BookDrive DIY

Technical Specifications

Software Features


  • Supports uncompressed RAW format
  • Change camera settings with just a click
  • Timed lapse capture for scanning without pushing a button
  • Scan left and right pages at the same time to increase productivity
  • Easily insert missing pages or replace bad shots anywhere without worrying about filenames
  • Indicator tells the status of your camera battery status and settings


  • Batch processing
  • Multi-book and multi-chapter operation
  • Comes with recommended settings to help beginners get up and running in no time
  • Book profiling for frequent book types
  • Background removal
  • Adaptive Local Thresholding for B&W conversion

Software Requirements

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP with Service Pack 3 or later
  • BookDrive Capture version 5 is single PC only
  • CPU 1GHz or higher
  • RAM 512MB minimum (2GB is highly recommended)
  • 10GB available disk space
  • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor

What's in Base Package

  • The platform
  • Adjustable camera mount x 2
  • V-shaped book cradle
  • V-shaped transparent platen
  • Lighting set (fluorescent bulbs)
  • Glare-prevention shade
  • USB hub
  • USB line x 2
  • Cross link line
  • Software Installation CD
    1. - 1 USB dongle of BookDrive Capture
    2. - 1 USB dongle of BookDrive Editor Pro
  • Printed and electronic documentation

What's in Complete Package

  • Everything in Base Package
  • Camera set
    1. - 2 x Canon EOS 1000D cameras
    2. - 2 x Canon EF35MM F2.0 Lenses
    3. - 2 x AC Adapters (ACK-E5)

Compatible cameras and lenses

Cameras Scanning A4 to A3 Scanning A3 to A2
Cameras with 1.6x field of view crop
  • Canon EOS 1100D (T3)
  • Canon EOS 1000D (XS)
  • Canon EOS 600D (T3i)
  • Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i)
  • Canon EOS 500D (T1i)
  • Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi)
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon EOS 7D

(e.g. EF50MM F/1.8 ll)


(e.g. EF35MM F/2.0)

Full frames cameras
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1D X

(e.g. EF85MM F/1.8 ll)


(e.g. EF50MM F/1.8 ll)


  • Height: 60 inches (152 cm)
  • Width: 34 inches (86 cm)
  • Depth: 21 inches (53 cm)
  • Weight: 77 lbs (35 kg)

Scanning area

Scanning area

Maximum scanning area:

15.7 x 23.2 inches (40 x 59 cm)

Maximum book thickness:

9 cm


  • Box 1 (accessories) :
    1. 38 x 28 x 10 inches, 59.5 lbs (27 kg)
  • Box 2 (base and cradle) :
    1. 38 x 28 x 16.5 inches, 55 lbs (25 kg)
  • Box 3 (optional, cameras) :
    1. 6.5 x 12 x 12 inches, 15 lbs (7 kg)

FAQs - Technical

  • What software is included in the package?

    Every BookDrive comes with 1 license of BookDrive Capture and 1 license of BookDrive Editor Pro software.

  • Is there an OCR function or OCR software included?

    No, it is not. We do not bundle OCR software because there are many great OCR software in the market to choose from. Each customer prefers different brand and may require different language so we let the users do the choosing instead.

    The output from BookDrive will work great with all OCR programs in the market such as ABBYY FineReader and Nuance OmniPage.

  • Windows only? Does it work on a Mac?

    Atiz software works on Windows only (7 32-bit and 64-bit, Vista and XP). Mac and Linux OS are not supported. You can however use Mac hardware (e.g. Mac mini, etc.) to install Windows through Bootcamp and run Atiz software on it.

  • What is the DPI of my image?

    In the context of scanning, DPI or PPI is the pixel density of an image or specifically "by how many PIXELS PER INCH is my document being recorded?".

    To calculate for the DPI (pixel density) of your document being photographed by a camera, divide the number of pixels in length and width by the document length and width in inches.

    For example, if you use a Canon 5D Mark II cameras (5616 x 3744 pixels) to scan an A4 paper (11.69" x 8.27") equals:
    = 5616 / 11.69 and 3744 / 8.27
    = 480.41 and 452.72

    So the true DPI of this scanned image is 452 DPI (use the lower number).

    For convenience, you can use our DPI calculator here:

  • What kind of maintenance is required?

    Maintenance is very low. BookDrive is a steel platform with software and minimal electronics (except the easily replaceable Canon cameras). Few moving parts so the chance of the steel platform to break is slim. The only major maintenance required is cleaning dusts off the glass.

  • What is the lead time? How long from order to delivery?

    We usually have the goods in stock and ready to ship within 3 days after receipt of payment. Air freight takes 3-5 days to arrive to city of destination. For large quantity and more precise schedule, let's discuss.

The Evolution of Scanners

We've come a long way from flatbed and planetary scanners.

Thanks to advances in digital cameras, today the v-shaped book scanners from Atiz are empowering libraries around the world to scan millions of books.

Flatbed scanner
Planetary scanner
V-shaped book scanner
Book placement     
Face down on 180° plane
Face up on 180° plane
Face up on V cradle
Image capture tech     
Linear sensor captures
one line at a time
1 sensor captures
spread pages
2 sensors individually capture a true
left page and a true right page
Book centering     
Book must be correctly
positioned for every scan
Book binding creeps from left
to right as pages are turned
resulting in margin crawl
Book binding is centered
throughout scanning
Further handling not required
Stress on bindings
Fingers holding the
pages from flapping
V-glass gently
engages the pages
Capture method     
Manual capture
Button at every scan
Manual capture
Button or foot pedal every scan
Automatic capture
Timer and automatic sensor
Curved text lines
Mess near the binding
Curved text lines
Requires software fix
Straight text lines
Natively curvature-free

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Auto Capture Switch

Auto Capture Switch presses a scan
button for you so you don't have to.

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The differennces between BookDrive
DIY vs. BookDrive Pro.

BookDrive DIY vs. BookDrive Pro