You can pre-order stands now at the introductory price in our online store - we will greatly appreciate your early order since it will help us to estimate the demand and manufacture sufficient number of stands. The stands will be shipped in May and we will send you updates to give you a precise shipment date.
Current version of software 2.9.4 (release date 2013-05-15)
This software is free to use (see the license).
Fopydo is short for photo-copy documents and it is a two-part solution for using digital cameras for scanning loose sheets, notebooks, books and photographs. It consists of a portable copy stand and image processing software.
Our stand is designed to hold a camera device in a stable manner and in an optimal position with respect to the scanned item. This assures the quality and consistency of the scans as compared to freehand picture taking. As a result, our scanning software can easily process batches of documents quickly without the need for framing individual pictures one at a time.
The image processing software is designed to work with the stand, and this makes our solution more complete than other software available on the market.
We designed our stand on the premise that most users might be willing to trade a bit of quality and some professional features of other, big and expensive stands for affordability, simplicity, portability and ease of use.
First, we decided that there's no need for a dedicated camera since virtually everybody owns some kind of picture taking gadget that can produce pretty high quality images. Our stand will accommodate most smart phones, tablets and point & shoot cameras. As a result a single stand can be shared by many people - for instance, at a school or a library.
Then, we came up with the basic form for the stand that would allow scanning loose sheets of paper in the horizontal and vertical position, photographs, as well as books and notebooks. All this can be done while sitting comfortably at your desk. We looked at different materials and decided to use corrugated plastic as it offered proper strength and rigidity and allowed us to incorporate into the design hinges and adjustment slides without adding any additional components.
Finally, we decided to use a micro suction material to hold the camera in place – this works great as most cameras, smart phones and tablets have a smooth face that will adhere to the micro suction tape. Formed wire elements provide additional protection for the camera in case the holding power of the suction cups is not sufficient. We also added narrow strips of micro-suction tape to the scanning surface to keep photographs and other scanned items flat during scanning.
Our stand can be set up very quickly. It has a small foot print, so it won't occupy your entire desk. You'll get very nice results using just ambient light or regular office lighting. When not in use, it folds flat for storage and it will fit into a briefcase if you need to take it on the road.
The stand comes with an attachment to secure larger cameras and cell phones/tablets with covers. The attachment fits snugly on the folded stand. Larger cameras can be secured using a standard tripod bolt.
Fopydo software works on Macs and PCs. When images are captured using a smart phone, we are using apps to transfer images wirelessly (e.g. PhotoSync for iPhone). When images are captured using a digital camera, images may be transferred wirelessly using Eye-Fi card, but for larger jobs (like book scans) it is faster to use a card reader.
Fopydo software is versatile and can be used in many ways. Here are some examples:
It is important to mention that after using the Fopydo software to process images of documents, the resulting document is far more legible and occupies a fraction of the original disk space.