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How does the auto reverse work in the Kodak Picture Scanning Software?

 Kodak Picture Scanning Software (available only for Win OS) offers the feature of auto reversing scanned photos each time the scanning action stops. The auto reverse behavior is the default setting when installing, or reinstalling the Kodak Picture Scanning Software.

This characteristic can be useful as it rearranges scanned photos into an orientation that emulates the way a stack of pictures sits in the Kodak Picture Saver Scanner’s feed tray. Since the scanner’s gentle photo handling module pulls the photos from the bottom of a stack of pictures in the feed tray, this tool seeks to reorder the photos in a manner that emulates the original physical order of the stack scanned.

The one caveat to this feature producing proper results is to keep all the photographs in the correct order scanning must occur in one continuous batch. The reversal process deploys automatically when the scanner stops, and this feature is active. For any scan job with multiple batches the auto reverse feature can create some challenges if the operator is trying to keep digitized photos is the same order.

 

Figure 1. Consider scanning a single batch of 6 photos. They are organized with photo #1 on the top of the stack and photo #6 on the stack's bottom.

Figure 2. When placed into the Kodak Picture Saver Scanner's gentle handling module will softly direct the bottom photo first into the scanner. It then continues to pull photos from the bottom of the stack, directing them into the scanner.

Figure 3. As the scanning of this batch of 6 photos continues, the digitized images appear in the display in the order of them being scanned showing the photo at the bottom of the stack first and the one at the top of the stack last.

Figure 4. When the entire batch has been scanned and the scanner's motor stops, the auto reverse feature deploys and rearranges the scanned photos into an order that emulates the way the stack of pictures were placed into the scanner's feed tray.

Figure 5. Now, consider scanning the same group of photos, but in 2 batches of photos. Batch 1 contains 2 photos and Batch 2 contains the remaining 4. Again, they are organized with photo #1 on the top of the stack and photo #6 on the stack's bottom.

Figure 6.  When Batch 1 is placed into the Kodak Picture Saver Scanner's feed tray its gentle handling module will softly direct the bottom photo first into the scanner. It will then continue to pull next photo from the bottom of the stack, directing it into the scanner.

Figure 7. As the scanning of Batch 1 of 2 photos continues, the digitized images appear in the display in the order of them being scanned showing the photo at the bottom of the stack first and the one at the top of the stack last.

Figure 8. When the scanner stops following the complete scanning of Batch 1, the auto reverse feature deploys. This rearranges the scanned photos displaying the first photo scanned as image #1 and then image #2 (scanned last) to follow.

Figure 9. Now, the operator scans batch 2 comprised of the remaining four photos. When Batch 4 is placed into the Kodak Picture Saver Scanner's feed tray its gentle handling module will softly direct the bottom photo first into the scanner. It will then continue to pull remaining photos from the bottom of the stack, directing it into the scanner.

Figure 10. As Batch 2 of photos are digitized they appear in the order of scanning, while those from Batch 1 remain in their auto reversed position.

Figure 11. When scanning stops for Batch 2, the auto reverse feature once again deploys. However, it will only reverse those photos scanned in Batch 2 leaving Batch 1 as it was. The result can be an organization of scanned photos in an order that does not necessarily reflect the way the complete stack of photos was originally arranged. For scan jobs with multiple batches within the same job, this will be repeated each time the scanner stops and a new batch is scanned.

Alternative Options to Auto Reverse

Now, let's consider an alternative to the auto reverse feature that will allow photos scanned in multiple batches in the same scanning job. This option will keep photos displayed in the same order as they are scanned irregardless of the number of batches scanned. 

The Auto Reverse Config Editor applet developed by E-Z Photo Scan for the Kodak Picture Saver Scanner (Models PS50 & PS80) using the Kodak Picture Scanning Software. It offers an easy-to-use tool allowing the scanner operator to toggle the default auto reverse feature on and off. 

Figure 12. Let's consider scanning the same stack of photos as described in Figure 1. When placed into the Kodak Picture Saver Scanner's gentle handling module will softly direct the bottom photo first into the5scanner. It then continues to pull photos from the bottom of the stack, directing them into the scanner.

Figure 13. As the scanning of this batch of 6 photos continues, the digitized images appear in the display in the order of them being scanned showing the photo at the bottom of the stack first and the one at the top of the stack last. However, when the Auto Config Editor applet is set to turn off the default auto reverse feature of the Kodak Picture Scanning Software the photos DO NOT reverse their order. This same feature means when multiple batches are scanned they will remain displayed (and numbered) in the same order in which they were scanned. This eliminates any possibility of confusion in the order arrangement of the digitized photos.

 Learn more about the Auto Config Editor and download it here...

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