No announcement yet.

Microsoft ICE

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Microsoft ICE

    Some scrollers occasionally scan patterns into their computers. I do, and I am often irritated when it comes to scanning a pattern that is too large for my A4 scanner. This is a common problem with patterns provided by Scroll Saw Workshop & Crafts magazine which has a pull-out that is almost the size of a bedsheet . Okay, so I'm exaggerating, but in the past I have had to fold the pattern sheet several times when scanning, then print each sheet out separately and manually join them together with clear tape. It is not an ideal solution.

    Today I came across a free program from Microsoft called ICE (Image Composite Editor) which takes individual pictures with overlapping elements and automatically stitches them together. It's super! It doesn't completely solve the problems because I'm still limited to A4 paper due to the size of my printer, but it means that elements of a pattern that are broken by the edge of a scanner can be repaired and printed off separately without the need for sticky tape.

    I hope this makes sense - it's probably much easier to use ICE than my post makes it appear.
    There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
    (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

  • #2
    Hey, great idea. Heres a video on how to use it for anyone wondering Microsoft ICE

    I'm multi-talented: I can talk and piss you off at the same time


    • #3
      That was a very informative video. Thanks guys for the tip and the video link. I've already installed it on my computer.
      "Still Montana Mike"

      "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
      Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


      • #4
        Thanks for the tip, I'd dare say that 99% of scanners and printers for home use are A4.
        Bob making sawdust in SW Louisiana
        with a EX-21


        • #5
          That is a super program. Thanks
          Pacifism is great, as long as everyone is participating.


          The Southern Arizona Woodturners Association
          Desert Woodcrafters
          Grandpa for the 7 most amazing children.


          Unconfigured Ad Widget


          Latest Topics


          • will8989
            Reply to Happy day
            by will8989
            Yesterday was amazing to see someone ring the bell after beating cancer. When we left we walked to our cars and had our arms around each others shoulders. I told her this was the best party I have ever been to. I found this message on my phone this morning “I am such a blessed woman. I was so excited....
            Today, 07:37 AM
          • evilbadger
            Reply to Marc Tovar's MLT-13
            by evilbadger

            I don't remember which one I used but I think it was somewhere around #12 which is .029 diameter. Anything between 12 and 19 will work you would just adjust your slot width. There is a pattern for bending it to shape do you have that?
            Today, 05:12 AM
          • hotshot
            Reply to Old wooden plates.
            by hotshot
            Very Nice cuttings. I think my favorite is the train.
            Yesterday, 09:22 PM
          • Eugene Downes
            Old wooden plates.
            by Eugene Downes
            Over the years I've found that cutting old wooden plates can be very rewarding. Most of them are very good wood and when you finish your cut out the plate already has a nice finish on it.. I normally buy mine at yard sales or Good Will whenever I can find them....
            Yesterday, 06:45 PM
          • Eugene Downes
            Reply to Squaring scroll saw
            by Eugene Downes
            I've found in the past that you can find some very nice wood from old wooden plates. When you finish your cut out the wood already has a nice finish. I am only adding a picture of 6 but I have done many of these....
            Yesterday, 05:53 PM