Alternative to Image Capture to scan docs

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  1. onedeadpirate macrumors newbie

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    I searched the forum and couldn't find a thread that answered my exact question so I will post here. I own a small business from home and have to scan contracts, etc to email from time to time. Image capture is not efficient in the least to do this kind of scanning. I tried a few other programs that scan but they basically use image capture to scan. I do not want to have to drag the corners to adjust every time I scan a page and being able to scan multiple pages into one document would be wonderful. I want to click a button and have it scan an 8.5 x 11 page rather than wait for an overview then readjust before I scan.
    Does anyone know of any software available that does this? Or is there a way to set-up image capture to do this process quicker and easier.
    Any help would be much appreciated. If there is a thread already explaining this then please attach a link to said thread.
    Thank you.
     
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  3. garycurtis macrumors 6502

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    A few things can possibly work. Keep in mind I'm running a PPc G-4 and am sort of out of the tech loop, being retired. My new HP 310c All-in-One machine comes with its own scan software.

    But since I don't normally want images, I prefer to have OCR software. I am running Acrobat 9 Pro and it offers users a choice of image scan or OCR. You can find these tools under the DOCUMENT pull-down menu.

    Even so, the OCR hasn't been as robust as I would like. I used OmniPage OCR back in the '90s and it was much better. Few errors in perhaps a 40-page text document.

    Though I don't use it, I would imagine Photoshop would be the premier image scanner. You didn't say what you were scanning.
     
  4. garycurtis macrumors 6502

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    Aside from OmniPage, ReadIris is the other big name in Mac scanning software.
     
  5. onedeadpirate thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you I will look into that software and I will try photoshop. Didn't think of that because I am scanning mainly contracts, invoices, and stuff straight to pdf so that I can e-mail and digitally file them. Thanks again for your replies. Anyone know of anything better feel free to chime in. :D

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    Yeah. Looked into those and they do way more than I need. Very cool though. Don't need an editable document when it's done. Just something quick and easy to set-up. Image capture isn't that difficult to use just seems like I am always trying to fiddle with it trying to get what I want when I feel there should be an easier way to do it.
     
  6. garycurtis macrumors 6502

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    If you don't need to edit the text, any PDF capture of your document will suffice as a digital record. Photoshop, Acrobat Pro and a few others will do a great job.

    OCR is for folks who need to fiddle with the wording, spelling, etc.
     

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