Last month, we blogged about our website that is slightly upgraded. Hopefully, you noticed we rolled out new features over the past few weeks including the new website footer that you can send page or ask a question right from that page (based on the topic you’re viewing).
Last week, we are also a sponsor for TwittBKK#2 meetup in Bangkok. The last meetup was our best. Pictures of some highlights:
We are always thrilled to learn when Atiz products have made a real difference in your digitization project. We want to hear more. You can win an extra license of BookDrive Editor Pro worth $1,200 for your organization if you share your story with us.
You just need to be an existing customer and the story must follow our easy submission guideline. Just download our ready-to-use template here (.doc format).
Send your story entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Story Submission”.
BookDrive Pro Makes Quality Book and Document Digitization a Realizable Goal for Schools and Libraries of all Sizes and Budgets
DENVER, Colo., January 23, 2009 — Atiz Innovation, Inc., the leader in content digitization, today unveiled its latest book scanning solution, BookDrive Pro, at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Designed to address the growing movement to digitize books, BookDrive Pro’s affordable price point lowers the barrier of entry for many schools and libraries.
Priced more competitively than other book scanners, BookDrive Pro is a powerful, cost-effective book digitization solution. By combining digital SLR cameras with a unique v-shaped book cradle, BookDrive Pro is gentle on books and eliminates curvature problems to produce high-resolution scans at up to 700 pages an hour. Featuring a user-friendly, ergonomic design; automatic center positioning to ensure consistent borders and lessen manual intervention; a double security locking mechanism; distortion-eliminating even light distribution and standard auto capture to simplify the whole process, BookDrive Pro is positioned to become the scanner of choice for libraries looking to digitize their collections.
The creation of digital libraries is becoming a top priority for the library sector. Making information readily accessible and preserving and protecting it for generations to come is a considerable undertaking, as only a fraction of the written materials produced over the history of time exists digitally. As one of the key players in the book scanning industry, Atiz has helped hundreds of libraries worldwide scan millions of books. With approximately 500 BookDrive units in place worldwide, Atiz anticipates this number to double in 2009.
“We’ve worked first hand with numerous library decision makers who are passionately committed to digitizing their unique collections,” noted Nick Warnock, president of Atiz. “It is so rewarding to enable them with an affordable and accurate book scanner that allows them to be in control of building their own digital library that truly addresses the community they serve.”
Atiz’s innovative approach utilizes high performance SLR cameras as capture devices, making BookDrive Pro the best value proposition in the industry, as it will never become obsolete. “When new, improved camera models become available, users need only to replace their cameras – not the entire scanning system as is the case with other offerings,” explained Warnock.
In addition to book spine damage and low productivity, conventional or overhead scanners also produce curved page images and rely on software to correct resultant curvature problems. This approach has proven to produce poor, often unreliable results. Atiz has taken a different approach, and BookDrive Pro eliminates the need for page curvature correction, making it faster and less expensive than other offerings. The combination of a v-shaped book cradle and transparent platen which sets the book in an angled position for scanning by high-speed, high resolution digital SLR cameras is a unique design that guarantees sharp, flat-looking pages in every scan.
Atiz worked closely with its library customers and incorporated their feedback into the new BookDrive Pro. BookDrive Pro has been designed to be a greatly enhanced version of the previous model – BookDrive DIY. According to Warnock, “Every known issue or weakness in BookDrive DIY has been addressed and corrected in BookDrive Pro – making it our best, most powerful scanner ever.”
Concurrent with the launch of BookDrive Pro, Atiz is offering optional installation and consulting services to assist in digitization initiatives and ensure smooth integration with library resources.
Please visit www.atiz.com to learn more about BookDrive Pro.
About Atiz Innovation, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Atiz is a privately held company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. In support of the global effort to create a universal library of all human knowledge, Atiz is focused on providing digital solutions to capture books and other documents, preserving them for generations to come. After intense research and development, Atiz successfully developed its first revolutionary product, the initial iteration of BookDrive.
Atiz has a strong market presence in the education, library and government sectors, with customers ranging from UCLA, Conjuring Arts Museum (NY), Hampden County Deed Registry in Mass., Los Angeles Public Library and Miami University of Ohio to name a few.
Please visit www.atiz.com for more information.
BookDrive Pro solves all problems found in book scanners. Problems of
conventional scanners are page curvature, damage to book spine and low
BookDrive uses a different approach called a V-shaped solution. The
combination of V-shaped book cradle and V-shaped glass holds the book
open at a non-stressful 120-degree angle for scanning by hi-speed, hi-resolution digital
This unique design guarantees sharp, curvature-free images in every scan.
Our V-shaped solution is helping hundreds of libraries
worldwide scan millions of books. This information page
tells what sets BookDrive apart from the competition.
Visit BookDrive Pro for more info.
We’re always looking for opportunities to improve the delivery of relevant and interesting content on Atiz.com. We are now posted stories of customers in Thailand in our website. It is in Thai.
The link is at http://www.atiz.com/customer-stories/
In the next week or so, we’ll be doing stories of customer around the world.
Atiz is participating in the 2009 ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter Meeting in Denver from Jan 23–28, 2009.
The exhibits will be held Jan 23–26, 2009 at the Colorado Convention Center, located at 700 14th Street. The Exhibits Opening Ribbon-Cutting will be held Friday, January 23, at 5:15 pm preceeding the All-Conference Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor.
Meet us at booth 508 to see the demo of some new products from Atiz.
We want to be cool so we have just implemented the Facebook Connect on Atiz community. Kidding aside, starting today you can now comments on the Atiz blog with your facebook account. And soon you will also use it on the forum section. Let us know if you need anything else.
We are also twittering! Follow us on http://twitter.com/atiz to quickly receive all our announcements and latest in digitization.
You may use Twitter also to contact us: just start a tweet with @atiz and we will read it.
The University of Alabama; founded in 1831, UA is a senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution dedicated to advancing intellectual and social conditions through quality programs of teaching, research, and service.
University of Alabama purchases BookDrive DIY Model B for scanning initiative.
Ball State University, a Midwestern university located in Muncie, Indiana, USA acquires BookDrive Model B for scanning project.
Click here for more info about BookDrive DIY