Scanning to text

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by pianodude123, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. pianodude123 macrumors 6502a

    pianodude123

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    I have a bunch of legal documents that are currently printed normally on sheets of paper. Is there any software you know of for Mac which will take those scans and recognize letters and create text from them so I could put it in a word doc or a PDF?

    I.ve heard of the Fujitsu Scan-Snap, but im not willing to spend $700 on a brand new scanner.

    Is there software that I can use with my current scanner. If you dont know of any Mac apps, then windows apps are fine too, because I can use my thinkpad.
     
  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    what type of scanner do you have, some software that comes with scanners might do what you want
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Yes, sometimes the cheap/free OCR software is all you need.

    But legal documents tend to be a little more complex and include some formatting that'll cause problems for cheap OCR also.

    Might check Apple's site for a list of OCR software in their directory -- all I remember is that OmniPage had gotten old and hairy with limited scanner support.

    guide.apple.com
     
  4. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    Here is the previous version of the Fujitsu ScanSnap for only $350.82... http://www.techonweb.com/products/productdetail.aspx?id=C04489

    I bought one from Tech On The Web a year ago and totally love the thing!
     
  5. Analog Kid macrumors 68040

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    Adobe Acrobat has full OCR built into it. Not the best I've ever seen, but good enough for most stuff.
     

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