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How can I edit the text in a scanned document?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Lord Vader, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. SayWhat?

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    Try and install from the CD. See what happens.

    Maybe the download needs to see the CD version before it will install.
     
  2. Lord Vader

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    It won't install on Win7 64-bit. :(
     
  3. SayWhat?

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    Anybody else willing to try that HP download to see if the software will install? I already have the version for mine, so I don't know what might happen if I tried another version.
     
  4. Lord Vader

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    Is yours on an HP PC?
     
  5. SayWhat?

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    Maybe it's the wrong version for your printer somehow. Try this and see it it will detect anything different:

    http://h20614.www2.hp.com/ediags/gmd/welcome.aspx?lc=en&cc=us

    There are also some other troubleshooting and support options including a Consumer Forum in you dig around on the pages a bit.

    I just looked at my CD directories and I have several Iris OCR files, but I'm not sure which ones you'd need.
     
  6. Lord Vader

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    Maybe you can copy your disk and send it to me through this site. I'll PM you an Email address to which to send the file link.

    https://www.wetransfer.com/
     
  7. SayWhat?

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    Mine's a 6500, so I'm not sure it would be compatible.
     
  8. Sharkie_Fan

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    FWIW... I just downloaded and tried using simpleOCR from the link I provided, and was able to take a jpg of a page (not editable as text, only as an image), and it converted to a word doc that I could then edit without any problem.
     
  9. Lord Vader

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    OK. I downloaded it and will try that. Just so I don't mess anything up, what were the steps you took to achieve the end result?
     
  10. Lord Vader

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    OK. I tried it, but after I scanned it, in the lower window pane was a bunch of unintelligible gibberish which I obviously couldn't edit text-wise.
     
  11. SayWhat?

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    How involved is the document and and how much needs to be changed? If it isn't heavy on personal information, maybe you could send me the pdf somehow. I could print it, then scan it to a .doc file and send it back.
     
  12. Lord Vader

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    It's a small document, but it does contain personal information of a relative; hence my deadline of trying to get this edited thing back by tomorrow evening to that person.
     
  13. armophob

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    There is the crude method of matching the font and size in Word and then retyping all the info in the paragraph. Then scissors and tape the document together and rescan it. With the simple paint program you can open the result and erase any visible shadow lines of the merged document.
     
  14. Lord Vader

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    I noticed that the font is the traditional dot matrix printer/computer font, which is difficult to replicate. I wonder if it's available as an add-on for Word or something. BTW, the document itself is formatted in a bunch of boxes. It's basically a statement sized box with a bunch of windows/cells containing information, which makes this all the more challenging.
     
  15. Sharkie_Fan

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    So it's not recognizing your type for some reason... When I did it, the upper portion of the screen shows my page, the lower portion shows what it thinks the conversion is, and I could scroll through the type on the lower half to make any adjustments to the capture that I wanted. Once I had corrected anything it was unsure of, i was able to save to a .doc and could then edit that in word.

    If the bottom is unintelligible, it would seem to suggest that for some unknown reason, it's unable to recognize the characters in your scan...
     
  16. Lord Vader

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    Indeed. It scanned well and very legible; it's just that the dot matrix font must be a challenge for the program to try and overcome.
     
  17. armophob

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    When David Ortiz suggested Photoshop in an earlier post, I thought I would do that. But you may have to do the same thing physically. Make a couple copies and find the right words to replace the ones you want to change and cut copy paste for real.

    I have not seen a dot matrix font, but I am sure it exists. But it would be a real find to match old text like that.
     
  18. Lord Vader

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    Considering this is a financial type of document, I wonder if they use that font purposely for that reason. Then again, why anyone would want to scan and edit this type of doc is probably not a concern.
     
  19. armophob

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    Even if you had an OCR program work for you, it most likely would not spit out a dot matrix format. Is it ok that the final product is in a different font, but in the same format?
     
  20. Lord Vader

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    That shouldn't be an issue. I'm digging around for a similar font.
     

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