A Brief History Of The Scanner

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The world today is turning digital in droves, and everything, from books to home appliances, is connecting online.

While the internet has certainly played a central role in driving this digital revolution, one piece of technology has been a catalyst.

Just as the printing press brought books to the masses, scanners brought paper to the computer. Digital copies of important documents can now be made. Contracts can be digitally signed before their original copies are, and old damaged photos can be brought back to life with added color and detail.

So how did the scanner become the essential document digitizing tool it is today?

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The SEAC Scanner


The building block of the technology behind the image scanner was telephotography. While the telegraph transferred text from one location to another, telephotography did the same for images in the early 20th century. The technology available at the time of telephotography was limited and its costs were relatively high.

The First Computer Scanner

The Standard Eastern Automatic Computer Scanner (SEAC) scanner, the first scanner invented for use with a computer, was invented in the 1950s. Inventors, companies, and engineers were becoming more aware of the potential of computers beyond mere computation. While working at the US National Bureau of Standards, Russel A Kirsch came up with the idea of using a photomultiplier, a mask, and a rotating drum to allow the scanner to transfer a copy of a photo into pixels.

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The first scanned image.

The first image scanned (which also became the first digital photo, since digital cameras were invented much later) was of Russel Kirsch’s three-month old son.

Scanners Today

Scanners have come a long way since the first scanned image in 1957. Not only can we now carry document and image scanners in our pockets (as apps in smartphones), but the technology has evolved beyond 2D scanning, with entire objects, faces, and bodies being scanned by 3D scanners.


Mustek USA offers efficient large A3 scanners that allow you to scan large format documents in excellent resolution. Click here to learn more.

8 Tips for Effective Document Management

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document managementEvery individual, organization, and company has experienced the costs of disorganized computer files. Whether it involved spending half an hour trying to find a research paper, or hours digging deep into important financial statements or reports, a disorganized filing system costs more than just a headache and a nuisance. It costs valuable time and money.

Having an effective document management system and structure in place can go a long way in saving time and money, and in creating a more effective and efficient work environment that helps get things done. Knowing the proper methods for effective document management can certainly enhance your productivity.

8 Tips for Effective Document Management

  1. Set clear guidelines on how files are to be saved and stored. Set standard file formats and storage system.
  2. Organize your email and download and store attachments right away to keep everything streamlined and organized.document management
  3. Organize your newly created files every day. (Another tip would be to create those files from the folders they should be stored in to save time.)
  4. Make your documents and files as searchable as possible by adding metadata, including tags and descriptions.
  5. Set up a system for naming the files. Use dates, document or file types, and titles in the names.
  6. Create a logically structured nested folder system for easy browsing and access.
  7. Backup your files regularly. (In addition to this being a good document management concept, it is also crucial for data protection and security. The recent WannaCry ransomware panic is a sufficient example as to why.)document management
  8. Delete old, outdated, and invalid files routinely for better organization and to save storage space.

Digitize Your Documents With Mustek Scanners

Digitizing your paper documents is also important in keeping all your important files and documents in one location for easy access by everyone in the organization. Mustek USA offers some of the best large A4 scanners that can handle many document sizes. To learn more about Mustek scanners, click here.

How To Digitize Your Artwork

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digitize your artworkThe internet has become the easiest and most essential channel through which any artist can gain recognition, receive comments and professional criticism, and grow. To receive those benefits from the worldwide web, however, your work needs to be published on it. So how can you digitize your artwork to reap the benefits and learn from the global art community online?


Digitize Your Artwork via Digital Photographydigitize your artwork photo

One method is to take a digital photograph of your artwork using a DSLR camera. In addition to the camera itself, you will also need a tripod and a stand for your piece of art. A white poster board or any other plain white material may also be needed to provide a clear white background.

  1. Prop up your artwork on the stand and ensure that the background is as plain white as possible.
  2. Set up your DSLR camera on the tripod so that the art piece appears flat through the camera.
  3. Ensure that your camera settings are set to provide the best quality and detail.
  4. Snap the picture and transfer it to your PC or laptop. Then upload it and share it!


Digitize Your Artwork via Scanningdigitize your artwork

Another method to digitize your artwork with better quality is by scanning it.

Scanning 2D artwork ensures consistent lighting and better quality. Of course the size of the scanner you will need will vary depending on the size of your artwork.

  1. Before scanning, ensure that the glass is clean and dirt-free, and place your piece of art evenly on the glass.
  2. Use the preview tool when scanning to select only the area of the art piece.
  3. Ensure the brightness and contrast settings are perfect.
  4. Save the scanned file.


