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I have a couple scanning software packages - VueScan and HP's scanning software. Can I use either to do an OCR of a number of pre-scanned jpg's?

An old & fragile book was scanned some time ago, and can't be tortured again. I'd like to save the typing and do an OCR of these files.

Is there some trick to it that I am not seeing, or is it not possible. I'll do it by hand if it comes down to that.

TIA
 

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You need OmniPage Pro or something like that to do decent OCR scanning.
 

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OmniPage was a good package. I have dumped several low-cost OCR programs because they simply fail to work as promised. I would have been better off typing it in from scratch.
 

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What is the book? Have you checked Project Gutenberg? Maybe it's already there.

Find a really fast typist, buy her dinner...............

Margaret


It is 'Shores of the Polar Sea' by Edward L Moss. It's not at Gutenberg, but is at various universities available as micro-fiche to students and staff only. There is an earlier book along the same lines at Gutenberg, by Franklin.

It is in Library & Archives Canada, but apparently (on a quick search) not available for download.

I was hoping some of the scanner software would be able to do an OCR re-scan of the files, but I suppose not. I'll continue typing now and see how that goes.
 

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There's no reason why you can't OCR a clean scan in JPEG format!

The OS X version of OmniPage Pro sucks big time, is not being developed, and is extremely overpriced.

But, there is a good, reasonably priced OS X OCR package called ReadIris available, for about $130 CDN.

http://www.irislink.com.

Even if you can't find a Mac solution that suits you, there's no reason to retype anything - just get someone with a good PC OCR package to do it for you.
 

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True, he might be able to get a good OCR scan, but then when you live in Alert, typing a book might be better than whatever else there is going on. You can't just go out for a beer or call up some friends and go golfing.

But what do I know, Margaret
Sure you can. As long as the bar is open, you have dayglo orange golf balls, and there's no soft snow!

I have been typing it out by hand so far. It is an interesting read. I want my version to be complete with pictures & plates. Lots of little graphic frills throughout the book.

And yes Margaret, I'd definitely buy you dinner if you typed it out for me - your choice of where to dine, of course!
 

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Sure you can. As long as the bar is open, you have dayglo orange golf balls, and there's no soft snow!

I have been typing it out by hand so far. It is an interesting read. I want my version to be complete with pictures & plates. Lots of little graphic frills throughout the book.

And yes Margaret, I'd definitely buy you dinner if you typed it out for me - your choice of where to dine, of course!
There's a nice restaurant in Paris that I've been wanting to visit..........

Margaret
 

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Gerbill: I had terrible results with ReadIris. I had a sheet of fairly regular type and got recognition of perhaps 20% of it. The scans were done on a high-end machine.
 

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Gerbill: I had terrible results with ReadIris. I had a sheet of fairly regular type and got recognition of perhaps 20% of it. The scans were done on a high-end machine.
My results are generally a lot better. If the original document is clear, OCR accuracy is nearly perfect - just the occasional minor glitch. ReadIris Pro 11.5.6 and an Epson Perfection V350 scanner, eMac 1 GHz, OS X 10.4.9.

Before I got ReadIris I was using a weird work-around. The PC version of OmniPage that came with my old Canon scanner worked quite well, so I installed it in Windows 2000 Pro within Virtual PC. It worked a whole lot better than the lame OS 9 Mac version that came with the same scanner.
 
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