translation of .jpg files
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Joaquim Siles-Borràs  Identity Verified
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Feb 4, 2005

I have some .jpg files to translate. The customer wants them back in Word. Does anybody know if there is any way of converting them into Word or any other "easy" way of doing the job? I work with MsOffice Professional 2003.

The print option is off, because the drawings of the .jpg page would not fit into the page dimensions of my printer.
The files contain sketches and drawings and, obviously, a good deal of text.

If anyone has experience with this sort of stuff..... I would really appreciate your help.
Regards
Joaquim


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Ángel Riesgo Martínez  Identity Verified
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Use an OCR program Feb 4, 2005

Joaquim,

You will need to use some OCR ("optical character recognition") software. I'm not an expert on this, so I can't really recommend a particular program, but if you Google for "OCR software" or "free OCR software" you will find a lot of links to such programs.

An OCR program basically scans an image looking for text, which it then translates into proper text format. The OCR software I used to have came with the installation CD of my scanner, and I remember it would add an extra entry to the File menu of Microsoft Word which would allow me to generate a word file from an image.

Hope this helps.


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Wojciech Froelich  Identity Verified
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OCR Feb 4, 2005

Try to OCR. You can usually mark some specific areas of the picture to be recognized as a text. (I wouldn't trust any automatic area selection in case of diagrams.)

HTH,
Wojtek


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
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I hope... Feb 4, 2005

I hope that you are working per hours.

How is about sending back the translation in jpg format or better in pct for Macintosh.

Why they do not make this work self?


Rgds

[Edited at 2005-02-04 18:04]


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Joaquim Siles-Borràs  Identity Verified
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Jpg!!! Feb 4, 2005

hi and thanks to the three of you for your replies. I´ll try with OCR later on, see if it works. I guess it is going to be one of those jobs that you wish you hadn´t accepted, but there you go (and no, I am not getting paid by hours). But it is my best customer, and they always make it easy for me in all respects, so I guess that for once....
Thanks again to all of you.
Regards
Joaquim
ps. If anyone else has another idea, please let me know.


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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
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Omnipage Feb 4, 2005

Hi Joaquim,

You can always try the Omnipage for scanning these files. I have been working with version 14.0 for a while now and am very a satisfied.

You can make the scanning "from file" which means you don't need to print out the stuff on paper. You only need to state "text source from file" or something similar and Omnipage does the scanning and subsequently the OCR work for you.

If this is a type of work you don't expect more of in future, of course the investment in Omnipage would not be a very bright idea.. I guess there are several scanning programs out there, maybe someone can give some advice for freeware or shareware (as Omnipage isn't).

Best regards
Erik

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Last Hermit
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FineReader Feb 5, 2005

http://www.abbyy.com/

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Joaquim Siles-Borràs  Identity Verified
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It's only a one off Feb 5, 2005

[quote]Erik Hansson wrote:



If this is a type of work you don't expect more of in future, of course the investment in Omnipage would not be a very bright idea..

Hi Erik,
Thanks for your advice. Hopefully it is a one off. I normally receive all the files in pdf (they are always technical documents -mechanical engineering and machinery), which I then put into word and trados them. So, to purchase Omnipage would be a bit too much.
But thanks anyway. If I receive more jpg, then I´ll seriously think about it.
Regards
Joaquim


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Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
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Try DocMorph Feb 7, 2005

Joaquim Siles-Borras wrote:
If anyone has experience with this sort of stuff.....


Hi Joaquim,

unfortunately I did not use DocMorph for JPEG yet but you could give it a try. They convert more than 50 formats into pdf (not the other way round, though!), including "JPEG color". And the best of all: It's free! Here's the URL:
http://docmorph.nlm.nih.gov/docmorph/files.htm.

HTH!

Charlotte


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Joaquim Siles-Borràs  Identity Verified
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Thanks again Feb 7, 2005

Thank you Charlotte. I have just had a look at the website and it looks quite handful. See if I have a minute some time in the next few days and can have a go at it. I´ll let you (and the rest who have engaged with my problem) know.
Thanks again
Joaquim


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