3. Scanner Settings
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3.1 Scanner Connection
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With the release of version 6.4, the most common scanner plugins are included in BCS-2. The plugins are provided “as it” and are not subject to bug fixing or support. They contain functions that are usually only available via scanner APIs, SDKs and DLLs and integrate them into the BCS-2 interface.

Included plugins:: 

In maintenance, reference device for new versions is currently the Bookeye-5 A2.

  • BCS-2 Plugin for Bookeye 5 V2 (32/64bit) 

Without maintenance, care and support

  • BCS-2 Plugin for Plustek OpticBook PT4800 – A4 (32/64bit) 
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Plustek OpticBook A300 – A3 (32-bit) 
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Canon EOS 550/650/70D (32/64bit) 
  • BCS-2 Plugin (32/64bit) for Bookeye 2 A2 
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Bookeye 3 A2 (32/64bit)  
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Bookeye 3 A1 (32/64bit) 
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Bookeye 4 V3 (32/64bit) 
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Bookeye 4 V2 (32/64bit)  
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Bookeye 4 SemiAutomatic (32/64bit) 
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Bookeye 4 V1 (32/64bit)  
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Widetek WT12 (32/64bit)  
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Widetek WT25 (32/64bit) 
  • BCS-2 Plugin for Microbox/book2net Single camera systems (K71/SDK/V1.33, 32/64bit))  
  • BCS-2 Plugin (32bit) for Konica/Minolta Mikrofilmscanner MS6000/MS7000 with USB port1
  • BV6-OP-TWA01: Connection scanner/multifunction devices via TWAIN (32bit)* 
 If you are planning to purchase new devices or models, we will provide you with a test version of BCS-2 for evaluation. 

 *All devices shipped with a certified TWAIN driver are compatible with BCS-2 Office and Professional.
For TWAIN drivers and utilities of the respective manufacturers we do not assume any warranty and do not provide any support!

3.2 Settings
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Use the “Scanner settings” tab to administrate and configure the scanners available for BCS-2 and their interactions with BCS-2.

BCS-2 Administrator

Selectable Scanners

Automatically select the last used scanner at startup: When started, BCS-2 directly addresses the last scanner used.

Show messages from scanner in history: BCS-2 displays scanner messages below the application window header.

Show Scanner-Selection in toolbar: Scanners connected to BCS-2 can be selected via the toolbar in the application. Before activating this function, make sure that both the connected scanners and the associated scanner plugins also technically support the functions behind the BCS-2 icons. This function is only necessary if you control several scanners via BCS-2.

automatically restore saved scanner settings on open: When starting or selecting a scanner, BCS-2 checks whether settings are saved for the corresponding scanner and loads them automatically.

Add Scanner to Selection: To add a scanner to the “Selectable scanners” list, select it in the “Available scanners” list and either use the arrow keys or double-click to accept it. Click on the double arrows to move all scanners to the “Available scanners” list or remove them from there.     

Register a scanner in BCS-2 and add it to the “Available Scanners” list

Scan2Net Scanners…: Opens the list of network scanners registered in BCS-2 with the associated administration functions.

The scanner list contains the following fields:

  • URL: IP address of the scanner
  • Name: Name of the scanner
  • Serial#: Scanner serial number
  • S2N Scanner-Type: Official scanner designation
  • Description: Optional description

Add Scan2Net Scanner: Opens the form to registrate new scanners.

Fill out the form:

  • IP-Adress or Hostname: IP address of the scanner
  • Name of Scanner: Name of the scanner
  • Description: Concise characterization of the scanner

By confirming the form by clicking on “OK”, BCS-2 registers the new scanner and lists it in the scanner management.

Edit/Check/Delete Scanner: To check, edit or delete a scanner, first select it in the overview list with a click.

Edit: Öffnet das Formular für die Scanner-Erfassung (s.o.) zur Bearbeitung der hinterlegten Daten.

Check Scanner: Tests the configuration and the connection of the respective scanner. When checking the scanner, BCS-2 adds additional scanner information such as serial number and series type to the overview list.

Delete: Removes the selected scanner from the list.

3.3 Image Access plugins (Bookeye, WideTek, etc.)
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ImageWare Components offers scanner plugins for various scanners from ImageAccess. The connection via a plugin allows the direct control of the scanner both by BCS-2 and by using scanner-specific features. For devices within a model series, e.g. Bookeye-4, the BCS-2 plugins are “backwards compatible” with the same firmware. Use the plugin to unlock additional scanner functions such as foot switches, buttons and scan panels. All scanner settings can also be edited directly via the BCS-2 user interface. The BCS-2 scanner plugin supports e.g. the following Bookeye features:

Start at the device: Triggering of the scans directly via the scanner.

Panel Usage: Setting up the scanner via the scanner panels or ScanPads:

  • Start of scan via foot switch
  • Buttons
  • Touch Panel
  • BCS-2 Application
  • Selection of DocModes (V mode, flat mode, auto mode)
  • Format Selection
  • Color Depth Selection
  • Selection Resolution
  • Controls and settings of all available scanner settings

Firmware Kompatibilität

No.Device GroupTypFirmwareBCS-2 Version
1Bookeye 4 (first generation)V2[5.80]6.2
2Bookeye 4 (from second generation)V2[6.88]6.2
3Bookeye 4V2[6.88]6.2
4Bookeye 4V1A[6.88]6.2
5Bookeye 5V3[7.02]6.2
6Bookeye 5V2[7.02]6.2
 The recommendations relate to the app support of the scanner, since BCS-2 interacts with the scanner using a different communication technology (http-get). If only start-on-device is to be supported, more recent firmware versions can also be loaded.

3.4 Access and adjust scanner settings
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In the standard toolbar interface, access the scanner-specific settings by pressing the gear button or via “Scanner Settings” in the “Scanning” menu:

BCS-2 displays all configuration options of the device as value fields, sliders or drop-down menus:

An arrow symbol is placed in front of the value fields and sliders. When hovering over the arrow with the mouse, BCS-2 displays information on the respective setting and the default value in a bubble help.

3.5 Initial Setup of a Bookeye-4 Scanner
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When initially setting up a Bookeye 4 scanner, consider the configurations below so that BCS-2 displays scans without error messages or image fractals.

Despeckle mode: This function is a post-processing function of the scanner to remove small dots on images. BCS-2 already applies this function to the image before the scan arrives in the application. We recommend working with a pure recording of the image, since all scanner features for image improvement are also available in BCS-2 as post-processing functions. So you always have control over the quality of your images.

File format: BCS-2 requires pure image formats when scanning or importing. We recommend the TIFF format because BCS-2 stores each image internally as an uncompressed TIFF. You create the desired final format when exporting or saving.

  • Do not select “JPEG” as the file format for the configuration! In black and white images, this configuration causes line patterns in the image background.
  • The manufacturer sets PDF as the “File Format” as the standard. In conjunction with BCS-2, however, this configuration leads to an error message that BCS-2 only displays when the scanner history is active. With no history, it seems like nothing happened even though the scan was triggered.

Document Size: ImageWare Components recommends the settings “Automatic detection” (auto format) or “maximum, landscape” (max format).

Start on Device: If the “Start on device” function should to be activated automatically after starting BCS-2, it must be activated under “Administration” >> “General settings” >> “Scan2Net Start on device”. Then this function is already configured under “Scan”.

Saving scanner settings:

  • Via the scanner’s own function in Scan2Net – login as power user via web browser, section “Reset & default values” – as shown in the picture here:
  • Or within BCS-2 via the “Scan” menu >> “Save scanner settings”: