A question on OCR for bad old document?
joel.rees at gmail.com
Sun Jun 13 07:29:19 UTC 2010
On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 8:25 AM, Jim <mickeyboa at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> On 06/06/2010 05:19 PM, Frank Cox wrote:
>> On Sun, 2010-06-06 at 22:01 +0100, mike cloaked wrote:
>>> I have a scanned pdf of a very old document which was typewritten
>>> about half a century ago. The scanned copy is noisy and the letters
>>> are far from clear. The text can be made out (mostly) by eye, but it
>>> is 19 pages long and I would like to OCR it to get a digitised text to
>>> save the eye strain and lots of typing.
>> You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
>> If you are having difficulty reading the scan yourself, then you're
>> probably out of luck getting the computer to OCR it for you.
>> Your best bet is to retype it. It's only 19 pages so it shouldn't take
>> too long to type it again. You'll spend far more time fiddling around
>> (unsuccessfully) with OCR stuff than it will take to retype it anyway.
> Scanning a Text doc is not going to Save properly in Xsane/Linux, even
> if you use "gocr"
> Scanning and "Saving Text" is broken.
> As far as how a text looks on your terminal after scanning, It always
> looks bad. You have to Save As" to get good finish product, and again
> "Save As" Text is broken in Xsane. only Images turn out after "Saving"
Can you use the "copy/paste" (Select the text and Edit->Copy) pipe?
(I suppose I should grab the current ocr downloads and give them a
try. I have to say, it seems like about four years ago, all the open
source ocr projects just stopped moving.)
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