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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Mar 6, 2008

I've scanned a document using Paint Shop Pro and got some .JPG image files.

How can I use OCR using these image files with Word? Do I have to convert these image files into PDF files too? Or am I missing something?


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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:32
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depends... Mar 6, 2008

... on what ocr you have. i have abbyy pdf transformer. it means that i have to convert the image to pdf, then run the ocr. if you have abbyy finereader, i guess you can just run the ocr on the image.

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jmadsen  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:32
FineReader 8.0 scans jpeg Mar 6, 2008

That's the version I have...


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invguy  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:32
English to Bulgarian
Best of all - scan into the OCR application Mar 6, 2008

It is not necessary to produce PDF files from the scanned images, you should be able to open the JPG files directly in the OCR application.

BTW it's best to scan documents directly into the OCR app you are using. If you do that, you won't even need to save the scans in bitmap format - most OCR programs have the option of directly sending the recognised text to Word.

If, for some reason, you need to do the scanning in another application, I'd suggest saving the scanned files as TIF, not as JPG - or save as JPG with highest quality (= minimum compression). High JPG compression ratios produce files of smaller size but - particularly in colour bitmap images - result in forming the so-called artefacts: small clusters of contrasting-colour pixels which may cause wrong recognition by the OCR algorithm.

If you haven't installed an OCR program yet, look in the software CD(s) that came with your scanner: most scanners are bundled with an OCR app.

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