DR. K's WRITING
CHAPTER 6: Hewlett Packard
While a digital camera
such as the Kodak Digital Camera 40 can be used to take photographs
of pictures or diagrams that already exist on hardcopy, the results
are usually unsatisfactory. When you wish to use such items in your
papers or presentations a scanner will allow you to "scan" the image
into a digital form that can then be saved onto your disk and
incorporated into your document. As such, it is usually treated as a
object which can not be manipulated. However, it may be possible to
take that image and use a program such as Adobe Photoshop to change
it as you would a photograph taken with a digital camera (See section
A scanner can also be
used to put an existing text document into your paper without having
to retype the text. While any type of lines, tables, etc. may prevent
that section from being worked with, pure text items can then be
treated like any other text once it is incorporated into your word
processor document. Changes can be made, fonts can be changed to
agree with your document, etc. When doing this the rules regarding
plagiarism need to be remembered and any such material needs to be
The scanner most readily
available to you is currently found in W-07, Professor Eddington's
office, and students will have access to it only during normal office
hours when he is not using his office.
To use the scanner,
first turn on the Macintosh Performa 6214CD to which it is attached.
If the scanner is not already on, turn it on by using the switch on
the lower right side of the machine near the back.
Under the "Apple" icon
in the upper left of the screen are two programs that are accessed by
clicking "scan documents" or "scan photos". Selecting either of these
will automatically open the appropriate program.
The hard copy of the
item to be scanned should be placed under the cover of the scanner
and aligned in the top left corner, much like in a standard copier.
Once the program for
scanning documents is opened, select "Scan Image" under the "Process"
item in the menu bar. This will cause the scanner to scan the
Once the scanning is
complete, select "Auto" under the "Process" item.
When this procedure is
finished, select "Save" under the "File" menu item. At this point you
should insert your own disk and click "Desktop". To select your disk
from the choices offered, simply double click on it. In the "Format"
portion of the dialog box select to save your document as a "Word
5.0" document. Now give your document a name in the "Save Image Data
As:" box and click on "Save".
The document can now be
opened in Word. Be sure to spell check and edit the document as the
scanning process is not 100% reliable. Sometimes it will misread even
typed words. To incorporate it into your document simply highlight
the portion you wish to use and select "Copy" under the "Edit" menu
item. Then move your cursor to where you wish the piece to go in your
original document and select "Paste" from the "Edit" menu item.
C. Scanning Photos,
Once the "Scan Photos"
program is selected, select the closest match for what you are
scanning from the "Type" box. If your results are not satisfactory,
as seen after the object is scanned, try selecting a different "type"
as you may be able to improve the appearance of the scanned item by
Click "Preview" for the
actual scanning to occur.
Once the image is
scanned, it will be visible on the screen. Play with the controls to
get the best image on the screen. This can be done with the "Types"
selection or by sliding the bars to adjust the brightness and/or
The size of the image
can be adjusted by using the scaling bar. Note the "width" and
"height" measurements as these tell you the actual dimensions of the
photo. This is the size the image will appear, for instance, when you
"paste" it into your document. Note the "size" measurement as this
indicates how much memory is required to save the image. Changing the
dimensions and the "type:" of image will affect this and if it is too
large or has too many colors, it may not fit on a floppy disk for
transference to your computer.
The "Zoom" control
allows you to move in and scan only a portion of the image. Use the
cursor to move the dotted lines as desired. Only that portion of the
image that is in the dotted lines will be scanned for the final
When all is as you
desire it to be, select "Final". Give the file a name, select where
it will be saved by clicking on "Desktop" and then highlighting your
own disk. Select the "File Format" from the choices available. "PICT"
works well for Macintosh computers. When ready, click "Save" to
complete the process.
The image can
now be treated as a "Picture" in Word. Simply place the cursor where
you wish the item to be placed, select "Picture" under "Insert" on
the word menu bar and locate the image on your disk. (See Section