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June 26th, 2012, 06:27 PM
I plan to convert my old log that I have since 2000 over 200 dives into a electronic version, debating of using a professional document scanner to extract and organize the data like a professional document scanner like this one (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OATBEQ?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B001OATBEQ&linkCode=xm2&tag=2012cc-20)or should I just convert it to simple pdf format?
June 26th, 2012, 06:51 PM
I am not entirely sure that i understand what you are trying to do.
If your logbook is already fully typed out, it would still be tricky to import into an electronic database. Most likely your log book consists of form pages that you complete with a pen after each dive. that wont really "convert" into any electronic dive log database. as such Pdf is the way to go... Saving it for posterity.
June 26th, 2012, 06:59 PM
It is possible to scan a document and have information in fields (locations on the page) automatically entered into a database. However, it is probably more work than entering the information for 200 dives, especially if you want to verify that the scanned information is correct. Most electronic log books store your entries and allow you to use a drop-down menu to select from previous entries, such as locations, dive sites, equipment, etc.
June 26th, 2012, 07:08 PM
For 200 dives, I'd just type it all out in an Excel file and just update it as per couple of dives. It's not that much work. It'd take less than an hour or two, save you $300+ dollars, and likely be more accurate.
I just use an Excel file and my written notebook, and I don't really have any problems.