From scanning to text ?

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  1. FOS macrumors newbie

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    Is ther a program that allow you to make a scanned dokument and make it into a word document.??

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    FOS

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  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Yep, the process is called OCR.

    Optical Character Recognition... and it will scan text and convert it to editable text. There are quite a few programs out there that will do this including Acrobat.
     
  3. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

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    And if Acrobat isn't good enough for you, there's another one called ReadIris. And, like Blue Velvet wrote above, loads more. :)
     
  4. FOS thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks

    I am glad that you would use some of you long night to help me
    and the same with the sniffer thanks !!

    sincerely
    FOS:)
     
  5. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

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    If my biochem books weren't 120398 pages, I'd probably scan them in myself, as having them all on my laptop would save a bundle. I could scan them all, return them and get my money back. BWAHAHAHAHA *evil smirk*

    Seriously though, books for college students from ANY source are rediculously overpriced. $200 for a new biochem book?

    I wonder if you can pay people to scan a book for you......
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    They probably have a print run in the low thousands and would doubtless involve a great deal of highly-specialised authoring, editing and proof-reading.

    All of that costs a fortune. It's not like producing a mass-market hardback like Harry Potter or something...
     
  7. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Sorry for the noob question,

    Is acrobat free?
    How would you go about this process of getting it to word?

    Thanks!

    **I'm looking for a way to put my English exam review sheet into word so I can type on it. Any tips on how to accomplish this would be great!
     
  8. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    I was checking out the Read Iris website. I filled in the information to receive the trial download, but never received the email. For anyone who has done this, is it an immediate email, or will it take a day or two to receive the email?


    If anyone could also help me with my above post, I'd appreciate it. (I realize I haven't given that much time for anyone to answer)
     
  9. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Sorry to keep bothering everyone...

    I was successful in getting the trial download email, but it downloaded the Windows version. If I'm on the Mac version of the program and click the try it seems to keep giving me the Windows download. Am I missing anything, or do they not offer a Mac trial?

    [EDIT] Found the Mac version, don't know what I was doing

    [EDIT #2] I downloaded and installed Read Iris 11 and it was still not perfect, so any tips you have with the program or any other solutions would be appreciated!
     
  10. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    bump...

    Can anyone offer any help?

    Much appreciated!
     
  11. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    None of the OCR apps are perfect.
    what exactly is the problem you're having with ReadIris?

    Acrobat isn't free.

    I'm surprised the scanner didn't come with OCR software (although it'd probably be PC only) - what brand is it?
     
  12. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    It's an HP PSC 1610 and it came with ReadIris 9. My problem is that it ReadIris will read the document and then put it into word in Plan Text font, one size and straight down the page with no formatting
     
  13. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    kids these days.. :rolleyes:
    why, back in my day you'd be lucky to get that much. It it guessed three words in a row correctly, it was cause for celebration.

    Have you tried the FAQ and the user guides for ReadIris to see if it's capable of doing what you want? If it is, I doubt very much it'll be cheap.
     

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