How to correct perspective of document photos captured by a mobile phone camera

Documents taken by a mobile phone camera often have perspective distortions:

Documents taken by a mobile phone camera often have perspective distortions

Perspective Pilot, with its “Perspective correcton on reference lines” tool will help you to correct the photographed document. Open the image in the program. Select “Perspective correcton on refernce lines” tool from the Tools panel.

Perspective correcton on refernce lines

To achieve better results, apply this tool several times.

1. Draw a line along a text string in the middle of the document. After you release the mouse button, the program will rotate the image accordingly:

Correct perspective in the document photo, step 1

2. Now, specify the border line of the left edge of the paper:

Correct perspective in the document photo, step 2

3. Specify the border line of the top edge of the paper:

Correct perspective in the document photo, step 3

4. Specify the border line of the bottom edge of the paper:

Correct perspective in the document photo, step 4

The perspective distortion is corrected. Before and after:

Correct perspective in the document photo, step 4

 

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Virtual Printer Driver – printing from “Google Chrome” and “Microsoft Edge”

If you print a HTML, TXT or PDF document from Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers to Virtual Printer Driver, the resulting file will not contain text. Instead, the text will be displayed as graphic. Therefore, you cannot search through the resulting document, and if you print to a text file, the resulting .txt file will be empty.

However, FireFox browser will print the content of your file as text. This can help you solve the printing problem.

How to fix distorted floor plan with Perspective Pilot

If your profession is somehow related to real estate floor plans, our software Perspective Pilot might help you a lot. In particular if you use to make photos of floor plans. Architectural drawings that are photographed usually come with distortion:

Photographed floor plans usually come with distortion

Perspective Pilot, with its “Four-points perspective correction” tool will help you to correct the floor plan. Open the image in the program. Select “Four-points perspective correction” tool from the Tools panel and point the four corners of the largest distorted rectangle in the image:

Photographed floor plans usually come with distortion

Click the “Apply” button. Result:

Photographed floor plans usually come with distortion

 

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How to change orientation of a JPG image without rotating it?

Sometimes we need to change orientation of a JPG image. One simple way is just to rotate it in an image editor. However, in this process your JPG image needs to be re-encoded. As a result, your image losses quality.

The other way to change orientation is to change EXIF metadata of a photo. In this process, no re-encoding is required.
 

How edit orientation meta tag in Exif Pilot:

1. Open Exif Pilot.

2. Browse to select your JPG image.

3. Select the “Exif” tab, go to the “Image” section and find “Orientation”:

How to change orientation of a JPG image in Exif Pilot

4. Double-click on “Orientation”. In the opened window, select one of the options:

How to change orientation of a JPG image in Exif Pilot

5. Click OK.

You’ve managed it to rotate JPG without loosing quality.
 

Example from our user:

Making Panorama stitch
 
“Just wanted to say thank you for creating Exif Pilot. I was trying to do a pano stitch and 1 NEF image was showing as oriented the wrong way. This meant that Capture One could not create the pano at all. Exif Pilot fixed it and the pano works great.”

Bill Boswell
 
 
 

Exif Pilot lets you edit about 7600 different image meta tags. With Exif Pilot & Batch Editing Plug-in, you can change orientation of a JPG image or edit any other meta tag in a batch mode. More about Exif Pilot…

Restore Damaged Photos in minutes

Retouch Pilot costs now 29.95 EUR only! (Old price – 39.95 EUR)

With Retouch Pilot, you can restore damaged photos in minutes, without having any complex knowledge or skills. Here is our “before” and “after” example:

Restore damaged photos - before and after

It took us about 5 minutes to restore the damaged photo above. It was repaired using the two tools: “Scratch Eraser” and “Smart Patch”:

Restoring damaged photo in Retouch Pilot

Retouch Pilot will show you how to repair photo: just click menu – Demonstration and select an example from the list:

How to start demo examples in Retouch Pilot

See the selected live example and try yourself!

For more information, visit the program page: Retouch Pilot…

How to assign your own sounds to your PC keyboard

If you want to add sounds to your computer keyboard, you can use our software Sound Pilot. The program includes a set of sound schemes that you can change according to your mood. Just right-click the program icon and select “Sound Schemes” from the popup menu:

How to choose sound schemes

Be creative and make your own keyboard sounds

However, you can create your own sound scheme using your own sounds. For this purpose, you need:

  • Sounds in .WAV format;
  • Simple text description file that tells Sound Pilot to which keys should your sounds correspond.

Collect your own sounds

There are many possibilities to collect sound effects. If you are good in recording, you can record voice or use electronic piano and other music instruments for creating sound effects.

Alternatively, you can use free sound archives to collect sounds. For example: freesfx.co.uk or freesound.org.

Then you should eventually edit the downloaded sounds (for example, to get the appropriate length) and save them as .wav. You will need an audio editor program, for example Audacity which is completely free.
 

Assign your sounds to your Keyboard

Now, you should tell Sound Pilot to which keys should your sounds correspond. Sound Pilot has already a text template file that you can use as a base for your own sound scheme. For further information, please visit our page: How to create sound schemes for Sound Pilot.
 

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OrgPilot – manage all your texts in one place!

With our new program OrgPilot, you can manage all your texts in one place. It lets you keep your templates, lists, technical documentation, etc. within touch. You can easily search and retrieve your texts.

OrgPilot applying area

For whom can OrgPilot be useful?

  • For technical support department in each company, preferably company of a small or middle size, also for translation centers or for an individual translator to create dictionary or phrases translations, for accountants to easily store and fast retrieve their templates, invoices etc.
  • For managers that have a lot of accounts, logins or passwords.
  • For programmers that want to create their technical documents and to reduce the number of HTML codes for example written by hand every time.
  • For individuals, readers, book lovers, scientists that want to enumerate all the books that they have in their home libraries and maybe to add their description to them!
     

For more infomation, visit the program page:

Perspective Pilot: Four-point perspective correction tool

Users of Pespective Pilot can benefit from the new tool that we added in the last version.

The four-point perspective correction tool lets you correct perspective if your photo shows a rectangular object in perspective. Just select the tool and point the four corners of the object that should be rectangular:

Perspective Correction Tool

Then click the “Apply” button. Result:

Perspective Correction Result

If you mistakenly set a point in a wrong place, just click it again to remove it.

To see life how this tool works, start Perspective Pilot and run the demo example from the Demonstration menu (“Tile”).

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We changed to a new design!

We are excited to announce that we have changed to a new design! We didn’t transfer all the pages yet. If you miss any page or any other link, please contact us thus we can help you.

Virtual Printer Driver – Embedded fonts issues

At the moment, there are two problems with embedded fonts:

Subsetting problem:

Most fonts are too large if they were to be entirely embedded in an output PDF file. The so-called subsetting technique allows one to make files much smaller. By subsetting, only required characters are embedded (only several glyphs instead of the full set of glyphs). Since this process is not standardized, there could be unexpected problems. For example, the POST table (that links each glyph ID to a unicode value for further creation of PDF) could be empty.

Delta font problem:

– There are three types of embedded fonts in EMF files:

– Engine font – is a normal TrueType font that could be packed via dttf table. There are no problems with such fonts.

– Subset font – is a subfont of TrueType. This font could be also packed via dttf table and there are no problems with such fonts as well.

Delta font – this is a part of a TrueType subfont. Such a font contains a set of glyphs and this font has no name. Although Microsoft writes in its documentation that this font must be combined with a subset font used previously, it doesn’t explain how to find this subset font. The solution we found at the moment requires too much RAM.

We are aware of these problems and are going to solve them, but we are not sure how long it will take us.