan.

Further image processing tools such as page separation, scanning of single pages (left side or right side), center adjustment, contrast control, print cutout, multipage, frame setting or inverting are only a part of the possible functions offered on the way to a perfect result.

The job functions allow you to organize even larger projects in a structured and systematic way. You can assign individual job names, load and edit past jobs, or easily add additional pages later. Easy Scan supports you and takes care of the complete reorganization of files.

Despite all the automation, however, you can intervene at any time. Manual cropping and alignment, frame setting, color and format selection or individual file naming are also possible.

Created scans can be loaded from the preview pane, allowing a direct quality control while scanning. If necessary, faulty scans can be deleted or directly replaced by a new page.

Many other functions such as character recognition (OCR), fingerprint removal, book fold correction, etc. are explained in more detail in our “Easy Scan” brochure.