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November 23

Philadelphia OS/2 Mtg: Wed, Nov 28th


The Philadelphia OS/2 User Group invites all interested computer users to attend the November monthly meeting:

. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2001 7:00 - 10:00 PM
. The Episcopal Academy, 376 N. Latches Lane, Merion, PA

. -- Manipulating & Organizing Scanned Material --

During the past year or two, greatly reduced prices for scanners have made them most affordable. And consequently, scanners have become very popular products in the small business and consumer markets, for OS/2 as well as Windows platforms.

In the last 5 years, Philadelphia OS/2 UG member Vadim Kavalerov has scanned tens of thousands of pages, exclusively on OS/2. He has accumulated several applications proved useful for different aspects of scanning, preprocessing and organizing images, mostly black-and-white text documents.

At the November meeting, Vadim will demonstrate the following applications using an HP6350 color scanner:

CopyShop: An easy-to-use control panel for a scanner, printer, and fax software (FaxWorks).

Applause: A very fast viewer.

ReView: A document manager with built-in document database. It's most valuable in editing large multi-page documents.

JView: An amazing shareware image editing software that has a powerful REXX API that lets you write simple programs for automating routine repetitive tasks.

ColorWorks: A heavy-weight image processor, mostly useful for advanced tasks on color images.

BatchOCR: Can convert hundreds of pages of scanned text into text documents completely automatically that is useful for storing them into a database.

Some of the above applications, despite being useful and of good quality, have been abandoned by their publishers. STI is one of the few remaining strongholds of OS/2 scanning software. Visit STI's website to view their products:

Larry Lavins will also discuss the use of PMSANE/SANE for use with his UMAX Astra 1220S SCSI scanner.

Other agenda items, as time permits, include U/G business items, OS/2 news, Q&A session, new releases and raffles. The usual free refreshments will also be available.

Mark the date and time: Wednesday, November 28th, at 7:00pm. OS/2 meetings are open and free for OS/2 users, their guests and others interested in learning about OS/2 and associated technologies. We have a very full agenda, so also please try to be on time promptly by 7:00pm.

OS/2 meetings are open and free for OS/2 users, their guests and others interested in learning about OS/2 and associated technologies.


Further information, directions to Episcopal Academy, and other useful information about the OS/2 U/G activities may be found on our web site at, or contact U/G Leader Larry Lavins:, or phone (215) 878-9609. - - Larry Lavins Leader, Philadelphia OS/2 User Group

November 13

SCOUG Meeting Nov. 17

The next meeting of the Southern California OS/2 User Group (SCOUG) will be this Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 9:00 AM PST, at Regal Lanes in Orange, 1485 N. Tustin Ave.

Jerry Rash Plays the Shell Game

Our own Mr. Multimedia has yet another avocation. He collects GUI shells. This month Jerry is going to show us what he's found. If you are already growing tired of the eComStation eye-candy shell or the bland Warp 4 shell, he's going to show you that you have more choices than you know.

Check the SCOUG web site ( for further updates. You'll always find the latest news and articles of interest to OS/2 users there.

OS/2 Help Desk and Networking SIG, December 2nd, 2 PM PST, Chapman University in Orange:

Need help?

What should you do when an installation doesn't go right, or you can't get something to work the way it should?

First, ask for help on SCOUG-Help, our mailing list to help each other over the bumps we all encounter. Instructions for signing up are at

If it's Wednesday evening, join in on the Help Desk chat and see what ideas others might have about your problem. It's at 7 PM PST; info about chats are at

Should you still be in need, take your problem - and your system - to the in-person OS/2 Help Desk that's held once a month.

While you're at the in-person Help Desk, you ought to find out what the Networking SIG is doing. If networking isn't part of your current strategy, it will be eventually. The SIG meets at the same time and place, and pursues issues related to network configurations and problem solutions.

How to get to Regal Lanes:

From the 55 freeway, exit Katella Ave. heading west. Turn right (north) at the first major intersection onto Tustin Ave. At the next signal you'll find Regal Lanes on your right. It's across from the Toyota of Orange dealership.

There's lots of parking on the south side of the building. Enter from the east entrance of the building (farthest from Tustin Ave.), not the main (front) entrance to the facility. Take the stairs to the 2nd floor; meeting rooms (and restrooms) will be on your left.

Handicapped access is via an elevator by the front door.

OR: Go to; there is a map to Regal Lanes, plus a more detailed map & driving directions from Yahoo!

How to get to Chapman University:

There are two ways to get directions:
1) Go to
2) Go to and enter the address 400 N. Center Street, Orange, CA.

You can park in any of the University lots for free on Sundays, but if you part on the street, watch the signs carefully or else risk getting a parking ticket.

Come to Hashinger Hall Science Building, room 203. It's on the second floor and there's an elevator for you to bring up your equipment.

Come and join us!

November 02

VOICE meeting Monday 11/5/2001

On Monday, November 5th, we will have a VOICE meeting on IRC at 8PM EST (01:00 GMT). Everyone is invited. All you need to attend is some time and an IRC client, as all our meetings take place on the internet. No travel required. :-)

The main topic for this meeting will be on VOICE Speakup events. Who should we invite next? What topics would people like to see covered? We'd like to hear your suggestions.

So please join us in the #voice channel on the WEBBnet IRC network. For more on VOICE meetings and IRC clients please see the VOICE Meeting Information page -

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