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How to copy & paste texts that are pictures
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schmurr  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:20
Italian to German
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Sep 2, 2002

I need to copy & paste texts that are pictures in a Word document, in order to translate them with our Mac Hypercard translation system, but I can\'t get the text to be seen as characters, not even uploading it into the internet either unchanged or saved as a web page and going on \"see HTML\".

Thanks for your help!

Martin from Udine


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Michael Tovbin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:20
Member (2006)
Russian to English
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text as pictures Sep 2, 2002

If my understanding is correct, you have some text represented as graphics that you need to convert into actual text.



The options I know about are:



1. Print it, scan it into the computer, and use a character recognition program to convert it into editable text.



2. Try and find a direct character recognition program that will read you graphical format and convert it into editable text.



In both the cases, if you need it in the original graphical format in the target language, you will have to do the back conversion.



Depending on amount of text, it may be easier to reproduce the text directly in some graphical editor (like Photoshop) making it look like the original.





I hope this helps.



Regards

MT


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Rufino Pérez De La Sierra  Identity Verified
Canada
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English to Spanish
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Print and Scan Sep 2, 2002

I don\'t know if this is the best way to go around this, but a while ago I printed the images (text) and then scanned it with some Text recognition software. It worked for me, and hopefully it will work for you!



So long



Rufino


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
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What exactly do you need to translate? Sep 2, 2002

When you\'re referring to \"texts that are pictures\", I\'m not 100% sure what that means. Do you mean text that is embedded in a Word graph?

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cheungmo
English to French
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A little complicated but this should work Sep 2, 2002

If the pictures are pictures without any actual text (the text is \"drawn\" rather than characters), you may have to use a workaround.



Export the pictures or pages to a graphic file format (a TIFF file, for instance, its used by many faxing programs) and haul it into optical character recognition software (most accept TIFF files) and work from there.



If the text is simply labels and graph titles, it might be easier and faster to simply do it by hand (print it out and translate from the printed page).



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schmurr  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:20
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it's a Mac!! :-((((( Sep 3, 2002

so Giuliana\'s genial-sounding proposal she mailed me (to right-click on the picture and go to \"field mark\") can\'t save me. For Ralf: it\'s text as part of the picture, I can\'t copy and paste it without the rest of the picture.

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-09-03 12:37 ]


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jinshi
Local time: 11:20
English to Chinese
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Try Photoshop Sep 3, 2002

Try to open the problem graph in Photoshop. Then you are able to cut the desired part off, or even edit text.



Hope this can help you.


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mk_lab  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 06:20
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Just open picture file by character recognition software Sep 4, 2002

Most of character recognition software tools (my favourute is FineReader)accept source picture files in TIFF and many other formats. So it\'s not necessary to print and scan them.

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mk_lab  Identity Verified
Ukraine
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Addition to my previous reply Sep 4, 2002

If your picture is embedded in Word document, select and copy it, then paste in any graphical editor, then save as picture file, which is accepted by your character recognition soft.

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