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Freeware Prog. to copy text to Word2000

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  1. Gary R

    Gary R Thread Starter

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    Looking for a (easy to use, hopefully) program where I can scan text such a letter, or something from a magazine to Word2000 or WordPad and save it as a .doc (or .txt) file.


    Scanner is a CanoScan N670U (Using USB)
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    You need an OCR application (Optical Character Recognition)

    SimpleOCR is the best I know of.

    http://www.simpleocr.com/

    Be aware that this method is less than perfect though, with any OCR software and scanner you could actually afford. Unless the input document has good sized clean clear text, many errors in translation occur.
     
  3. Gary R

    Gary R Thread Starter

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    I have the "OmniPage 9.0" OCR Reader program that came on the CD with the scanner long ago, but was never able to figure out how the darn thing worked where I could make anything look decent :mad: , so gave up.
    Wouldn't need a program for pictures, just text to computer as a .txt. or doc file to save or print.
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    It is likely that the supplied Omnipage application could be as good as you will get.

    When you think about what it has to do (try and "recognise" text in what is essentially a photographic image) then you will see that its far from an exact science. Usually its quicker to type it in unless the original is crisp, clean and largish font.

    Commercial users that depend on it normally use a drum scanner and expensive software. Think US$50,000 to kit out for it.
     
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    I have found FineReader to be the easiest and best one to use.
     
  6. buck52

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    If you don't need to edit it why not just scan it as if it were an image and save it or print it?

    buck
     
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