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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by gotcha, Mar 30, 2003.

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  1. gotcha

    gotcha Thread Starter

    Oct 13, 2002
    Hi again to all you lovely people!
    I would like to know what DPI I should use when scanning text into my computer, also if you are in a good mood can you tell me which is the best program to scan text into so that I could print it or Email it at a later date. I have Windows word should I put it into that then save it?
    Anyway I am holding my breath for an answer!
    Bye. Norman
  2. brushmaster1


    Jun 15, 2002
  3. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    If you scan text you end up with a picture of a page of text. Word can’t do anything with it other than show the picture of the page.

    If you want normal text you have to take it through optical character recognition (OCR) software. Most scanners come with OCR software and have various ways of scanning with it.

    You normally scan text in lineart or B&W instead of grayscale. OCR software usually requires that and the text looks sharper. If you just want to print it and not run it through the OCR then you normally scan at a higher PPI than you would use for a photo to remove the jaggies (anti-alias). I use 600PPI. My OCR also accepts 600PPI but some require a lower setting.

    If you are printing directly from the scanned image look for “threshold” in the help file. If your scanner has a threshold control it cleans the page up nicely for printing.
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