Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Hugs4ISU
    Guest

    Document scanning

    My mother has an elderly friend who has a lifetime of writing that should would like to have published. Most of it is neatly typed pages, perfect for scanning with a scanner with an automatic document feeder. The hardware is no problem, I can purchase some older scanners from ebay with the ADF and they will work quite well. I am not all that familiar with the software, though. What software would be best (and cheapest) for OCR scanning with an automatic document feeder? Ideally, I'd like something that would let me just put a stack of pages in the ADF, and the software would scan the whole stack, OCR it, and dump the results to a single file (Word or PDF). Does MS Office have any features for this sort of thing?



  2. #2
    Burgermeister!
    Points: 357,511, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 36.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    TykeClone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    22,845
    Points
    357,511
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 237
    Given: 451

    Re: Document scanning

    Why OCR - are the documents hand written or off of a typewriter?


    Asteroids are nature's way of asking "How's that space program going?"

  3. #3
    Hugs4ISU
    Guest

    Re: Document scanning

    Typewriter, or from an older computer. Most are ideal for OCR.



  4. #4
    All-Star
    Points: 34,239, Level: 56
    Level completed: 99%, Points required for next Level: 11
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    BKLYNCyclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    1,827
    Points
    34,239
    Level
    56
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 26
    Given: 36

    Re: Document scanning

    I believe most scanners come with a version of OCR in the packaged software nowadays. You may end up needing something more robust, but to start, I'd try that version. Also, probably cheaper to get an all-in-one with document feeder/printer than just a scanner. I paid $60 for my epson workforce printer which does everything I need it to.



  5. #5
    Bench Warmer
    Points: 6,545, Level: 23
    Level completed: 99%, Points required for next Level: 5
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points
    Agkistrodon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Fayetteville, AR
    Posts
    253
    Points
    6,545
    Level
    23
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 5
    Given: 6

    Re: Document scanning

    Adobe Acrobat can do what you're asking but if you prefer to acquire it through legal means it's kind of pricey (without an academic discount).



  6. #6
    Burgermeister!
    Points: 357,511, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 36.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    TykeClone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    22,845
    Points
    357,511
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 237
    Given: 451

    Re: Document scanning

    I'd look at something like this

    Lightly Used Fujitsu scanner fi-5120C,USB,Adobe 6,VRS41, Adobe | eBay

    They're quick and work well.

    Not sure if this model autoduplexes, but some do.


    Asteroids are nature's way of asking "How's that space program going?"

  7. #7
    Addict
    Points: 92,663, Level: 94
    Level completed: 75%, Points required for next Level: 487
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    cytech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Hiawatha, Iowa
    Posts
    6,192
    Points
    92,663
    Level
    94
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 10
    Given: 6

    Re: Document scanning

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    I'd look at something like this

    Lightly Used Fujitsu scanner fi-5120C,USB,Adobe 6,VRS41, Adobe | eBay

    They're quick and work well.

    Not sure if this model autoduplexes, but some do.
    I have used one similar to that recently, I was both shocked at the cost and how fast and efficiently that thing actually works. If you have a massive amount of documents to scan this would be the tool for you.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Iowa State vs. Kansas State
  • September 6, 2014
  • 11:00 AM