Any ideas for a "Virtual Scanner"?

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  1. TraumaBrain, Aug 28, 2011
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    TraumaBrain macrumors newbie

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    Hi!,

    Newb here with tighty-whities on! I am looking for software that will fool my mac into thinking that a image that I can supply is coming from a scanner.

    Now for the backstory...

    I am an untalented musician :) and am trying to import a .gif file of a music score into a music composition program. This particular program allows one to scan musical scores into the software to be read by the software's OCR funtion. I dont have a scanner. I DO have a gif file of the particular score that I am attempting to scan.

    I would like to be able to convince this music compostion software that my "scanner" is ready to copy my score, when in fact I am simply supplying a .gif/jpeg/etc file to the software.

    Catch my drift? Any ideas of how I can make this happen?

    Thanks for the help!!!

    :eek:
     
  2. munkery macrumors 68020

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    What program are you using?

    It doesn't have any other import options?
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What is "This particular program"?
     
  4. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    Convert your image to .tiff and your OCR software should be able to pick it up directly.
     
  5. TraumaBrain thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response everyone!

    The "particular software" that I am using is Finale 2011. It does not have any sort of other import options.

    I have converted my image to a .tiff file but it didn't matter because I don't have any sort of interface between the converted .tiff image and the Finale software, so my mac does not see any scanners available.

    I am wondering if anyone knows of any sort of software/program/interface/etc that will "convince" my computer that whatever software it is is a scanner. This would allow me to perform OCR on any image without actually having to have a physical scanner to do the job.

    Kind of like how you can have a virtual dvd (MagicDisk), or a virtual computer(VirtualMachine). Possibly even as SoundFlower, which presents itself a an audiodevice to the computer.

    Im not sure if I explained that correctly...

    Thanks for your help so far everyone! :)
     

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