Sunday, March 03, 2019

Box Art help


As you guys probably already know, I enjoy sharing my personal Atari ST games collection within our Box Art section (three pages!). However, it's pretty tough getting the capture - as I manually try to line up the phone without shaking too much!! In fact, it's often pure luck when it goes right and that's after taking dozens of lame photos...

I've been looking to see what iOS apps can make my life easier and ended up finding something called 'Memories'. This is umm okay but the freebie version adds a watermark unless you're willing to cough up the pennies. Now, I don't mind paying, if it gets the job done properly and eventually, I managed to capture this photo of Hibernated 1 which isn't too bad? So, pop pickers, any recommendations for this old man and his iPhone?

5 comments:

  1. The contrast is low and overall appears a bit "soft". Make sure you have good light and check the compression settings on the image - jpg shouldn't really go much lower than 80%. Cropping is a bit tight as well. I bet with the contrast adjustment it will look a lot better.

    I'm going to check this game out and most likely purchase it now :D

    Cheers!

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    1. Awesome reply and thank you so much. Hey, I really do hope you buy this game. Comes with lots of goodies inside the box too. One of my best purchases for the ST ever :)

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  2. There are various "scan using your smartphone" apps out there, no need to use a crappy one with a watermark. A copy of Computer Active! I was given recently has a whole article on digitising paperwork using such things, I'll root it out and see if it has anything worth recommending...

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    1. Hey Tahrey thanks so much for looking into this. Really appreciate it :)

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  3. ...hmm, annoyingly, it talks about digitising handwritten and photographic material this way early in the article, but then all the rest of it is completely devoted to OCRing typed/printed material instead. Closest it comes is showing that the iOS "Prizmo Go" app has a setting for either automatically detecting and converting text or not. There's also mention that said app, whilst free, charges a fiver to upgrade to have ebook export capability... dunno if you get PDF or image export (or just taking screenshots) for free though. Android has something called Text Fairy but that appears entirely OCR focussed. Feh.

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