converting scanned documents into Word/WordPerfect
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Dana Carciumaru  Identity Verified
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Apr 25, 2003

Can anybody tell me if scanned documents can be imported into Word or WordPerfect so I can overwrite (work directly on the document, instead of having to type it in)?



OneDocument, S.L.
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Try using OCR Apr 25, 2003


You can use a OCR (optical character recognition) software to extract the text from a scanned image, and then edit it using word. I use ABBY fine reader 6 (, around 120$), and it really works! If you have any question on how to use it, contact me.


[ This Message was edited by: mig_2kk on 2003-04-25 20:31]


Geneviève von Levetzow  Identity Verified
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OCR Apr 25, 2003

A OCR System is part of Office Professional XP. It works fine.




Suzanne Blangsted (X)  Identity Verified
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OCR and scanned documents Apr 25, 2003

Most scanner these days have a build-in OCR program that will work just fine with word processing, but if you are interested in one of the best OCR programs, the FineReader is in my opinion the best. Scansoft also have a couple of good ones. Most of them have foreign language recognition. Some can scan/read directly into Microsoft Word.


Rishi Miranhshah  Identity Verified
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I must be a dud... Apr 26, 2003


On 2003-04-25 22:43, 1964 wrote:

As much as I know XP has no OCR component but you may integrate to your OCR program or choose a scanner (If you have one).That is an OCR program integration facility.

Or am I mistaken?

By the way You may try finereader free. For 20 days (or approx. so) full functional.

It is really very good.

if it (XP) has.

Finereader is definitely a very good software, but you can try a few free ones as well if they serve your purpose. (e.g. Simple OCR (ie if I remember correctly)


Alison Schwitzgebel
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doc morph is a free, online ocr system offering excellent results Apr 26, 2003

however, I\'d be wary about using it for highly confidential texts.....

Check out:




Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
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OCR not always perfect! Apr 27, 2003

There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when attempting to use OCR software. If your hard copy isn\'t really clear (that is, if it\'s a fax of a copy of a fax), your scanning results will not be satisfactory, and you\'ll spend as much time fixing the errors as you would spend just starting from scratch.

Some times of formatting likewise don\'t always scan optimally, and you may find all sorts of text boxes, tables, etc. which will have to be manipulated to get the translated text to fit.

That said, I should state that I frequently scan documents for use with CAT tools, and most of the time it isn\'t too much of a headache.



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