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HP 55 Manuals
Message #1 Posted by on 15 Sept 2004, 7:19 a.m.

Hi There,

You won't beleive it, I just purchased a brand new complete in box 55. It's absolutely mint, flawless, ... it would be the best item of my collection if I did not get in addition a 29C in exactly the same condition !

Now I would like to share, as it includes a French QRG and a maths library that does not exist in te MoHPC catalogue.

The thing is I'm not wel equipped to scan these and I don't have the time to do so. Can anyone give me some hints and tips to do so ?

Re: HP 55 Manuals
Message #2 Posted by Bram on 15 Sept 2004, 2:32 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by

I think I know your feelings about this. I've got a Dutch 20S manual myself. It's not in the museum, so I'd like to scan and pdf it. But indeed, it'll take a lot of time, so you'll have to kind of like it to do.
If it is a spiral bound book, it's rather easy: you just "throw" it on the scanner, and scan and save it with seq. numbers (HP55-001.jpg etc.). When the whole book has been scanned, include everything into a word document and print the lot to a pdf file.
You could spread the task by scanning only a few pages per day or week, but I prefer to do everything in one go for constant quality.
If you like you can see some examples of what I already have scanned, on my HP site.

Re: HP 55 Manuals
Message #3 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 15 Sept 2004, 2:59 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by

Hi, folks;

I scanned some manuals and as part of my own current activity (teaching), scanning and refining images is something I actualy do wihtout complain. It is a lot time cosumming, mostly when your scanner is slow and the images are too large that your computer sometimes need to breath, but final result is mostly rewarding (can I use this word here?). I'd like to offer myself to do that, but you know I'm in Brazil and distances must be taken into account. For now, except for the rush of dealing with three new subjects and having to research motre then the usual, I also have some pending activities related to some calculators from friends that are waiting for service resuming, so I'd need to find some spare time to scan the documents. Anyway, please contact me and if I can help with suggestions, I'd gladly do that.

BTW, I have the HP55 original Brazilian (Portuguese) manual and I'll scan it ASAP. It's not too big, but the fonts are small and they need to be enhanced (enlarged) while scanning, so I need to experiment a bit.


Luiz (Brazil)

Edited: 15 Sept 2004, 3:01 p.m.

Re: HP 55 Manuals
Message #4 Posted by Gordon Dyer on 15 Sept 2004, 5:21 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by

Hi, I have recently scanned my HP-45 manual in colour at 300dpi. The 31 double pages take 13.9MB of disk space and I have Acrobat so I can make a pdf. Let me know if you want a copy.

I will also volunteer to scan your HP-55 manual, but I must warn you that if it is a book ( like the HP-45 manual) and not spiral bound, then opening it flat for scanning will crease the binding and I would not want to do that to a mint manual.

email me to let me know if you would like to discuss it.
I live in England, UK.


Re: HP 55 Manuals
Message #5 Posted by Fred Lusk on 15 Sept 2004, 9:02 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by

If you can live with black/white, the best method I can think of is to use a photocopier that will scan directly to .pdf format. These are very common now. We have one in our office connected to the network. If I need a .pdf of something on paper, I use the copier and get an email in return. Because of this capability, I have only used the fax machine three times this year, and that's for a client who refuses to get download Acrobat Reader (he can't unzip files either).

If you want color, there may be color copiers that can do this, but I haven't seen one.

I hope this helps.


Re: HP 55 Manuals
Message #6 Posted by on 16 Sept 2004, 4:05 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Fred Lusk

Yes, the pdf copier might be a solution... we've just got one and it really is gorgeous !

But these manuals are mint and I'd hate to crack them... what a dilemna !

Another question : I have a 15C manual in Dutch that I began to scan for Dave but I stopped after ther 30th page : not only the weight of each page is too high (1MB, it wouldn't be nice to get rid of the colors), but it was slow abnd frankly speaking boring. I think I could easily take the spiral out and photocopy it in pdf, wut how to put the spiral back in there ?

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