Mustek Large A3 Scanners

Mustek offers large A3 scanners with high-resolution scanning capabilities that are guaranteed to digitize your A3-sized or smaller pieces of artwork and publish them online in high quality.

Discover our range of A3 scanners by clicking here.

6 Essential Modern Tools Architects Need

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Any trade requires its own set of tools that are necessary for executing the operations, discussing the results, and making changes when needed, and architecture is definitely no exception. And with the development of technology, the tools architects need grow and evolve as well.

Here is a brief list of some of the tools architects need today.

6 Essential Tools Architects Need


Tracing Paper

Creating instant copies of your architectural drawings is an essential aspect of the process. Keeping a good stash of tracing paper wherever you work is a great idea to ensure that another copy is always made right away.


Architect’s Scale Rulers

Architecture requires proper and precise measurement and dimensions. A proper architect’s scale ruler provides those proper measurements. These measuring tools come in either scale four-scale or six-scale models.


Measuring Tape and Distance Meter

It’s always a good idea to confirm your measurements and check them against the actual area of the location. Measuring tape and distance meters have always been essential tools architects have always needed.


Calculatortools architects need - calculator

Yes, some of us are gifted with a great ability to make pretty good calculations in our head. Sometimes, however, a simple mistake in those calculations can make all the difference between a good profit, a smaller one, or a loss. Just bring a calculator wherever you go to at least confirm your own calculations.

tools architects need - cameraCamera

Photos of the site and the project are always important for records and when contacting clients. A good (professional) camera is essential to take good quality and clear pictures whenever required.



large format scannersYou really can’t fully communicate the whole idea of the project without a proper scanner to digitally upload the files in good resolution and image quality. For large paper sizes, Mustek’s A3 scanners provide the best solution for your scanning needs.


Mustek Scanners

While Mustek does not offer architectural scales and measuring tools, its A3 scanners are among the best in the market and provide you with a perfect solution for digitally saving or sending your larger drawings. To learn more about the features and benefits of Mustek’s scanners, click here.

Large Format Scanners and Their Uses

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The most common scanners being sold in the market are good for the paper sizes they were designed for. But if you needed to scan larger documents of larger sizes, you’d either have to go about scanning two halves of the document and then manipulate the resulting two files into one whole image or document or purchase large format scanners.

Of course there are entire industries that rely on large paper, documents, and images. Engineering designs, architects, artists, and old photograph and document restorers would have a difficult life if they had to resort to combining pieces of the scanned images.

Thankfully large format scanners resolve this dilemma.


large format scannersArchitects create drawings for all of their plans, and storing those drawings properly is crucial.
While the paper sizes vary greatly (from the Arch A’s 9 in x 12 in to the Arch E’s 36 in x 48 in), large format scanners make the process of scanning these large and wide documents much simpler. (Of course, the more often you use a wider sized paper, the more economic it would be to purchase a scanner size suitable for it.)

If you rely mostly on Arch A and B-sized paper, then Mustek’s A3 scanners would be the best choice and offer the most suitable size for your work.


large format scannersStandard US sizes for engineering drawing paper also come in a wide range, from the ANSI A’s 8.5 x 11 in to the ANSI E’s 34 x 44 in. Large format scanners can also make a huge difference in efficiency when it comes to the scanning and saving of digital copies of these drawings.

And if your company requires constant and frequent scanning of ANSI A and B sized documents, Mustek’s large A3 scanners can handle those needs perfectly.


large format scannersArtwork today deserves and needs to be saved digitally. And not all artwork comes in sizes that fit the common household digital scanner.
Large scanners with suitable resolutions provide the best solutions for saving digital copies of artwork beyond the typical letter-sized (A4) piece of art. For artwork within the A3-sized range (11.7 x 16.5 in), Mustek offers a perfect selection in terms of resolution and scanning speed.


large format scannersCenturies old documents, paintings, and maps require high performance scanners that provide excellent resolution for proper digital restoration and study. These pieces of history, if they are large in size, require large format scanners that scan the whole piece once, rather than scanning segments only to patch it up again digitally.


Mustek Large Format Scanners

Mustek’s A3 large format scanners provide superb resolution and excellent scanning speeds to provide you with efficiency and quality scanned images and documents to enhance your workflow and improve your results.

To learn more about Mustek’s large format scanners and to find the right one for you, click here.

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